Step 1: Cast a glyphed Power Word: Shield on a target
Step 2: The next action/attack will be credited to the Priest along with any extra side effects
What does that mean?
Effects like taunt will be credited to the Priest. Which means that if I shield a tank and they use a threat cooldown, the boss they taunted is going to make a beeline for me. I watched this happen last night on Acidmaw and Dreadscale. I simply thought I dropped a large amount of healing but it wasn't the case. As the worms were emerging from the ground, I managed to pull Dreadscale and he started slithering toward me. I have never pulled threat from a raid geared tank in a long time which is why I found this extremely peculiar.
If you noticed something similar, now you know why.
Another example Stratfu lists is that if a Priest shields a Warlock who happens to be casting Drain Soul, the Priest will gain a few soulshards.
This creates some rather interesting possibilities. It might be possible to shield a teleporting mage, for example.
Actually, this explains why I received Focus Magic instead of other DPS casters. I was wondering why that was.
For the time being, I would strongly recommend overriding the Power Word: Shield glyph with another one to minimize any problems when raiding. For Discipline Priests, try these:Update
: A hotfix seems to have been applied. The shield glitch doesn't seem to be in effect anymore. Still, I strongly suggest you test this out on your server with another player to determine if the shield is still glitching.
I mentioned this in my Shadow Priest post a few weeks ago, but Shadow Priests have gained some slight damage buffs to their talents:
- Improved Spirit Tap: Mind Flay periodic critical strikes have a 50% chance to trigger this talent.
- Twisted Faith now grants spell power equal to 4/8/12/16/20% of Spirit, up from 2/4/6/8/10%.
In short, Blizzard really wants Shadow Priests to lean towards Spirit gear. My Shadow Priests have reported a slight increase in damage, but it's going to take some more time and more log scanning to see what conclusive effects it has.
For Priest glyphs:
- Divine Aegis: Ranks 1 and 2 will now work with Holy Nova.
- Glyph of Power Word: Shield now correctly uses the Priest's spell critical chance instead of the target's.
Let's hope that shield glyph bug gets resolved as soon as possible. I suppose the alternative is for Priests to continue using the glyph but watch who they shield instead. Either way, it's a fairly significant bug for raiding Priests and it could result in serious consequences.
In any event, there are no other major changes for Priests in this content update patch.
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