Build 8982 sees us humbled

Well, that was seriously unexpected. After our complaints on the Dispersion nerf now making it useless for PvE falling on deaf ears, look what we have here…word is that we are doing such enormous DPS that we need to be nerfed to “not exceed the benchmark”. Well, after seeing the other classes, I am wondering about that. And if it is true, couldn’t they do it in another way rather than smearing our talents down even more?

Without further ado, the changes for Build 8982:

  • Mind Flay damage has been reduced. (690 to 588 for rank 9, 576 to 492 for Rank 8, etc …)
  • Shadow Word: Pain damage has been reduced. (1530 to 1380 for Rank 12, 1302 to 1176 for Rank 11, etc …)
  • Twisted Faith now Increases your spell power by 2% of your total Spirit, and your damage done by your Mind Flay and Mind Blast is increased by 2/4/6/8/10% if your target is afflicted by Mind Flay.
  • Improved Shadow Word: Pain now Increases the damage of your Shadow Word: Pain spell by 3/6%. (Down from 5/10%)

Ouch. Tomorrow morning I will try and figure out what this means, for now I just scratch my head and hope it is worth it…


4 Responses to “Build 8982 sees us humbled”

  1. pugnaciouspriest Says:


  2. pugnaciouspriest Says:

    that maybe wasn’t funny – but its still getting silly what they are taking from us..
    “Save the shadow priest!” Save…
    Mana – not as much
    Health – not enough to be taken seriously
    Dps – nope we still get kicked

    our good looks and charms?

  3. Well, now that I have had a little time to think about, these are my thoughts:

    * Blizzard has made benchmarks for the DPS we are supposed to do, and stated they should all be within 5% of each other.
    * According to Blizzard, the current build in the standard gear for premades, without raid-buffs and consumables pushes around 2500 DPS sustained over 5 minutes.
    * Accordingly, the damage component of Dispersion was removed, Twisted Faith was nerfed, and now Shadow Word: Pain.
    * The new gimmick with Twisted Faith (which is obviously a typo) probably reads “+10% damage on Mind Blast and Mind Flay when your target is afflicted with Shadow Word: Pain”.

    Conclusion: These nerfs are the result of fixing our itemization and balance, and now the errors start showing for all the little fixes they did on our class.
    They wanted to keep us floating, and patched us bit by bit. Now, when we are having a “healthy base”, those patches prove to make us too powerful, so they are stripping the waste from us.

    If I can sustain 2500 DPS in my current gear at level 70 with raid buffs and consumables, I would be giggling like a schoolgirl. If this is happening right now in scheit gear, I can only see myself smiling all the way to the bank.

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