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Shadow Priest DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017 at 07:57 by Furty 237 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics

The current version of Shadow Priest is easily the most demanding and often punishing specialization in World of Warcraft. While ludicrous levels of damage output are possible, the specialization requires picture perfect play and imposes the harshest of penalties (death!) if you fail to play immaculately. It is possible to put out fantastic damage without the risk, however, and this page will furnish you with a talent build that aims to reduce the demands of the specialization and reactivity required without unduly compromising the damage output.

2. Talent Choice

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Choice

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Intellect.

4. Basic Rotation

  1. Keep Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch applied to all targets.
  2. Cast Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast whenever available to generate Insanity.
  3. Cast Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay to generate Insanity.
  4. Cast Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption at 100 Insanity.
  5. Cast Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt whenever available in Voidform Icon Voidform.
  6. Cast Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death whenever available and Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt is on cooldown in Voidform Icon Voidform.
  7. Cast Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast whenever available and Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt is on cooldown in Voidform Icon Voidform.
  8. Cast  Icon Void Torrent whenever available in Voidform Icon Voidform.
  9. Cast Mindbender Icon Mindbender whenever available in Voidform Icon Voidform.
  10. Cast Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend whenever available in Voidform Icon Voidform.
  11. Cast Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay on when there is nothing else to cast in Voidform Icon Voidform.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed by Atroxe, a Shadow Priest who plays in Encore, and by DjRiff, a theorycrafter at HowToPriest. You can watch Atroxe play on YouTube and Twitch, and you can watch DjRiff stream on Twitch.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Jun. 2017: Swapped Body and Soul/San'layn/Power Infusion for Mania/Auspicious Spirits/Mindbender.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated stat priority.
  • 01 May 2017: Removed mention of Auspicious Spirits.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Small update to easy mode talents for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Shadow Priest.
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