Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (2024)

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the Shadow Priest changes in World of Warcraft's latest expansion, "The War Within."This page is designed to help you navigate the new changes, optimize your gameplay, and get the most out of your Shadow Priest in PvE environments.

In this guide, you'll find detailed breakdowns of the new Hero Talent Trees for Shadow Priest. We'll explore the most significant updates,and offer insights into how these changes will impact your overall playstyle.Whether you're a veteran Shadow Priest or new to the class, our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in "The War Within."

1.

Shadow Priest: The War Within Expansion Preview

Welcome to our War Within expansion guide for Shadow Priest.Ahead of launch, this page will contain everything you need to know about theShadow Priest spec in the forthcoming The War Within expansion,including changes, Hero Talent Trees, and some light predictions on the stateof the spec going into the expansion.

This page is a constantly evolving work in progress, with regularchanges expected as updates hit the War Within beta. This is not meant to bea launch guide for Shadow Priest, but instead serves as aresource for you to keep up to date with how the spec is evolving on Beta, andwhat you can expect from its playstyle and feel on launch.

2.

The War Within Changes for Shadow Priest

2.1.

Core Changes

Shadow Priest has received relatively minimal changesgoing into War Within, where most of the changes are focused on the newHero Talents (see below). There were however a few key additions to ourclass and spec talent trees.

The big change to the class talent tree is the removal ofShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (1) Mindgames and its associated talents. Mindgames itself was movedto a PvP talent and we got three new class talent points to replace thosenodes.

  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (2) Void Tendrils now lasts for 15 seconds (was 20 seconds).
  • New talent: Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (3) Cauterizing Shadows - When yourShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (4) Shadow Word: Pain expires, is refreshed with less than 5 secondsremaining, or the target with it active dies, a nearby ally within 40yards is healed.
  • New talent: Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (5) Manipulation - Now causes you to take1%/2% less damage from targets affected by Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (6) Shadow Word: Pain.This is a 2 point talent so you get 1% for each point invested.
  • New talent: Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (7) Phantom Reach - Increases the range of most spellsby 15% (40 yards -> 46 yards). Note that this currently does NOTaffect: Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (8) Halo, Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (9) Divine Star,Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (10) Psychic Scream, or Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (11) Psychic Horror.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (12) Halo is now a 1-minute cooldown to be better alignedwith our cooldowns. This is particularly relevant for the Archon HeroTree.

2.1.2.

Spec Talent Changes

The spec tree itself is relatively unchanged, with the big highlightbeing a new Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (13) Shadow Crash choice node which allows you to selectbetween two different ways of how it works.

  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (14) Mind Flay: Insanity now deals damage every 0.5 seconds for 2seconds (was every 0.75 seconds for 3 seconds). It also generates 12Insanity over the duration (was 16).
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (15) Void Torrent damage increased by 30%.
  • New talent: Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (16) Shadow Crash - Choice node with Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (17) Shadow Crashthat is instead targeted at a particular enemy (it will follow them if theymove). All other interactions are identical with Shadow Crash (including the 8yard radius).

2.2.

Systems Changes

In addition to the changes to Shadow Priest core kit, The WarWithin also has major implications for all specs thanks to the HeroTalent Tree system, new tier sets, and the natural reduction in secondarystats when entering a new expansion.

Shadow Priest gets to choose between the Archonand Voidweaver Hero Talent Trees. In sections below, we will talk moredeeply about the implications of these Hero Talent Trees for the spec, and somethoughts on their strengths and weaknesses.

3.

Hero Talent Trees for Shadow Priest in The War Within

3.1.

Archon Hero Talents for Shadow Priest

The Archon Hero Tree Talents are based around using Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (18) Halo to dealincreased damage and also empowering our cooldown spells likeShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (19) Power Infusion, Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (20) Dark Ascension, or Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (21) Void Eruptionto be more effective.

From a gameplay perspective, Archon is extremely simple, you pressShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (22) Halo at the start of your cooldowns and enjoy the extra damage.Halo now has a 1-minute cooldown, making it easy to line up and play aroundthe Archon tree.

Power-wise, Archon is a bit flat in terms of value early on in the expansion.With lower base damage at the start of the expansion we will likely invest intobuffing our Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (23) Halo more with Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (24) Energy Compression rather thangetting longer cooldowns with the other choice in that node,Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (25) Sustained Potency. Towards the end of the first season or later on inthe expansion, we could see better scaling with this tree.

