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May 22nd 2011 6:37PM I don't know if there's any proof of it really, but I choose to think shadow priests use nether/aether as their power source. That's why I named my priest Ethera. (Not that it's the most clever name ever or anything, but I like it.)
It seems to me that whatever their power source is, it's not the same as whatever it is warlocks use (fel energy, I guess). They do share shadow spells, but having swapped from a lock to a priest main, I think it's fair to say the "flavor" and style of each classes spells feel very different. I feel like it's ambiguous just how evil shadow priests can be, but it's less ambiguous how evil warlocks are. That's not to say shadow priests can't be bad, but I'd say they feel more mysterious than warlocks, overall.
I dunno. I think nether is way under-explained in WoW, as are shadow priests in general, and it makes me sad because I'd love to know more about both. :\
May 20th 2011 8:37AM Wow, this is exactly the opposite of how I feel. Warlock used to be my main but did get boring, but I can't stand mages, and I think shadow priests are literally the best thing since sliced bread. I've lost track of how many mages I've deleted after Ghostlands, but I have like 4 priests. It's like an addiction, I must have more priests.
I'll agree about the never seeing the armor, though it's nice to hide it in Shadowform when the tier is fug. If I want to see my armor I just heal, though.
May 20th 2011 8:31AM I've never got a Shaman (Draenei) past 35 before Cataclysm. I don't know if they were always this cool or if they changed the class a lot, but I'm having a great time leveling a Goblin Shaman.
She's 34 right now, but she's seriously rad - I've done 15 levels in two days, really fast for me. My main is a shadow/disc priest but I used to play a lock and I'm not really a fan of melee classes, normally. But if you go enhancement, the class is ridiculously OP and way fun. I barely ever use Lightning Bolt anymore, unless I want to pull from far away. Normally I'll just walk up and whack something and it dies in a few hits. I'll drop my totems as I'm approaching the mob, or sometimes not at all, rarely ever take damage, and I think my heals are pretty decent during solo play (haven't healed an instance yet).
The only thing I think I'm doing differently on this shaman is dual wielding, rather than using a shield like I used to. Once you get Call of the Elements and Totemic Recall, it's really easy to drop totems and then Recall them to get some mana back when you move to a new area. I haven't played a paladin since Wrath, but to me, the shaman plays similarly, where you basically hit whatever isn't on cooldown.
Anyway, I won't force you to play or anything, but if you haven't tried a shaman since Cata, you might want to give it another shot.
Here's my toon's talents so far, if anyone's interested.
(I hope this all formats right, I had to copy/paste my post for stupid reasons...)
May 19th 2011 5:14PM When I had a hunter, I tried to tame Stanley (it said it was possible, dunno if it really is). But some stupid Hillsbrad farmers killed me while I was trying, and if I remember right, that was my only chance to tame him because the quest was completed as soon as I poisoned him. I was so pissed.
May 19th 2011 5:11PM Duskwood really, really freaked me out on my first character (human warrior). I was doing some quests in Westfall, just exploring, saw a cute little bridge and headed that way at too low a level. The music is the worst/best part of Duskwood (I think it also plays in Tirisfal Glades). It's a few piano notes and a lot of ambient music. I seriously get chills just thinking about it, it really puts me on edge.
Anyway, about 15 seconds after finding Duskwood, which looked totally abandoned and beyond creepy, a giant spider jumped on me even though I was in the middle of the road, scared the holy hell out of me, and destroyed me in like two or three hits. I avoided going back there for a long time after that and would only play with the in-game sound off when I was in that area for the longest time.
And when I first switched to Horde, I avoided playing any undead characters for a long time because Tirisfal reminded me way too much of Duskwood, and it was such a HUGE area before I had a mount or had ever uncovered the map, it seriously bothered me to be there. I'd get all turned around and just hated the sense of dread I'd get questing through there. But for the past few years, Tirisfal's been one of my favorite zones in Old World, even pre-Cataclysm. I guess turning Horde made me enjoy evilness. Yay?
May 19th 2011 4:56PM Argh, I meant I *don't* think they should ever mess with a class's PvE performance to improve PvP performance. Note to self: Drink coffee, then comment. :[
May 19th 2011 4:55PM I think they should ever, EVER mess with a class's PvE performance just to improve PvP performance. Ever. Never ever ever ever EVER. I would LOVE if the class just handled differently while in arena or a battleground or something than it does in raids/dungeons, but PvE should always be the first priority for the developers because it's the bread and butter of this entire game.
If I wanted to PvP I'd play a different damn game. It holds absolutely no interest for me in WoW. On the extremely rare occasions I enter any sort of PvP environment on purpose (like Tol Barad), it's only as a healer, and only to get gear for PvE.
Damn you, Blizzard, why you nerf my deeps? :(
May 9th 2011 7:34PM I haven't played a Warlock in a while, but I think that's just how the class plays at later levels, unless you're really careful not to pull aggro from your pet (and that's no fun). I leveled Demonology til 80; I'd throw some dots on a mob, let my Felguard finish him off, start killing a second mob on my own. I'm not saying I knew what I was doing, but it seemed to work okay.
I don't think I ever leveled as Aff except at extremely low levels, and I didn't care for it. And in raids, I had to work really hard before I did "just okay" on the meters as Aff (back before they removed some dots to make it easier), which I thought was ridiculous considering how much work I put in and the fact that it was a damage-only class.
As for Destro, that was pretty fun, but almost too easy in PvE. Most mobs died before they could reach me and I did fine in raids. I had talents to get instant cast Incinerates (I think?) if I was hit by melee, which helped a lot if a mob got too close. But if I was ever really in trouble, my fears sucked (since I took no talents to improve them) and I died a lot more than I liked (always right after my Soulstone wore off).
Any pushback of my spells really pissed me off, none of my pets could hold aggro, and my fears were surprisingly sucky. I loved my Warlock at first but I ended up getting really frustrated at always feeling like my class was always getting a bum deal.
That's why my main is now a Shadow Priest. They do everything I ever wanted to do on a Warlock, without being beholden to a pet. They have better fear options and the ability to offspec heal. Also, since they aren't a damage-only class, I don't expect to top the charts and am pleasantly surprised when I do. And there's a lot of fun utility spells (Mind Vision, Shackle Undead, Mind Control) to keep things interesting.
tl;dr Warlocks are cool but kind of broken sometimes. If I'd played a Priest first, I never would have stuck with a Lock for so long. Your mileage may vary.
May 9th 2011 6:42PM Just seconding Khirsah here - Elitist Jerks is a really great resource for every class at level cap, even if you're not gonna raid. You don't have to follow their recommendations to the letter, but I think it's useful to see what raiders are doing.
Just make sure to check to see if the post has been updated since the most recent patch before you take anything to heart.
To actually directly answer your question... you'll always want to be hit capped when you're at level cap, even if you just run non-heroics. Otherwise your attacks can miss and it won't matter how great all your other stats are on your toon. Missing sucks.
May 9th 2011 6:07PM As a Warlock, I avoid mana cake because I know mages just want to kill me with diabetes.
I'm on to you, mages.