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9-07-2009 @ 11:25AM
@Fuerion : http://dwarfpriest.com/ is a great resource, though not always up to date.Shadow priests aren't in the top 5 damage dealing classes right now. I would give that to:Warriors, hunters, rogues, locks, mages/dks (probably in that order).However, I've noticed that simply knowing your class inside and out can make a huge difference. My spriest isn't even in t9 gear but *can* outdps (and certainly outdamage, DoTs ftw!) some of the other classes. But yeah, he gets dmg pwn'd by those other classes that have a clue what they're doing.Leveling a priest is hard. *ESPECIALLY* the lower levels. Don't overestimate the power of Shadow Word: Pain though. It truly is an awesome spell. Self-cast renew....DoT up a few mobs...shield and run! (or cast mind blast). Just be prepared to die a lot and you'll be fine.As for PvP: being shadow is practically a useless existence at this point. Disc really is the way to go. As for survivability, I know I've lived almost 2 full minutes in a BG with 3 opponents wailing on me just by healing myself. Granted....All i did was stand there and heal...MYSELF.....but at least I tied up a few? Yeah, short of Arena, you're useless in BG's too :P
9-07-2009 @ 12:50PM
A great blog, sadly the author went MIA and hasn't posted since Dec. '08. :|
9-07-2009 @ 2:28PM
I don't know if it's the recent changes to heirloom itemization, the addition of the chest heirloom, the changes to resilience to reduce all damage (I'm using the pvp staff), but I am simply not dying while levelling my priest (19 now). I've only died twice: once learning that priest bubbles don't protect you from falling damage (my main is a pally), and the second time right after when I rezzed in the middle of 3 mobs. Sometimes when I've got 2 or 3 mobs on me it can get close. Healbot definitely helps for coordinating all the "keep me alive" tools. And psychic scream helps, although sometimes they bring back friends. :/My only real complaint is mana...constantly drinking is annoying.
9-09-2009 @ 2:43AM
I rolled an Spriest through mid-BC on. I regularly topped the DPS meters in heroics, Kara and ZA. In fact, before the Wrath-inc nerf, I did over 1K DPS in ZA with no BC tier gear, just FSW, some Arena gear and badge gear.Starting in Wrath again I would usually clobber the meters. In partial T7 I was able to out-damage and out-DPS Warlocks, Rogues, DKs and Hunters in full T8 in Naxx-25 and Archavon PuGs (i.e. not just Mind Sear spam).I've been raiding with the same group of people from Kara on up. I know how skilled they are, they know how skilled I am... and now-a-days the DPS meters definitely do not indicate skill. I usually have to struggle to make the top 5, where as before 3.2 and 3.2.2 I would regularly clock in about 200 DPS above the 2nd total DPS on fights like Saph and K'T.Based on the results I've seen over the past year+, I'd have to say I'm pretty good at pumping out the DPS. Things changed a lot with Wrath, but I was able to adjust. Now though... I just can't compete. It doesn't matter how tight I slice my timings, if I run on a clean install with graphics options in the dirt to bring down latency, no matter how good my procs are and trinket/IF rotation is.... I just can't compete.For this reason, and because I don't think Blizz is willing to devote the time and energy to making the changes that are necessary to make SPriests competitive... or at least competitive across skill levels... I've canceled my account. I have other 80s, I've raided in all the 3 main roles, and I like my SPriest, but I'm not going to pay Blizz to not fix it and occasionally break it more.It's a sad thing for me. I like WoW, and I want to keep playing... but honestly if you want to play as an SPriest, if you like the feel of the spec up to 60, Blizz isn't in your corner. I really want to play my SPriest, but the current environment is just ridiculous. No matter how hard I try, no matter what I do... I'm no longer competitive, even across massive skill and gear gaps. When I log on every now and then while I wait for my account to expire I keep the damage meter off. It doesn't matter, I don't need to see it, because I know where my spot is.... and it isn't where I should be. I've 'hung in there' waiting for SPriest fixes all through BC, and as much as I like WoW and the Shadow spec, I'm tired of paying to wait.
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