New World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch Will Nerf Shadow Priest Damage


Blizzard is rolling out a new World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch that nerfs the damage output of Shadow Priests.

The new hotfix is going live this week and will reduce the damage of Auspicious Spirits from 100% to 70%. According to Blizzard, for Shadow Priests, multi-target performance was beyond the team’s tuning targets and they want to bring it back into range. On the official World of Warcraft forums, various players are complaining about as the nerf also has quite the impact to single target damage.

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We’ve included the release notes for this new hotfix down below:

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch April 23 Release Notes


DoT specs are often in the "normal" damage range for single-target fights and can be significantly above "normal" for multi-target fights. Please note that the goal here isn’t to just counter-tune specs in each bit of new content as we believe specs that work well in an encounter should continue to do so.

Regarding this specific Shadow Priest change, their multi-target performance was beyond our tuning targets and so we simply want to bring them back into range while minimizing the impact to their single-target performance.



  • Auspicious Spirits damage reduced to 70% (was 100%).

Developers’ notes: The damage reduction to this talent is meant to curb the synergy of Insanity and Shadowy Apparition generation when combined with some Azerite traits, while still leaving it as a fun and interesting combo.

Player versus Player

  • Abyssal Speaker Gauntlets’s shield absorption effect is reduced by 66% when engaged in combat with enemy players.
  • Trident of Deep Oceans’s shield absorption effect is reduced by 50% when engaged in combat with enemy players.

Last year, Blizzard already implemented various Shadow Priest changes, including Voidform Buffs alongside defensive power and utility improvements.

Battle for Azeroth, the seventh WoW expansion, is available globally now.