- Author: Qxu
- Date: July 3, 2021
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
As a Shadow priest, you want to focus on mainly Spell Power & Haste and Crit over Haste when you reach either of your caps (soft and hard cap)
- Hit (till capped)
- Spell Power
Generally, a level 80 Caster requires 17% (446 Hit Rating) against level 83 Raid boss to assure not to miss any single spell. On the other hand, as a Shadow Priest, you have 2 passive Hit Rating Bonus during combat from Misery & Shadow Focus both of them gives you a bonus of 3% Hit Rating each and the effect stacks so you’ll end up with a 6% bonus of Hit Rating so that leaves only 11% (287 Hit Rating) to be collected from gear/gems .
- Heroic Presence is a Draenei racial passive aura that affect the raid party in a 30 yard range and increases the Hit Chance (Melee and spells) by 1%
Spell Power and Haste are the primary stats for this spec. Spell Power is Pure damage bonus and there is no cap for it, the more you have the more damage you’ll bring to the fight.
As a DoT (Damage-over-Time) based caster, Haste rating will be crucial to our gameplay mechanics. Our dots are affected by the amount of haste we possess, the more haste we acquire the faster our dot spells will tick. As a desired soft cap, you will want to reach a 1200 haste rating, this value being considered without any potential buffs such as Bloodlust/Heroism.
The main goal considering haste rating is to reach the Global Cooldown limit of 1 second, to be able to spam Mind Flay effectively. Mind Flay will also be affected by haste, the ticking time of the channel being reduced the more haste you acquire.However you must consider that anything beyond the Global Cooldown limit of 1 second will be a waste of stats, so do take into consideration that you will benefit from effects such as Bloodlust/Heroism, Wrath of Air Totem, HyperSpeed Accelerators.
- Critical Strike Rating will be our next concern after acquiring a substantial amount of haste, Critical strike Rating will also influence the damage of your dots, so you will want to focus on gaining as much as possible.
- Spirit is one of the stats that will empower our overall damage and mana regeneration. Our mana regeneration will be improved due to the Improved Spirit Tap talent and our overall damage will be improved by the Twisted Faith talent.
- Intellect is a stat inherent to casters. It offers us increased spell power, an increased mana pool, and also increased spell critical strike chance. This stat will be present on all of our gear pieces so you do not have to worry about enchanting intellect or gemming intellect.