Suggestion To Improve Priest Classs
My Priest is almost level 43 and now that I’ve got Shadowform I’m finding soloing is a lot, lot faster and easier. I barely have any downtime, DPS has improved greatly and my survivability is far higher. It’s almost night and day compared to my early experiences with the Priest. Levels 10-30 were painfully slow and tedious – I can’t understand why the class gets easier to play as it levels up. Surely it should be the other way round!
My suggestion to improve the Priest class is to make Shadowform accessible earlier… perhaps even more it to first rank of the Shadow talents. It makes no sense forcing players wait for it. Life as a low level Priest is just far too hard. I can understand wanting to give each class something to look forward to but Shadowform is so important to a Priest, and makes such a vast difference to the playability of the class, I think they should get access to it sooner. It’s not like they really have any other choices when it comes to soloing.
If I’m honest, although I doubt this would ever happen, what I’d really like to see would be Shadowform become a stance ability, similar to one of the Warrior’s stances. It would be obtainable at level 10 from a quest and wouldn’t require any talent points to access it. Priest ’stances’ could then be expanded to include a Holy stance (which gives bonuses to healing but prevents the player from casting damage spells) and another Holy DPS stance which, unlike Shadowform, allows the Priest to cast healing spells (but with reduced potency) and also increases the damage of Holy damage spells like Smite and Holy Fire. This would give Priests a mixed stance, allowing them to both heal and increase their DPS, an alternative to people who don’t want to follow the Shadow talent tree. This stance would essentially allow Priests to be true healers but still have better DPS to solo with.
At the moment Priests are a pretty sad class. They are painfully slow to level up until level 40+ and have very limited flexibility or variety. When was the last time you saw a level 25 Holy spec Priest for instance? Doesn’t happen, everyone’s Shadow. Shame. And the sad part is that it’s still bloody tough at the low levels. C’mon Blizzard, Priest stances FTW!