As a follow up, we now have all of the Paladin Covenant legendaries implemented, and testable. We won’t spend much time talking about Сезоны изобилия
or Молот долга и служения
as they are primarily unchanged from our last post linked here
The real talking point is between the Kyrian and Venthyr legendaries, as these are the two most popular covenant choices for Holy Paladin they are the most noteworthy.
The Kyrian Legendary was worded somewhat ambiguously initially, and now that we can test it, we know how it works. Божественный резонанс
will cast one additional Шок небес
on the INITIAL target of your Божественный благовест
, every 5 seconds. This will add up to a fair amount of Holy Power over an encounter. However, a large portion of the Шок небес
healing may go to waste, as there is no guarantee that person will benefit from a Шок небес
that frequently. Due to the Проблеск Света
cap, this also ensures this person will have Проблеск Света
on them pretty much exclusively for an extended period of time. Some encounters, this may be a benefit or this may be used on a tank frequently. Overall, this legendary is a solid legendary, though it is competing with some heavy hitters for Paladin already, as the power level of our legendaries is quite high.
The real talk however, is in Venthyr’s Сияющие угли
now that we have a better idea how this works. Essentially, how it works is as soon as you leave your own Пепельное освящение
, it instantly disappears, but a portion of its cooldown (based on remaining duration) is instantly returned. This means in some scenarios you could get a mechanic forcing you to run out (and waste Пепельное освящение
), or maybe even just stand in the raid if your group “needs” said Пепельное освящение
healing. This is kind of unique, as far as mechanics go and could lead to problems.
The real strength of this legendary is in its current tuning values. Essentially skilled players will be able to track (probably with a weakaura) its remaining duration, if you leave after exactly 20s into your Пепельное освящение
s duration, you can get its cooldown to roughly 2mins, coincidentally the cooldown of Гнев карателя
. Previously, you could not get an Пепельное освящение
with every Гнев карателя
, but this legendary gives you that option which is certainly powerful. If an encounter has a predictable damage pattern, you could run 2-3 paladins with this legendary, and they would be able to stagger Пепельное освящение
s and Wings to have very powerful raid cooldowns for practically every damage event of an encounter. This is somewhat concerning, as the damage potential of Venthyr Holy Paladin is still quite high, despite the nerfs. For more information on the nerfs to Paladin in a recent PTR build you can read about it here
In conclusion, the Божественный резонанс
legendary effect is a middle of the pack legendary, which could see some play, but has tough competition. The Necrolord and Night Fae legendaries are comparable in power, but are less represented as covenants for Holy Paladins. The Venthyr legendary, is still early and is a really cool idea mechanically but is probably slightly overtuned and could lead to abuse by stacking paladins on specific encounters to take advantage of very powerful short duration Пепельное освящение
Now that the new Covenant Legendaries for Paladin can finally be tested on the PTR, we have a much better idea of exactly how they work and interact with other abilities.
has had a significant change since it was last discussed - rather than casting Божественный благовест
additional times, instead it casts regular Правосудие
s. Compared to how it was previously assumed to work, this will result in less Holy Power in situations with multiple targets, but more initial damage from Правосудие
s on single target. It also obviously now won't proc Звенящая ясность
or Боевая медитация
with the extra casts. For how Божественный резонанс
actually works in practice, it's usually a 30 second buff that casts Правосудие
every 5 seconds. For each Божественный благовест
, you get 6 extra Правосудие
s with a 5 second gap between each. However, it also seems to have a bug where if the initial Божественный благовест
hits more than one enemy, you actually get a 35 second buff, which results in an extra Правосудие
The extra Правосудие
s still proc all the normal effects you'd expect them to, like Благочестивый приказ
, and the Правосудие
debuff itself. Awkwardly for both Благочестивый приказ
, there are a couple of bugs and issues that appear when you end up casting a lot of Правосудие
s within a small timeframe. For Благочестивый приказ
, its buff doesn't actually get refreshed if you cast a second Правосудие
with the buff still active, so despite casting 6 or 7 Правосудие
s you'll only end up with extra Благочестивый приказ
procs from about half of them, depending on server lag. With Фанатизм
, if you cast Правосудие
very frequently you end up capping at 9 stacks very quickly, and then waste stacks as they're refreshed above 6. Ideally these problems will be addressed before 9.1 goes live, especially the Благочестивый приказ
bug, as it's essentially random whether each Правосудие
will give you another buff or not.
As far as how strong it looks to be for damage, it's not unlikely based on the current version that it will become the best Legendary for Kyrian. The Правосудие
damage and Holy Power alone is probably enough to rival Окончательный приговор
, not to mention the increased Вердикт храмовника
damage from extra Правосудие
debuffs and the fact that it doesn't lose value in AoE situations like Окончательный приговор
does. Whether it really will be better or by how much remains to be seen, but judging by its current design and tuning, expect this to be a strong Legendary in the coming patch.
is still a very weird Legendary to try to wrap your head around. It's been clarified to cancel Пепельное освящение
once you leave it, but the cooldown reduction it provides does not scale as you might expect. Up to around half of the 45 second duration, 22 seconds or so in, it will still provide 110 seconds of cooldown reduction for Пепельное освящение
, which is only 10 seconds less than if you left it immediately after casting it. However, after this point the cooldown reduction is reduced at a much faster rate. This ends up with a strange outcome where there's very little change in the amount of cooldown reduction you receive until half of Пепельное освящение
's duration is finished, after which its cooldown reduction is scaled down at a much faster rate.
The result of this is that you can use Пепельное освящение
for essentially the entire duration of Гнев карателя
plus a couple of seconds, cancel it, and then have it back off cooldown shortly after your next Гнев карателя
comes off cooldown. Although this sounds very strong, it only ends up being around 15 extra seconds of Пепельное освящение
compared to a normal 4 minute cooldown use. While you can also just wait the full 45 seconds on your last cast of Пепельное освящение
each fight, since you don't need the extra cooldown reduction if you can't cast it again, it might not end up as strong as Безумный идеал
Night FaeСезоны изобилия
has thankfully had a design overhaul. It now doubles the effects of each Season for its middle 10 seconds. Since each buff lasts 30 seconds, you end up with 10 seconds of the normal buff, then 10 seconds of the empowered version, then another 10 seconds of the normal buff.
As you might have noticed, Благословение лета
's average damage is actually quadrupled rather than doubled, since both the chance to proc and the amount of damage are doubled rather than just one of them.
It's fairly difficult to evaluate the new version of this Legendary. Благословение лета
is by far the most valuable Season, so increasing its value by that much means that it's at least worth some consideration. Since in raid combat you can cast Благословение лета
prepull and have your season reset back to Благословение лета
on pull, you end up with more uptime on Благословение лета
than any other season anyway. There could be a build similar to current Kyrian with Смертный приговор
and Последний расчет
, where Смертный приговор
is used within the middle 10 seconds of Благословение лета
in order to buff its damage by proccing off regular casts within its window, but could also proc off the final hit of Смертный приговор
. Alternatively, it could just be used on another class with a strong 10 second burst window every 3 minutes, like a Balance Druid. Either way, this is likely to be a Legendary with some niche uses at the very least, and has potential to be much better.
NecrolordМолот долга и служения
hasn't received any recent changes. It's still a pretty underwhelming effect and is unlikely to change Necrolord's position compared to other covenants.