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Spiritual Guidance: The 10 best weapons for shadow priests in patch 4.3 {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2012 12:07AM Description of Dragonwrath's behaviour is wrong.

Addon Spotlight: Hermes, Extra Button, and the mature language filter addon {WoW}

Dec 20th 2011 1:42AM Would love the snippet of LUA that moves the bag bar there. I have the same problem, I only need it once it a blue moon to switch bags yet have it taking up screen space permanently.

Would probably be just as good or better to move it to the bank interface (the only real time I change bags)

Addon Spotlight: Mailbag 4 {WoW}

Nov 25th 2011 3:28AM Vuhdo will work just as well, so long as you have a good raid frame addon that you're comfortable with.

I'd like to throw in a vote for ora3, Pheonix style and Recount deaths. I like ZOMGbuffs for buff checking, plenty of choices for this, just the one I use.

I'd also throw in raidcomp for... you guessed it, setting up raid lineups, it checks raid buff coverage and helps keep track of people's offspecs.

You'll also want to get used to setting up macro's with raid strategy assignments. You may be able to explain 9 or 24 different assignments over vent, but it's a lot easier to just have a macro with people's assignments that you can adjust and respam.

As for cooldown tracking, this is a problem I've still not solved myself. I want something that tells me the list of cooldowns still available to me, not the ones that are on cooldown. I don't want to look down to call a battle rez and need to work out which druid isn't there, I just want the list of druids still available, and maybe the CD of the first one coming off CD. I don't want to call for a healer cooldown and have to work out which isn't on the ora3 list, I just want the list of available spells available.

Would appreciate any help on that one if anyone knows a solution.

Spiritual Guidance: Holy Priest 101, part 1 {WoW}

Jan 4th 2011 4:33PM Kill it with your hate people, wtb comment system.

Spiritual Guidance: Holy Priest 101, part 1 {WoW}

Jan 4th 2011 4:32PM There's a table in the EJ thread about half way down under the heading of "Haste" that lists the rating's required to reach a 5th tick of renew (along with less realistic points of a 6th tick and the GCD cap).
While it doesn't list percentages on the character sheet to aim for, 1181.5 rating is listed as the required amount to get a 5th tick of renew at 85 with 3/3 darkness, which according to my quick math is 9.22%. Of course there is another lower mark if you can reliably have a 5% haste buff from a spriest, boomy or shammy totem.

On the deeper topic of how important hard number crunching theorycrafting is for healing, I agree wholeheartedly that it has a lot to do with how you play and feel, and what you think you need. Dps only maximise one metric (guess which), while healers maximise 2, throughput and regen. The trade off between those two is the how-does-it-make-you-feel decision.

At the end of the day, we could just summerise all healer gearing advice as "collect higher ilvls preferably with spirit". So much of it comes down to ability with healing that a good healer would heal her way through all content with that. Theorycrafting is about squeezing out all those little 0.5% increases that individually you'll never really observe, and even together the difference will be minor.

Spiritual Guidance: Holy Priest 101, part 1 {WoW}

Jan 4th 2011 4:29PM There's a table in the EJ thread about half way down under the heading of "Haste" that lists the rating's required to reach a 5th tick of renew (along with less realistic points of a 6th tick and the GCD cap).
While it doesn't list percentages on the character sheet to aim for, 1181.5 rating is listed as the required amount to get a 5th tick of renew at 85 with 3/3 darkness, which according to my quick math is 9.22%. Of course there is another lower mark if you can reliably have a 5% haste buff from a spriest, boomy or shammy totem.

On the deeper topic of how important hard number crunching theorycrafting is for healing, I agree wholeheartedly that it has a lot to do with how you play and feel, and what you think you need. Dps only maximise one metric (guess which), while healers maximise 2, throughput and regen. The trade off between those two is the how-does-it-make-you-feel decision.

At the end of the day, we could just summerise all healer gearing advice as "collect higher ilvls preferably with spirit". So much of it comes down to ability with healing that a good healer would heal her way through all content with that. Theorycrafting is about squeezing out all those little 0.5% increases that individually you'll never really observe, and even together the difference will be minor.

Spiritual Guidance: Holy Priest 101, part 1 {WoW}

Jan 4th 2011 3:17AM "Just take in mind that the spell haste you receive from Darkness will not appear on your character sheet. This means if you're going for 12.5% haste, you'll want the haste on your character sheet to read 9.5%, not 12.5%."

Haste effects stack multiplicatively not additively as I'm sure you know. The EJ thread you link to later probably has the correct value. Otherwise looking forward to 102, though I'm a disc man myself.

Spiritual Guidance: Gearing a shadow priest for Cataclysm heroics {WoW}

Dec 16th 2010 2:21AM I'm sorry Fox, I love your writing, but I can't stand idly by as you give budding young spriests bad advice. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but as you allude to, Cataclysm really is the Gear Score expansion. with the introduction of reforging and and the strength of primary stats, there is rarely going to be a piece of gear that is an ilvl lower and better. (You seem attached to this paradigm, however it was broken in the first place)

You suggest that sometimes an ilvl 333 can be better than an ilvl 346. Lets look at an example I'll take to try to swing it in your favor:

http://www.wowhead.com/item=67237
vs
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56436
The treads have what you and I agree are ideal secondary stats, while the slippers have spirit and our dreaded mastery (though now fixed and simcrafing only slightly worse than crit)
To make it further worse, Lets assume we are so far over the hit cap that no reforging of other gear can get us under, and any point of hit will be wasted (essentially making the spirit valueless)

However, int is king, and this new pair of boots get us 26 more intellect. And with reforging we can turn some of that useless spirit into our loved haste, 131*0.4 = 52 haste infact

so we lose 113-52 = 61 haste and 144 crit
and gain 161 mastery and 26 int

suffice it to say 161mastery > 144 crit, for further maths and explanation go download simcraft or visit shadowpriest.com.
secondly 26 int > 61 haste (even with your value of 0.4 for haste)
QED.

As you can see, even the worse possible 346 gear is better than the best possible 333 gear. Int is just too powerful, and reforging just makes it easy to turn 'bad' gear into mediocre gear.


On a completely separate note, your suggestion to reforge to haste and drop ilvl's for haste is not what I would advise new shadow priests, especially considering the mana problems most of us are experiencing in dungeons.

For any fight longer than 2 mins, crit is actually simcrafting as more valuable than haste (due to Sin and Punishment mana regen value, and because haste gives us more damage at the cost of faster mana spending which crit does not).

As this article is aimed at dungeon running spriests, I would suggest they value crit higher, than haste, as haste's value is only so high because of how well our dots benefit from it, and in a dungeon most spriests will be casting a lot of Mind Spike on trash and adds, never getting into a full dot rotation for long.