I got asked offlist how to decide if a shadowpriest is pulling his weight. There isn’t a black and white answer to that, but there are (in my opinion) some guidelines.
First, I need to note that measures for a 70 in a raiding guild are different than those of a 29 in a twink battleground guild are different for a level 68 in a progression guild that hopes to become (or be part of) later raids. This increases the complexity, of course. Having mentioned that I’m going to simplify a bit by only considering level 70 raiding shadowpriest.
With talents but no gear, a shadowpriest should be able to top 300 dps. If they are “only” able to reach 250 they need more looking. If they’re 200 or below, then they either need training or a pink slip — basically, “get it fixed, or leave. We’re offering you advice on how to get it fixed because we’d rather keep you, but you have to take the advice.” But that seems awful low – what about gear?
Generally, I add 1/3 of the bonus to the target. So if they’re 450 spelldamage bonus, I’m expecting a FLOOR of 250+150=400, and really want them over 450. Oh, yes, I know experienced shadowpriests are going to tell me much higher is possible – and I agree. This is my floor for qualification. Improvement is possible and desirable, but if they can’t reach THESE levels it’s time to review retention of the player.
Equally important is what they’re bringing to the table. I do not insist on improved Vampiric Embrace (though I think that’s actually very important, all things considered). I do insist on Vampiric Touch, because even though good shadowpriests do good DPS others do more — we’re taking SPs for their extra good. Which means a major question is whether they are USING VE and VT? If VE is up less than half the time (which I can check with WWS), we might have a problem. If VT is up less than half the time, we DEFINITELY have a problem. With a nod to Mana Bitch Battery, that’s the big reason we have that character instead of a warlock.
Third, and more subtle, is guild support. When the party or raid loses members, does the shadowpriest help with the rezzes? Is he sharing the effort of getting the fortitude buff to everyone?
There are other issues, of course, but they’re more general and can apply to all members. Is he coming with buff food, reagants, potions, flasks, and so on and so forth? Is he on time (at least most of the time)? Is he working on his character outside the raid to be better prepared and supplied? Is he being a sustaining member, or a leech?
But as far as measuring a shadowpriest’s performance – as a LEVEL 70 in a RAIDING guild – the evaluations boil down the three points mentioned.
- Is the DPS satisfactory?
- Are VT and VE up a significant part of the time?
- Is he supporting the raid with the other priestly skills that he’s got?
If not, you could just ignore it (and that’ll lead to guild drama). But more typically, you make him an offer. Fix it, or leave.
By the way, shadowpriests reading this? Beat the evaluation to the punch. If you’re not meeting these three objectives, ask for help if you need it, or change it if you know what to do. Because some guilds won’t ask you to fix it, they’ll just say goodbye. And that sucks for a long, long time.