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11-03-2008 @ 3:11PM
I was a Shadow Priest from when I rolled right after the pre-TBC 2.0 patch until about 3 months ago, when I went Holy. I looked at the beta WotLK trees, and was unimpressed by any of the Priest 51 talents. But I’ll have to say that IMO, Dispersion + tree-wide nerfs to Shadow utility (such as Misery), mana regen unlinked from damage, and giving mana regen to Ret Pallies and Survival Hunters -- the result of a design decision to eliminate the “utility” of Shadow Priest and lump it in under “generic DPS” -- left me unimpressed. I suppose it’s easier to design raid encounters if you essentially nerf the game down to the generic trinity of tank-DPS-healer with the elimination of class racials and utility classes (begun in TBC with Draenai Shammies and BE Pallies), introduce spellpower, make hit and haste generic, and make the gear more generic too.For me, Shadow in WotLK has the feel of a PvE nerf + half-hearted attempt at PvP viability (wait, isn’t Disc the PvP spec?!) I think that the WoW design team needs to give up on the delusions of PvP as E-sport. Or maybe it’s my PvP burnout after 2 years grinding the same PvP BGs and LOS Arenas. Whatever.I’ll be staying Holy, Guardian Spirit notwithstanding.
11-03-2008 @ 4:51PM
I'm confused on how having Shadow Priests viable for their DPS in addition to (minor) utility is a nerf versus having Shadow Priests viable because of their (major) utility ( in 2.4 a priest was never brought for their DPS post-T5 ).I don't look it as a buff or a nerf but rather a change in philosophy.
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