#1 - 2013/06/13 08:40:00 PMLet me first say I haven't been on the ptr and this is purely a rational argument on Shadowfrom change in 5.4.
For the few who may not know, as of date on this post, the ptr patch notes state: Shadowform no longer reduces all damage taken by 15%. I feel this is a mistake for two reasons. First being the obvious that now shadow priests will be taking a lot more damage from players. It will roughly increase a player's damage to a shadow priest by 18%. That's huge for pvp. It will be as if everyone in the game suddenly now has 18% more pvp power from the Shadow Priest's perspective. If there are plans to lower pvp damage by approximately 15% across the board for all classes, then maybe this will be okay. But taken by itself is major nerf to Shadow Priest's survivability in PvP.
The second reason for why this shouldn't go live is there will be no sacrifice for the Shadow Priest to start healing. Currently in live game, dropping shadow to heal is major risk since the priest will be taking more damage. For me personally, I feel that's part of the fun of playing a Shadow Priest, knowing when to take that risk. If Shadowform no longer reduces all damage taken by any percentage, then from the Priest's perspective there's no reason to not heal when the priest is shadow school locked out, or just simply trying to heal their partner at any given time, because there's no added risk in doing so.
Again, let me reiterate that I haven't played on the ptr. So it's quite possible I'm missing something completely. But if I am reading the ptr note accurately and the ptr notes are complete, this would be major issue for a lot Shadow Priests.