Future of this blog

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Hello Shadow Priests, i’m really sorry for the lack of posts and updates. I’ve been very busy with work and of course Legion. . I’ve already prestiged and almost hit honor level 50 again to get the visions of Madness pvp Skin.   In the near future i plan to provide more content including a shadow priest pve and pvp guide. Once the pvp season starts i will try many different arena comps and share my experience. I will provide Best in Slot charts and tips how to improve your Shadow DPS. The blog will receive a visual update to improve readability.  

Shadowpriest Legion Beta Update

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It has been a while since my last blog post. I have been very busy recently with work and other things. But I have been testing shadow over the past weeks and month and here are my thoughts on the current status:   Positive – The Gameplay feels fluid and fun. – There are some good talent choices – Voidform is active instead of passive like in alpha – Dominant Mind while questing is very fun and fits the theme perfectly – Visuals are great. Voidform, Voidbolt, Surrender to Madness etc. look very cool. – Devs listening to some of the feedback like Shadowy Insight, Void Ray or Void bolt refreshing dots.   Neutral – Utility spells now need mana again. A good thing, right? Yes, but the mana pool is very small and spells cost a lot. Shadowmend heals for little and you are out of mana after 4 Shadowmends. Mass dispel costs about 70% of your total mana.   Negative – AoE is terrible – Removal of Psychic Horror, Leap of Faith – Removal of the Shadowform ability is a visual and gameplay issue. No compensation for the armor loss and a great disparity between voidform and non […]

Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire

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will be the Shadow Priest artifact in World of Warcraft: Legion, alongside the Off-hand item  . This terrifying dagger was made from the claw of an Old God eons ago, and dark priests used it for ritual sacrifices during the height of the Black Empire. After the fall of the Old Gods, Xal’atath was hidden away by cults. It has surfaced from time to time over the course of history, inevitably associated with some horrific ritual or disaster.   The blade has a will of its own: it uses powerful Void energies and mind magics to warp everything around it for some nefarious purpose. It whispers to you while doing various activities like dungeons, raids, questing or just walking around.   Artifact ability The blade has a very powerful channeled ability called Void Torrent   Major Artifact Perks You will be able to spend artifact power to gain access to several artifact perks. Here are some of the highlights:   Call of the Void Mass Hysteria Sphere of Insanity Thrive in the Shadows Mental Fortitude   Appearances As you progress Legion endgame you can unlock multiple skin variations of Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire   Blade of the Black Empire […]

Shadowpriest changes – Build 21384

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New artifact weapon skin:   Spriest now has mana for utility spells.     Datamined Changes Dispel Magic Dispels Magic on the enemy target, removing 1 beneficial Magic effects. Can be cast in Shadowform. 2.6% of Base Mana / 2.6% of Base Mana / All Shadow Orbs. 30 yd range. Instant. 4% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. Instant. Mass Dispel Dispels magic in a 15 yard radius, removing all harmful Magic from 10 friendly targets and 1 beneficial Magic effects from 10 enemy targets. Potent enough to remove Magic that is normally undispellable. 13% of Base Mana / 13% of Base Mana / All Shadow Orbs 8% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 1.5 sec cast. 15 sec cooldown. Talents Mind Spike Assail the target with shadowy spikes, dealing [ 45% of Spell Power ] Shadowfrost damage and leaving a spike embedded in their mind for until cancelled. Up to 10 spikes may be embedded this way. Mind Blast will detonate these spikes, each dealing an additional 200% of their original damage. Generates 5 Insanity. Shadow Priest – Level 100 Talent. 40 yd range. 1.5 sec cast. Mindbender Summons a Mindbender to attack the target for 15 12 sec. […]

Shadowpriest Utility and Psychic Horror removal

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It seems Blizzard is not looking at the whole picture – Quantity over quality. Yes, shadow has a great number of tools. But.. Lets take a look at each individual utility spell. Psychic Scream has a huge position requirement, without spectral guise/feathers/slow removal it will be much harder to cc a healer without a previous cc and it will put you out of position many times. The removal of horror makes this problem worse // Where as Mind Bomb has a cast time and low duration AND it replaces psychic scream AND shares the stun DR. It has too many downsides. Mindcontrol has a cast time AND is channeled. This is very unique (and bad), DRs with Disorients (Psychic Scream), breaks on damage on the priest -> limited use in competetive pvp. On top of that it still has the old issues like disconnecting if you move right before the end of the cast etc. Dispel Magic was indirectly nerfed as there are much less magic buffs in Legion Mass Dispel has a long cast time and high ressource cost compared to Rets with their instant, low cd, no cost removal Using Power Word Shield or Vampiric Embrace as a […]

Shadowpriest changes – Build 21384

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Developer Design notes: Shadow Priest – Void Bolt now refreshes, rather than extends, Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain. Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain now generate Insanity on cast, and their durations have been adjusted. Dominate Mind renamed back to Mind Control, and usable on players. Psychic Horror removed.   Hey Shadow Priests. Let’s talk a bit about utility. Shadow in Legion currently has a ridiculous amount of utility, way more than any other spec. I talked about that in the previous thread, here: Re: Utility Shadow is in a very odd situation when it comes to utility, especially in PvP. The amount of potential utility they offer is astronomical. It’s a staggeringly long list: Body and Soul, Dispel Magic, Dominate Mind, Mass Dispel, Mind Bomb, Power Word: Shield, Psychic Horror, Psychic Scream, Purify Disease, Shackle Undead, Shadow Mend, Silence, Vampiric Embrace… probably something else I’ve forgotten offhand. But at the same time, despite the crazy number of utility spells at their fingertips, it’s actually quite hard for them to actually use many of them. Since their rotation is based on continuously generating Insanity as fast as possible, any time lost to utility is punishing, especially in Voidform, where […]