Nihilum’s View on Shadow Priests, and Classism

I stumbled upon a interesting interview with Awake from Nihilum today over at WoW Insider. Interesting bits:

A lot of people have questions about class roles. We heard a while ago that Death and Taxes uses Paladins to heal and Shadow priests to DPS– is this still the case? And are there any other non-traditional roles that you guys use?

Shadow Priests have become a standard DPS class after TBC and we aim to bring many of them in each raid, unless the encounter isn’t very caster friendly. They do great DPS and as such we love to have them in our raids. Paladins are excellent at buffing the raid and healing, however, Shamans with Chain Heal (it scale INSANELY well–nerf inc?) are amazing for cross raid healing. It’s hard as a paladin to keep up with them most of the time.

Quick questions about classes: How many DPS warriors do you all use? Any Moonkin? Any tanking Paladins? Any enhancement Shamans?

We aim for efficiency. So no, we do not use any Moonkins, Protection Paladins, Retribution Paladins or anything that is way below the standard classes that can do a much better job at said task. We do however use bears to offtank and we sometimes bring 1-2 DPS warriors. Not because we need them for the DPS they provide, but for the buffs they give to our DPS. Overall it’s more efficient. Guilds that go with Protection Paladins and Moonkins will not do as well as the ones that bring an optimal raid setup. This is a fact.

As a full-on shadow priest, I find that there are still many players who deny the merits of the spec. The other day, a guild member even went as far as to tell me “Blizz doesn’t want people to play shadow priests. They want them to be holy.” (I tore that guy a new one for spouting off that garbage. I don’t know how people come up with this stuff.)

Why do people still lump shadow priests with balance druids and retribution paladins? Perhaps it is because shadow is viewed as a “leveling” spec? Who knows?

I get tired of the rampant “classism” from other players. With no shortage of healers, my guild keeps asking me to (or just assuming I will) heal in raids. Whenever I pug something, I am automatically the healer. In many people’s eyes, priests are for healing only.

How do I get through to these people? I’m seriously considering making a new macro that will say the following:

Have you ever heard of Nihilum? Here is what they think about shadow priests:
“Shadow Priests have become a standard DPS class after TBC and we aim to bring many of them in each raid, unless the encounter isn’t very caster friendly. They do great DPS and as such we love to have them in our raids.”

Do you really think you know more than Nihilum? Please, let me link you the damage meter when we are done.

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