Shadow … please just remove current Voidform.
I wanted to start off with something bold because the voidform experiment has failed and has never worked since the beginning of Legion.
It was grossly overtuned in the beginning and when you finally found a middle ground to make it work new players did absolutely TERRIBLE damage till they got enough haste (which was incredibly high), while pro players did godlike amounts of damage. Out of Voidform your did less than tank damage, 1-30 stacks you beat tanks and were finally gaining but 30+ mattered so much to your overall damage. If you got stunned or the mobs died your next Voidform would be pathetic and your DPS plummeted. I think the worst part about Legion Voidform was doing anything but raiding.
The only time voidform worked was raid bosses especially with 1 extra add. World content, Mythic+ (especially mid to low keys), and trash mobs Shadowpriest felt the worst because of the severe ramp.
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I’m guessing you were going for a more Beastial Wrath Beastmaster Shadowpriest spec? The problem is BM hunter’s control whenever they want to Beastial Wrath, while you need to ramp in order to Voidform. Every other pull in Mythic+ shadow did okay damage, but when you lost Voidform as the pack died when you reached the next pack of mobs you felt like your group was carrying you. If the trash was about to die by the time you got enough insanity you saved your Voidform for the next pull while everyone else just did their normal damage EACH pull.
I loved playing Shadow in the past, loved Shadow orbs (although Clarity of Will I’m glad is gone), Dark Angel, Dark Halo, good times. However once Voidform was added everything has gone downhill. Voidform works in 1 environment which is raiding (mobs that live several minutes in order to ramp up and back down and back up etc), but everywhere else it does not work. Voidform has too much ramp and the up and down nature feels terrible when your on a trash pull when your at the down part …
This is really the only thing that has saved shadowpriest. In BFA without Chorus of Insanity shadow would be beyond terrible and it shows.
In Legion without Hysteria shadow fell apart and it showed in early BFA till we got Chorus of Insanity.
Shadow has very little choice in talents and it feels even moreso in SL. Just go on the alpha and try without these talents and watch how unfun and horrible it feels.
Without Shadow Word: Void everything slows down and feels horrible play and twice as hard to stay and go back into void form, also feels horrible to miss a Mindblast.
Without Lingering Insanity the moment you leave void form you feel like a turd and everything slows down and takes forever to get back into void form. Also without Lingering Insanity there is no reward to Voidform.
Without Legacy of the Void is probably the worst feeling ever. The game goes to a screeching halt and so does your damage. Why does voidform take so long to enter? Why does it always require so much insanity to enter it?
These 3 talents NEED to be baseline if you want to keep the basic voidform.
My Big Brain Idea, if you choose to keep Voidform
Bring back Shadow Orbs, was simple but was great especially with Devouring Plague synergy with Mindflay, it gave us a single target DPS option which shadow DESPERATELY needs since you keep nerfing it’s multi target without improving it’s single.
Instead of Voidform being baseline, make Voidform a talent replacing Legacy of the Void. Make it a 1 minute CD that doesn’t increase our damage but instead while in Voidform it gives us Hysteria (1% crit/haste per second in void form) and than Lingering Insanity after we leave it. This will reward good players with proper Voidform usage at the correct times. This allows us to pop Voidform when we want to, not having to deal with the stupid up and downs, not having to deal with the large ramp just to get into the large ramp, and rewards long voidforms.
Surrender to Madness can also be another version of Voidform that is much stronger (because it lasts longer, and you can move while casting) but with a longer CD. Could give double the Hysteria stacks. The risk is that you get it half as often as the other voidform.
The last one can be something simple like Dark Angel that is just a simple CD that doesn’t involve Voidform crazyness.
Please remove the current generating insanity to just get into void form, or remove voidform all together. The current version of voidform does not work in most of WoW.
It does not work for M+ (especially lower keys) since every other pull you either are saving Voidform or just about to enter it, half the pulls your just generating resources to enter it. And when you do enter it, most of the time the trash is already at half health and you barely get to utilise Voidform and then the next pack you have to start all over again with no stacks of Chorus.
It does not work in world content because nothing lives long enough for a ramp
It does not work on several bosses because there is downtime (Wrathion for example by the time we start our ramping cycle he teleports awhile, losing everything we worked to gain and having to start all over again …)
Just remove it, keep it simple, make it a talent if you want to keep it like Beastial Wrath on a short CD we click to enter, go ham for a bit, then go back to being what shadowpriests were before this Voidform nonsense