PVE Discipline Priest Guide
Discipline raid healers are very much in demand at the moment and this is in no small part thanks to the nature of their healing. Unique amongst all other raid healing classes, the discipline priest uses shields rather than direct heals to provide preventive healing rather than reactive healing. On certain encounters, this ability to predict and occasionally completely prevent or mitigate incoming damage makes the discipline priest even more desirable. Although previously thought of as a tank healing build by those not in the know, discipline priests are raid healers first and foremost.
During a fight, a discipline priest healing will not be a top one, but on the other hand, a well geared discipline priest can supprass any other healer just with the damage absorbed with his shields.
This is a simple guide for a quick consultation. For further and deeper healing strategies and tips, see the Priest PVE Healing Guide.
Stats and Gear
This is your most important stat, ALWAYS choose the gear that gives you higher Spell Power;
Spell Power makes you Power Word: Shield stronger, making it able to absorb more damage.
With the Glyph of Power Word: Shield and the Divine Aegis talent, you can double shield the target with one click.
It's extremelly important to have a global cooldown of 1 second
It will be also great to have a Flash Heal with 1 second cast time
Discipline Priest don't benefits from Spirit like other Priests do, so there is no problem to have some gear that gives you MP5 like Lockjaw
You will see yourself competing with DPS players for gear
TIP: You should get a Main Hand + Off Hand instead of a Staff, in order to get more Spell Power
- Head: Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
- Shoulder: Greater Inscription of the Storm
- Back: Lightweave Embroidery (Tailoring -> you really need to take tailoring as Priest, if not I would take Greater Speed)
- Chest: Powerfull Stats
- Bracers: Superior Spellpower
- Hands: Exceptional Spellpower
- Waist: Eternal Belt Buccle
- Legs: Brilliant Spellthread
- Feet: Icewalker (Critical Chance)
- Rings: Greater Spellpower (Enchanter only)
- One Hand: Mighty Spellpower
- Staff: Greater Spellpower
- Meta = Ember Skyflare Diamond (+25 Spell Power, +2% Intellect)
- Red = Runed Cardinal Ruby (+23 Spell Power)
- Yellow = Potent Ametrine (+12 Spell Power, +10 Critical Chance)
- Blue = Purified Dreadstone (+12 Spell Power, +10 Spirit)
With high Intellect, Spirit gives you more mana input. At Lv80 you should preffer to gem Spirit over MP5.
Healbot or Grid (You will need a healing interface)
Recount with RecountGessedAbsorbs (Sometimes you will need to show your mates how much your shields are absorbing)
Omen (Useful to save a DPS friend with high threat)
Deadly Boss Mods (Very useful to predict boss's moves)
This is a very good talent, I have to say, but, we can make it even better I hope =P
For e.g., I believe you should put some points in "Pain Suppression" and "Inner Focus", emergency purposes.
For PvE purposes, dispel shouldn't be focused too much like in PvP, so Absolution isn't that much helpful.
Renewed Hope should be 1/2, since the talent lasts for 60s, and your shield has 0s cool-down due to talent also.
As a discipline Priest, I believe we should focus on 1-on-1 healing, to be precise, tank-focus healing, so I think we should focus on talents that involves Power Word: Shield .Right? I tried to build up a talent build and I think http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?priest#d0OTOEfeda2w,,12213 is good.
-- Hyppolyta 10:53, 24 August 2011 (CDT)
Thank you for the coment =)
I think Pain Supression and Focused Will are both useful in emergency cases, but I think those 2 points worth much more in Absolution, since I am always dispelling and curing diseases. I think everyone should think which abilities use the most while raiding.
In the other hand, I dont agree at all with the points in refletive shield (I think it is for hybrid DPS/Heal PVP specs), and a Discipline Priest CAN'T focus just in one target, as you were saying, otherwise yhey will be useless. A Discipline Priest must keep the shields up in the important raid members such as tanks, healers and vampire DPS (BQ fight).
At last, Rewened Hope is a great tallent, since it increases your Critical Chance, giving you a free shield from Divine Aegis.
All the best! ;)
-- Alchaloid 11:41, 24 August 2011 (CDT)
I see. I feel like I learned something from reading your comment =x
Disc priests have always been the heavily focused tank healer, but I guess it changes when woltk came.
Reflective Shields, I put spared points in there, not like I'm planning on focusing on that by the way =P
But I personally think Absolution will be much worthy in pvp, with the Glyph of Dispel Magic, but in pve, I can't be sure about it.
Anyway, thank you for showing me where I was wrong.
-- Hyppolyta 12:05, 24 August 2011 (CDT)
Instead of having many of your links go to a page in this wiki have it go to wowhead or wowwiki that way it has the correct information and we do not have to make a whole new page on it.
-- Gamingcheap 23:14, 24 August 2011 (CDT)
@hyppolyta = As I said, there are two spare points whose each one can put them wherever they want, depending on their healing style. I will explain I have them there: I think Pain Suppression is very good, but with the Eternal Events Trinkets, the tank's threat will be always the higher. I had Inner Focus for a long time, but I almost never used it, and finally, since I dyspell a lot, I put those 2 points on Absolution. Feel free to ask anything whenever you want =)
@gamingcheap = I know, but I'm hoping that some day we will have all of them =P
-- Alchaloid 04:12, 25 August 2011 (CDT)