I’m literrally running out the door as I write this, but this little gem will give you something to mull over:
On the beta forums, there was a short exhange with Koraa (priest class developer) and a player about shadow priest concerns.
Notably, apparently shadow DPS is fine:
We test single target DPS with blue, epic and green gear. In all trials the Shadow Priest was doing more than expected DPS, I believe it was around ~2500 in epics. This was solo in a 5-minute trial (without raid buffs). In a raid setting, your DPS would probably be significantly higher. In a nutshell, we feel we’ve made a lot of progress in our goal of bumping the Shadow Priest DPS numbers/scaling to where we want it to be. Unfortunately players won’t really be able to see these numbers on their characters because you are using low tier PvP gear. (Referring to the pre-mades we have on Murmur)
Well, it’s fine according to the developers and it where they want it to be. I still think it’s underperforming, personally… But perhaps they still want us under other DPSers as a penalty for bringing Replenishment (a very necessary raid buff).
A few words on the aim of Dispersion:
Without Dispersion, Shadow Priests would not be PvP viable. Our goals were to 1] Lower the Shadow Priests raid utility but increase their personal DPS, 2] Give the Shadow Priest more PvP mobility and survivability, and 3] Give them a new niche/gameplay (AOE damage with Mind Sear). I think we accomplished all of those goals. Its quite possible we may of not went far enough (or even too far), but we’ll find that out soon enough and do changes where necessary.
If it’s for PvP, bring back the health regen component. Seriously.
Read the whole thread, there are other goodies as well.
…AND NOT JUST FOR SHADOW PRIESTS:
Also, it looks like we will see a switch in Imp. Inner Fire’s and Imp. Power Word: Shield’s location in the disc tree. As Imp. PW:S was basically filler, and Imp. Inner Fire will increase both our healing capacity and our DPS (as Inner Fire now grants spellpower), I rejoice at the change. No longer will 16-17 points in disc be mandatory! We’re back down to 13-14 (for Meditation, and possibly Inner Focus).