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Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 3:40PM Mana is indeed an issue, but that's really a balancing thing for later in the beta process. I would assume that we'll have the tools to keep from going (chronically) OOM by the time MoP launches, whether that means cheaper spells or a SW:D mana glyph.

Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 3:17PM As was said by another commenter, Empowered Shadow is indeed gone. And good riddance -- that buff wasn't fun to manage at all.

Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 3:15PM One thing to add: For all the talk about making shadow priests simpler, a lot of the changes to the class actually seem to make it more complex. I have far more action buttons than I used to. Sure, you lose Devouring Plague and Divine Hymn, but you get:

Psyfiend/Void Tendrils
Void Shift/Desperate Prayer (optional)
Power Infusion
Shadowy Apparitions
Vampiric Embrace (cooldown)
A new level 90 castable talent

Most of those are (thankfully) cooldowns, but there's not a lot of added simplicity. After all, the removing of DP coincides with the removing of the SW:P auto-refresh. You're still juggling the same amount of DoTs as before, minus one set-it-and-forget-it cast.

Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 3:07PM To be fair, this iteration of the MoP shadow priest is streets ahead of the one from a few months back. A lot of the changes seem scary, like losing the always-on VE. In the long run, though, I think that change is an improvement (as is the press-to-cast SA change).

Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 2:39PM To be honest, there's not a lot of "learning" required -- I was able to pick up the new shadow priest pretty easily. You have to refresh SW:P now, but that just takes the spot on your keybind that Devouring Plague did. Sure, you have to fire off your Shadowy Apparitions when you hit 3 orbs (or sooner, if you're moving), but they feel more important and satisfying now that you can control when they happen. VE moves onto your toolbar to replace Divine Hymn as your powerful emergency heal that you don't have to stop DPSing to use.

All classes are going to get new abilities and lose old ones -- it's just part of the new expansion process. Give the shadow priest a try before you say you're hanging up your DoTs for good. It's a work in progress, and really, it's not that bad.

Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 2:26PM I would presume that they'll create a special case for it to break Shadowform like the current Divine Hymn does, but who knows? It's not technically a Holy spell -- it's in the Nature school, so it technically shouldn't.

The Queue: April Lovefool's Day {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 3:14PM Oh man, I saw The Cardigans perform Love Fool live at a taping of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Tape date: Feb. 5, 1997.

3 things that need to change about WoW's auction house {WoW}

Mar 16th 2012 6:23PM stupid comment system ._.

3 things that need to change about WoW's auction house {WoW}

Mar 16th 2012 6:23PM 999,999g? I'd buy a permanent in-game statue that's around even after I log off. :D

I have a problem paying a lot of money for things that do not exhibit permanence.