Shadow Priest

Patch 8.2

Written by Kuriisu Last Updated: 21st Aug, 2019

Playstyle & Rotation

General Rotation:

  1. Void Bolt
  2. Shadow Word: Void 2 Charges
  3. Shadow Crash (if selected)
  4. Shadow Word: Pain
  5. Vampiric Touch
  6. Shadow Word: Void
  7. Mind Flay

Opener:

WITH BLOODLUST:
  1. 2 seconds on pull timer - Void Form
  2. Shadow Word: Void 
  3. Void Bolt
  4. Shadow Crash
  5. Shadow word: pain
  6. Void Bolt
  7. Shadow Word: Void
  8. Vampiric Touch
  9. Continue with normal rotation
  10. 25-30sh stacks shadow fiend
  11. Once you start dropping bellow 50 insanity or you notice you can’t keep up with the drain Memory of the lucid dreams. (30-35ish stacks)
WITHOUT BLOODLUST:
  1. 2 seconds on pull timer - Void Form
  2. Shadow Word: Void 
  3. Void Bolt
  4. Shadow Crash
  5. Shadow word: pain
  6. Void Bolt
  7. Shadow Word: Void
  8. Vampiric Touch
  9. Continue with normal Rotation
  10. 20 stacks shadow fiend
  11. 25-30 stacks memory of lucid dreams

Cleave (2 - 5 Targets):

  1. Void bolt 
  2. Shadow Word: Void 2 charges
  3. Shadow Crash
  4. Shadow Word: Pain
  5. Vampiric Touch
  6. Mind Blast
  7. Mind Sear

AoE

  1. dark void
  2. Void Bolt on CD
  3. Shadow word: Pain
  4. Vampiric Touch
  5. Mind Sear

More info about this below in playstyle!

Playstyle:

Memory of the Lucid Dreams timings

You want to use Memory of the Lucid Dreams to extend your Void Form for as long as possible, to get the maximum benefit out of your Chorus of Insanity and Lingering Insanity.

Usage is simple, you use it once you notice you can’t keep it with the drain, there is no strict rule when exactly to use it due to the heavy RNG nature of insanity generation. Normally outside of bloodlust you can expect to use it at about 20-30 stacks, sometimes later, sometimes sooner and in Bloodlust that can be anywhere from 30 to sometimes even 40-45 stacks. Min-maxing the usage is very important, so try and learn how to use it properly on your own, else as a rough guideline use it at 25 stacks without lust and then 30ish with lust.

Mind searing

Voidform timing + CD's

Voidform uptime is the most important thing, for this reason you want to make sure you time on-use things correctly.

For example when running Fuse + Shadowfiend + berserking:

This way you have them all at the same time at 12 seconds, giving you the best haste at the latest points of voidform.

Grong Encounter Example

I use Fuse at 13 > Shadowfiend at 18 > Berserking at 21. The adds will spawn around this time. I will have all my burst haste running for the first set of adds, dotting them without issues of dropping voidform and lasting about a 35 voidform.

Multidotting

Although dotting targets is important, its also important to keep in mind to not waste void bolts + Shadow word: Void.

As standard you want to use void bolt on CD and keep Shadow Word: Void at least rolling on CD.

I personally use a boss target macro and boss frames to maintain dots.

When to re-apply your dots

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