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6-06-2010 @ 10:55PM
when it comes to hit, there is something pretty nifty to remember. first, the hit cap on level 82 mobs is 6%. second, shadow priests get 3% hit from talents, plus a talent which increases the spell hit chance of anyone casting against a mob you've hit with vampiric touch, mind flay, or shadow word: pain by 3%. add that together, and you'll be able to walk into heroics in entirely full healy gear, zero hit rating on it, and still be soft hit capped. you'll probably miss a few mind sear ticks, but you'll be good enough to just respec, walk in, and play around with the spec and learn it before investing in new gems or gear.
6-07-2010 @ 4:35AM
You learn very little about how to raid as shadow in heroics (especially todays heroics). You won't get close to what a raiding shadow priest does except in the ICC-5 mans bosses and then only barely. Other heroics teach you at best how to multi-dot and mind sear so you can pad damage meters on trash (my best attempt is currently 18k DPS, trying to push to 20k).Doing top DPS as a shadow priest requires knowing how to juggle your casts when you reach the 3+ minute point of a fight (generally when the varying cool downs and up times have shifted significantly from your standard "rotation").
6-07-2010 @ 12:51PM
well, with the ICC 5s, mobs and bosses last long enough to practice working on basic rotation in a game-situation, as opposed to dummies. at least, it's enough to get the basic flavor.it'll be enough to learn "omg, i hate shadow priest play and would rather level my mage/warlock/druid/rogue in order to dps" or "this is kinda fun, i think i want to learn how to raid and to do it well".will it teach the subtleties of awesome spriest play? no. will it enable a shadow virgin to get a little bit better of the feel than a target dummy, with a minimal gold/effort investment? yes.
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