My guild recently merged into a 25 man (2 tens man originally) and got 5 more people and there is now an influx of healers (8.) So 2 of us are learning our respective DPS specs. I am attempting to learn shadow and believe i'm doing OK with it. I'm doing it all in heal gear as I have yet to grab some dps gear and the only place i can get that is from valor or from FL, since the intellect loss from jp would suck.
So I've been reading some guides and trying stuff out and yet (keep in mind this is iLvL 369, i don't raid this toon as my main but still want to be good at it) i'm pulling unbuffed 14K on dummies which feels horrendous.
I believe I have figured the spec itself out, but I am wondering what kind of addons would help with my dps. I tried quartz for a DoT tracker and I can't stand it, its too small and its including a bunch of other stuff that I can't figure out how to remove. I'm using NTK to keep track of my buffs such as empowered shadow, shadow orb, Dark evangelism, and since mana isn't a problem i'm using my shadowfiend on cooldown rather than when needed.
So far here is what I have been doing:
OPENER: Pre-cast Vampiric Touch, SW:P, Devouring Plague, Mind Flay until at least 1 orb, Mind Blast to get empowering shadow. I only refresh my DoTs when empowered shadow is up (which is always, i only use Mind Blast when i have an orb and so far luck has been nice to me and not making me wait half a minute for one to spawn) and I'm using Dark Evangelism on Cooldown as well as my Heart of Ignacious as soon as it hits 5 stacks.
After my opener, in general i just spam mind-flay, use Mind-blast on CD if an orb is up or i wait for one to come up, and refresh my dots in coordination with my buffs. Once I start to get low on mana I incorporate Shadow Word: Death and use it on Cooldown until i'm back over 40% mana, which either comes with some kind of outside source or from DE or Fiend.
At the moment, i'm only at 21.7% haste and just above the hitcap and i'm working on just stacking haste, then mastery then crit.
Anything I'm doing wrong and anything that I can get that would help me?