Does this seem kind of underwhelming to some of you fellow Prots?
It appears all of the tank-based 4-piece bonuses have something to do with your generators/spenders, but ours is based off of a 1-minute defensive cooldown, when we're taking damage, not dealing it.
For instance, Prot Warriors are getting 50% more rage when dealing damage to targets affected by demoralizing shout. For me to be generating additional holy power through my set bonus, I have to be mitigating damage with an active cooldown, and it's based on 20% increments of my health pool. What about with Sacred Shield up? Or using Shield of the Righteous to further mitigate? It seems like the amount of holy power would be very insignificant, except on heroic modes maybe. I don't take hardly any damage outside of big events like 5th/6th Rampage on Megaera and the breaths immediately after (lolnerfed this week), or when Primordius is loaded up, or maybe during Animus when I noobed connecting 2 adds. :S
Overall tonight I took almost 13% less damage than our Brewmaster; but that's because I've been playing Prot for maybe 2 months total and am still getting used to the rotation. I don't know (as in, I don't have 4-piece - but I passed on tier because I figured our group could use more DPS, instead of me having a few more holy power during certain events; so our Warlock got a nice new shiny), but it SEEMS kind of weak. Any Prot Paladins have it and noticed how useful it is yet?
I guess in those "oh-shoot" moments, when you gotta have it up, it might nice to spam a few more WoGs+Shield of the Righteous, but when you're already stacked with Sacred Shield, Barkskin, and a variety of other mitigating factors, I think I'd rather have something that packs a bit more punch offensively.
Edit: I guess what I'm really driving at is - would having T14 2-piece and T15 2-piece be better overall until you're neck-deep in heroics? I don't have the means to sim it yet, so I'm curious if anyone does, and can, and wants to chime in? :P
Probably won't matter anyway, T14 set drops never dropped for me. Still using 483 shoulders in both specs... FML.