Oct 8th 2010 3:27PM Wow, this article brought back some bad memories. Back when I was a holy priest, Heroic Sindy was the only fight that I felt like I hadn't mastered, simply due to the fact that if one healer gets tombed and the other gets unchained magic during p3, I just couldn't keep both the tank and the raid up, and sometimes people would drop even if we did have two healers active.
I am eternally grateful to the noble healers with whom I finally defeated the fight as shadow.
From what I've seen of H LK, that's more of a "if anyone makes one mistake, its a wipe" rather than a "mounting pressure that just overwhelms you" like H Sindy.
Jul 26th 2010 4:24PM One of the biggest challenges for me personally was changing my attitude about evaluating myself. After losing games, when my partner asked me why we lost, I would point out things that the other team did "oh, that rogue vanished my fear", or "oh, that enhanc shammy and BM hunter just did too much damage".
Eventually I realized you just can't get better with that outlook. After all, there are high rated players of your class who can beat the people who just beat you, and unless you're in full ilvl 200s, it's not gear. So the proper way to respond to losses is not "oh I just need to play better next time" but "what is it that I'm not doing that others are doing to win"
Jul 8th 2010 10:24AM I < 3 NJ
It's ok though, even I enjoy poking fun at our state from time to time.
Jun 7th 2010 1:39AM Just in time, Dawn! Just this past week I decided to drop the healing gig I've been doing pretty much since I hit 80, and I applied to a new guild as a shadowpriest. It's really a pain to be behind on tokens and trinkets, but at least most of the gear works just fine (heroic Abacus
May 22nd 2010 1:26PM Funny, those are exactly the 3 principles I'm struggling to master.....for arena. Applies just as well.
May 16th 2010 12:31PM Dunno if it's just me, but I always find the Equinox comics to be the perfect essence of a webcomic in its elegance.
Apr 8th 2010 1:46AM This is pretty relevant to how im feeling right now:
Apr 4th 2010 8:06PM Great article! Although when I first started pvp'ing on my priest it was pretty frustrating, now it's one of the most fun things in the game for me.
Few things that weren't mentioned: your shadowfiend is simultaneously your best friend and greatest enemy. He actually does a lot of dps, so it's great to use when you need to go ultra offensive. Also, if you use him when the enemy is under pressure, they are less able to CC him (grrr cyclone). One nice trick against priests and warriors is to summon the fiend, then immediately Fear Ward him, since most (decent) priests and warriors will try to save fear for the fiend.
As far as gearing goes, I highly recommend haste. Penance doesn't scale really well with spellpower, and crit is unreliable. Haste will enhance your healing and dps, but also those peripheral things priests can do: dispelling and mana burning, and will also make all your spells harder to interrupt.
Also, don't give up hope when melee classes keep beating your face in! It gets much much easier once you acquire more resilience gear, and besides, no priest can just escape a melee class on their own, like a frost mage can. No matter your gear, you will always either be relying on teammates to peel 'em off you, or outlasting them while DoTs whittle them down.
Feb 25th 2010 7:18PM Just a few minor notes: Power Word: Shield has no cooldown for a Disc priest (not to be confused with weakened soul debuff), and inner fire cannot be dispelled.
In my opinion priests more than any other healer are dangerous if left alone (mana burn, dispels, damage) and most profitable to simply attack constantly (cloth, all powerful heals on cooldowns, only escape spell on a moderate length cooldown). Also, priests themselves are the most susceptible to mana burn, kind of ironic.