Is Reckoning ripe for a comeback?
Reckoning now has it's proc based in blocking. That seemed odd to me because our Mastery stat also increases blocking, so I thought perhaps Blizzard was trying to point us to it for tanking instead of just leveling. Add to the fact that RF now increases threat from all attacks including melee and suddenly getting extra swings in to cause extra threat and extra Censure stacks/damage seemed interesting.
Doing some of my own tests I came to an odd conclusion;
Reckoning actually works now.
In a few heroics and some soloing of some dungeons I noticed that Reckoning was giving me more of a boost than I expected. I expected a slight increase, but not something that I would notice instantly. My tests showed that the extra reckoning hits alone were accounting for 6-8% of my damage against bosses and lower on trash(that dies way too fast), and that the reckoning Censure ticks were adding as well.
Put that together with my melee pulling in another 8% and the boost was surprising. Threat increased as a result, most evident with chain pulling as I'd pull the next pack of adds with holy shield still active and almost instantly proc reckoning to quickly build threat on the new mobs.
I decided to make sure my findings were legit so I checked around and found this awesome article written by Theck from Maintankadin.com. To quote from his summary.
- Sacred Duty and Wrath of the Lightbringer are mandatory threat talents.
- Reckoning now kicks ass. It's Reckommended (see what I did there?)
- Crusade is also quite potent, and worth the 3 points if you have them.
- Grand Crusader and Seals of the Pure are about equal and "decent" choices.
- JotP, AotL, and Hallowed Ground are all "optional" from a single-target perspective.