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Shadow Priest PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 19, 2020 at 10:52 by Mysticall 7 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Shadow Priest and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Shadow Priest PvP Guide.

1.

Talent Choices for Shadow Priests

Level Choices
15 Fortress of the Mind Fortress of the Mind Shadowy Insight Shadowy Insight Shadow Word: Void Shadow Word: Void
30 Body and Soul Body and Soul San'layn San'layn Intangibility Intangibility
45 Twist of Fate Twist of Fate Misery Misery Dark Void Dark Void
60 Last Word Last Word Mind Bomb Mind Bomb Psychic Horror Psychic Horror
75 Auspicious Spirits Auspicious Spirits Shadow Word: Death Shadow Word: Death Shadow Crash Shadow Crash
90 Lingering Insanity Lingering Insanity Mindbender Mindbender Void Torrent Void Torrent
100 Legacy of the Void Legacy of the Void Dark Ascension Dark Ascension Surrender to Madness Surrender to Madness

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.

2.

Regular Talents for Shadow Priests

2.1.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Shadowy Insight Icon Shadowy Insight is the best choice in this tier. This gives you more sustained and burst damage that is instant.

2.2.

Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Intangibility Icon Intangibility is the best choice in this tier. This talent heals you while Dispersion Icon Dispersion is active and reduces its overall cooldown. This is crucial to increase your survivability.

2.3.

Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Misery Icon Misery is the best choice in this tier. This talent is crucial when your DoTs are constantly being dispelled. This will help with overall spread pressure on the enemy team and you can use the extra time you gain by helping your teammates or kiting enemies.

2.4.

Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror is the best choice in this tier. This gives your team additional crowd control for healers or kill targets. The cooldown of Psychic Horror Icon Psychic Horror pairs well with the cooldown of Silence Icon Silence.

2.5.

Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Auspicious Spirits Icon Auspicious Spirits is the best choice in this tier. This talent helps increase your sustained and spread damage output. It also helps with generating Insanity much faster. If your team is not focused on spread damage and you need extra damage on enemies when they are at low health, Shadow Word: Death Icon Shadow Word: Death is also a great choice.

2.6.

Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Lingering Insanity Icon Lingering Insanity is the best choice in this tier. This helps with keeping your damage output high when your Voidform Icon Voidform ends. If your team is more focused on single target damage, Mindbender Icon Mindbender is also a great choice.

2.7.

Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Legacy of the Void Icon Legacy of the Void is the best choice in this tier. This passive reduces the cast time of Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption and the amount of Insanity it takes to use it. This is an overall large increase to your damage output.

3.

PvP Talents for Shadow Priests

The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel.

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.

3.1.

Mandatory PvP Talents

Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade increases your movement speed and makes you immune to most damage and spells. This is a mandatory talent that should be taken every arena match. You can use Greater Fade for multiple different things. For example, you can use it defensively when a team is focusing you to avoid being killed. You can also use it aggressively when you are close to getting a kill and an enemy is trying to use crowd control on you.

Void Shift Icon Void Shift swaps the health between you and your current target. It also increases the lower health percentage of the two to 25% if below that amount. A great defensive for short games or against teams that might try to kill your healer. Note: if you are using the Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife Major, you get this ability baseline. Continue down the list to see what you can use for an additional PvP talent.

3.2.

Situational PvP Talents

Void Origins Icon Void Origins makes Void Eruption Icon Void Eruption instant. This is great because it makes it easier to enter Voidform Icon Voidform. It allows you to burst when you want and not have to wait.

Mind Trauma Icon Mind Trauma will give you a large amount of Haste, which will greatly increase your damage output. This should be chosen versus teams with casters where you will be able to fully channel Mind Flay Icon Mind Flays.

Driven to Madness Icon Driven to Madness makes it so while Voidform Icon Voidform is not active, being attacked will grant you 9 Insanity over 3 seconds. It is important to note that these attacks need to be melee and this is a powerful PvP talent against teams with a melee DPS on it. You can replace Void Origins Icon Void Origins for this PvP talent.

Psyfiend Icon Psyfiend summons a Psyfiend beside you to attack the target at range with Psyflay Icon Psyflay. Psyflay deals up to 1% of the target's total health in Shadow damage. It also slows their movement speed by 50% and reduces healing received by 50%. It is important to use this when the enemy team is stunned because of how little health the Psyfiend has. You can replace Void Shift Icon Void Shift for this PvP talent.

4.

Changelog

  • 19 Feb. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
    • Updated Tiers 5 and 6 Regular Talents.
    • Updated PvP Talents.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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