PVE TBC Shadow Priest DPS Guide (Short)

Welcome to our PVE Shadow DPS guide for WoW TBC. This guide will show you what you need to know to DPS as a Shadow Priest in dungeons and raids. This guide covers everything from talents to consumables. 

Talents

Shadow is a really fun Priest spec to play in TBC and the below build will help you get out there and maximize your DPS!

This build only dips into the Discipline tree to pick up  Inner Focus and Meditation. The tier 1 and tier 2 talents of the Discipline tree can be interchanged freely.

Shadow Weaving should have at least 1 point because it is a very good debuff to keep up on an enemy. You can swap the other points out with Improved Mind Blast if you would like. These two can be freely exchanged but both should be at least rank 1.

Blackout and Spirit Tap can also be freely swapped out. Spirit Tap is only useful when you can land the killing blow. Blackout is more useful while clearing trash.

TBC Shadow Priest Build

Gems

Gems can change based on your build, equipment and caps. You may need to adjust your gems to account for your gear.

Blue gems are only worth it to activate your meta gem. After your meta gem requirement has been met fill blue sockets with red or yellow gems.

Enchants

You may need to adjust your enchants to your gear. 

If you pick up enchanting you can benefit from Enchant Ring – Spellpower on both rings.

Stat Priority

  • Spell Hit
  • Spell Power
  • Spell Crit/Haste
  • Intellect
  • Spirit
  • Mp/5
  • Stamina

16% is the spell hit cap for a Shadow Priest in Burning Crusade. This should require around 264 hit rating for Draenie and 289 for other races.

Rotation

Unlike other classes Shadow Priest’s don’t have a set rotation. They operate off of a priority list. This priority list is meant to maximize your damage. If your gear isn’t great you may have mana problems following it perfectly.

  1. Vampiric Touch: Keep up on your target at all times.
  2. Shadow Word: Pain: Keep up on your target at all times.
  3. Mind Blast: Cast every time this comes off cooldown.
  4. Shadow Word: Death: Cast every time this comes off cooldown. Avoid killing yourself though.
  5. Mind Flay: Filler if everything else is on cooldown.

If you have sub-par gear, you can use Vampiric Touch, Shadow Word: Pain and Mind Flay to do damage and avoid running out of mana.

You should use Inner Focus with either Shadow Word: Pain or Devouring Plague.

Consumables

Below is a list of consumables which help in any raid.

Professions

  • Tailoring – Tailoring is great for fresh level 70’s because you can make the Shadoweave and Spellstrike sets which will only be replaced by T4 or T5.
  • Enchanting – Enchanting both of your rings with Spellpower will give you 24 extra spell power! You can also save money by enchanting your own gear.
  • Leatherworking – This gives your raid the best bonus by crafting Drums of Battle. This is mainly for late game and not t4 raids.
  • Alchemy – Alchemy allows you to make Sorcerer’s Alchemist Stone which is pretty strong. You can also create your own consumables.
  • Jewelcrafting – Great gold making choice and you can make your own gems early on. 

FAQ

What is the spell hit cap for a TBC Shadow Priest?

16% is the spell hit cap for a Shadow Priest in Burning Crusade. This should require around 264 hit rating for Draenie and 289 for other races.

Which profession is best for a TBC Shadow Priest?

The best profession for a Shadow Priest in TBC would be Tailoring and Enchanting. Leatherworking is useful to the raid group though.

What Meta gem should a TBC Shadow Priest use?

The best meta gem for a shadow priest in TBC would be either Ember Skyfire Diamond (best) or the Mystical Skyfire Diamond.

PVE TBC Holy Priest Healing Guide (Short)

Welcome to our PVE Holy Priest healing guide for WoW TBC. This guide will show you what you need to know to play a Holy Priest in dungeons and raids. This guide covers everything from talents to consumables. 

Talents

This is a pretty good overall build for a holy priest in Burning Crusade. Improved Divine Spirit is a great single-target healing ability and makes for a great build. You could trade out Martyrdom  for either Silent Resolve or Absolution because these are basically just filler talents.

TBC Holy Priest IDS Build

Another build option besides the Improved Divine Spirit build is a Circle of Healing build. This is more for group healing of higher tier content where you will already have an IDS priest in the raid group.

TBC Holy Priest COH Build

Gems

Gems can change based on your build, equipment and caps. You may need to adjust your gems to account for your gear.

Enchants

You may need to adjust your enchants to your gear. 

If you pick up enchanting you can benefit from Enchant Ring – Healing Power on both rings.

Consumables

Below is a list of consumables which help in any raid.

Professions

Stat Priority

  1. Intellect and Spirit
  2. Stamina – enough to survive encounters
  3. Bonus healing
  4. MP5
  5. Critical strike rating
  6. Haste rating

Healing

Improved Divine Spirit Build

Your main healing ability is  Greater Heal rank 2-7 depending on the amount of healing required. Use lower ranks to help your mana pool last longer. This combined with Renew and Power Word: Shield are your most commonly used spells.

Heal can be used for medium health single-target healing.

Flash Heal is very inefficient and should only be used in very dire situations. This will wreck your mana pool if you try to use it as your main healing ability.

Circle of Healing build

Like this build’s name, it’s main ability is the Circle of Healing spell. Your AOE spells, such as,  Prayer of Healing,  Prayer of Mending and Binding Heal are also very important to this build. Renew and Power Word: Shield are your core single target spells which can be useful depending on the encounter or situation.

Shadowfiend should be used once you drop below 60% mana. This is your main mana regeneration ability.

Inner Focus is another key ability that gives you a free spell cast. This works really well with either Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing.

