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10-20-2010 @ 3:13PM
Did they remove the self damage component of Shadow Word: Death in 4.0.1? Because I thought that was supposed to be the reason not to use it on mobs above 20% health. Now it still does self damage and doesn't do full damage above 20% health?
10-20-2010 @ 3:30PM
Seems like it.But it, um... provides you with some mana, I guess? Above execute range it seems like a pseudo-lifetap that deals damage to the target.Something I was wondering about is what happens to the mana gains from Masochism if the shadow priest was bubbled? Does it count as the damage being "taken" or is the mana just lost?
10-20-2010 @ 3:42PM
It does self-damage, but with the health pools as they are and some fair heals, it doesn't matter much if you tuck it in your rotation, the damage it used to do was more than making up for it.
10-20-2010 @ 4:03PM
"Something I was wondering about is what happens to the mana gains from Masochism if the shadow priest was bubbled? Does it count as the damage being "taken" or is the mana just lost?"If the SW:D backlash damage is entirely absorbed/resisted, then Masochism does not return any mana to you.I'm from the "I never run low on mana, ever" camp, and SW:D on cooldown is what puts me there. Even with near perfect uptime on my Shadowfiend (I actually have had the cooldown come up before the old one stopped attacking) due to high gear levels, my mana will still inch downwards if I forget SW:D. It may have fallen behind Mind Flay with the recent nerfs, but using it for mana will always be valid, because I'm certain it's less of a damage loss than Dispersion for mana purposes would be.
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