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Shadow Priest DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 06, 2017 at 14:08 by Furty 235 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Shadow Priest in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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.

1. Class Overview

The Shadow specialization is currently able to deal medium ranged single-target damage and high sustained multi-DoT damage. It presents players with a complex rotation that is very challenging but also 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. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

  • New Artifact traits added.
  • The absorb from  Icon Mental Fortitude cannot exceed 4% of the player's maximum health (was 8%) and now correctly calculates healing received from Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch.

4. Strengths

  • Mid tier single-target and multi-target damage
  • Handles spread cleave exceptionally well

5. Weaknesses

  • Weak AoE
  • Low burst damage

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Shadow is currently a slightly above average damage dealer in 7.2.5. It occupies the spread cleave niche, a role it fills comparably to some of the stronger classes. Single target damage is somewhat lacking, however, we compensate for this deficiency with our multitarget pressure and exceptional ability to deal with spread targets.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 06 Jul. 2017 (enchants page): Changed neck enchant to Mark of the Claw.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Fixed LotV description.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (this page): Reworded the viability section.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (artifact page): Added weapon item levels to relic priority.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (stats page): Tweaked the stat priority.
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 set bonus explanation.
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added notes on Auspicious Spirits vs. San'layn
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Adjusted talents further (higher priority on Mindbender in low target situations).
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Removed Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Minor adjustment to post 35 maxing order.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Added a few notes about the T20 4-piece bonus. Ready for 7.2.5.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Swapped Body and Soul/San'layn/Power Infusion for Mania/Auspicious Spirits/Mindbender.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Page is not yet completely updated for 7.2.5. More changes to follow very soon.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Heart of the Void and Soul of the High Priest to the Legendary items section.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5. The stat priority update did not impact the gems, enchants, or consumables.
  • 17 May 2017 (rotation page): Fixed drain stacks example to match provided formula.
  • 01 May 2017 (gear page): Updated positions of Managazas Madness and Anund's Seared Shackles.
  • 01 May 2017 (enchants page): Removed mention of Potion of Deadly Grace.
  • 01 May 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of Metronome Haste value.
  • 01 May 2017 (rotation page): Small update to Power Infusion description.
  • 01 May 2017 (artifact page): Moved Touch of Darkness and To the Pain higher in 7.2 order priority. Added paragraph discussing item levels for relics.
  • 01 May 2017 (spells page): Updated Dispersion description.
  • 01 May 2017 (easy mode page): Removed mention of Auspicious Spirits.
  • 01 May 2017 (this page): Updated strengths.
  • 01 May 2017 (talents page): Marked Fortress of the Mind with an X (as in, not recommended), updated Surrender to Madness description.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem tooltip.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 26 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes section.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added a Surrender cheat sheet and time stamps for the end tier talents.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Mind Flay macro.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Revamped intro. Added Patch 7.1.5 changes section, added strengths/weaknesses section, and added Viability section.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Small update to easy mode talents for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated stats for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Patch 7.1.5 update.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Revamped talent section. Added cheat sheet talent builds and updated talents for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary priority. Made note of Sephuz potency in M+.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Full overhaul. Revised formatting, updated for 7.1.5, and added additional information.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Shadow Priest.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated the Body and Soul description to account for its current movement speed bonus and duration.
  • 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 (this page): Removed mention of Shadowform always being on, since this was changed in patch 7.1.
  • 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 (artifact page): Updated the Relic priority.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated some mentions about legendary items.
  • 10 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Made various updates and improvements to account for the repeated changes to Dispersion and Void Torrent.
  • 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 (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 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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