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6-01-2011 @ 2:48PM
It should be worth noting that Glyph of Shadow Word: Death does not simply give you the option of using the spell twice in a 10 second (+1 GCD [whatever your haste makes said CD]) window, but can effectively mean that SW:D is on a SIX SECOND CD. This doesn't really matter on longer fights since the double-cast-then-wait the 10 sec CD actually ends up better. But for much shorter execution phases, you might want to hold off that second cast for a couple of seconds. Say you need 3 SW:Ds to finish off a boss (while he's under 25% health):If you were to cast sw:d twice in a row, then once again when it comes off CD, equal to or less than 11-11.5 seconds for all three total.If you were to cast the first one, wait 6 seconds, then double tap to finish, you'd only take 7-7.5 seconds for the 3 casts.Waiting the 6 seconds is highly situational, and requires a lightning quick decision, but it can be very effective if used correctly.
6-01-2011 @ 3:26PM
It is exactly this mechanic that I wish the article went into more detail about. This is the tricky part of SW:D to me.
6-01-2011 @ 4:09PM
"It is exactly this mechanic that I wish the article went into more detail about. This is the tricky part of SW:D to me."I think Xaklo pretty much covered it in full.1) When is it useful? Like Xaklo said, it's quite situational. It's only worth utilizing the mechanic at the very end of a boss fight, provided you have a finely tuned sense of how many casts you can get off before a boss dies. (This sense is rarer than you think.)2) Is it dangerous? Hell yes. It represents a possible 60% chunk of your health eaten away in 6 seconds.3) Is it useful? Yes, but only to those who take min-maxing to the extreme. At the end of the day, this is going to provide you with a near-negligible amount of extra DPS.The risk is way higher than the reward, IMO. But I know you're all going to try it anyway now, cause that's just how shadow priests are. ;D
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