TBC Priest Pre-Raid BiS

This is a Holy & Shadow Priest Pre-Raid Best in Slot list for The World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion. This list will allow you to begin raiding Karazhan if you have an item from this list in every slot.

Select a specializations

Holy Priest

Helm

Neck

Shoulder

Back

Chest

Bracer

Hands

Belt

Legs

Boots

Rings

Trinkets

Ranged

Main Hand

Off Hand

Two Hand

Shadow Priest

Helm

Neck

Shoulder

Back

Chest

Bracer

Hands

Belt

Legs

Boots

Rings

Trinkets

Ranged

Main Hand

Off Hand

Two Hand

TBC Priest Guide

This TBC Priest guide covers all of the Addons, Stats, Gear, Enchants and Talents you will need to be the very best priest you can be!

A. Suggested AddOns

  • SW Stats – Has some great features for tracking healing done, mana efficency, decursing, etc. (required for OLN)
  • Item Rack – Addon to swap out gear sets. Very nice for switching out of DPS and healing sets.
  • SmartBuff – This one keeps track of your buffs. When one expires it will splash a message on the screen and make an annoying noise, it will recast the buffs with a scroll of the mouse wheel. Healbot apparently does some similar stuff but I’ve never used it.

B. Stats

The stats important to a healpriest are as follows:

  1. +Healing
  2. MP5
  3. Spirit
  4. Intellect
  5. Stamina

I consider them approximatley in that order of importance, but you need a balance of them all. The recomended minimum stats for going into Kara are as follows for priests, all unbuffed:

  • +Healing – 1k absolute minimum, 1.2k recomended pre-Curator, 1.5k recomended post-Curator
  • Mana – 7k pre-Curator, 8.5k post-Curator, can be on the lower side if MP5 is high
  • Health – 6-7k HP, Attumens Charge can crit for upwards of 8k so it’s a good idea to be on the higher side if you can manage it
  • MP5 – 85 absolute minimum, 120 recomended, some recomend 150 for post-Curator but I’m not sure that much is necessary.

It’s reasonably easy to achieve these stats with the Tailoring Epics. I put Solid Star of Elune’s in all my blue slots to help with the Stam, and healing gems in the other slots. The healing enchants listed below are also very important to get to that 1.5k +Heal.

C. Gear

The Primal Mooncloth and Whitemend sets are HIGHLY recommended for Priests. I wrote an article in my blog about why, but here’s the short version. The Tailoring gear is comparable to Tier 4 stuff. The +Heal on Tier 4 is about 60 less than the Tailoring, but the other stats are higher. Tailoring is also available at 70 (assuming your Tailoring is high enough, PMC is BoP) and you have to get all the way through Magtheridon to get all of Tier 4.

Here are some specific gear recomendations for each slot before entering Kara. These are by no means the only options and I’ve tried to include items from various sources (quests, instances, badge rewards, and heroic instances)

F. Suggested Enchants for Healers

  • Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Major Healing, Enchant Weapon – Major Intellect, or Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Intellect
  • Head – Glyph of Renewal requires Revered with Honor Hold
  • Shoulder – Greater Inscription of Faith or Inscription of Faith requires Exalted or Honored with Aldor
  • Back – If you can find someone with the recipe get Enchant Cloak – Subtlety
  • Chest – Enchant Chest – Restore Mana Prime, or Enchant Chest – Exceptional Mana
  • Wrist – Enchant Bracer – Superior Healing, Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration, or Enchant Bracer – Major Intellect
  • Hands – Enchant Gloves – Major Healing
  • Legs – Golden Spellthread, or Silver Spellthread made by 375 Tailors with Exalted or Honored with Aldor
  • Feet – Enchant Boots – Vitality or Enchant Boots – Fortitude

D. Talent Builds

Most raiding Holy Priests will have one of 2 talent builds.

Disc/Holy
Disc/Holy Build 1

or

Disc/Holy Build 2

A less common but still viable Disc build would be

Less common Disc Build

A small disclaimer: these talent builds are samples. There are many changes you could make, and I highlight a few of them, that would still be viable raiding builds. Take everything with a grain (or three) of salt and do what works for you and your play-style.

Imp Divine Spirit Build
Imp Divine Spirit Build
This build takes 23 points into Disc to get Imp Divine Spirit. If you are the only Priest in a raid I definatley think this is the way to go. Some of the points in the early Tiers of the Disc tree are interchangeable, but to me, the important ones are: 2/2 Imp PW:F, 1/1 Inner Focus, 3/3 Meditation, 5/5 Mental Agility, and 3/3 Divine Spirit. The other points can be spread around into Imp PW:S, Absolution, Silent Resolve, and Imp Inner Fire. In the Holy tree I think this is the best placement of points for raiding. Some don’t like Holy Concentration, but I find it procs often enough to make it worth the 3 points (if you follow it with an Inner Focus when it procs your sure to get a few good seconds outside the 5 sec rule). If you don’t take Holy Concentration, move points from Holy Specalization to Spell Warding since you won’t be getting as much advantage from the crits. The other place for variation is putting the points into Healing Prayers and taking them out of Spiritual Guidance.

Circle of Healing Build
Circle of healing build

This build will become much more viable with the buffs to CoH that are comming in Patch 2.3. The Holy talents are very similar to the previous build with the addition of CoH and the same comments from the earlier build apply to the Disc tree.

Disc Build
Disc Priest Build
With a Disc build you won’t have the big #’s from your heals, but you’ll get huge boosts to your base stats making you more Pally-like, able to heal for smaller #’s for long periods of time. You’ll also get 20% boost to healing on a 3 min cooldown. In the Holy Tree, I’d definatley take Spell Warding over Holy Specalization since you won’t have Holy Concentration.