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what to take?
Improved Vampiric Embrace
Improved Shadow Word: Pain
what is better?
"Better", how? Improved SW:P doesn't increase the spell's DPS, it just makes it last longer, giving you more damage per mana in long fights. If the fight doesn't last more than 18 seconds or whatever the standard duration for the spell is, it won't do you any good. So it's generally speaking a dungeon/PvP skill.
Imp VE is probably most useful in a dungeon or arena or other PvP situation where your group is close together (killing endboss in Alterac Valley etc); I find it helps me little during soloing/grinding except draining my mana faster; a bandage to heal me up is much quicker than having to stop and drink because VE sucked down more mana than spirit tap could regen back for me.
Without a tank to hold aggro there's very little time to get off all spells before the mob reaches melee range and starts messing up one's Mind Flay. There just wasn't enough time to cast VT, SW:P, VE and then MF before the mob was already pounding on me, making me lose ticks from my MF. Shielding prevents that, but it's mana inefficient even with shield talent.
...Dungeons is also where VE is the most dangerous unfortunately :-D, because you healing the entire group on top of causing damage to the target could generate significant aggro for you. So you should probably have full Shadow Affinity first before thinking of using this skill heavily, untalented or not...
Maybe if you told some more about your spec/what you plan to do with your character?
Improved Vampiric Embrace:
SW:P does 100 damage PT. +25 HP all party PT.
VT does 75 damage PT. +18.75 HP all party PT.
MB does 600 damage. +150 HP to all party.
MF does 75 damage PT. +18.75 HP all party PT.
Thats with low DPS..
10% is a lot in WoW.
How ever, as FaaR suggested I would definately use Shadow Affinity for PvE. (thank you!)
How ever, as FaaR suggested I would definately use Shadow Affinity for PvP.
PvE I assume you meant to write, since threat does sweet fanny adams in PvP situation. :-)
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In my "limited" expierence of raiding, a shadow priest has never over aggroed the tank, however this doesn't mean to say that shadow priests can't...
If you have some gold handy, try both and see what works best for your raiding group, if the tank cannot keep the aggro then think about respecing with I SW:P.
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