So we all know that 5.0.4 is launching on the 28th, and that it’s going to bring some big changes to some classes, and some ~meh changes to other. Here’s my look at what’s going down in our Pre-Mists patch.
First off, the talents that I chose:
15: Void Tendrils – This tier has 3 different choices for CC.
30: Body and Soul – For faster running and getting around. Lucky for us, Power: Word Shield doesn’t remove ShadowForm.
45: From Darkness, comes light – Damage from Vampiric Touch has a 15% Chance to cause Mind Spike to 1) Be free, 2) Be Instant and 3) NOT remove dots. Free instant cast spells sound like a pretty good idea to me. PW:Solace Might be another option. Strips off SW: P to do instant damage. We’ll see.
60: Spectral Guise – Invisibility sounds good to me
75: Divine Insight – SW: P Damage has a chance to reset the cooldown on Mind Blast (Granting the possibility of more shadow orbs!) Power Infusion might be a good choice for a boss with well defined burn phases (Think: when Hagara is stunned and takes more damage). Twist of Fate causes more damage sub 20% Health, which I also might try out (I think it depends on how long the sub 20% phases are for each fight.
I should mention the change to shadow orbs. They’re basically Holy Power. You use Mind Blast to get them, and then they can be used to empower Devouring Plague (Which is not a Keep up all the time DoT anymore). Devouring plague’s damage will be based on how many orbs you had when you cast it. You will always use all of the orbs available (So you can’t cast it with only 1 orb, if you have 2)
So, According to the WoW Spells tab, here’s what the priority List looks like
Vampiric Touch – Keep up at all times
Shadow Word: Pain – Keep up at all times
Mind Blast - Cast on Cooldown
Devouring Plague – Cast when you have 3 shadow orbs
Mind Flay – Cast when there’s nothing left to do.
Because of the talent, From Darkness comes Light, that I chose, I will also be casting Mind Spike when it procs. It will fit Before Mind Flay into the rotation. (Put up DoT’s, use Mind Blast, Use Mind Spike if it procs, Use Mind Flay) Of course YMMV based on if you chose that talent or not. Mind Spike is still a very useful tool by it’s self, to simply remove dots so things don’t die before they’re supposed to (Like the Amalgs on Spine of Deathwing fight)
If you believe that there is something better, a better rotation(Always cast DP with 1 orb?), better talent choices, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll be happy to check it out / share!
**Edit to change a wording error!