Brian over at WoW Headlines reminded me that’s it’s been a while since I did a Priest post, so here’s what’s new:

Baseline

  • Power Word: Fortitude had a tooltip error corrected: Infuses the target with vitality, increasing Stamina by 10% for 60 min.
  • Shadowfiend now has a 3 minute cooldown, down from 4. Duration reduced to 12 sec, down from 15 sec.

Talents

  • Archangel now has a 24 second duration for the Dark Archangel (Dark Evangelism) buff.
  • Mindbender now has a 3 minute cooldown, down from 4.
  • Void Tendrils is now limited to 5 targets.

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

  • Glyph of Fading has been renamed Glyph of Shadow Ravens: Your Shadow Orbs now appear as Shadow Ravens.
  • Glyph of Fortitude has been renamed Glyph of Borrowed Time: Your Borrowed Time is now displayed visually.
  • Glyph of Shackle Undead now changes the appearance of your Shackle Undead.
  • Glyph of Shadowfiend has been renamed Glyph of Smallfiend: You summon 3 small Shadowfiends who each provide a third of the total mana return.

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for some of the glyphs at the moment. I’ve been playing around with the Glyph of the Heavens lately.

Here I am traversing down from a mountain peak in Kun-Lai Summit. I dared Coolidge last night to walk off the edge sans bubble. He declined and said I should try without levitate Maybe we could have a competition, the last to use their ability wins :P

levitate

I’ve been wanting to try the Glyph of Confession but haven’t gotten around to buying it yet, although I’ve read it’s nothing special.

I’ve also been using Mindbender which I like but with the new Glyph of Smallfiend (giving us 3 mini shadowfiends who each do ⅓ the damage, I was interested in trying it). I didn’t even have to change my minor glyph slot as it was already active. The only thing to do now was to see it in action.

shadowfiend Priest Changes - Build 15739

Hmm, ok it doesn’t appear to be working yet :(

As a reminder, this is what Mindbender looks like. It basically trades out your old shadowfiend for one of these newer models and gives back a bit more mana while dishing out double the damage. That’s pretty good imo.

mindbender new Priest Changes - Build 15739

I’ve since re-learnt Holy Nova through glyphing. Oh how I’d miss you otherwise :P

But I think the nicest surprise was when I noticed that Glyph of Shackle Undead offers some cosmetic appeal.

Let’s compare:

old shackle Priest Changes - Build 15739

Old shackle animation

new shackle Priest Changes - Build 15739

New shackle animation

Whoa, what a difference! Although I don’t see using it on live but what better time to test these animations/spells than on the beta right?

A few other animations I observed as Disc:

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Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

Since I’ve been playing quite a lot of Diablo III lately, I was quite excited by the new Shadow glyph which turns your Shadow Orbs into ravens :P

I hadn’t tried speccing Shadow before today (for beta) but this changed my mind… what can I say, it was a good opportunity to kill two rav birds with one stone :P

raven Priest Changes - Build 15739

ravens Priest Changes - Build 15739

They only last a couple of seconds, so it was a little tricky getting a good shot of them but you get the idea. You’ll see a small flock of them flying around you like the Angelic Bulwark I mentioned a while back.