So I've been mulling over all the changes our class as gotten, as well as some of the changes other classes have gotten.
At the moment one of the classes that gives me issues in PvP is a Warrior. We lack the ability to peel/snare/root that some of the other classes have, and Warriors have the ability to make themselves immune to our one and only CC for the most part. That and it seems like their charges are endless. 'Tis a sad time fighting a Warrior as a Shadow Priest indeed.
One thing I've noticed though is we have the "potential" to have FAR more survival after 4.0.6 from the massive PW:S buff alone, not to mention the new 4 pc. "4 Sec of Snare Immunity" PvP set bonus.
That being said, there's some "new" things us Shadow Priest have not traditionally used.
# Glyph of Spirit of Redemption has been converted into Glyph of Prayer of Mending, which increases the healing done by the first charge of Prayer of Mending by 60%.
Of course us Shadow Priests use Prayer of Mending, but rarely do we glyph for healing spells in a PvP setting. With all the new changes, I can see myself glyphing this.
# Surge of Light now also procs from Flash Heal and Greater Heal.
We have traditionally subspec'd into the Discipline tree for the increased damage from Twin Disc., and spec'd into Evangelism and Dark Archangel. Honestly, though, after these new changes I am considering giving up those talents to subspec into Holy. More on this later.
# Desperate Prayer now heals the priest for 30% of their total health, up from a very subpar value.
30%? Wow. Self buffed I have around 125k health. 30% of that is "almost" 40k. A 40k instant heal on a spec. that's already going to have a ton of survival after the patch? This honestly sounds too good to pass up.
The spec I am looking at is http://www.wowhead.com/talent#bbZchbZhrMdrkrddMo
Keep in mind the 4.0.6 changes when looking at this talent build. "Improved Power Word: Shield" is going to give a 30% increase to the absorb of PW:S. When you add that to the considerable buff PW:S is getting, that's extremely nice. Then there's the talents from Holy. Increased healing and faster cast times on healing spells. Those talents speak for themselves. Then there's Surge of Light. It's being changed to work with Flash Heal as well. So, occasionally, while we are healing ourselves we'll get an extra free heal out of it. This, to me, just seems to give us absolutely AMAZING survival. Of course mana will come into play, but we have the best mana gain out of the three Priest trees with Masochism and Dispersion.
I'm really looking forward to 4.0.6 and trying some of these new things. How about you guys?
Edit: It would seem I made a booboo. I forgot to include Desperate Prayer in that spec. Hm. The only way around it would be to give up a point in Surge of Light. Tough call!