Dailies as a priest
But then I've always been shadow. I thought Disc priests hit hard and can kill things no problem. Back in BC, one friend had to raid heal then farm - back when you had to pay for respecs. He grind'd Netherwing rep mostly as Disc. He was also crazy.
11/20/2012 01:32 AMPosted by RonfårI was just curious how others addressed this. I have to have both disc and holy specs for my raid group(switching depending on fight). This makes doing dailies a pain. I either have to respec every day, or just quest as disc which is a pain. What are other priests in a similar circumstance doing? Are you guys constantly respeccing like i am? Or are you just sticking it out with disc, or holy dps. If you do respec do you use an addon that makes constant action bar spell changing easier?
I stick with Disc DPS mostly. Yes, it means things take longer, but you can see how much grinding I've done to get my current gear. And yes, I have the Achievement for doing the Shado Pan Dailies as a solo. I think I died six or seven times on the Elites in the far mantid island.
The bigger problem is that dailies in this gear isn't too bad, but I have to wear my PvP gear to even have a chance to at least make a decent attempt at running away from those that want to fight.
And well, you'll never be able to down a rare NPC. It's pretty impossible against anything that requires an interrupt.
But I still do it. I prefer Holy / Disc to Shadow. I did Shadow for one week, was pulling 56K DPS on Sha in my 376 off piece gear (thanks to my bad luck in winning gear). I didn't realize that I should have set my role to healer anyway (since we had 13 healers in the group), so I won the Shadow Tier gloves. /facepalm
I swear I'm going to go Shadow just for PvP. I just hate the idea of giving up a healing spec.
Use SW:P and SW:D.
Use Inner Fire.
Don't be afraid to pop Mindbender and Power Infusion offensively. Especially since both have relatively short cooldowns, they're up a lot.
You should have HF and Smite glyphed.
I use Cascade on groups. It doesn't always do a ton, but helps out so why not.
1) mindbender is your absolute best friend. This allows shadow fiend to be up every other mob or so and significantly reduces the time it takes to kill a mob (and as Kerias said, don't be afraid to use power infusion on cooldown as well).
2) I also prefer to glyph holy nova. (Yeah, it's low damage but it's still an aoe that can be used once your lvl 90 aoe is on cd).
3) I love the klaxxi buff that does the explosion at 8 debuffs. (Each tick of penance counts as one stack, divine star going and coming back is 2 stacks, sw:p is one stack, and either holy fire or holy nova for the final stack).
Since I can't stand the way Shadow plays now, and absolutely hate the lame Shadow Apparitions visual, I plan to stay Discipline for my 90 questing efforts (or alternate with Holy if it feels better after 5.1 patch).
An addon like ovale can help to re-assimilate the dps spec/binds if you, like me, hadn't played shadow for some time. (Although I didn't find it took long to learn to ride the bike again).
As for the bars/binds, sorry can't help you there. I went looking, but in the end gave up and just went with an old fashioned pencil and paper approach for the first week. After that the talent/glyph/keybind change was pretty much second nature and only took a minute or so.
Tbh it was also nice just to touch base with shadow again, even if I'll never be a serious dpser.
Unlike Xanadu, I do find it fun. Hitting big numbers (just for a change) can still make me smile a little. I may even make my other priest full time shadow again in this xpac :P.
The difference between disc soloing (which used to be my M.O.) and shadow soloing is like night and day. I can take down groups of 10-12 lvl 90 mobs (the kind we encounter in said dailies) with little to no hassle, maintaining dots on all of them and focusing down 2 or 3 at a time with procs. I might have to pop desperate prayer or renew/sheild, but by the next time I need those spells, they're available with a comfortable margin.
I'm probably going to switch my heal spec to disc, but keep my shadow spec. My viability as a dps for raids where needed is a very pleasant surprise, and I fully intend to perfect it as much as I study my healing specs.
Now, the idea of leveling in my OS Holy gives me shivers. I tried it for about 5 minutes in Mists (which is about how long it took to kill one mob!). MAYBE with the changes coming to Chakra Chastise in 5.1 it will be doable, but definitely NOT now!
Kerias who posted above covers pretty much everything.
Never underestimate SW:P.
Mindbender is mandatory if you want to seriously dps.
As is PI; and if you're really crazy you can reroll troll and get the berserking racial ;)
Penance is a beast now.
Glyph Smite, Holyfire and Inner fire.
Sucks too, cause I refuse to dungeon as Shadow, so cannot queue for my daily dungeons until after I do all my quests. Fortunately healers queue pretty fast.
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