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Ethical Use of Shadow Meld

I don’t intend on dying with the rest of them if I can.

Rogues have a way of surviving a wipe,  as do mages, and hunters,   yet people seem surprised when Shadow Meld is used for wipe evasion. Its like we are ‘cheating’

Sometimes it doesn’t work, eg when another class or race that has no wipe evasion abilities decides to run to my little safe corner.

Why?
Do you think I can protect you?  and the boss chases them,  does an aoe effect and I die.

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Sometimes it does work, and as a rezzer If it looks like I have escaped the wrath of the boss and he has reset, and I can rez my party/raid then  I will try and shout that I’m doing that before someone releases.

I survived a wipe on Gluth the other night,  it was the 2nd wipe on him,  we had been dying more then usual on our 1st 10 man run of naxx after the patch, so the 1st wipe a hunter survived by feigning death, and the rest of us gathered in the pipe, 2nd time, since I thought the hunter had the right idea both he and I survived the wipe using our available tools,   so we hid in Gluths chambers,  till  we get a ” where are you We are waiting for you.

“We are in the room ..”

third time went down well –  but I felt guilty that I had survived  the wipe, that I didn’t need to rebuff or re-food – and I saved on repair bills.   I got the impression that I should have died with ‘honor’ with the rest of them.

From a raid efficiency point,  it can be bad not to have your raid all together in one spot,  If I was one of the main buffers, then me not being in range of the raid could cause problems.  Its good to have the raid all together,  I’ve been into too many raids/instances  that wiped because essential classes have been locked out of the fight. Given the chances of me reagroing the boss could have been high, it was probably a fight I should have died on, just so I can run back with the rest of them.

I’m all for cutting down on repair bills, (even though as a clothy they are not stupidly high like  a tanks are.)  and since I always bring the best food buff ( saving my northern spices for raid food)  the lose of another food buff.   

In addition that particular wing has several hazards you need to get past  when running back from a wipe, the slime canals that priests can levitate over,  mages blink over,  a fall takes off half your health practically, so you need to be healed up before attempting another canal dip.  The “Slime Boss”( those oozes after Patchwerk that always manage to claim one casualty) and the “Pipe Boss”. ( The pipe you stand on before Gluth that someone always falls off of )  – especially now that we are casting levitate on people in raids so they don’t take  damage from the jump in the canals as you run through, and they forget, and try and jump on the pipe only to realise that you can’t jump while levitating.  These obstacles become easy with practice, and I’ve had lots after learning the Grobbulus fight  in early Naxx. I don’t die from Slime.  Well. Maybe just once – or twice.  But that’s it! I promise.

But  not having to worry about all that is quite refreshing.   I can hide in my little corner, while you can all rebuff or repair or whatever.

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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.


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