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9-05-2011 @ 10:12PM
I raided as Shadow in Vanilla.It sucked. Badly.Not so badly that I was ever tempted to go Holy, mind you, but Blizzard was really unkind to offspecs back in the day (also referred to as "leveling specs" or "PVP specs" or "lolnoob specs").But I stuck it out and was rewarded for my patience when Burning Crusade was released, punished for being too useful when Wrath was released, and finally allowed to be awesome again once Cataclysm came out.... I'm dreading the next expansion. They're like Star Trek movies for Shadow Priests - the odd numbers always suck.
9-05-2011 @ 10:14PM
I should note that I still have Anaethema (what did you call it? "Benediction?" Ha! No.) in my bank, waiting patiently for the day when I can use it for transmogrification.
9-06-2011 @ 3:33AM
Also got "the staff" back in vanilla.Unfortunately in a quit, not so much a raid quit but a "i'm getting rid of any temptation to return" I deleted all my characters. I remember spending hundreds of gold respeccing from from holy to shadow. I did MC as shadow sometimes, I still remember our top healer "Enibas" backing me up with it.Now that I'm back, and have been for years, I went Alliance this time. I may go make a forsaken shadow priest all over again. Yummy!
9-06-2011 @ 5:48AM
I though Shadow Priests were the OP class of Vanilla? Or at least that is what I heard.
9-06-2011 @ 9:31AM
@Possum:In PVE? No, never. The only fight where a Shadow Priest was remotely useful compared to the much more powerful Mages and moderately more powerful Warlocks was on a burn fight with constant pulsing AOE damage that Vampiric Embrace could heal, like Hakkar in Zul'Gurub and... well, pretty much Hakkar. And even then, it could be argued that either the extra healing of a Holy Priest or the damage output of pretty much any DPS class would be superior to the mixed, inferior bag of the poor Shadow Priest. That having been said, there were a few die-hards like myself who refused to 'see the light' and still insisted on raiding as Shadow. In PVP? We did a little better. Not MUCH better, but better than in PVE. Back in the days before Cloak of Shadows, Shadow Priests had a better than average life expectancy against Rogues thanks to our DOTs and the slow effect of Mind Flay. Even so, we were underpowered compared to Warlocks, who had everything we had, plus no cooldown on fear, more powerful DOTS, and a pet. More often than not, we were seen as healers with DOTs, and more often than not, that's how we played.Not that we had it the worst of the class/spec combinations (anyone remember Vanilla Subtlety? or Arcane?) - but we had it pretty bad. Thanks to tier design at the time, if we wanted decent gear for raiding, we had to participate in the endless PVP grind to get at least our Blue PVP set (I almost made it to Champion, got sick, lost three ranks, and gave up in disgust).All those people who look back with fondness on Vanilla? Rose-colored glasses.Seriously, there was a lot of fun stuff in Vanilla, but damned near everything that made it fun was made better with the successive expansions. Anyone who says differently either wasn't there or isn't remembering all of the really, really bad details.
9-06-2011 @ 5:47PM
I raided as shadow in vanilla. Healing. In shadow. Worked fine in those days. Still got my hat from our first onyxia kill too.
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