It's time for my pally life and I've never played a paladin. I'm actually into it a ways already and am enjoying it for it's strengths and adapting to it's weaknesses. I went with an evasion pally with 2 levels of rogue. Rogue I have experience with, and that part is working out fine.
But I have some questions about the paladin that I can't find clear answers for online:
Zeal: I had an item with melee alacrity before zeal was available, will zeal stack with the item? I tried equipping it and it didn't look like it stacked in the character screen, but it looked to me like it was a bit snappier on the dummy. Additionally, the hotbar button tooltip says 10% melee alacrity, the buffbar tooltip says zeal is giving 10% chance of double strike. Which one does zeal do? Both?
Smite: Smite is giving me problems getting it landed. I'm not sure if it's targeting or timing. I have a lot of experience with assassinate, but smite seems a lot more finicky. I've got the hotbar button mapped to the keyboard and am pressing it during combat. It seems more reliable if I stop swinging with the mouse button for a nanosecond before pressing the key, but again, it's hard to get to land every time. Also, the damage is all over the map. Sometimes I get 80, sometimes 300. I'm no math wiz, but adding up the numbers it seems like that's a pretty wide range for the calc. (Cha is 27) My normal swing damage is in the 80 average, so when smite hits for 80, it's like a completely wasted proc.
LoH: Will a devotion item increase the healing from LoH? I don't have an item to try, so before I go spend my plat it would be nice to know. I'm currently HotD, and it looks like 4 Loh is going to be max, is there any way to get more, items, feats, etc?
This is a TR, so will basically go to 18 and then TR so I'm not interested in EDs or endgame info.