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1-13-2010 @ 2:27PM
Very good info indeed. It is so hard to find decent shadow priest info out there on the web. My priest has by far been my favorite character to get to level 80 and has actually far surpassed my main character in terms of gear and power. I do have a couple of questions though. Knowing that the hit cap is 289 is it unsafe to have a hit rating of say 450 or is it just a waste of hit rating to have that high? Reason I ask is I have acquired a lot of gear with more and more hit rating on it but have never replaced any hit rating gems I had from early Naxx raiding gear because I haven't had the gold to replace them. My second question is what kind of haste score should I look to have with all of the new shadow priest changes in 3.3? Currently my haste is 333 and I honestly don't know if that is good bad or mediocre. My spell power seems to be decent in the heroics I have been doing including the new Icecrown heroics. I havent had a lot of opportunities to raid but looking to do more of that. If anyone has any constructive advice then I thank you in advance.TarannasShadow Priest - Aerie Peak U.S.
1-13-2010 @ 2:43PM
Any +hit over the 289 that shadow priests need is basicallyconsidered a "waste" because you could have itemized for some OTHER,beneficial, stat in place of that hit. Always try and be at or +/-(near) that magic number, and then start stuffing spellpower, haste,and crit until the murlocs come home.Keep in mind that the 289 hit he's referencing includes the hit weshadow priests get from our 3/3 "Shadow Focus" talent. You -could-drop those talent points, which would increase your required hitrating to be 368. (Something to consider if all this +hit gear youhave is better than the non +hit gear you have)If you're short on cash for gems, you can also trade in Stone KeeperShards for honor points which lets you buy gems, or use your emblemsof triumph, traded down to heroism, in exchange for gems (20 forprimary color, 10 for secondary).Haste doesn't really stop benefiting us with these new changes. Themore you have, the better, (obviously, though, you can't ignore otherstats -- firing off spells super fast doesn't matter much if they'renot packing any spellpower/crit punch. :)At current upper levels of gear, I've seen posted on sites likewww.shadowpriest.com that haste values in the 700 - 900 range arerather optimal.Finally, don't forget to check sites like http://be.imba.hu for yourtoon to see what things you _could_ be forgetting about, like certainenchants and such, and where you could be raiding to get better,beneficial gear. Finally, don't be afraid of other spriests. We lovespreading the facemelting love, and the more of us that can pew pewwith the best of 'em, the better!
1-13-2010 @ 2:46PM
Replace the gems. Gold isn't hard to get and you'll be better off with SP gems. Direct answer is that you're gimping yourslef with 450 hit because you're wasting a stat. You can't get a higher chance to hit than 100% so hit over that (over 289/263) is better repurposed to some other stat. If you have hit gems, go buy at least blue spellpower gems (Runed Scarlet Ruby). Sorry, gold is SO easy to get that it's simply not an excuse... do the 2 random dungeons and you'll have 50g in addition to the emblems. Do a few daily quests (the Shadow vault ones are FAST) and you get 13g per... that's an easy 100g per day from 2 instance runs and 10 mins of questing.
1-13-2010 @ 2:52PM
Having a higher hit rating won't do you any harm unless you could replace some of it immediately for spellpower/haste (re-gem, check glove enchant, etc). The hit figures included in the article assume you have 3 points in Shadow Focus and 3 points in Misery - most shadow priests do but it's worth checking before you start swapping your hit out for something else.And yes, great to see a spriest column!
1-13-2010 @ 2:53PM
shadowpriest.com *cough*any hit over your 17% cap (289 for Horde, 263 for Alliance with access to a Draenei) is a waste of stats; it doesn't do you any good above that point.you want to have at the very least 360 (with shammy totem) or 400 haste, to fit 2 full Mind Flays into a fully-talented, 5.5 second Mind Blast cooldown. the only limit is at 1640 haste, which puts the global cooldown at 1 second, which cannot be reduced further.
1-13-2010 @ 2:58PM
it is pure waste to have hit that high. you can't benefit from the 103% chance to hit any more than you can a 100% chance to hit. Replace those gems with *anything* and you will benefit.
1-14-2010 @ 12:54AM
Well not to call you out Tarannas but your gems in your "naxx" gear are epic which means you regemmed them with epic hit gems when 3.2 came out. Were you not at hit cap at the time you did that? Also change out your meta for Ember Skyflare and even blue quality sp gems would be better than your hit and intellect gems. Also spell pen does nothing for us in pve. In addition to this awesome new column an amazing resource for us is www.shadowpriest.com, one of the spec/class sites I have seen.
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