I must admit, while following all the changes of path 5.2 as they trickled out, the one change that got me really, really pumped was the further loosening of transmog rules. In 5.2, a one-handed sword (as just about all our epic weapons are this expansion) can be transmogrified to an axe or a mace. In addition, many weapons from earlier expansions that were designated as mainhand weapons, have been changed one-hand weapons.
Combined, this means that in 5.2, no matter what actual weapon I have, it can look like the Gavel of Unearthed Secrets — an iconic paladin weapon if I ever saw one. Sure, swords are great (the Crusader's Glory is particularly nice), but when I think of paladins smiting the undead and enforcing the will of the Light, I see them holding a massive hammer in their hands. So I'm excited to return to that motif.
But obviously there's a lot more going on in patch 5.2 than transmogrifying! There is a new tier set with new set bonuses worth digging into, as well as a slew of class changes that are coming down the pike.
T15 set bonuses
You've likely seen this by now, but let's get down to brass tacks with the ramifications of each bonus.
2P: Casting Word of Glory or Eternal Flame also grants you 40% additional block chance for 5 sec per holy power.
When first reading this, there was some confusion about the finer points. Thankfully, GC was quick to let us know that “The Protection 2pc is additive. It's duration is 5sec per holy power.” Which means that for a tank with 26% block, using Word of Glory at 3 holy power will boost you to 66% block for 15 seconds. That's nothing to sneeze at.
Some quarters are already interpreting the buff as something you should attempt to keep up at all time, using Word of Glory once every 15 seconds, but the jury is still out on that. It's not certain yet that the survivability value of 40% extra block (especially at a low base block chance) is worth more than the survivability value of the one Shield of the Righteous you'd have to give up to make that buff happen. ShoR is that good.
That last one is for holy only, so don't worry if you like to use this spell in 5mans or whatever. As Blizzard explains, “We think Holy's CC chains are too strong at the moment, but we don't think Ret or Prot need the nerf.”