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Shadowlands Beta Priest Class Changes: October 21st

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A fresh batch of Shadow Priest changes has been just announced by Blizzard.

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Greetings!

As some of you know, we’ve made adjustments to Shadow Priests lately to balance their damage, as heavy iteration on the specialization led to some things getting out of alignment. In this week’s new Beta build, we’ve made more adjustments.

At the same time, we saw that some of the Insanity reductions from last week hurt the flow of the rotation, so we’ve reverted some of those. We also want to make sure that Mind Blast Mind Blast feels important to use over Mind Flay Mind Flay.

This week’s changes include:

  • Dark Thoughts Dark Thoughts duration increased to 10 seconds (was 6 seconds).
    • Developers’ notes: We’ve also decreased Dark Thoughts Dark Thoughts’s max stacks to 1, as 5 felt excessive. We are open to feedback about how this feels, as always.
  • Mind Blast Mind Blast generates 8 Insanity (was 7).
  • Mind Flay Mind Flay damage reduced by 15%.
    • Developers’ notes: Shadow was proving too powerful in single target situations. This helps address that while still allowing Mind Blast Mind Blast to feel impactful.
  • Mind Sear Mind Sear damage reduced by 15%.
  • Devouring Plague Devouring Plague initial hit reduced by 15%, and periodic damage reduced by ~12%.
  • Auspicious Spirits Auspicious Spirits generates 2 Insanity (was 1). Damage reduced to 15% (was 30%).
  • Searing Nightmare Searing Nightmare once again costs 30 Insanity (was 35).
    • Developers’ notes: There is some gameplay value in getting 3 Searing Nightmare Searing Nightmare s in a row when pooling Insanity, so we decided to revert this change.

Thank you for all of your testing and feedback.

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