Introduction

Hello fellow priests, I’m Hellpriesto, here to give you a little helping hand to getting started with Discipline Priest.

Have you just returned to WoW, re-rolled to a new alt? This quick guide should give you everything you need to get started quickly.

If you want fast responses to questions you may have, pop into the WarcraftPriests Discord where we are always around to help out. If asking for gameplay help, giving us something to work with will allow for greater in-depth replies, so if possible always run logs of yourself.

As many of you may already know, the core gameplay aspect of Discipline is Atonement. to put it simply, we apply Atonement then deal damage which causes a portion of healing from that damage. It’s important to be aware of our Mastery: Grace, which increases all of our healing to targets with Atonement. For all other intricacies surrounding this mechanic, check out the link below.

For the full Discipline Guide head here

Choose Your Content

Dungeons

Stats

Item Level > All

If choosing between equal item level pieces, balance your stats by taking your currently lowest stat. Gems, enchants and food can be used to help with this balance.

Trinkets/Azerite Gear may deviate from the rule as effects carry their own power.

Talents

These talents are not the go to for every single situation within dungeons. That being said, these are very strong default options which you can change up when needed. Row 60 as always is situational and only matters per dungeon if one is used.

Bursty Build

Abilities and how to use them

Its very important to note that while we primarily heal through Atonement, you cannot rely on Atonement to heal everything. There will be times you need to fall back on stronger single target healing.

  • PW:SUsed Sparingly
    • Maintain Atonement on Tanks.
    • Quick Atonement application on those who need healing.
  • SmendUsed a lot
    • Strong single target healing that also applies Atonement.
  • PW:RUsed often
    • Quick group wide Atonement application.
  • PenanceUsed on CD
    • Can be used offensively or defensively, which is used depends on what you need more, AoE healing or single .target healing respectively. If you know movement/healing is required soon, it can be worth holding onto Penance for a few seconds longer.
  • SW:PConstantly maintained
    • Have at least one DoT ticking at all times for PotDS procs and constant healing over time.
  • SmiteUsed as a filler
    • Very mana efficient for the damage it deals.
  • Schism/Solace/HaloTalented CD’s used when needed
    • Schism gives us a large damage boost and subsequently, a healing boost that should be used as often as possible.
    • Solace is a mana free damage burst that returns mana which should be used on CD.
    • Halo used for healing/damage/atonement healing burst. Be wary of positioning when using.

Cooldowns

  • ShadowFiend – Used as a healing CD for strong healing through Atonement.
  • PW:B – Should be preemptively used to counter massive group wide damage.
  • Rapture – Is used to either, preemptively counter incoming damage or to buffer the group’s health pools to give you time to heal them up.
  • PS – Is used to either, preemptively prevent damage incoming to a single target or as a last resort to try to keep someone alive.
  • Mass Dispel, Purify and Dispel Magic – All of these spells should be utilised within dungeons
  • Desperate Prayer – Is used to keep yourself alive in a tough situation.

Raids

Stats

Item Level > All

If choosing between equal item level pieces, balance your stats by taking your currently lowest stat. Gems, enchants and food can also be used to help with this balance.

Trinkets/Azerite Gear may deviate from the rule as effects carry their own power.

Talents

These talents are not the go to for every single situation within raids. That being said, these are very strong default options which you can change up when needed. Row 60 as always is situational and only matters per dungeon if one is used.

Bursty Build

 

Abilities and how to use them

Its very important to note that while we primarily heal through Atonement, you cannot apply Atonement to everyone within a raid at all times as you will run yourself out of mana.

  • PW:SUsed often
    • Maintain Atonement on Tanks.
    • Quick Atonement application on those who need healing.
    • Don’t go overboard or you will have mana issues.
  • SmendUsed very rarely
    • Used to save someone from certain death if the situation is very dire.
    • Mana expensive to use often.
  • PW:RUsed often
    • Quick group wide Atonement application.
  • PenanceUsed on CD
    • Usually used offensively as the AoE healing outweighs the single target healing capabilities. If you know movement/healing is required soon, it can be worth holding onto Penance for a few seconds longer.
    • If Contrition is talented the above changes to allow for either Offensive or Defensive Penance, which is used depends on what you need more, AoE healing or single target healing respectively.
  • SW:PConstantly maintained
    • Have at least one DoT ticking at all times for PotDS procs and constant healing over time.
  • SmiteUsed as a filler
    • Very mana efficient for the damage it deals.
  • Schism/Solace/HaloTalented CD’s used when needed
    • Schism gives us a large damage boost and subsequently, a healing boost that should be used as often as possible.
    • Solace is a mana free damage burst that returns mana which should be used on CD.
    • Halo used for healing/damage/atonement healing burst. Be wary of positioning when using.
  • EvangelismUsed to set up burst healing, as often as the encounter permits

Cooldowns

  • ShadowFiend – Used as a healing CD for strong healing through Atonement.
  • PW:B – Should be preemptively used to counter massive raid wide damage.
  • Rapture – Is used to either, preemptively counter incoming damage or to buffer the raid’s health pools to give you time to heal them up.
  • PS – Is used to either, preemptively prevent damage incoming to a single target or as a last resort to try to keep someone alive.
  • Purify and Dispel Magic – These spells should be utilised within raids.
  • Mass Dispel – Shouldn’t be used as extremely mana heavy.
  • Desperate Prayer – Is used to keep yourself alive in a tough situation.

Levelling 110-120

Stats

Item level > All, avoiding mastery where possible.

Make sure to have Legion enchants/gems/consumables ready to go (haste/crit preferred).

Talents

Discipline Priest Quickstart - Battle For Azeroth (8.0.1)

Abilities and how to use them

Throughout the majority of levelling, Atonement will be sufficient to keep you alive whilst taking down your enemies.

  1. Apply PW:S to yourself, maintain as Atonement is about to fall off.
  2. SW:P as many targets as comfortable with (can be quite a lot).
  3. Cast Halo/ AoE Trinket.
  4. At four or more targets cast Holy Nova.
  5. Use Schism/Solace/Penance/ShadowFiend on cooldown.
  6. Spam Smite.
  7. Shadow Mend yourself for strong single target healing when necessary.