Shadow Priest PvP Guide (Cataclysm)

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Introduction

This is a concise pvp guide for level 85 shadow priests.

It does not cover play tactics which really needs another guide in itself.

It is current for Cataclysm 4.3 and will cease to be relevant when MoP is released.

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Race

Alliance

Human for Every Man for Himself racial.

Removes all movement impairing effects and all effects which cause loss of control of your character. This effect shares a cooldown with other similar effects.
Allows two dps trinkets in place of pvp trinket.

Horde

Debatable but doesn’t really matter, so pick the one you best like the flavor of.

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Talents and Glyphs

http://www.wowhead.com/talent#bfMkZZhrMdrkrdzfo:skmVkMM0z
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Stats

Stat Priority

4% Hit > 240 Spell Penetration > Intellect > Haste > Crit > Mastery
Hit

Your base chance to hit with spells is 96%: hence why +4% hit is needed to never miss.

Don’t get any Hit gear. You get all the Hit you need from Spirit through the talent Twisted Faith.

Increases your Shadow spell damage by 2%, and grants you spell hit rating equal to 100% of any Spirit gained from items or effects.
Spell Penetration

Negates fire, frost, shadow, nature and arcane Resistance.

You get all the Spell Penetration you need to eliminate all Resistance (pvp hard cap is 240) by obtaining
Ruthless Gladiator's D%@@* of Diffusion

Intellect
Most important primary stat. It adds Spell Power, mana and spell crit chance.

Haste
Haste reduces cast time, makes your DoTs tick faster and adds an extra tick to your DoTs.

Crit
Makes DoTs tick and other spells hit for double damage randomly.

Mastery
Not that important for Shadow Priests in pvp.

Resilience
So important: get as much Resilience as you can to mitigate damage against players.

Stamina
Gives you more health. Not as good as Resilience point for point, but still necessary.

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Gear

Start with Ruthless Gladiator’s gear, then upgrade to Cataclysmic Gladiator’s gear as you accrue Conquest Points.

Must Haves:

4 Mooncloth for the 4 set PW:S snare escape bonus and either:
Ruthless Gladiator's Satin Hood; or
Ruthless Gladiator's Satin Mantle

Ruthless Gladiator's D%@@* of Diffusion to achieve the Spell Penetration hard cap.

Ruthless Gladiator's Badge of Dominance; or
Cunning of the Cruel if you can get it.

Ruthless Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity to escape crowd control; or
Ruthless Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity if Alliance.

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Reforging

Reforge all secondary stats to Haste.

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Gems

Meta socket
Burning Shadowspirit Diamond

Red socket
Brilliant Inferno Ruby

Yellow/red socket
Willful Ember Topaz

Blue socket
Timeless Demonseye

Then upgrade to the epic equivalents when you can.

Edit: Many players use Brilliant Queen's Garnet in yellow and blue sockets and forgo the socket bonus.

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Enchants

Main-hand
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74242

Off-hand
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74235

Chest
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74250; or
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74214

Legs
http://www.wowhead.com/item=54448

Bracers
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=96262

Cloak
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74240

Gloves
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74198

Boots
http://www.wowhead.com/spell=74189

Head
http://www.wowhead.com/item=68770

Shoulders
http://www.wowhead.com/item=68772

Belt
http://www.wowhead.com/item=55054

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A Play Tactic Worth a Mention

While this guide does not deal with play tactics, Multi-dotting is worth a mention.

Cycle through all enemy targets casting Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain on each, as well as Devouring Plague on one. Use Mind Blast and Mind Flay as fillers until it’s time to refresh the DoTs again. Use crowd control as needed, particular against enemy healers and enemy players targeting you.

Multi-dotting is one of the class defining characteristics of a Shadow Priest and will get you top damage position in BGs once geared.

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Conclusion

Have fun!
Edited by Niks on 7/26/2012 11:11 PM PDT
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07/11/2012 09:30 AMPosted by Niks
4% Hit > 240 Spell Penetration > Intellect > Haste > Crit > Mastery


Mastery > Crit

Too important when putting out pressure with dots, and larger mind blasts.

Blue socket
Timeless Demonseye


Stam? Really? Go pure Int for more damage if you choose your gear set up.

I don't have my shadow gear on (trying disc for now) but if you go with the satin shoulders + non spirit offpieces (besides ring), you'll get around 4% hit with int/spi gems.

Yellow/red socket
Willful Ember Topaz


Int / Haste is worth mentioning too if you play a comp with good peels. Resil gems too for just the opposite.

While this guide does not deal with play tactics, Multi-dotting is worth a mention.

Cycle through all enemy targets casting Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain on each, as well as Devouring Plague on one. Use Mind Blast and Mind Flay as fillers until it’s time to refresh the DoTs again.


Should mention you should try for a shadow orb up for +dot damage before you start multi dotting like crazy. Also mention when to multi dot, since it's not always the best choice when there are multiple enemies.

Horde

Doesn’t matter, so pick the one you best like the flavor of.


yes it does
Edited by Xista on 7/11/2012 12:24 PM PDT
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07/11/2012 09:30 AMPosted by Niks
in order help negate the -2% night elf racial hit bonus


The night elf racial does not have anything to do with spells.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=20582

Horde

Doesn’t matter, so pick the one you best like the flavor of.


This is never true for PVP.
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The night elf racial does not have anything to do with spells.


Thanks. Guide now edited to reflect this.
Edited by Niks on 7/16/2012 8:00 AM PDT
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