Night Elves Shadowmeld for Priests in Battlegrounds

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  • Shadowmeld (Racial)
  • Instant cast
  • Activate to slip into the shadows, reducing the chance for enemies to detect your presence. Lasts until cancelled or upon moving. Night Elf Rogues and Druids with Shadowmeldare more difficult to detect while stealthed or prowling.

Wow Insider recently talked about the usefullness of Shadow Meld in Arena.
Advice for those with Drinking problemsand how if you can get out of combat ShadowMeld is very useful,
Personally I’ve never been about to get out of combat in arena  so I’ve never used it for that because usually I’m dead by the time i get to use all my mana..  I have used it to confuse an another arena team,  If you can remain hidden  they can’t target you straight away, so your survival increases by 3 secs, as long as you have not entered combat. I’ve used it to hide under the bridge and sneak up behind the other team.

Wowiki Shadowmeldsays that “You use it as a counter spell resource: as soon as you use it, spells cast made on you will be interrupted (only on PVP)” But I’m not quite sure how this works as Shadowmeld is not usable if you are in combat. You’d have to catch the spell as it was being cast, if it did work then it would useful against polymorphs in arena if it was the 1st spell cast so you weren’t in combat, and you managed to react in time. Those variables are too scarce for me for it to be viable.

What I have found Shadowmeld useful for is if a target is running at you , and they see you as soon as they get off their mount they are going to attack. So hit Shadowmeld and you disappear, if they don’t have the ability to see hidden, or make you visible then they can’t target you.

Shadowmeld makes great use for ‘suprise’ fears
Its also useful for guarding flags in AB. Hug the flag pole and as a Priest or another class with a fear, eg Warriors, let them run up to the pole, and only when they start to click on the flag hit your fear.

Shadowmeld can also be used in Eye of the storm to fool or trick the opposition into thinking a tower is an  an easy target. However, by going into stealth the ‘presence’ bar on EOS of a Node you are trying to take will stop registering that there is someone there, and can go backwards, so Only stealth at a node if your side has full control over it.

You can use Shadowmeld in WSG if you are guarding the flag in the flag room. Its harder to time the fear in WSG because Fear only has an 8 yard range, and the opposition can pick up the flag with a single click, often I’ve found that I can’t fear them until after they have picked up the flag, and then its dot dot Mindflay trying to slow them down so others can get some attacks in. So stand in front of the flag, and as soon as they get near you fear them off.

And in Av when Guarding a flag its useful for surprise fears.

Its often a racial that people dismiss, and I would agree it certainly has more use at least for priests in a PVP context, if anything is good for freaking people out as the noise made when going into it sounds like a Rogues stealth.

I’ve been doing alot more PVP hence more PVP orientated posts as I have not been raiding regularly.   I say Regularily because even though I’m officially permanently AFK  I have been pulled into several raids recently because they were down a Shadow Priest or a DPS.    Still not enough to make me change my mind, at least about 25 mans.   I might start venturing into ZA again soon, but I don’t want the guild confused that I am available for raiding again,  but if I pugged it It would be disprestful ect ect..   Its been good to actually “play” though.

3 Responses to “Night Elves Shadowmeld for Priests in Battlegrounds”

  1. 1 Darraxus July 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Yeah, Shadowmeld can be very useful in alot of PVP situations. On my hunter, I like to shadowmeld a bit away from a flag then stealth my kitty, but him on aggressive, and tell him to stay on the flag. As soon as my pet attacks, I pop out and rain down the hurt.

    In arenas it can give you a nice advantage as you get the opportunity to take the first shot. Bestial Wrath followed by a barrage of death is pure win when done from Shadowmeld.

  2. 2 Axe December 21, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Lasts until cancelled or upon moving.

    I’ve used it to hide under the bridge and sneak up behind the other team.

    HOW? when it is cancelled upon moving.

  3. 3 pugnaciouspriest December 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Oh Axe.. Ok – Its the Nagand arena theres a bridge and most people run ontop of the bridge as their arena tactic however, If you run under the bridge, straight up – shadow meld so they can’t see you as they run up their side of the bridge, and once they have entered combat run up on their side and get them. Most peple don’t expect an attack from behind them in arena in that one.. Its using shadowmeld to hide current location rather then doing it like a rogue.

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