I had this originally posted in the PvP Forum, but it got very little views and no responses, so I figured it was more suited for the Priest Forum.
I benched my main Orc Arms Warr to level my BE Shadow Priest to 80. I'm a pvp'er at heart. I love BG's and world pvp, but I am not very fond of Arena. Arena seems to be the only way to get the best gear though. I have 2 pieces of Furious, 3 pieces of deadly and randomly assorted heroic/badge epics. My wand, cloak and boots are blue and I'm trying to replace them with gear from arena. I sit at around 440 resilience as is (I haven't started arena yet outside of skirmishing).
Well, getting to the point, I teamed up in 2v2 with an Arc mage (yes I know it's not the pvp spec, but I couldn't complain as not many ppl want to team with the CC lacking squishy non-healer that is a shadow priest). We decided to try some skirmishes before we payed 80 gold for a 2v2 team. We lost all the matches horribly to melee/physical damage teams. We only saw 1 other caster besides ourselves and it was a pally healer (plate to combat the melee facerollers no doubt). No other mages, locks, elem shams, boomkins or priests were spotted. Just a gang of rogues, a few warriors and some hunters. I did notice that almost every single team had 1 or more rogues though. Rogues seem to dominate 2v2s.
I figured for starting out in arena I have better (pvp) gear than your average 80 would have. Was I wrong? If I am sitting on a full set of 5 piece arena gear and I am still dying in the course of a stunlock or close to it (even after the resil changes) is there any hope for me in getting a game out where I'm not targeted first every time, stunlocked and bursted down while being able to do nothing?
Here's how the game usually goes. I PW:S and Renew my partner and myself (hmm maybe I should use PoM as well). Rogue cheap shots me and his partner and him open up on me. I'm forced to use Dispersion or die in 2 seconds. Afterward I'm usually at less than 40% health, my power word shield is spent and the rogue pops cloak to finish me off. If I PS, they both just trinket it. I am doing very little offensively and most of my time spent is just in running for my life, to little or no avail.
Am I doing it wrong, or is it just hard as hell to 2v2 as a shadow priest? I know I have no really good gear, but that's why I want to arena. Please don't say "just go disc". I don't want to heal. I didn't start this topic so someone could tell me something as simple as "change specs". I need positive feedback on strategies, setups and combos I can try. Any addons and UI setup suggestions would be appreciated as well.
Also are the skirmishes just randomly generated without looking at gear? Imo the skirmishes were harder than a starting arena team rated match would be. Thanks in advance and sorry for the wall of text, but I felt I had to be specific.