My expirience of priest in PVP is that they kick ass.. pure and simple...
im not currently endgame raiding but i have been both pugging in as shadow DPs and a holy priest in ToC25 and everything below that in progression, (this is just my Xp for the record) im wearing healing gear even as a shadow pug and it seems iam always in top 5 dps´s and my healing is excellent as well (at least thats what i´ve been told) and other priests i´ve seen are superb both in healing and dpsing.
so pretty much reroll priest cause it rocks
if your gonna go shadow read the shadow 101 in the priest forum here at mmo
Your statements contradict each other. Flavor of the month classes are usually extremely overpowered in at least one aspect of the game. Priests aren't excelling at anything right now, but they aren't hurting either.
You could have simply stuck to "middle of the pack" and you would have been spot on.
To the OP: Priests are in a good state and the class gives you a variety of options in playstyle. It's a very fun class to play, and definitely worth looking into. Just be patient while leveling, pre-40 can be painful at times. It gets better!
I actually believe that shadow priests are very awesome in terms of raid composition. They give all priest buffs (ofc) as well as add a nice healing component. All 3 specs are legit and i guess 5 if you include all possible specs. They all do different things as well.
For endgame raiding:
- Shadowpriests are, depending on group setup of course, top 5 dps usually.
- Holy Priests are still very good raid healers but are shown their place by resto druids who are just imba.
- Disc Priests are awesome when shielding the raid and sniping with penance, but are much much worse than paladins (or even shamans I'd say or a tankheal speced druid) when tankhealing.
PVP I dunno, Disc surely is still awesome, and I hear shadow is rather viable now too, even in arena (in BGs we always were).
Originally Posted by bbhawk
im wearing healing gear even as a shadow pug and it seems iam always in top 5 dps´s and my healing is excellent as well (at least thats what i´ve been told)
It's possible his gear could be like that. If he gets hit capped, the gear from shadow to disc/holy really isn't that different. Priests actually benefit from spirit on DPS gear, so it's not a huge hit. Yes, they're not going to top meters in heal gear, but they're not going to be the bottom either.
As for the OP, priests are a lot of fun. Right now they are in an okay place. You won't be topping any meters at all, be they healing or DPS. They're just a general all purpose hybrid that gets the job done.
Well or course some stuff with spirit (and haste) on it is good for both healing and shadow; I have the 251 healing t10 pants on me since I got them from Toravon for shadow dpsing, but that still doesn't make make my equip my "healing equip".