Now that we are getting closer to the end of Beta, and actual release of the new stance, I'm happy to provide some of the basics that should hopefully be our bread and butter when we ding 100 and equip our shield again. Blizzard has addressed quite a few of the concerns I've had for Gladstance and it is definitely nice to be heard. They've buffed Execute, given PVP Gear Bonus Armor and delivered on a very fun spec to play.
This is just basic information I've collected through use of Simcraft and actual play in Beta, and it's very possible that changes in tuning might skewer these steps. Be warned that I may be editing this post :)
Stat Priority and Weights
These numbers could change with every beta revision going forward, but one thing that is probably to be expected is that Strength and Bonus Armor are on par with each other. Also that you're going to need about 330 Haste before you start collecting other stats so that you can fit an extra GCD into your 7 Second Shield Charges.
The basic stat priority is :
STR > Bonus Armor > 330 Haste Breakpoint > Crit > Multi > Mastery > Vers > Haste
Here are the weights:
|STR||Bonus Armor||330 Haste||Crit||Multistrike||Mastery||Versitility||Haste|
What this means for us when we hit 100 is the following:
1. Use the Draenic Armor Potion, this is because you get a lot more stat then you would with a strength potion.
2. Use Crit enchants on cloak/neck/rings. This is assuming you made that 330 haste breakpoint with your gear.
3. Get Bonus Armor gear on your Neck, Rings, Cloak and Trinkets, otherwise use the stat priority for the rest of your gear.
4. Mark of the Thunderlord is your best bet for DPS. The Mark of Blackrock looks like it could be competitive, but you don't want to be trying to drop to 50% hp to set it off.
The Glad rotation will primarily be the same one Protection Warriors have been using all through 5.4. However with the addition of shield charge, it is better to pool rage until you are within a Shield Charge.
Bloodbath > Shield Slam > Shield Charge > Revenge > Dragon Roar > Devastate,
Use Heroic Strike to prevent capping rage, or when you get Ultimatum Proc's. Dump your rage during Shield Charge using Heroic Strike.
Remember that you can hit Shield Charge and Slam at the same time, and should. You can delay a Shield Charge for 1 Second to allow for an extra Slam inside the charge, but should NEVER Delay Shield Slam.
The Perfect Pull
Bloodbath+Berserker Rage+Shield Charge+Shield Slam
Heroic Strike + Revenge
Heroic Strike + Dragon Roar
Heroic Strike + Devastate
Also one side tidbit I found funny with some other Warriors on Twitter was that because some races perform pretty visual jumps, twirls, flips etc on heroic strikes you might be able to look fairly hilarious playing as glad :)
- Cyc out :)