Mage vs. Lock? Shadow Priests Don’t Care

This topic seems to be spreading, except I don’t know why as it’s an age old feud. Warlocks and Mages don’t like each other. Mages are all, “You’re totally copying us.” And Warlocks are all, “Nuh-uh, we have demon pets!” And Mages are all, “Yeah well *points at water elemental*” Then Warlocks are all, “… lame asses, that isn’t a pet.” Then everybody punts the Gnomes, at least that’s what I’ve been lead to believe. You know who hasn’t been mentioned once? The Shadow Priests. That’s right, because they know that they are the cooler clothy.

Deep down I love casters. I always have. When I first started playing WoW, it was my very first game really, and I wanted to be one of the magic users, the fact that Warlocks had pets won me over in the beginning, but after a few months I realised I’d made a mistake, I didn’t like my Warlock and I wanted to roll a Priest so roll a Priest I did. Of course, these days with my Warlock being a race I’m more comfortable with, a name I’m accustomed to, and the playstyle has improved a lot since I was playing, I do enjoy Warlock quite a lot. I’ve never got a Mage past 41, in all of my altoholic years of playing WoW. Then there’s Shadow Priest, the one I played for almost all of TBC and a big chunk of Wrath, she’s collected a bunch of pets and mounts and titles that I struggle with on Fae and I’m still quite attached to her.

Last night, I was feeling ill, which always knocks my concentration, so I logged my priest to help Dan find a few rares for Frostbitten, that’s a nice simple task (we found 2, Loque’nahak and the vrykul woman in Grizzly Hills). After, as I’d been planning to anyway seeing as this year my Priest gets her 3rd pets for Azeroth and Outland, I decided to do the Children’s Week quests.

While I was running around, it felt familiar, especially since I changed her hair back to the way it was pre-barber shops. This was the character I played for almost the entire of TBC. I’ve collected a lot of things on her, including a few things Fae will never get (Hand of A’dal, Red Clockwork Bot, a few mounts and pets that are difficult to get). And if things go wrong? I can heal! Yes, she’s almost always been Shadow, with either a healy offspec, or a Shadow PvP offspec. I thought perhaps I could try and squeeze a bit of gear, after all her gear is still reasonably low and Tier 10 is pretty.. so I created a gear list of drops from Sartharion, Ulduar 10, TotC 10, TotC 25, Onyxia 25, and of course, Emblems of Frost. A couple of craftables too, just to get her gear up so hopefully pugs’ll let me in. Of course, I don’t want to reroll I’ve only just transferred my Hunter over to Alliance on Terenas but it’s nice playing a character I was so attached to after so long.

11 thoughts on “Mage vs. Lock? Shadow Priests Don’t Care”

    1. This was, of course, from an accidental publish of a first draft. Gnomeageddon is a mage, and I’m currently packing my bags to be out of the country before he notices this (since corrected) mistake…

  1. I do love Shadow. When it’s single target, and there’s not much movement involved. It’s a lovely rotation to weave, but I have such trouble getting my act together to keep up the numbers whilst moving, or dpsing multiple mobs. Of course, massive packs are Mind Sear fodder, but it’s the Heroic bunch of 2-3 that I suffer on.

    I hope it’s not just me!

    No way I’d want to be a 2 button Arcane mage though. Eesh.
    .-= Zalduun´s last blog ..Bizarre arena combinations =-.

    1. Sometimes I struggle, but I think I’m semi getting the hang of it. But heroicing with 8k dps warriors with no care for letting the tank get aggro and hense nothing lives long enough for me to barely Mind Blast? *growl*

  2. I always loved my warlock, I actually played a Spriest before I rolled it – but I got sick of ppl telling me to go holy when they were a healer short, so I went warlock instead *lol*

    Nowadays I have to admit that I don’t enjoy Spriest as much as I do warlock or even mage (not that I have an 80 mage). I enjoy my priest far better as holy for some reason. As long as I don’t need to quest, questing as holy is nothing but painful! But for some reason I love to heal as a priest (maybe cause it was pretty much all you were ever allowed to do as a priest in vanilla hehe).

    I have similar feelings when going back to an “old” char though. I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling and almost want to reconsider them my main again *lol* Which of course won’t happen.

    1. Ha. The real culprits here are the ones who say “Shadow Priests? They’re just the same as Warlocks aren’t they?” No. No they are not.

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