3/4 zones complete, Highmountain about half done. I’ve got a Monk, DH, Rogue and now a Pally sitting at 110. Leveling with the Pally was relatively easy, and plays a whole lot like a Monk. With some exceptions.
Paladins play in the 90% hp zone, what with self-heals and good raw defense. Their skills are about laying down a ground-based AE, then relying on procs to keep the engine going past 30 seconds (like DKs were for a while). I find them somewhat cooldown dependent in that regard. I’ll record a session to give an idea of what it looks like to play one. Suffice it to say, it’s clear that it’s a vanilla class. I also dislike consecration, as it stays on the ground and blocks the visuals of other effects – I’m sure there’s a way to turn that off…
Monks play in the 30% hp zone and are more in the active mitigation mode, with brew management a key concept. There are no bad Monk tanks, there are dead Monks tanks and the rest. Combat revolves around Blackout kick boosting other skills, and I’m never GCD-locked. Plus, the animation is a lot better. Throwing a keg, backflips, spewing fire, spinning kicks… it gives you something to look at rather than the boss’ knees.
Perhaps there’s a skill curve somewhere, but right now the Paladin plays with a “if the button is up, press it” mentality. Sure, I’m invincible, but where’s the fun in that? It is miles more fun that a bear though!
Starting off at 110
I forgot about the ilvl curve at 110. All the way here, I could solo piles of enemies, and now as a fresh 110 with a ilvl of something around 790, things hurt. A week or so of dailies and I’ll be right as rain. I’ve unlocked the 3rd trait with the other classes (man, Rogue was tough as a DPS), and I’ll give that a shot here as well. There’s something appealing about that carrot.
I wonder if there’s a place that tracks the number of emissary quests completed. Whatever that number is (a few hundred I’m sure), the corresponding number of legendaries is zero. I think it will remain zero knowing my luck. I have a post on this topic (RNG in this expansion) coming up soon.