The utility value of Archon cannot be ignored, as it hasseveral strong benefits. Firstly, centering the damage around Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (26) Halobrings with it significant off-healing for the group if there is damage going outaround the 1-minute timer of the spell. Since the spell is rotational, we probablywould not hold it specifically for more healing, but on certain encounters, thiscould be a significant increase to the group's survivability. In addition to thehealing capability, you also get access to Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (27) Incessant Screams, which canhelp layer on even more AoE CC in Mythic+.

Defensively, Archon also brings with it Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (28) Word of Supremacy which givesyou 5% more stamina from Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (29) Power Word: Fortitude. While this does nothingfor your group, it does make for a good personal defensive benefit.

3.2.

Voidweaver Hero Talents for Shadow Priest

The Voidweaver Hero Tree Talents strongly deliver on theme and gameplaychanges, summing a black hole like Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (30) Entropic Rift that deals massiveamounts of damage. This is spawned from casting Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (31) Void Torrent, and withcertain talents, we can extend the duration and expand the size of the riftover time. Furthermore, while the rift itself is active, we deal increaseddamage and transform our Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (32) Mind Blast into Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (33) Void Blast.

From a gameplay perspective, Voidweaver builds on existing cycles withShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (34) Void Torrent and provide a bit more emphasis on castingyour transformed Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (35) Void Blast casts to deal massive damage. Thesecasts of Void Blast can extend the duration of the rift when usingShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (36) Darkening Horizon and casts of Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (37) Devouring Plague make the riftlarger and deal more damage when it expires with Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (38) Collapsing Void.In addition, you also have access to either Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (39) Depth of Shadows orShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (40) Voidwraith, which plays off of existing pet gameplay ofShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (41) Mindbender and Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (42) Inescapable Torment.

Power-wise, Voidweaver has a lot of potential, particularly in Mythic+with your short burst windows every 30 seconds from Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (43) Void Torrentand Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (44) Malediction. At lower key levels, you should have enough pacingto get a Rift for each and every pack you are facing, while higher keys canget 2 or more per pack. This also has some more single-target potentialwhen taking Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (45) Darkening Horizon to get even bigger rifts for extendedencounters.

Voidweaver also offers several great utility and defensive nodes thatmake the spec extremely appealing. For utility you have access toShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (46) No Escape or Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (47) Dark Energy. Getting cast while moving toShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (48) Void Torrent makes the spec a bit more mobile as well, which feels great.On the defensive side, you get access to Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (49) Void Leech orShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (50) Embrace the Shadow, both of which are great options depending on theincoming damage type. Embrace the Shadow does also count the self-damage fromShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (51) Shadow Word: Death so any builds that end up using that a lot getmore value from this.

4.

Shadow Priest Tier Set in The War Within

Below are the Tier Set Bonuses for Shadow Priest in The WarWithin. After the wording of the bonus, you will find a brief note/commentarythat is italicized.

  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (52) Priest Shadow 11.0 Class Set 2pc — The duration ofShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (53) Devouring Plague is increased by 1 second. This will make the specfeel considerably better to play at lower haste levels in season one, andmight even allow us to run less haste than usual.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (54) Priest Shadow 11.0 Class Set 4pcShadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (55) Devouring Plague increasesyour damage done by 2% for 10 seconds; multiple applications may overlapWhile this will not strictly have gameplay implications, it will just rewardplaying the spec properly since it should have near full uptime.

Both set bonuses are completely passive and are not expected to have anygameplay impact.

4.1.

How Good is the Shadow Priest Tier Bonus in The War Within?

The first season tier set bonuses are intentionally made to besomewhat on the weaker side across the board, but will still be usedeven if it seems small.

Currently our set bonus is certainly on the weaker side, being about 1% damagefor the 2-set bonus and another 2% or so for the 4-set bonus. When combined together,you can expect between 3-4% total value from getting this tier set.

5.

Shadow Priest Strengths and Weaknesses

Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (56)Strengths

  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (57)Plenty of damage opportunities with new windows at 30s or 1-minute depending on your Hero Talents.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (58)Less button bloat compared to Dragonflight with the removal of Mindgames.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (59)More off-healing capabilities in addition to new defensive talents.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (60)Void Crash makes DoTing more approachable for some players in AoE.

Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (61)Weaknesses

  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (62)Build diversity still remains quite low, if not a bit worse compared to last expansion.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (63)Cooldown identity is still lacking.
  • Shadow Priest Guide for The War Within - Dragonflight 10.2.7 (64)Lacking clarity for when to use certain builds or talents.

6.

Changelog

  • 07 Jul. 2024: Update from the rename of Void Crash.
  • 01 Jul. 2024: Update videos.
  • 16 Jun. 2024: Page added.

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