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9-08-2010 @ 5:30PM
Have you tried using it at a lower level? I know that when they first introduced the concept, it was more of a "here's something shadowy-looking for the shadow priests that don't have enough talent points to get shadow form yet".So, while it may just seem to be *there* at level 80 or 85 or whatever, at level 10 or 20 it might feel entirely different.Honestly, as a warlock, I'm glad that they made shadow orbs simple, because it was kind of looking like it was just going to be a cooler-looking knock-off of the new soulshard mechanic.
9-08-2010 @ 5:46PM
The only problem with this is the fact that mastery is a skill you learn from your trainer at either 75 or 78 (I forget which).
9-08-2010 @ 5:51PM
You don't get your mastery until the seventies, I'm afraid. Sometime after you hit the bottom of your talent tree and are beginning to branch out into your the other talents.
9-08-2010 @ 6:01PM
Besides, you can argue all you want about how much a feature might help at lower levels, what really honestly truly matters is how it performs at level cap.
9-08-2010 @ 7:57PM
But why wouldn't they just make Shadowform the spell you automatically get when you talent into Shadow, then? Ferals get Mangle automatically at level 10, frost mages get their W. Ele, why not give baby spriests Shadowform?
9-08-2010 @ 11:51PM
They don't give priests Shadowform for their specialization because there just wouldn't be enough to do at that level. The 15% Shadow damage buff would feel like a drain, considering you'd have to pop out of form to Smite until MB came off cooldown. Which also brings into account all the extra mana of having to jump back in form... if it would even be worth it for the sake of one spell every 5-8 seconds.Mind Flay at least gives Shadowpriests another shadow spell to use, plus a snare, to an extent.
9-09-2010 @ 4:30AM
I do remember that when shadow orbs was first mentioned it was talking about giving it to lower levels to make them "feel" like a shadow priest, prior to shadowform. I think it would still work nicely for low level spriests, they just wouldn't get the extra buff from Mastery until much later in the game, of course.
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