So I just got done doing a bunch of reading on various forums and I was quite surprised that people are actually complaining about Shadow Priests being slightly overpowered in PVP now. At first I really couldn't wrap my head around this concept. I always thought that for us to be competitive, and I mean SERIOUSLY competitive, drastic changes would need to come into play.
I mean sure, there are some Shadow Priests who do Arena seriously at the moment, but I guarantee you that they're probably dead last on the "Threat" list.
Because myself, and other Shadow Priests have suffered being an easy target in the wild and on the battlefield for so long, I couldn't resist hopping back into the PTR and trying a few fights.
First off, I just asked trade chat if what I was hearing was actually true, and the response I got was quite shocking. Not only did the trade chat almost flood with agreement, I got several whispers from classes like Rogues and Shamans telling me that Shadow Priests are much more threatening now, even to the point where one rogue told me, "Shadow Priests scare me now. Their damage is insane".
Another said something along the lines of, "They're hard to kill. Self healing is insane"
Personally, after a few duels and skirmishes, I'd have to agree that the changes really do help shadow priests in PVP a lot. I found myself multi-dotting more then usual, and although it was mana costly, the fact that it was almost like having druid hots on you all the time was really helpful.
I can't say much about the haste factor, however, since I've poured all of my effort into getting crit gear. Thinking about it though, having dots ticking faster would only mean that we get more healing and the damage is going through faster and makes me wonder if I should start re-itemizing on live NOW, rather then later.
What are other people's experiences with the PVP side of things?
Also, why is it that on the PTR, our INT seems to be down. On live I have about 15K mana in my pvp gear, but on the PTR I only have 13k.