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Shadow Priest DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 16, 2016 at 15:30 by Vlad 116 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Shadow Priest in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Viklund, one of the best Shadow Priests in the world, who raids in Serenity. You can follow him on Twitter and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

The Shadow specialisation is currently able to deal medium to medium-high single target damage and high sustained multi-DoT damage. It presents players with a complex rotation that is very challenging but can also be very rewarding.

The Shadow Priest playstyle is very reliant on DoTs, and this means that they also do very well in situations where they can multi-DoT several targets.

2. Significant Legion Changes

The Shadow specialisation has undergone a considerable number of changes from Warlords of Draenor. The core mechanics of the class have been completely redesigned. Here are the most notable changes.

  • Shadow Orbs and Devouring Plague have been removed.
  • Mastery has been changed from the old Mental Anguish to Mastery: Madness Icon Mastery: Madness (which is a simple increase to the damage of some of your abilities).
  • A new resource has been added called Insanity, which is used alongside Mana. Insanity is generated by a number of abilities, and is used on the very important Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption ability (see below).
  • When reaching a certain amount of Insanity, you can temporarily enter a powerful Voidform Icon Voidform (similar, at least cosmetically, to the old Shadowform), until you run out of Insanity. The Shadow playstyle now revolves entirely around generating Insanity, activating Voidform, and staying in Voidform for as long as possible.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 16 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Body and Soul description to account for its current movement speed bonus and duration.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (this page): Removed mention of Shadowform always being on, since this was changed in patch 7.1.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Added a mention of how having Mangaza's Madness can affect relic choice and also added a clarification of how to account for item level differences provided by different relics.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Slightly improved the Shadowform mention at the start of the guide.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention of Shadowform (you should always have it active).
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Void Ray description, moved Power Infusion to being the recommended choice, and removed a mention about Mangaza's Madness influencing talent choice.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the relic priority.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Made various updates and improvements to account for the repeated changes to Dispersion and Void Torrent.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated some mentions about legendary items.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the page to reflect that Haste gems should be taken in all slots.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the page to account for the fact that you no longer gain Voidform stacks while Dispersion and Void Torrent are active.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchants to Mark of the Hidden Satyr.
  • 15 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priorities.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 30 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Corrected the duration of Vampiric Touch from 24 to 18 seconds, which was a change that came in a recent hotfix.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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