HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest


Shadow Priest Tier 9 (from MMO Champion)

Shadow Priest Tier 9: Zabra's Raiments

I can’t quite get a hang of patch pacing. For the first six months of Wrath of the Lich King I got thoroughly sick of Naxxramas, Obsidian Sanctum and Eye of Eternity. Especially Naxx.

These days my guild is “re-doing” Ulduar and working on each of the hard modes to summon and kill Azgalon the Observer and maybe even earn a legendary mace for the guild. I haven’t yet mastered each fight in Ulduar, far from it (can I admit that I still don’t really get Flame Leviathan?). And I’m enjoying myself. I haven’t gotten to my 4 set bonus and I only just replaced my Hammer of the Astral Plane last night.

Now Blizzard are talking about the next patch which contains a new raid. And a whole new Tier set. It just feels way too soon for me.

Both Vanilla WoW and the Burning Crusade had 3 raiding tiers each so I had expected Tier 9 to come with Icecrown Citadel, assuming that fighting Arthas on the Frozen Throne would be the final raid instance in Wrath of the Lich King. And while I’m happy to see another raid instance being added to the game I would have been just as excited to see some additional items added to the existing 5 piece Tier 8 (eg. belt, shoes and bracers) or a bunch of Spell Power + Critical Strike cloth items of course!

I can’t help but wonder if this means Wrath of the Lich King will finish with Tier 10. At least it’s a nice round number.

Before I stick my head in the sand about this new raid I just had to look once at the Shadow Priest Tier 9. Just once to see what it looks like.

The Switch

My first impression is that Priest Tier 9 follows on from the spacesuit look of Tier 8 with some mage-like Kirin Tor purple eyes hovering around. Priest Tier 8 meets Mage Tier 7 perhaps? With weird orange red spikes sticking out the shoulders (kinda reminds me of any gloves in the game with the name Surgeon in the title: ick).

The stats on the gear follows the same trend as Tier 7 and Tier 8. Most have +hit and +haste and a couple have +crit. Nothing exciting really. The three +hit pieces should get you nicely to hit cap (or pretty close) so I’ll be looking for pure +Spell Power on everything else. Watch out healers!

The Flustration Count

2 pieces: Increases the duration of your Devouring Plague spell by 61 sec.

How this works I’m not quite sure. On a boss this will free up 1 global cooldown every now and again. I guess that has some value. You could perhaps stagger applying Devouring Plague across 2 targets (normally it’s limited to 1) since it would still be up on the first mob when it comes off cooldown. I think I’d prefer the 15% damage to Devouring Plague Tier 8 set bonus. Blizzard really wants us to love Devouring Plague, right?

4 pieces: Increases the critical strike chance of your Mind Flay spell by 5%.

Well I love my Mind Flay. But this is hardly exciting. I mean, it’s the filler spell. It’s the spell you cast when you can’t cast anything else. I think I’d prefer a 2% increase to overall Critical Strike – and that’s less than my Meta Gem gives me. Or something vague like “Your Vampiric Touch has a chance to deal double damage”.

What do you guys think? I know the Hunter community are pretty upset by their set bonuses. I still think they could change between now and the release of Patch 3.2.


MMO Champion has updated their information and link to this image of Priest Tier 9. Is either correct? Your guess is as good as mine.

Priest Tier 9

Priest Tier 9

7 Responses to “Zabra-cadabra”

  1. LathereNo Gravatar says

    Ok Cass….. what the hell is Flustration Count????

  2. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    “A false counting method in which one card of a packet is shown repeatedly to give the impression that all cards in the packet are the same.”

  3. AshimboNo Gravatar says

    Blizzard just can’t seem to find the sweet spot when it comes to content release. If they wait too long, people complain. If they release too soon, people complain. If they don’t release enough, people complain. If they release too much, well, I don’t know if that would happen, but I’m sure someone would complain.

    I agree with your point though, but we do have to remember that it is just the PTR. What if it was on the PTR for two months? Would that be enough time? I think so. When Ulduar was released, it was obvious that it could have used some more testing, so this may be what Blizz is doing. They could have the content up for a while to get all the bugs worked out.

  4. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    To be fair I didn’t complain in the lead up to Ulduar. It wasn’t until I got excited about raiding again that I even realised how bored I was with Naxx/OS/EoE.

    What amazes me is that this is most “progressed” I’ve been since I started playing this game. I know many many of my friends who have done maybe two or three bosses in 10 man Ulduar.

    I really do hope that this next patch stays on the PTR for several months.

  5. thelyseNo Gravatar says

    I agree with you that this is too soon. Wotlk content is probably too boring they need to come out with more to keep players in the game.
    I still keep all my Tier sets (tho not full set for most of them) but I’m running out of bag space soon. I’ll have to DE most of them soon.

  6. samlanderNo Gravatar says

    Hi, as you can see this is my first post here.
    Hope to receive some help from you if I will have some quesitons.
    Thanks and good luck everyone! ;)

    • CassandriNo Gravatar says

      Ask your questions via comment on send me a message on Twitter and I’ll do my best to answer!

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