shadow orbs capping out at 5 is great, are you okay? Why complain over a great QoL change, I dont get it.
Honestly, I almost never refresh dots unless their is a significant amount of buffs. The trade off isn't as big as you think. Killee has been working non stop for the last two weeks to try top get a better code in SimC and the highest dps he's gotten is 1.5% which is nothing. Taking away dot snap shots isn't really taking away from the skill cap. TBH the only real "skill cap" about refreshing dots is holding DP to a perfect point before needing to cast MB again so that you get the max dps out of it. This change effects warlocks more than us, their dots do significantly more dmg. If anything this is a nice change for us(adding pandemic), what hurts us is haste breakpoints no longer existing. Which hurts all dot classes, they'll buff something to compensate i'm sure. But we did a dps check in the 5 man. And I killed my add 30% faster then the warlock in our 5 man. The numbers obviously dont mean much, since everything will get changed many times till live. But, I'm very much so looking towards 6.0
I didn't get a chance to run the dungeon, but I as well am looking forward to 6.0.
Anyway, having a max of 5 orbs available is going to be awesome. I'm really excited about to see how this will play into the new final tier of talents, too. It should be a very fun xpac for shadow!
As much as you guys think the dot snapshotting is simplifying the class... think about it. Now instead of casting your dots when a proc goes off... now you have to think ahead. You want to make sure a dot refresh doesn't happen during a buff/proc... otherwise the dps loss will occur if you happen to miss a tick. SWP you might want to always make sure you refresh during a proc to get a little extra damage from the instant damage.
Otherwise for on-use procs... you'd want to make sure VT/SWP are up, then probably pop the cd,DP, and then go into SW:I.
The skill now isn't having a macro set up for proc use. Its about thinking ahead to when a proc will/can happen.
If anything, it might be a bit more complex, especially with random procs.
It'd be cool if they were a lil more creative than just tossing us the paladin system.
Make mind flay be able to be channelled while moving
what I'm really looking forward to in this is being bale to hold devo plague for procs, also dot snapshotting probably wont begone for a while because blizz would need to find a another way to make locks, boomkins, and spriests interesting to play
and some blizz employees have said casting while moving has gone too far, I'd rather just see some class w/o a raid cooldown like hunters or some other class w/o any significant cooldowns or reason to be brought into a raid get a 6-10s cast while moving cd for the raid and keep stuff more in control for pvp at the same time (at least interrputs and cc are getting reduced and people will be able to hopefully hard cast in pvp again), it's not like mind flay is actually that much damage anyways
Every change and talent they added was a direct pull from the Shadow priest community so I suppose that is something to take note of in general. While very late in coming these changes are all very good things. I want to see the new spells we get from 90 to 100. Really hoping for a true dps CD with some type of ability to dps on the move.
Still waiting on that mind flay buff that should have happened 2 expansions ago. When your aoe is outpacing your single target filler when there's 2 targets in range , that is a big problem.
Maybe give mind flay some time of "chain lightning" type effect where it can channel through to other nearby targets. Could be cool.