Every week, WoW Insider brings you Spiritual Guidance for discipline, holy and shadow priests. Dawn Moore covers the healing side of things for discipline and holy priests. She also writes for LearnToRaid.com and produces the Circle of Healing Podcast.
Do you want to know the greatest and most amazing new thing priests are getting in Mists of Pandaria
? It's a squid. Well, it could be an octopus, but I think it's a squid. It's called a Mindbender
, and it's our new level 45 talent. The Mindbender is a flying, shadowy squid that serves as an improved version of (read: replacement for) our old pal, Shadowfiend
. Our new squid friend does double the damage of Shadowfiend and thus returns twice as much mana. I can only assume the reason he can do this is because he latches onto the heads of our enemies and sucks out their brains, sort of like a Mind Flayer
, the squid-faced monsters from Dungeons and Dragons
with telekinetic powers. Mindbender, Mind Flayer ... That's right, Blizzard, I'm on to you.
Anyway, I imagine Squiddy will become the prime choice for healing priests in MoP
because 1.) mana is mana, and 2.) the other level 45 talents are a bit lackluster. That will unfortunately mean leaving Shadowfiend at home, which is awfully sad, but I've painted up a scenario in my head where Shadowfiend tells me, "Look, Dawn, we've been raiding together for a few years now, and it's about time that I caught up on all the prime time television I've missed. There's Mad Men
, Breaking Bad
, and I've still only seen one episode of Game of Thrones
. I need a break."
"OK, Shadowfiend," I say to it, "you can stay home this expansion."
"Thanks, dollface," it responds with Don Draper-esque charm and winks an eye at me I never knew it had.