I am a player returning from vanilla WoW because of cataclysm. (total lore buff) Anyhoo, I suppose because it's been quite some time since I have played, I can use some help to the many changes that have occured.
My first question would be, why would a returning player want to play a shadow priest over a Warlock? I come from the days from when a Shadow Priest was revered and exalted in any raid group due to being a mana and health battery. Because this has changed and WoW has made the Shadow Priest into an Affliction Lock/Shadow Mage hybrid class, what would be the over all benefit of playing a Shadow Priest.
Also, as a returning shadow priest, is there a way to make leveling go faster? Any gear tips or things in that effect? Right now, I'm level 15 and I find myself drained after two mobs. My rotation is PW:Shield, Mind blast, SW: Pain, Mind Blast, Wand to death. I get the spirit tap benefit, but it only restores up to a quarter of my mana bar. Any tips would be greatly appricated.