Dual-boxing Priests : Levels 27 to 30

Illysu the Quest Giver
Illysu the Quest Giver

Ah Shadowform, how I have waited for thee!

We’ll ignore the fact that picking up said ability caused me to have to rewrite all of the macros and juggle some keybinds… I’m just glad that my Shadow Priests are finally shadowy! (and that my DPS ability will become a little more DPS-y thanks to the buffs.)

And do I have to tell you how much fun the quest-giving quest was? SO MUCH FUN! 😀 (Seriously, I think there’s more fun to be had in the old world than the new world at this point—although I really need to get back to leveling my main before MoP hits.)

Current Keybinds

You know, I’m just going to skip this for now. I completely rewrote everything at 29, so I’m just going to refer you over to the Me, My Shadowform, and I post where I revamped everything. No point in being repetitive!

World of Warcraft Level 27
Level 27 - New Talent Point

Level 27

Tenth Talent Point: I’m going to throw a point into Improved Devouring Plague since I’ll be picking that up next level. I’m not sure how much I’ll be using the spell, but I figure another instant damage spell will be nice.
Abilities/Basic Strategy/Keybinds/Macros: No change

With Shadowform looming on the horizon, I’m not really worried about perfecting my macros at this point. I’m primarily a Holy Smiter and that’s not going to fly longterm—so as long as I’m not dying, I’m just going to hang in there until the revamp.

To be honest, for leveling it really doesn’t matter how well things are put together. I could probably have the twins without any macros at all (save for the follow and share target) and I’d be okay. I might not survive quite as well without the healing macros, but I don’t think my death-by-overpull ratio would go up that much. …In theory at least.

World of Warcraft Level 28
Level 28 - Devouring Plague

Level 28

Abilities: Devouring Plague (25% of base mana, 40 yd range, Instant, Afflicts the target with a disease that causes 1088 Shadow damage over 24 sec. 15% of damage caused by the Devouring Plague heals the caster. This spell can only affect one target at a time.)
Abilities/Basic Strategy/Keybinds/Macros: No change

Thanks to the talent point from level 27, the plague also inflicts 15% of its DoT damage in one blow, which makes this a pretty powerful spell—only it’s slightly too powerful.

24 seconds is roughly three mobs dead in my normal questing roll. While the healing is nice, there’s no real point to using this spell unless I’m going to be in for a long fight. 25% of my mana is a giant chunk at this point and while it’s not as flashy, it’s more cost effective to stick to the smaller spells.

Dual-boxing makes for an odd trade-off sometimes, because I’m inflecting twice the intended damage I don’t need to use spells that are as powerful. Heck, even using Shadow Word: Pain is overkill unless I’m fighting more than one mob. *shrugs*

I’m going to miss Smite though…

World of Warcraft Level 29
Level 29 - New Talent Point

Level 29

Shadow Priest talent Tree Tier 2 and 3

Eleventh Talent Point: Now we’ve opened up the next tier of the talent tree, so let’s see what’s in store:

  • Phantasm (Your Fade ability now has a 50/100% chance to remove all movement impairing effects.)
  • Harnessed Shadows (Increases the chance for you to gain a Shadow Orb when dealing damage with your Mind Flay and Shadow Word: Pain by 4/8%, and you have a 50/100% chance to gain a Shadow Orb when critically hit by any attack.)
  • Shadowform (13% of base mana, Instant, 1.5 sec cooldown, Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage by 15%, reducing all damage done to you by 15%, and increasing all party and raid members spell haste by 5%. However, you may not cast Holy spells while in this form.)

Can you guess which one I chose? 😉

Abilities: Shadowform, o’course!
Basic Strategy/Keybinds/Macros: Check out the Me, My Shadowform, and I for the revamp.

At last I am reborn! MWAHAHAHAHAHA! …achem, yes.

There is something very very satisfying about being able to slip into the shadows—even if it does make it a bit harder to take proper screenshots.

I finally feel properly Smite-worthy, even if I can’t technically cast Smite. I know I’m still technically supposed to be a ‘good guy’, but I’m feeling almost warlock-y. *hums a rousing battle hymn*

World of Warcraft Level 30
Level 30 - Dual Talent Specialization

Level 30

Abilities/Basic Strategy/Keybinds/Macros: No change

 After the joys of level 29, only getting the Dual-Talent Specialization is a bit of a let-down. *sighs*

Then again, I did pick up a giant handful achievements thanks to the holiday (and nabbing a dual-spec that I have yet to use on Illysu). I’m toying with the idea of taking Illysu either Holy or Dist and then being my own healer in PvP, but I unless I’m able to heal everyone else effectively, that seems like a ‘bring enough gum to share’ situation.

So lots of screenshots, but not a whole lot of change.

The macros I built for Shadowform seem to be working well, but I’ve been more tied up in the little things than any real test of them. I’ll have to see how well they work once I get back into a real questing grind. *pokes setup*

Achievement - Level 30
Achievement - Dangerous Love Level 30
Achievement - Dual Talent Specialization - Level 30
Achievement - 5 Daily Quests Complete - Level 30
Achievement - Coin of Ancestry Level 30


I’m really looking forward to being able to try out PvP—but I’m not really looking forward to grinding to level 45 so that I can play. There are just too many darned gathering quests and I’m not in a position where I could LFD effectively (I think).


Anywho, time to keep on keeping on! *mounts up*

Scenery Long Illysu Illysa Riding Road

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