Shadow Priest Frequently Asked Questions — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Publik 52 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.


Is There a Haste Cap for Shadow Priest?

No, there is not a set amount of Haste that you need to get as Shadow for the spec to function, or after which the stat becomes incredibly devalued. The same goes for Critical Strike, Mastery, and Versatility. You will generally want to aim just to get as much Haste rating as possible; however, past 30% Haste, Critical Strike, or Versatility, these stats do start to take on Diminishing Return values. This starts at 19% for Mastery.

You can learn more about the stat priority on our dedicated stats page.


Which Race is Best for Shadow Priest?

All races are close to one another regarding the DPS benefit they provide you, so the answer is generally just to pick what you like. Perhaps more importantly, look at the benefits each of the races gives you apart from DPS; for example, tools like Stoneform Icon Stoneform or Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld do not directly increase your DPS, but the utility they provide you can be way more useful to the group than any tiny DPS that another race could offer.


Does Applying DoTs to Secondary Targets Increase Single-Target DPS?

This is highly dependent on talents and, generally, only something to consider When you want to get more funnel damage with things like Idol of Yogg-Saron Icon Idol of Yogg-Saron, Idol of N'Zoth Icon Idol of N'Zoth if they are stacked, or Insanity gained from Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits or Maddening Touch Icon Maddening Touch. DoTing extra targets does not get you more procs of Shadowy Insight Icon Shadowy Insight.

Note that Maddening Touch Icon Maddening Touch and Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits do not have linear scaling as you add targets. You will still get more Insanity, just at a decayed rate.

Generally speaking, the gain is quite insignificant.

If you want to learn more about the rotation and when to DoT which targets, check out our rotation guide below.


Should I Always Finish a Mind Flay Cast?

No, you should not. Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay is regarded as a filler spell, which means it is only used when nothing else more important can be cast. You typically want to start thinking about recasting Mind Flay about halfway through the channel.

Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay has a base channel time of 4.5 seconds, which Haste reduces. The global cooldown is imposed on most spells in the game, preventing you from casting multiple spells simultaneously; the base global cooldown lasts 1.5 seconds, which Haste reduces. As you may be able to tell, the duration of Mind Flay is triple that of the global cooldown. So, as a rule of thumb, you can say that Mind Flay has a duration equal to 3 global cooldowns or 3 globals as they are popularly referred to. They both scale with Haste in the same way, so no matter your Haste, Mind Flay will always last exactly 3 global cooldowns worth of time.

The above is relevant because Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay deals its damage over 6 ticks throughout its duration. Since we have established that Mind Flay does its damage over 3 globals; we can state that Mind Flay does 2 ticks of damage per global. This means there is no loss to canceling Mind Flay early, as long as you do it after every global and not during a global.

Note that when channeling Mind Flay: Insanity Icon Mind Flay: Insanity you should aim to fully channel this as you would Void Torrent Icon Void Torrent.

If you want to learn more about the rotation, check out our guide below.


When Should I Refresh My DoTs?

Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain both benefit from something called 'Pandemic.' You can refresh both DoTs at 30% or less of their duration without getting penalized. What this essentially does is extend the window you have to refresh your DoTs. As an example, Shadow Word: Pain lasts for 16 seconds (without Misery Icon Misery), so its Pandemic is 4.8 seconds. In other words, the best time to refresh Shadow Word: Pain is when it has 4.8 or fewer seconds left. Doing so at or below this threshold will add the remaining time to the original duration. If you were to refresh Shadow Word: Pain when it has 3 seconds left; that would leave the new duration at 19 seconds, as an example.

With Misery Icon Misery talented Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch and Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain both have a duration of 21 seconds, so their pandemic threshold is 6.3 seconds.

Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague is a unique DoT that benefits from specific refresh mechanics. Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague rolls over damage when refreshed, meaning that whatever damage the DoT has left when you refresh the DoT gets carried over and added as a multiplier to the new DoT's ticks. As such, refreshing has no "cost" associated, even though we spent the Insanity to cast the spell. This should not change your rotation much; just do not feel you have to wait for the current DoT to finish before recasting it. You still want to try and refresh around 1s remaining to get maximum DoT uptime for our Mastery: Shadow Weaving Icon Mastery: Shadow Weaving. It will add the time to the next tick to the new DoT so that you do not miss a tick.

If you want to learn more about the rotation, check out our guide below.


How do you make it clear what has DoTs active?

If you are struggling to see what has DoTs active on your targets, I highly suggest using the addon Plater. You can pair this with a few scripts to enhance the addon even more:


How do you use Devouring Plague in AoE?

When using Mind's Eye Icon Mind's Eye you should funnel all casts of Devouring Plague Icon Devouring Plague onto a main priority target to maximize AoE damage. While you can also play this way with Distorted Reality Icon Distorted Reality you will gain more overall damage if you spread the DoT around when using that talent.

With Distorted Reality Icon Distorted Reality, be sure only to swap targets as you get a Mind Devourer Icon Mind Devourer proc, or you have enough Insanity to cast the spell so that you are still focusing a target with that DoT active for the mastery bonus.


Is Mind Flay Gone?

When talented into Mind Spike Icon Mind Spike it replaces Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay completely. When using Surge of Insanity Icon Surge of Insanity you now get Mind Spike: Insanity Icon Mind Spike: Insanity instead.


How much worse is it to play without Mind Spike?

The gap between these two choices is incredibly small and should be considered preference. In most cases the talents page gives you options for how to swap between the two. Sometimes Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay will even slightly outperform Mind Spike Icon Mind Spike versions.



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