I just finished getting my second priest to 60. It was nice to know exactly what I wanted to do. I was 10-0-41 for leveling/grinding rep until a couple days ago, now I’m 34-17-0 for raiding.
Glad to hear your priest is a dwarf. If anyone has a low-level priest that is not dwarf or undead, reroll immediately. The only excuse for not being a dwarf on the Alliance side is if you are an enchanter, and want the human faction bonus. You’ll still wish you had Fear Ward, though. My first priest is a NE, and her racial abilities are basically useless.
Like others have said, Shadow is the key in the mid-game, but I think Disc is also important early on. I usually put the first five talent points into Spirit Tap, then the next eight go to getting me Improved PWS. Cutting the shield reuse time from 30 to 15 seconds is an enormous help. After that, the next six points go into Blackout & Mind Flay. Once you hit 40, respec pure Shadow so you can get Shadowform, then put the next points into Disc to get IPWS back. By level 48 you can have Shadowform, Mind Flay (clearly your most efficient damage spell), Shadow Weaving, and a 15-second shield. This is where the “face melting” reputation comes from.
Holy is almost completely a waste of time. When we are trying out a new priest for the guild, if I see a Holy Nova go off, or a Spirit of Redemption pop up, they get a thumbs-down from me. Priest talents are generally so lame that I never know what to do with the last three points.
You’ll learn a new type of frustration with a low-level priest, because few new players understand aggro management. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve died in PUGs from one add or another beating the bejesus out of me. The rest of the party is usually complaining that I’m not healing while getting beaten on. The proper response is to silently leave the party and hearth out. Don’t bother explaining the problem, it is like dipping out the ocean with a spoon.
Last advice: When you do the level 50 class quest, take the Prayer Beads! Don’t take the ring, for goodness sake don’t take the wand. Prayer Beads! Prayer Beads! I still use them at 60, and they rock.
Here’s what they’ve had to say about the 1.10 changes so far, it isn’t much.
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Or if you don’t want to click, here is what they said:
With the Class Designers current focus directed towards improvements for the Priest, I wanted to take a moment and update you with the current list of items being reviewed to determine if an improvement is warranted. Keep in mind, this list is vague and not necessarily comprehensive of all upcoming changes. I plan to provide additional details over the course of the next couple of weeks. Feedback concerning your class under all elements of PvP and PvE has been collected and reviewed extensively.
All Three Talent Trees
Power Word: Shield
Priest Racial Abilities