Shadow Priest

Patch 8.1.5

Written by Cayna Last Updated: 17th Apr, 2019

Azerite Traits

Chorus of Insanity: Overall probably our strongest trait, it gives massive amounts of Crit. With Lingering Insanity and legacy of the void this will give you a lot of Crit inside the voidform. This also helps the trait whispers of the damned for getting back inside voidform.

Spiteful Apparitions: Just like chorus this talent performs great in every situation. Its weakest only during mass AoE where you can't apply that many vampiric touches. This trait also scales well with our talents and other traits. The trait doesn't only work with auspicious spirits talents as the talent gets an extra amount of damage when you do NOT have the talent selected. It's also worth noting that the talent scales weirdly with the auspicious spirit talents.

Whispers of the Damned: The damage boost to Shadow Word: Void is not the main reason the trait is great, but more the fact of the insanity regeneration. This trait also scales extremely well with secondary stats. However, it's not great for AoE as the global becomes less valuable the more targets there are; as the number of targets increases mind sear will start performing better and better.

Searing Dialogue: Massive AoE trait, BiS for M+. Requires dark void talent to work well and is very situationally worth it for raid encounters. This trait also got nerfed by about 35% (at the release of Battle of Dazar’alor) as the trait was too powerful.

Thought Harvester: Only really goes well when stacking Searing Dialogue traits. If it procs at the right time, it can provide shadow with some of the best AoE damage in the game currently.

Azerite traits rotation changes

Searing Dialogue

Recommended Azerite Traits

Single target

Cleave fights:

Mythic +

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Azerite Traits - Bloodmallet

Tier 3 & 4

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Trinkets - Bloodmallet

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