Priest changes in Wrath beta patch 8982

Today's Wrath beta patch has a few Shadow Priest changes, but nothing particularly substantial. It seems like a nerf across the board, but this is something we should be used to by now. The devs say that, in level 80 epics, our damage is competitive to other classes, but we'll have to wait and see when we're in those epics, I suppose.

This isn't too big of an issue if the coefficient is still high. If this is/was coupled with a lower coefficient again, it would be utterly ridiculous. As it is, maybe not such a big deal. Lowering the base damage may actually allow the spell to scale better without becoming terribly broken. It may level off nicely once you're out of greens.

This one is a little more problematic, because there's no coefficient changes to offset it. It's just a nerf. As long as our damage really is competitive, I won't cry about this too much. We did get another DoT recently, remember.

Simple nerf, not much to say.

  • Twisted Faith now increases your spell power by 2% of your total Spirit, and your damage done by your Mind Flay and Mind Blast is increased by 2/4/6/8/10% if your target is afflicted by Mind Flay.

Uhh. What? I don't get it. If you're channeling Mind Flay, you can't Mind Blast. Maybe this is tied to some other change we haven't seen in the patch, but right now it makes no sense at all. Is this meant for dual Shadow Priest synergy, or was it a silly oversight? I'm confused.

[ Unofficial patch notes via MMO-Champion ]