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Forum Post Friday – Spell Animations

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment
Each Friday I will pick a forum post from the World of Warcraft EU forums and discuss it. I will pick the post from anywhere within these forums depending on what I find interesting, funny or just rather annoying.

Please click here to read today’s forum post.

Summary

This post is one of many that you find in the ‘General Discussion’ section of the forums. It is just a fun forum post that is trying to engage the community with a topic that doesn’t involve hate towards the Blizzard devs or other players. This post asks you to name your favourite spell animation, nice and simple.

My opinion

If you had asked me this before patch 3.3 I would have said Dispersion without a doubt. What can be more cool than a dark cloud of shadowy awesome? Well
apparently it was too cool for WoW and it has now been changed so that you can still see the player model within the dispersion.

So instead I will pick Shadowform just because it makes everything it touches look awesome. When mounted you will notice that both yourself and your mount will now be covered by Shadowform and if you have a passenger then he/she will also be in Shadowform (no matter what race/class).



Interesting Replies

Rhecksa writes:

Death Grip.

Who doesn’t like shooting Unholy Lightning at enemies and yoink them towards you.”



Burden writes:

“The person on the other end.”


Vaneras (Blizzard Poster) writes:

Hmm… Hard to pick one out of so many really cool ones 🙂


I really like those spells that strike enemies from the sky, like if they were shot by an orbital defence satellite or something… Holy Fire, Moonfire and Starfire are great examples of such spells, but if I am forced to pick only one of them I would probably go for Holy Fire :-)”



Dairyfresh writes:

“I vote for Moonfire.

ION CANNON!”




What is your favourite spell animation? Leave a comment explaining why!




Shadowform!

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

So I hit level 40 last night and finally picked up the most iconic spell of a shadowpriest: Shadowform!


Shadowform now has one of the largest descriptions I’ve ever seen for a single spell and I’m going to take a look at what it means exactly.


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.

Threat Reduction

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.