Posts Tagged ‘priest-shadow-spiritual-guidance’

by Fox Van Allen

 

Shadow priests are in a glorious place right now, just as they’ve been for most of theCataclysm expansion. We top the DPS charts on a number of different fights. We’re no fire mages, but shadow priests are all over the Warmaster Blackhorn and Madness of Deathwing top 10 DPS lists. Unless you’re in a raid with one of the best fire mages in the country, there’s no reason why you can’t be at the top of the DPS charts too.

If you’re not, though, there’s hope. The website World of Logs (and its equivalents) offers a lot of great ways to analyze your own personal performance and the performance of your fellow raiders. But how do you use it, what should you look for, and what metrics actually matter for shadow priests? Let’s take a look.
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by Fox Van Allen

 

When we met here last, I spent a great deal of time calculating the power of trinkets, partially because it’s an important subject and one that’s not easy for a shadow priest to unravel without performing their own research (or reading someone else’s). The real reason: WoW Insider data shows you guys absolutely love reading about trinkets. And why wouldn’t you? Trinkets are the most compelling gear slot to fill. Instead of relying on boring, flat stats, they offer compelling procs.

But trinkets aren’t the only pieces of gear that offer compelling procs — not anymore. Game designers at Blizzard are finally living up to a promise they made way back in February 2010 to “make more proc weapons in the future.”

The future is now, but that presents a new challenge to shadow priest. What exactly are those neat new procs worth? And what’s our best-in-slot weapon?
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by Fox Van Allen

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Gearing in Cataclysm is a no-brainer. Blizzard finally gets the needs of different classes and seems to be making gear that we actually want. Spirit plus haste gear is all over the place. So is mastery plus haste gear. And since almost everything worth getting has red sockets, we don’t even need to do the math on what gem to use. And even with the “wrong” gear, reforging can make it almost as good as a best in slot.

There’s one place where gearing up is still somewhat of a challenge, and that’s the trinket slot. Instead of flat secondary stats, trinkets typically rely on procs with unspoken internal cooldowns and hard-to-theorycraft bonus damage.

When two numbers follow the name of a trinket, the first represents the pseudopower of the regular version; the second represents the pseudopower of the heroic version. When three numbers follow, the first represents the Raid Finder version; the second, the regular; and the third represents the pseudopower of the heroic version. Pseudopower numbers are calculated using the same SimulationCraft numbers that Mr. Robot uses.
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by Fox Van Allen

 

As you might expect from the final boss of a raiding tier, Ragnaros has quite a few tricks up his sleeve and quite a few phases to undergo. Thankfully, we’re shadow priests — we got this.

Note that unless you’re attempting this fight on heroic mode, victory is achieved when Ragnaros’s health drops to 10%. Because of this, the Glyph of Shadow Word: Death holds a lot less value. I find that Glyph of Dispersion makes a better choice for survivability reasons. Mana is generally not a concern regardless.
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by Fox Van Allen

 

Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest. With patch 4.2, our own legendary came at last.

The power of the weapon is absolutely unmatched. By virtue of the staff’s stats, it’s the shadow priest’s best-in-slot weapon for patch 4.2 and likely for patch 4.3 as well. Beyond that, though, Dragonwrath is worth thousands of extra DPS by virtue of its spell-duplication proc alone. And did I mention that it can also turn you into a giant friggin’ blue dragon? Why wouldn’t you want this thing?

But like everything worth doing, getting the Dragonwrath doesn’t come easy. To score this epic, you need to put in your time in the Firelands, beat down some bosses, and then undergo Through a Glass, Darkly, the hardest solo quest your shadow priest will ever suffer. Are you ready?
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by Fox Van Allen

 

PVP in and of itself is a damn complex subject. With a PVE encounter, there’s some randomness, but it’s all contained within a predetermined set of variables that you can research on a resource such as Wowhead. You may not know when Onyxia is gonna use her Deep Breath ability, but you know it’s coming.

PVP is different. You don’t know what your opponent is thinking (if he’s even thinking at all). Some battleground teams head into battle looking for a street fight, hoping to win with raw brutality and no real strategy. Other teams choreograph their movements and communicate through Ventrillo or Mumble, approaching each battle like amateur Douglas MacArthurs. There’s no algorithm that tells you how your opponents will act and react to what you do.

I’m far from a PVP expert myself, so I can really only offer you some of the PVP basics to get you started. If you’re looking to get your feet wet and start exploring the other side of the World of Warcraft game … read on.
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by Fox Van Allen

 

If you don’t have a lot of ilevel 359 gear from raiding (or from the auction house, or from reputation rewards), patch 4.1 is a godsend. A ton of great gear drops for shadow priests are about to be added to the game, winnable by anyone with the skill to take on the new heroics. There are some things you won’t find in the new heroics, and some things not worth grabbing though, so it’s a good idea to get your shopping list ready now.

Just ’cause it’s purple doesn’t mean it’s good

The If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you 5-mans of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub are brimming with all sorts of terrific epics for almost every gear slot imaginable. But don’t be confused by that purple-colored text — these new pieces of weapons and armor carry a lower item level than epics currently in the game (353 vs. 359).
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by Fox Van Allen

 

You see, lots of World of Warcraft players are interested in reaching out and trying new specs, but are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information they need to get started. They want to know all about talents, gems, and what the spec is all about, but they don’t want to sift through 50 articles to get the information. They want the Cliff Notes version. And that’s precisely what the 101 series is all about.

All my fellow writers here finished their Not as Cool as Shadow 101 articles back in December or so. Since I was too busy staring at my own reflection to get it done in time … well, here it is, three months late: Shadow 101.
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by Fox Van Allen

In patch 4.0.1, you create massive numbers of copies of yourself simply by moving around, your shadowfiend is on a variable timer and Betty White is your new anthropology teacher. (Change is confusing sometimes. Roll with it.)

With the way everything just changed overnight, it’s all too easy for a shadow priest to feel in over his head. Worry not, though — the magnificent (though self-aggrandizing) Fox Van Allen has you covered with a comprehensive, ten-step checklist to get yourself raid re-ready for 4.0.1. New stat values, new gemming guidelines and even new enchanting info — it’s all here, and it’s all after the break.

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