Consecutive posting. I'm merging this post with the one before it.
Originally Posted by Saladin
The ONLY way you could argue in favor of a Sheath build is to try to prove that the mana gains from JotW combined with melee ticks from SoW are enough to sustain a paladin without Illumination, allowing him to pick up both Sheath and +20% SS absorption. However, if you try this, you're very likely to fall behind in HPS against traditional Holy, as you end up sacrificing even more than the old proposed Sheath builds did.
The goal with my sheath build is of course to attain a 100% chance to crit with FoL, stacking the hot, reducing the mana cost, and raising throughput. Losing illumination would destroy the specc. The absorption on SS is a loss, but the SP makes up a margin of it, and through the ret talents FoL will always, if not be expected to crit, stacking the hot.
The losses i will miss is divine guardian, holy shock for mobility and beacon, all of which i pick up with my second specc.
Tomorow is ulduar. I will try to get some figures for some more number crunching as I fail at it, It should be apparentl very quickly if the specc will achieve what I'm looking for.