Archive for October, 2010

In Defense of Chakra

I have been reading through the healing forums a lot in the last few days, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Chakra is highly misunderstood. Because of this, people tend to view Chakra as a be-all, end-all, if-you’re-not-in-the-right-Chakra-the-raid-wipes type of mechanic. The problem with that is, it’s a false assumption, for a few reasons. But moreover, Chakra’s mechanic as it is right now is fine. There have been several suggestions on how to “improve” it, from changing it to stances, to changing it to an Eclipse-like mechanic, to changing it to be similar to Death Knight presences. Perhaps I’m one of the few people that think it’s actually fine the way it is.

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Patch 4.0.1 and the Aftermath.

So, I have healed a grand total of one encounter since Patch 4.0.1 in a raid. Everything else, I’ve been DPS. This is seriously not a normal thing for me; I’m used to being the Holy priest (and I do mean the Holy priest). But even in the GDKP run, I ended up being asked to go DPS. During our Ulduar runs, I’ve been DPS because we’ve been so overloaded on healers. I’ve really only healed Razorscale for Iron Dwarf, Medium Rare. On accident, I made this a complete and utter challenge by doing so in my Shadow gear. I didn’t realize until the raid night was over that I’d done so. Oops?

At any rate, after having some trouble deciding exactly what I wanted to write about this time, I decided I’d go over my initial thoughts on playing a Shadow priest, since I haven’t really had ample opportunity to heal, as with having so many healers recently that it’s overall better for me to go DPS (plus I’ve cranked out numbers very close to our two Death Knights with Shadow’s Edge – no, we don’t have a Shadowmourne, and no, we won’t have one by the end of the expansion), which puts me in the top 5 DPS pretty consistently. That isn’t to say that our other DPS aren’t doing it right, some are not very well-geared, some just got completely bitch-slapped (see: hunters), and some were not able to make it (one of our mages got stuck in Dalaran and couldn’t stay connected, ended up on an alt; another mage was unable to make it due to ISP issues; one of our Boomkin was sick). All that aside, I figure maybe it’s time to cover some Shadow stuff as well. After all, I don’t always heal!

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Patch 4.0, hardmodes and what comes in Cataclysm

So I’m looking at talent trees and deciding how I want to spec. Well, for shadow, anyway. I’m really disappointed that Silence is never going to be available in a PvE-oriented build, as long as Improved Mind Blast is encouraged so much, even though it clearly has PvP connotations, with the reduced healing aspect. Technically, you can afford all the other PvE talents while still getting Improved Psychic Scream and Silence. To be truthful, I would much rather have Silence and Psychic Horror swap places in the talent tree; Silence is a much better PvE utility than Psychic Horror, as it gives Shadow Priests an on-demand interrupt, along with rogues, mages, warlocks with felhunters, retribution paladins, warriors, death knights, feral druids and marksmanship hunters. I suppose on the other hand Psychic Horror’s disarm is handy alongside Dismantle and Disarm, but… how much stuff is actually able to be disarmed in raids? Trash? Perhaps. Bosses? Likely not.

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