Shadow Priest T10 4 set bonus makes our Mindblasting redundant.
You need Shadow Priests Mindblasting to Proc replenishment.
I got my 4 set, and have been running lfg’s with it to test – but nothing tests out a gear set then a 25 man raid, and competition between similarly geared x 3 shadow priests
I was coming 3rd for the first 4 boss in ICC between the shadow priests on the boss fights ( one shadow priest wasn’t even bothering to dps the trash – so I was coming 1st over all but that doesn’t count) . Some of it I thought I could contribute to, that I don’t do many 25′s - so experience. I was dpsing adds when they weren’t – or doing more dps on the adds. One didn’t even touch the spikes on Marrowgar. I mean wtf 2 ticks of Mindsear on Marrowgar as the target gets all 3 at the same time- that same priest basically stood there during every trash pull and did nothing. No kidding. Me and the other shadow priest were 1st and 2nd over all – that priest was 15th
That same priest was kicking our butts on the 1st 4 bosses however.
They Pst’d me before we hit Rot and Fester telling me my Mindflay percentage was lower than it should be – offering fellow shadow priestly advise. I explained I was getting used to my 4 set, and I know I was mindblasting more often than I have to with the 4 piece, but the healers had complained about reduced replenishment anyway .
Then I thought Its a pug GDKP. They aren’t going to check who does what damage on what – unless we wipe on something silly – its damage that counts, and then it became important to me. I checked their spell casts, and not one Mindblast. So I thought – I can do that.
I could be the fail dpsing Shadow priest coming 3rd -(was still top 10 I think for the Marrow, Lady ,and Saurfang so I wasn’t far behind). – that proc’d replenishment when the others didn’t ( and as if they would ever check mana gained, and who gave it to them) or I could do what was best for me.
It worked out quite well.
And I now have one token, so I will be replacing one piece of T10 with an upgrade.
I pst the Shadow priest after this change in dpsing strategy – that I felt dirty not mindblasting – but it sure made a difference. Eg I was chasing their coat tails. They never replied, but I know what I didn’t do to get that result.
Maybe I’m the only one that cares – but we didn’t wipe, the healers didn’t complain again anyway. My Dps output was better. My 4 set bonus was put to better use. However maybe the reason why that 3rd shadow priest was 3rd was they were doing the ‘right’ thing
Did I do the right thing?
I DO feel dirty - but maybe I shouldn’t. We aren’t the only class that can proc replenishment. Why Should I gimp my dps just in case. It becomes a problem if no one has it – but it wasn’t a problem then.
Other classes don’t necessarily know the intricacies of each other – so I think at this point – I shall do what is recommended – and mindblast a lot less.