as you all know and im sure you do, fade & plague and other tools are being nerfed in 5.2 i personaly think Sp will still be a great class overall, but i have a feeling it will be more mana starving then ever.
Shadow word death: Now provides 5% Mana when failing to kill a target
as sw:d can be used 2times the % could be lowered, but seeing right now Sp's goes oom in 2v2/3v3 if the team is good enough. and i mean if you get a really good chance to sw:d and he does not die you should not be struggling, you should be awarded?
most priest spells have a relative high mana cost in Mop such as listed below:
ShadowForm 7,800 Mana
Spyfiend 12,000 Mana
Mass dispel 39,000 Mana
Shadow Word: Pain 13,200 Mana
Halo 40,500 mana
Power Word: Fortitude 13,200 Mana
Mind sear 9,000 mana
Shadow Word: Death 7,800 Mana
Mind blast 9,000 Mana
Fade 10,500 Mana
Vampiric Touch 9,000 Mana (Gives 2% mana/tick )
Binding Heal 16,200 Mana
Flash Heal 17,700 Mana
Power Word: Shield 18,300 Mana
Renew 7800 Mana
Prayer of mending 10,500 Mana
Now those numbers do not look like "Hey its really expensive to cast"
but if you now look at the other casters/mana users in this expansion they do have infinite mana, and its really hard to keep up now that disc priests are going to be very strong and since most here know Dots dont give mana back if absorbed (VT). and mages really never drop under 95% mana unless spell stealing(could be said same for priests healing), same with warlocks(fel flame)
so i thought maybe a Shadow word: death change to buff aggresive playstyle or something.
Of course this spell should be made baseline for shadow and also made only to work vs players to avoid (pet killing mana stacking) as of now i see most Spriests running on relativly low amount of mana all the time, and you really dont want to use disperse for mana as it opens up swaps to you or train comps to trian more.
so what would the community think about a change towards this? would it be something that you would like to see or something you would not like to see and if so, why not?