Playing a Shadow Priests
Shadow Priest became one of my favorite classes to play at the end of the Wrath expansion. I don’t really know what it was that really made me enjoy it so much, but it was just such a fun and powerful class that I really enjoyed it a lot and even ran a fair amount of arenas with some of my old guildmates.
Shadow Priests have a lot of similarities to Warlocks with their DoT’s and channeled spells as well their their tendency to be willing to deal damage to themselves in order to deal even more damage to their enemies. But, a Priest is still a Priest and that means they also have the capability to heal themselves and others, and of course they have access to that fantastic damage-absorbing bubble.
The life of a low level Shadow Priest can be quite boring if you aren’t wearing heirlooms and don’t have access to much in the way of gear beyond quest rewards and dungeon drops. From levels 10-20 you have only two spells that deal damage and one of those is a DoT with the other being a channeled spell that deals damage over three seconds (see above picture). At level 21 you finally get some more spells for dealing damage and things start to look good again as you start to kill things more quickly. If you’re feeling underpowered or bored, the best thing you can do is try to develop some more patience as it’s going to take you a while to feel more powerful. I’ll talk about a couple of things you can do to fix the issues in game further below as well, but just be aware that the life of a Shadow Priest is not one of total domination right from level 1, though it can get there soon™ as long as you’re willing to stick with it.
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