From mana battery to power company?

According to a recently set of published blue comments, it sees that the long-hoped for plans of raid stacking Shadowpriests has come true; we can however only quietly pray that we are not the only class left out of the raid-wide buff train (except rogues), and that these inspiring remarks become reality.

The good

If Shadowpriests now regenerate health and mana raid-wide, we can now be called the undisputed masters of raid powering, and our VE healing will be able to cope with the (supposedly) more raid-wide damage to be inflicted in Wrath of the Lich King. This will now also help us smooth damage to the main tank group, and, if we have a Protection Paladin working for us, finally regain him/her some mana too.

I don’t know about you, but the tanks with the blue rage bars should receive a lot of my vampiric sympathy, and yet I was always in the wrong group to provide it.

The bad

Raids will need less Shadowpriests; previously the progress guilds used 3-4 of us in order to power the healers and DPS groups. If we go raid-wide, the need for this will lessen somewhat; 1-2 will do. Plus, this post says that they expect the retribution Paladin to function in much the same way. So, prepare to lose a few of your Shadowpriest slots (and to Paladins, no less!).

The Ugly


Plain and simple, even with the inherent 30% threat reduction in Shadowform, the reduction in threat via talents, and enchants/trinkets…we will remain the same aggro-hogging monsters we have always been. For us, the Hand of Salvation ability that the Paladins will receive will be even better, because we need it all.


One Response to “From mana battery to power company?”

  1. You’ve been added to my favorites list :)

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