It’s taking forever but I haven’t given up yet. The last time I redid my talents I switched from an emphasis on a Holy/Healing priest to put more talents in the Shadow tree so that I could do more damage when I’m out trying to level by myself. I like healing in a group so this was a big decision for me but sometimes it’s hard to find a group to join (and I’m tired of being a low level player.) I want a mount!
Over the past 10 or so levels I’ve picked up some great gear with plus shadow damage and plus healing spells. It’s like the gear was designed specifically for a shadow priest. My favourite spells are Holy Fire — I open with this one as it has a longer cast on it. By opening with it I can cast before the target knows they’re under attack. My other favourite is Mind Flay. It even sounds dangerous. It creates a line of light between my priest and the target — almost like their belly buttons are joined. I can just imagine the target’s brains oozing out through their navel while I flay their mind. Yum.
But it isn’t enough. I’m still not gaining levels as quickly as I’d like so I’ve done some research and decided to respec completely in the Shadow tree. At level 32 I’ll be able to keep Mind Flay and reach all the way down the tree to Vampiric Embrace.
I’ll be a crummy healer but I should do much better at grinding/leveling. I’ll hang on to the gear I’ve got with the plus healing bonuses so that if I ever am in a group I’ll be worth something. I think I might miss my wand specialization from the discipline tree that I like to use when I’m getting low on mana but I’m hoping with this shadow spec I may not run out of mana. Here’s hoping.
Here’s the tree I’ve got planned:
- Spirit Tap (5/5)
- Blackout (3/5)
- Improved Shadow Word Pain (2/2)
- Improved Psychic Scream (2/2)
- Improved Mind Blast (5/5)
- Mindflay (1/1)
- Shadow Reach (2/2)
- Shadow Weaving (1/5)
- Vampiric Embrace (1/1)
- Silence (1/1)
And in another half-level I’m going to add
Improved Vampiric Embrace (1/2) and then (2/2). I’d also like the Focused Mind to reduce mana costs of Mind Flay, Mind Blast, and Mind Control but that will have to wait. As long as I can keep carrying mana and healing potions I’m okay.
Here’s a peek at the build I’m planning from the play chart at worldofwarcraft.com.