What is the predominate healing spec in mists for priests? How does priest healing compare to other healing classes? How is shadow DPS comparing to other ranged classes? Is shadow a viable solo questing/leveling spec or should I find a friend to help?
1. Holy, though Disc is pretty overpowered in 5-mans 2. It stands up just fine 3. Lower end of the spectrum, though it can do well in AoE if you take the time to Dot things up. 4. Shadow is fine for leveling. Played 2 Priests to 85 in Cata as Shadow spec right the way through with no hassles, and leveled one of them to 90 on MoP release faster than my Frost DK leveled.
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Holy. I've heard it's pretty sub par compared to others. Not sure about this one. I know they apparently suck in pvp but pve I hear they're slightly OP to gimped as hell. They have nice utility though so will still be wanted. I leveled 85-90 with relative ease using glyphed inner fire (more armor), only started getting frustrated with mobs at 89 in dread wastes.
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Does shadow not scale well with gear or something? I'm ilvl 460 and doing better than most other people around my ilvl.
Well you are doing better than most people because most other people suck. :P
Anyway, I am not sure on the exact reasoning behind it. I know at least in terms of AoE fights, their AoE is pretty weak compared to most specs. Mind Sear is not worth using, so they really only have DoT spamming, but their DoTs don't pack quite as good of a punch as say a Warlock or A Fire Mage (at least before the Combust and Critical Mass nerf lol). In terms of single target, they were doing well, but recent simulations have shown them towards the bottom, and I am not exactly sure why. Someone told me that some simucrafts were kind of buggy, so maybe its just in a bad transition period? Not sure.