T10 Libram revealed – ret pala community goes ‘Meh’

Tier 10 Libram is go.  And its … interesting.  Your Crusader Strike ability grants 44 Strength for 15 sec.  Stacks up to 5 times.

44 strength x5 = 220 strength.  Lets just start by saying that 220 strength is good.  I like Strength.

It will take a minimum of 16 seconds to get the five stacks up.  Thats a theoretical minimum.  Even with CS at the top of the ability tree, you will find that the dps loss of waiting for a CS cooldown and the global cooldown mean it takes longer.

On a plus note this is a buff to you not a debuff on the target, meaning it won’t be affected by target changes (we could just wish that Seal of Vengeance worked that way – Libram of Valiance also does).  It will also stay up 100% of the time once running.

So how does this work out compared to the other Librams in our arsenal?  The best Libram at the current time is Libram of Valiance.  I’m going to ignore the other Librams because this Libram is easy to get now and will be even easier in patch 3.3.

Libram of Valiance. Each time your Seal of Vengeance/Corruption ability does periodic damage to the target you have a chance to gain 200 Strength for 16 sec.

Heres how I see it (feel free to critique).

220 strength with a 100% up time is better than 200 strength with a 90-odd% up time.  But a 20 sec minimum ramp up is bad.  So bad that I think I will be staying with Valiance unless there are some very long Patchwerk style fights.  If it drops off, then like Seal of Vengeance you’ll have to start again at the beginning.  Very bad.

When you find yourself using Seal of Cleave Command then you’ve now got a worthy Libram.  And you can attach it to a macro for when you change Seals.  Depending on the fights in Icecrown this may or may not be worth doing later rather than sooner.

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