Outland passed me by so quickly I don’t really know what to say. By this time I was expecting to be able to moan about how much I hated the experience but it was great. The combination of having a flying mount and very little downtime meant that I sped through each zone and raked in the XP. I had memories of Outland being this horrible grind to level 68 so I could quickly escape to WOTLK content but it was quite the opposite.
Anyway I headed over to Orgrimmar to clear my bags and make sure I was completely ready for Northrend and hopped onto the next Zepplin. My destination was Warsong Hold:
I’ve always enjoyed the WOTLK quests and I look forward to starting them after I finish this post. I now need to start looking out for gear that might actually come in useful during the Undergered project. This means I need to pick which reputations to improve, which zones to visit and which dungeons to enter.
So I hit level 40 last night and finally picked up the most iconic spell of a shadowpriest: Shadowform!
That description can seem a little overwhelming to a new shadowpriest and although everyone understands that it is good, not everyone can fully explain why. Also take a look at the mana cost to put Shadowform up, its not cheap so always remember that when dropping Shadowform for a quick heal or two. However the mana cost is actually a lot less than it used to be before patch 3.3 and should not be overlooked when you think providing some off heals may be useful.
Damage Increase / Damage Reduction
Ok the first part of the descrption is probably the most straightforward. Having Shadowform increases all shadow damage that you do by 15% and reduces all the damage you will take by 15%. Nice and easy, this spell will make you hit harder and take more hits.
All threat generated is reduced by 30%. As I mentioned before, being a shadowpriest means you will put out some pretty constant damage as well as group healing, which means that you may attract a little more attention from your enemies than you would like. A flat 30% threat reduction will help compensate this and let you breathe a little easier when you start melting faces in PvE.
Cannot cast Holy spells
This is the biggest disadvantage to a priest using Shadowform. You cannot use any holy spells apart from curse disease/abolish disease. This means that if you want to heal you will need to drop Shadowform. Dropping Shadowform means that you will lose all the advantage it provides until you recast it. When you recast Shadowform you will be using a fair amount of mana and wasting a Global Cooldown. So always assess whether dropping Shadowform is essential or not. However don’t be afraid to drop it when needed as you can often save your own life or a member in your party / raid. When playing in PvP you will need to drop Shadowform more often depending on what situation you are presented with.
Increased DoT crits
This part of shadowform is awesome on so many levels! Allowing your DoT spells to crit for 100% increased damage will vastly improve your DPS if you have some decent crit rating. Remember this increased crit damage will only take place when the player has Shadowform up and you really will see some awesome damage. It is also a god send in PvP when you see your DoTs crit just as you prepare a Mind Blast.
Haste now helps Devouring Plague / Vampiric Touch
This is a rather new addition to Shadowform and it is the reason that many Shadowpriests now love haste. By stacking haste you can make your DP/VT spells do the same amount of damage in a shorter amount of time and thus increase your DPS drastically. Haste is a great stat to have and it provides all sorts of benefits. One of these being the time it takes for your Global Cooldown is reduced and this will let you use your spells and abilities that much faster. Haste can be extremely useful once you get the balance right with your other stats and I will be looking at this at a later time.
So as you may have noticed, I love Shadowform and this will make my leveling process a little easier from now on. Also don’t forget, Shadowform makes everything look bad-ass.
Level 20 is great. I can move faster and fire a laser beam from my hands. Level 20 is great.
When I noticed I was less than 1 bar of XP from level 20 I decided to treat myself to a Warsong Gulch and after waiting a couple of minutes I entered and instantly won. I was actually pretty disappointed to win so quickly as it meant I was no longer level 19 and if I joined another game I would be the lowest level possible in that bracket. I quickly got over that fact when I realized I could now go and purchase my very own raptor mount and no longer have to walk everywhere. I still can’t quite get used to level 20 mounts. Back in my day… never mind.
My leveling spec so far is purely shadow and I am focusing on anything that either increases my damage or makes me more mana efficient. When hitting level 20 I get the chance to obtain the Mind Flay spell which is one that all Shadow Priests love. It does some pretty decent damage and importantly it slows your target by 50%. This is great for any kind of solo activity and lets be honest, lasers are just fun.
Check back tomorrow for some of my best advice for leveling a shadow priest!
….and welcome to my very first post.
I will save you the effort of reading any personal introductions and instead introduce someone much more important than myself.
Please meet Farenz, the level 16 Troll Shadowpriest. I apologize about the above picture, but at this point in time I don’t have any alternative than wearing a loincloth. Today I joined the upcoming Undergeared project which is being led by Gevlon the Greedy Goblin. Please click either of those links to find out more as I do not wish to repeat the information he has already provided. Basically the idea is to complete all WOTLK content in only blue quality gear (sounds mad, right?).
As you can see I have started a completely new character to join in with the fun and I am in the process of leveling my way up to 80. I already have a few level 80 characters but to be honest I was not enjoying them as much as I used to and I relish the chance to level up from scratch and hopefully obtain a character I will use for a long time to come.
Anyway I want to keep this post from being too long. At the moment this blog will be used to write about my World of Warcraft experience, from the undergeared project to making gold. I don’t really know where the blog will end up but I’m excited to find out.