Alright guys, you got me. Last week,
I dissed Priests for their lack of mobility, but some of you, such as user thebvp
pointed out that Priests are more slippery than I gave them credit for by pointing out their dispel abilities
, among other things. With a little more thought, I really have to agree and re-assess Priests on the movement hierarchy. To kick off the final installment of this overly long review on class mobility, we'll start with a second look at Priests.
As pointed out by your comments last week, Priests have the first tier Discipline talent Unbreakable Will
, which is a key PvP talent that increases Stun resistance by a massive 15%. This gives Priests more flexibility to move, although a Rogue spamming Kidney Shots
every 20 seconds will probably still be a real pain to deal with. While Priests have no natural movement enhancing capabilities, they benefit from instant cast spells in the same way that Druids do. In PvP, particularly in Arenas, the ability to cast Renew
, Power Word: Shield
, or Prayer of Mending
while on the go is critical. I cannot stress enough how instant cast is king in PvP, and Priests have it in spades.
Draenei and Dwarf Priests also have Chastise
, which replaced Fear Ward
. With a 30-second cooldown, it is a fairly reliable means of crowd control, arguably even better than the Paladin's 31-point Retribution talent Repentance
. It is effectively a spell interrupt every thirty seconds, and the incapacitate effect gives the Priest a small window within which to move away from undesirable encounters. Of course, enjoy it while it lasts as Patch 2.4
reportedly brings a change to Chastise
. It will no longer be a an incapacitate effect but a root. As far as movement goes, it's a winner, but will no longer be usable as a spell interrupt. The change also makes Repentance slightly less embarrassing.
Dispel Magic is an instant cast spell that Priests can use to full effect because it is like a mixture of both Purge
, usable on both friend and foe alike. Against magical snares such as Entangling Roots
or Frost Shock
, Priests can remove the debuffs on themselves as well as their allies. This ability extends to limiting the movement of certain classes such as Shamans, whose Ghost Wolf
spell is actually a magical buff rather than a physical form, or Paladins, who rely on Blessing of Freedom
constantly in PvP. Lastly, I forgot to mention how Priests and their friends can be highly resistant to fear thanks to the now-usable-by-all-races Fear Ward
and Shadow Protection
. Since a good number of Fear effects are shadow-based (Vims
, I'm looking at you), the latter ability provides excellent protection against CC in PvP. Of course, as far as CC goes, Priests have Mind Control
, so they can turn enemies into friends for a short while until they can run them off the side of cliffs or until the cavalry arrives. Good times.