Let's theorycraft Spirit Barrage This skill must be useful because it's been in its current state for some time now in development. However, on paper, its applications don't seem that great. For the sake of debate, let's talk about Spirit Barrage when runed to still be a single-target spell. It's fairly expensive and hits only a single target if we're talking about the rune effects which retain its 'primary' form - 'The Spirit is Willing', 'Phlebotomize', and 'Well of Souls' (this one hits more than one target, but its relatively minor damage - a situationally useful addition but not something you can rely on as a primary form of AoE damage). Regardless of which of those three rune choices you pick, you're still going to be using Spirit Barrage primarily to quickly kill high-priority single targets. Here, however, is my concern with Spirit Barrage. While there will often be high-priority targets that you'll want to eliminate and who may be too far away to kill with something like Firebats, would Haunt runed with Resentful Spirit be better in most situations? Haunt with the Resentful Spirit rune deals 288% Weapon damage over 2 seconds. So let's say you have three Tomb Guardians that need killing asap. Wouldn't it be more efficient (both in terms of time and mana) to cycle Resentful Spirit between the three of them, rather than cast Spirit Barrage repeatedly until all three die? Spirit Barrage requires you to be motionless in order to deal sustained damage with it. This can be a liability in many situations. Mobility is key when playing a relatively squishy class like the Witch Doctor, and every second that you spend stopping to cast spells has to be calculated against the risk of getting rushed down by certain monsters. It seems to me that the only times when Spirit Barrage will be better than Resentful Spirit is when: -You're fighting a tough, single monster like a Boss. -You need a specific monster dead RIGHT NOW (a few Spirit Barrages will kill a SINGLE target faster than Resentful Spirit). These are situations which will DEFINITELY come up, but my concern is that Resentful Spirit is more useful in more situations. And in the situations described above, even though Spirit Barrage is better than Resentful Spirit, I feel as though Resentful Spirit is good enough that it's still highly attractive. Even when you take into account the rune effects, like 'The Spirit is Willing', for example, the mana you save still doesn't seem to outweigh the advantages which Resentful Spirit offers. Overall, it just seems to me that Resentful Spirit is better in more situations than Spirit Barrage, and for the situations in which Spirit Barrage is better, it's not better by too much. Spirit Barrage is a skill I really want to like. It's always interested me, even if it didn't sound very exciting, I thought there was something I was missing. But once Blizzard put up the skill video showcasing it, I was just like: "eh?" What do you guys think?