I’m 80… what now?

Sorry for not posting for more than a week. Was busy with RL and my Spriest just got 80 so I was using every possible occasion for gearing him up.

As topic mentions our today subject will be our first actions when we ding 80, hear those „GZ”, „grats” etc. from our guildmates.


First thing to do is to check our talents build. A nice sample build found here. You can of course move some points between talents according to your preferences. When you don’t have mana problems I’d advise you to get points from Focused Mind into Imp. Shadow Form (fade as a desnare+lesser/none casting problems might really improve your dps)


As all classes on level 80 we have access to 3 Major and 3 Minor glyphs. When talking about major ones the choices are most often very similar or even the same. First one will be Glyph of Shadow, next one Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain and the last one Glyph of Mindflay. Most people have variations when talking about the last glyph. Some say that Glyph of Shadow Word: Death will increase our dps a little, whereas Mindflay just extends our filling spell cast rage for 10y. This can be really helpful, especially at the beginning when we’re not used to range of our spells. Talking about minor glyphs there’s plenty to choose, although the most often ones are Glyph of Levitate (yeah Fly spam!), Glyph of Fortitude/Shadow Protection (much less mana usage when buffing) and Glyph of Shadow Fiend. Last one is getting more and more nerfed, because our fiend is going to die much less than he used to some time ago.


Next thing we should think about is of course our gear.

Main thing we have to get information on is what are the best items for us at the beginning of the 80’s. How to do that? The best way is to visit Shadowpriest.com and check this thread. Tanis posted here a nice list of equips you should consider to wear and get while having our newborn 80.

Things to remember

– remember that the first priority for our dps not slacking should be reaching the hit cap. For casters it’s 17%, which is 446 Hit rate. This looks quite huge. Yeah it does but we’re in a small advantage. We got 2 talents which decrease those numbers to 288.8 HR (let’s say 290 HR). Those are Shadow Focus (that appears in the Tier2 of our shadow tree) and Misery (which is a debuff given to our target when some spells are casted, talent has the same name and it is somewhere in half way in our shadow tree) Now those talents give us a 6% reduction of Hit Cap. Now it’s only 11%. And it really is easily achieved. Even by enchants or gems (which will be talked about later).

Ok, but it’s my blog and I should post my own equipment list. Here it is.

To create this one I used MaxDPS.com. Personally I’ve got Inscription and Alchemy so I added things that could be created with those professions.

Ok, let’s say we did the list, we got our talents, glyphs. What now? Now you should start going to some Heroic (HC) instances. That’s the best way to get geared up, get used to your spells, find out what it really is to be a shadow priest.

Last thing that shouldn’t be omitted is our rotation when in a fight. There are many schools on this subject. The most popular choice is casting our spells in this order

Vampiric Touch (VT) => Mind Blast (MB) => Devouring Plague (DP) => Mind Flay (MF, we should use just 2 ticks of it to get Shadow Weaving to 5, but as a newbie you can use it fully)=> Shadow Word: Pain (SW:P)

Now you should start worrying about keeping all DoT’s on uptime and have MB on cooldown. When doing neither of those things cast MF. When moving or when there are 2 or less seconds of MB cooldown/DoT duration cast Shadow Word: Death (SW:D). Remember of course to check your HP from time to time.

This rotation allows pumping as much damage as possible in short period of time. We start off with VT, our highest dps DoT, then MB, our nuke which additionally triggers Refreshment from VT. DP is a natural choice as it both deals instant damage from Imp. DP talent and adds another DoT. MF makes our SW 5 and then we can cast SW:P, when it has most buffing from effects on us. In most fights you won’t have to worry about it anymore since your MF will refresh it’s duration on the target (the only exception is when you have any +% dmg buff on you or +crit chance buff on you, which you didn’t have at first casting of SW:P)

I think that’s all for our basic knowledge what to do when we get our Spriest to a brand new lvl 80:D

Cheers and gz for that 80

If you have any suggestions or wanna ask something feel free to comment.


Interesting sites you might want to visit as a Shadow Priest

Since this blog is more a hatchling than a adult blog now, I’ll try to add some stuff than can help us theoretically understand situation of spriests in terms of news, changes, information needed and the one interesting but not a “must know” thing.

So what are the sites Shadow Priests should visit, to be up-to-date with all the changes, theorycrafting etc?


Firstly, the one and only shadowpriest.com . This is the best, most often quoted, best informed site about our shadow power. You’ll find there quite interesting info concerning tactics, rotations, theorycrafting, even addons and macroes. Also has an additional section for our kin in shadow power locks and other spell casters => mages, druids and shamans. Probably should be our numberr 1 at the most often viewed site for Spriesting (not the number 1 viewed at all, cause this will come in a second)

Elitist Jerks

Next will be beloved by many, hated probably by the same amount. This is a totally different than the one mentioned before. If I say shadowpriest.com you should start thinking “Yeah, great page. Lot’s of info about spriests in general, both pve and pvp with a small dosage of other classes”. When I say Elitist Jerks you’re thought should go to a “one of the most sophisticated site about pve raiding specifically, with lots of numbers, theorycrafts and what’s most important for all classes, not just for spriests. You can be almost sure to find the specific numbers concerning your current problem, as well as other advice with good argument behind it.


This one is well known. One of the best info sites, sharing news about WoW, it’s lore, events and other stuff that can be cool but not always helpful in terms of, let’s say, game tactics. Currently also shares with us info about PTR of Icecrown, class changes etc. Good to visit, good to watch. I admit that it’s my nr 1 checked site about WoW.


In case you are really a newbie and you don’t know the basic site This really is the most basic info site.

Useful gear sites:
 You can check what gear will give you most dps from certain drop areas (HC, Raids, Emblems, etc)
This one will tell you whether you’re ready for those Ulduar things. Scans your equip and puts points for it. Adds gem points, ench points etc. All points summed give you your score and it’s compared with the typical requirements for a certain instance. Color of bards shows you  if you’re ready for it.

That will be all for now. Will be adding then while posting new content.

Maybe you have interesting sites, which can be useful? Share them with me in comments

Let’s start…

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