How the new 10.1 Tier set changes the playstyle
2pc: Avenger’s Shield causes targets struck to burn with Heartfire, dealing an additional 20% of damage dealt over 5 seconds. Heartfire heals you for 100% of damage it deals.
4pc: Judgment critical strikes apply Heartfire and can trigger Grand Crusader.
Coming into 10.1, the new tier set bonuses for protection paladin are solid, both 2 and 4 piece are focused more around Avenger’s Shield, which now applies Heartfire to targets struck, dealing DoT(20%) damage over 5s and passively heals for you 100% of the damage done. Paladin didn’t really need a healing over time component added to their kit but it certainly doesn’t hurt. The 4pc also applies Heartfire on Judgement crits and adds an extra component to resetting the cooldown of Avenger’s Shield, more Shield, more interrupts, more Heartfire uptime.
All in all, the tier set is strong, albeit kinda boring when compared to some of the other tank tier sets. It meshes well with our kit which is incredibly strong for the upcoming patch.
The Onyx Annulet from the Forbidden Reach is going to be one of our better options for the foreseeable future given its damage and defensive bonuses.
Best setup: Infused Storm Stone, Desirous Blood Stone, Prophetic Twilight.