Faces! They still exist in Mists of Pandaria, and they still need melting. Particularly Garrosh’s. So, as a Shadow Priest, let us get you up to speed on your talents, glyphs, gems, reforging, stats, and rotation – which have all changed this patch – with no walls of text required – just quick, simple get-started-now instructions for MoP and WoW Patch 5.4. After all, those faces are not going to melt themselves…
Updated 17th September 2013 to World of Warcraft 5.4
Some changes to recommended talents and stats.
Our rotation hasn’t massively changed from Cataclysm, but there are some twists and tweaks to it.
The guides below assume you’re using our standard talent build.
Note for old-school Shadow Priests: DoTs are no longer your top priority!
Simply attempt to get DoTs (Shadow Word Pain and Vampiric Touch) up on as many enemies as possible. Then use Mind Flay when Devouring Plague is up, use Devouring Plague when you have 3 Shadow Orbs, and Mind Blast on CD otherwise. Finally, try to use Shadow Word Death on targets below 20% health, and use Mind Flay if you need a filler.
Remember to cast Power Word Fortitude and Inner Fire.
Also, remember to be in Shadowform.
MoP talents are very situational, and the theorycrafters are still deciding on the best ones to use. However, here’s a good general-purpose Shadow Priest talent build:
Intellect is king, followed by Hit/Spirit to the 15% Spell Hit Cap (5100 rating), then Haste to 18,215 Haste Rating, then Crit.
Reforging: Reforge to Crit and Mastery to Haste where you can until you have 18,215 Haste Rating or you can’t reforge to Haste any more. Then reforge remaining Crit and Mastery, plus Haste over 8085, to Hit up to the cap, then Crit.
Gems: Red slots: Reckless gems. Yellow slots: Quick gems. Blue slots: Quick gems.
Meta Gem: Burning meta gems.
Note – see the How2Priest guide below for more detail on Haste and Haste breakpoints.
Glyph choices for Shadow Priests are still very much up in the air, but here are some good options:
Major: Glyph of Inner Sanctum, Glyph of Mind Flay (Improves movement speed) and Glyph of Vampiric Embrace.
Minor: Whatever you like.
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
There’s a couple of excellent Shadow Priest guides out there:
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