PVE Shadow Priest DPS Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)
Welcome to the Shadow Priest DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Shadow Priest in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.
1. Talent Tree
Here I’ll describe two specs. The first one will be a casual spec, usable with every kind of gear. The second one will be for people with 4/5 T10 Set Bonus.
The advantage of the second build is that we don’t take Improved Mind Blast, which saves us 5 talent points. We take Improved Vampiric Embrace, which will give our raid extra survivability and now we have 16% less treat generation.
Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Superior Spellpower
Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
Boots – Icewalker
5. Gameplay & Rotations
Shadow Priests have an opener combo and a priority list afterward. Let’s take a look.
First spec openers:
This is a standard opener for players using the first spec. (No 4/5 T10 Set Bonus)
Vampiric Touch → Devouring Plague → Mind Blast → Mind Flay → Shadow Word: Pain
Use Shadow Word: Pain only after stacking Shadow Weaving
Second spec openers:
Vampiric Touch, *Mind Blast, Devouring Plague, Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Flay.
*Mind Blast is used much less with this spec.
*Mind Blast procs a regeneration buff.If you have other 3 classes, that give a similar buff, then you don't have to use it.
Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.
Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.