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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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Raid leader reflection.

I’m not the greatest raid leader in the world. I never have been, at least not as a healer. And I absolutely fail at it when I’m a DPS. I’ve always been better at it when I’ve been tanking. But right now, I’m a raid leader as a healer, and sometimes as a DPS. Even so, I think the highest votes of confidence come from the success of your raid as a whole, regardless of your position in the raid.

I think that one of the things that people don’t understand about raid leading is that there is more to raid leading than making sure shit gets done. Raid leading is also about understanding what happened to cause a wipe, and helping to have it not happen again. Raid leading is also figuring out what happened to cause a success, and helping it to happen again. Raid leading is also about making sure everyone is up to par. Raid leading is also about reviewing logs on your off-time when you would really rather be doing anything else. Raid leading is also about paying attention to just about every minuscule detail your brain can possibly handle, and then some. But most of all, raid leading is also about being compassionate with your raiders.

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