A few changes to Protection in an upcoming build. Mostly focused on smoothing out issues in the core rotation and active mitigation.
Listing all at once because they're all pieces of the same goals. First, Avenger's Shield is back to having some baseline defensive value, which pulls the rotation together by making you care about both hit and Hammer of the Righteous
other than for pickups/damage.
Second, Consecration is easier to work with. If you don't have to move, you have to replace it less often, and if you do have to move, you can replace it much more quickly. While standing in Consecration
still has some value, your core buttons no longer rely on it, and the loss of mitigation from being outside it is much smaller than Legion. It also provides a small source of baseline magic mitigation.
Finally, the gap between Shield of the Righteous
uptime and downtime, in terms of mitigation, is less dramatic. The previous mastery made that gap get wider and wider as the expansion went on, leading to the problem of increasing moments of vulnerability when active mitigation was down. Shield of the Righteous
will now have more consistent value across the expansion. The spec will be tuned expecting slightly lower Shield of the Righteous
strength and uptime compared to Legion, which helps avoid the problem where there were windows of very poor mitigation compared to other tanks.