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6-23-2010 @ 8:45PM
Well, I suppose you COULD do it the way you are laying it out. But that is really doing it the hard way, I think. Here is my experience from leveleling two Priests to 80 (Don't ask. Long story.) .* Spec Shadow till 40, then if you want to, another spec. But save Shadow for your Solo and Farming work.* Once you get Shadowform, all your health and mana problems are over. But, until you get Shadow Form :* Always have the Best Wand you can possibly use.* Pull with Mind-Blast.* DoT as they come in.* Put up the Shield.* Wand em to death.* Rinse & Repeat.You will very seldom have to stop and drink. Since you will almost always have full mana, if you get a bad pull, or adds, you will have plenty of healing and nuking power. You will easily be able to handle 3 or 4 same level mobs. If you get more, Scream a couple off.Doing it with MB, Smite, etc, you will be spending more time on your butt drinking than you will be quest'n and kill'n.Just my 2c, and my experience. For PvE only, of course.And, you don't have to be Holy spec before 50, at the earliest, to heal well.
6-23-2010 @ 10:07PM
Yours sounds like a better plan to me. Considering this is my first priest, I've been struggling for a decent rotation that doesn't leave me out of mana in dugeons. I know people hate wanding, but if it keeps u from having to drink so much, it is the best option.Also as a side note for the article writer:Considering that the recommendation for this article is to grab all the heirlooms you can, please consider that the rate of the updates on these articles will likely have to be faster(if possible). As anyone who started a fresh priest as a response to the original article will quickly outpace the info at its current rate. With all heirlooms, doing lots of dungeons, and the Summer festival, its already mine is already lvl26. So all the info here is already outdated.
6-23-2010 @ 10:28PM
No, holy leveling with Glyph of Smite is much faster than shadow leveling before level 40, and competitive through 50. And holy has quite good mana with 3/3 spirit tap. (I suppose strictly speaking Holy Fire is not available till lv20 for the glyph--but both specs are using Mind Blast, and Smite>Mind Flay for filler even at this level)A lot of people really don't appreciate how strong an option smiting is ever since the glyph was introduced, or how weak shadow is before the +15% form. Speaking of this glyph, in an into article like this the author might have warned newbies that this glyph is coming at 20, for people starting out that don't have another 10g to drop on just 15-19.Also the article analysis of Psychic Scream while leveling is wrong(ish). Anywhere you won't pull mobs, you should be be using it to get range on mobs to avoid pushback when your shield is down.
6-24-2010 @ 5:46AM
Running partial Shadow can be useful, SWP is pretty expensive mana-wise for what it does. I usually opened with Holy Fire for the big initial shot & free DoT, would shield, then Mind Flay them. The thing about Mind Flay is that you're back at non-casting regen about half a second after the channel ends (and it gives the Holy Fire DoT time to tick). If you finish off the mob with your wand behind your shield (as was also suggested above), you'll not only be regenerating mana the whole time, but Spirit Tap will buff your non-casting regen rather than your casting regen, which is quite a bit lower.
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