Shadow Priest Class Overview
Welcome to my Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.
Shadow Priest relies a lot on DoTs to deal damage. This opens an opportunity to multi-DoT several targets and dealing damage to multiple enemies. The key thing is mana-control, as you can get out of mana very fast.
Here I’ll describe two specs. The first one will be a casual spec, usable with every kind of gear. The second one will be for people with 4/5 T10 Set Bonus.
The advantage of the second build is that we don’t take Improved Mind Blast , which saves us 5 talent points. We take Improved Vampiric Embrace, which will give our raid extra survivability and now we have 16% less treat generation.
Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational
Chaotic Skyflare Diamond
Runed Cardinal Ruby
If Hit Cap (289) is not achieved with gear, then add some Hit Rating gems. If Socket Bonus is not worth matching colors then use Runed Cardinal Ruby.
Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Icewalker
Gameplay & Rotations
Shadow Priests have an opener combo and a priority list afterwards. Let’s take a look.
First spec openers:
This is a standard opener for players using the first spec. (No 4/5 T10 Set Bonus)
Vampiric Touch → Devouring Plague → Mind Blast → Mind Flay → Shadow Word: Pain
Use Shadow Word: Pain only after stacking Shadow Weaving
Second spec openers:
Vampiric Touch, *Mind Blast, Devouring Plague, Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Flay.
*Mind Blast is used much less with this spec.
*Mind Blast procs a regeneration buff.If you have other 3 classes, that give similar buff, then you don't have to use it.
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Check out our Addons Page which will provide you with download links and configuration information. Addon version is correct for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a.