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10-20-2010 @ 3:57PM
I was overjoyed to see the change to SW:Death the day after the patch, for the simple fact that prior to 4.0.1, I -never used it-. The damage was just too weak to work it into my rotation. This isn't to say that I think it should've stayed un-nerfed. It was obviously too high immediately after patch. But now, it's nerfed back into uselessness. Single mobs are usually dead within a second or two after hitting 20%, and the damage is pathetic above 20%. On bosses, I still fling it as much as possible - under 20%. So, the net result is I've gone from a spell that I never used through Wrath, to a spell I'll -maybe- use 4-8 times per raid boss. It's progress, I guess, but given how much the devs were clearly trying to push this back into some semblance of a regular rotation, it's rather sad.Why has it been so hard to turn this into a workable spell? Just off the top of my head, having it apply a debuff stack similar to Arcane Blast, increasing damage done to the mob and to you, would seem to be a perfectly workable solution. Or have it do a fixed amount of damage, but an amount of feedback inversely scaled to the percentage of health the mob has left. Spam it on regular mobs at 100-50%, and you'll fry a quarter of your health in one shot. (Oh, and though I may be in a minority for this, I'd be perfectly happy to swap our 'reduce feedback by x%' talents to gain a workable nuke.)
10-20-2010 @ 4:17PM
I think you hit the nail on the head Alex. 'Workable Nuke'. Maybe that is what 'Mind Spike' will be. But currently, we don't have a spamable nuke.I believe we are the ONLY caster class that does not have a direct fire, non-channeled spell without a cooldown. Warlock - Shadowbolt.Mage - Pick one.Shaman - LB.Moonkin - Wrath.
10-21-2010 @ 5:09AM
I'd say we're also back to no AoE spell. Mind Sear damage is in the 'tickle with a NERF feather' range.That isn't to say I don't like multi-dotting, I got used to it back in BC and it was kind of fun to run those rotations again, however it's disheartening to work 4 different spells constantly swapping targets and still get buried by the Mage because they just need to lean on one button that doesn't depend on stacking DoTs.It seems our best AoE now involves dropping Shadowform (SW:P and run in circles throwing Novas), which seems a tad borked.
10-21-2010 @ 5:26PM
"It seems our best AoE now involves dropping Shadowform (SW:P and run in circles throwing Novas), which seems a tad borked."Yes, but the joy of having my own little shadowy army doing my bidding during that big trash pull just before Lady Deathwhisper is quite satisfying. Add the other two shadow priests in our raid, and it's quite a glorious sight to behold.
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