Many never even need to switch, as shadow is the strongest solo build and therefore the most common while leveling. Short answer: YES! Donât play priest only to play shadow in classic. Theyâre a great class for duels and World PvP. Shadow is kind of not good. While all priests have access to some shadow spells -- like Shadow Word: Pain which deals damage to an enemy over time or the Shadowfiend which can be summoned to attack the priestâ¦ I welcome feedback and discussion. With 8 debuffs, a shadow priest is impossible to play effectively in a raid. But still, when I play warlock on Timeless Isle, I just feel I can do much more than priest, same with raiding. My MW Monk is Venthry and this DK is going Night Fae. In 1v1 scenarios, the Shadow Priest excels. The Light in which many priests bathe is brilliant and effervescent, granting them immense holy power. Spriest all just look like a shadow and their main spells donât have great animations IMO - Vampiric Touch, Mind Blast, Devouring Plague. Shadow Priest is not just âgoodâ for PvP - it melts faces (as they say)! There is a hard limit of 1 shadow priest per raid. But the brightest light casts the darkest shadowâand from within this blackness, a rival power dwells. Cast Shadow Crash on cooldown. Always out of mana. There is a hard limit of 1 shadow priest per raid. But if you play in a pug environment no one will invite you because shadow is stigmatized in low level and you wonât have score for higher keys. Stop hard casting Mind Blast when there are 5 or more targets. It's not that i seek for the best DPS (it changes with updates and expansions anyway) but fun. Has to downrank spells (use lower lvl spells) all the time because max rank dots run you on and itâs just frustrsting to play. If Blizzard goes with 16 debuffs from the beginning, shadow will be viable right from the start, with your raid using good debuff discipline. Shadow Priest Talents This Shadow Priest build is well rounded and will suffice for all types of content, without focusing on any one thing in particular. If Blizzard goes with 16 debuffs from the beginning, shadow will be viable right from the start, with your raid using good debuff discipline. Shadow priests (or shadowpriests) fully embrace this opposing polarity, their faith equally resolute as their holy counterpartsâbut focused on shadowy magics and mental manipulation. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the Shadow Priest Talent Guide. Omnae - I agree with you. Once you become a shadow priest many players find it hard â¦ With 8 debuffs, a shadow priest is impossible to play effectively in a raid. Try to maintain Vampiric Touch on up to 4 targets. ----Kitsu - IMHO priest, shadow priest, shouldn't be considered support character, but DPS. Explanation below. This guide will cover everything from the fundamentals of playing shadow priest to the advanced playstyles, theorycrafting, and personal experiences that are needed to compete at the highest level. Itâs actually a big factor to me to try to play 4 characters in the 4 different covenants to experience them but still be relatively optimal. And people look up on raider io or mythic raid and say âoh there are shadow priest with high rio or 12/12 M the spec is fineâ. Due to this, many priests have switched allegiances from light to dark, and now focus on the power of death. I've been raiding as a priest since AQ and been playing shadow for every tier except ICC. Otherwise, cast Mind Blast on cooldown, use the Dark Thought procs while channelling Mind Sear if there are not enough targets to spam Searing Nightmare.