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Shadow Priest DPS Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on May 17, 2017 at 08:22 by Furty 218 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2. 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 Myst. 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. You can watch him play on YouTube and 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.

  • 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.

2. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

  • Large buffs to most of the baseline DPS abilities and DoTs.
  • Masochism Icon Masochism has been improved. Now when you cast Shadow Mend on yourself, its damage over time effect heals you instead, and reduces all damage you take by 10%.
  • The insanity generated by Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits has been reduced to 3, down from 4.
  • Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void allows Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption to be used with 65 Insanity, down from 70 and increases your Shadow damage by an additional 5%.
  • Mind Bomb Icon Mind Bomb has been buffed to a 4 second stun.
  • Mind Spike has been removed and replaced with Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash.
  • Misery Icon Misery has replaced Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash as a Tier 6 talent.
  • Lingering Insanity Icon Lingering Insanity is no longer passive. The Void Lord talent has been renamed to Lingering Insanity Icon Lingering Insanity.
  • Surrender to Madness Icon Surrender to Madness has been nerfed to now only generate 100% extra Insanity, down from 150%.
  • Shadow Word: Void Icon Shadow Word: Void has been buffed to a 20-second recharge, down from 30 seconds.
  • Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay Insanity generation has been increased, and if the target is afflicted with Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain you will also deal splash damage to nearby targets.
  • Mind Sear has been removed; it is now a passive within Mind Flay, causing Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay ticks made against targets with Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain to splash additional damage to nearby targets.
  • Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death generates 15 Insanity, up from 10, and 30 Insanity if the target dies.
  • Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast generates 15 Insanity, up from 12.
  • Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch Icon Vampiric Touch last longer, deal more damage, and generate more Insanity.
  • Void Bolt Icon Void Bolt no longer extends DoTs back to their maximum duration; instead, it now adds 3.0 seconds to their current duration. This effect can extend beyond the DoTs maximum duration.
  • Mania Icon Mania has been buffed to 1% movement speed per 3 Insanity, down from 5 Insanity.

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

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 one of the strongest ranged DPS in Patch 7.1.5. It occupies the spread cleave niche, a role it fills better than any other class or specialization. It also boasts impressive sustained single-target damage.

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

  • 17 May 2017 (rotation page): Fixed drain stacks example to match provided formula.
  • 01 May 2017 (stats page): Added a mention of Metronome Haste value.
  • 01 May 2017 (spells page): Updated Dispersion description.
  • 01 May 2017 (talents page): Marked Fortress of the Mind with an X (as in, not recommended), updated Surrender to Madness description.
  • 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 (enchants page): Removed mention of Potion of Deadly Grace.
  • 01 May 2017 (this page): Updated strengths.
  • 01 May 2017 (gear page): Updated positions of Managazas Madness and Anund's Seared Shackles.
  • 01 May 2017 (easy mode page): Removed mention of Auspicious Spirits.
  • 30 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated Zenk'aram, Iridi's Anadem tooltip.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 26 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes section.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Mind Flay macro.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 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.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary priority. Made note of Sephuz potency in M+.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated stats for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Full overhaul. Revised formatting, updated for 7.1.5, and added additional information.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Patch 7.1.5 update.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Small update to easy mode talents 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 (talents page): Revamped talent section. Added cheat sheet talent builds and updated talents for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated the page to reflect that Haste gems should be taken in all slots.
  • 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.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats 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 (talents 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 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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