In order to maximize your DPS, you should aim to assemble the best possible Gear. This applies to both Pre-Raid and each of wow classic gold the Raid Tiers/Phases.
The Best Enchants:
Weapon (1H) Enchant Weapon – Spell Power (+ 30 Spell Damage)
Weapon (TH) Enchant Weapon – Spell Power (+ 30 Spell Damage)
Head Lesser Arcanum of Voracity (+8 Intellect, available from Libram of Voracity Quest in Burning Steppes)
Chest Enchant Chest – Greater Stats (+4 to all stats)
Legs Lesser Arcanum of Voracity (+8 Intellect, available from Libram of Voracity Quest in Burning Steppes)
Hands Enchant Gloves – Riding Skill (Minor Raiding Speed Increase)
Feet Enchant Boots – Minor Speed (+8% Run Speed)
Shoulders Chromatic Mantle of the Dawn (+5 to all Resistances)
Wrists Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration (+4 Mana per 5 seconds)
Back Enchant Cloak – Greater Resistance (+5 to all Resistances)
The Best Consumables:
Flask of Distilled Wisdom
Flask of Distilled Wisdom +2000 maximum Mana for 2 hours; effect persists through death. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be dropped from Balnazzar, Stratcholme.
Major Mana Potion
Major Mana Potion Restores 1350 to 2250 Mana. Created by Alchemy. Recipe drops from various high-level mobs, elites, and Bosses.
Greater Arcane Elixir
Greater Arcane Elixir +35 Spell Damage for 1 hour. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be dropped from Fireguard Destroyers in Blackrock Depths and Scareshield Raiders in Blackrock Spire.
Elixir of Shadow Power
Elixir of Shadow Power +40 Shadow Damage for 30 minutes. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be bought from Alchemy Supplies Vendors in Stormwind and Undercity
Demonic Rune Restores 1356 mana at the cost of 862 life. Drop from Demons in Azshara, Felwood, and Blasted Lands (Satyrs and Fel Guards).
Mageblood Potion +12 Mp5 for 1 hour. Created by Alchemy. The recipe can be bought from Rin’wosho the Trader, located in north Stranglethorn Vale
Cerebral Cortex Compound
Cerebral Cortex Compound +25 Intellect for 1 hour. Obtained from “Infallible Mind” repeatable Quest, Blasted Lands
Nightfin Soup It provides 8 mana per 5 seconds for 10 minutes. Created by Cooking.
Brilliant Mana Oil
Brilliant Mana Oil +12 Mp5 and +25 Healing Power for 30 minutes. Created by Enchanting. This is applied to a Weapon.
Note1: The list will be updated with new items concurrently with the introduction of new Raids/Phases, so remember to visit this page after a new Raid opens for an update on what current best Shadow Priest items in each lot are.
Tips and Tricks for aspiring Shadow Priest Raiders
1.Stack Consumables and always have Mana Potions and Runes on you. This will allow you to deal more damage more reliably. Spending some additional Gold or a few extra hours grinding might secure you a spot in a Raid, as Raid leaders prefer dedicated and well-prepared players.
2.Downrank your Spells if needed. Downranking is the key to proper mana management as a Shadow Priest.
3.Always try to improve. Get an addon that tracks your performance and try to optimize your equipment and rotation.