PVE Discipline Priest Healer Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Game: Wrath of the Lich King
Content Type: Gaming Guides

Welcome to the Discipline Priest Healer guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Discipline Priest in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

The first build is a standard Discipline build. It has survival spells like Spell Warding and Desperate Prayer but doesn’t go any further into Holy because our main goal is Discipline talents, not hybrid. This build is more for Heroic, where there are other healers as well.

Discipline Priest Main Spec Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

The second build is for players who like to heal with Renew. Suitable for Normals with its lower survivability, when there are no other healers or they heal not enough. Don’t forget to consider using Glyph of Renew with this spec.

Discipline Priest Heal Spec Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

  • Glyph of Penance
  • Glyph of Flash Heal – Huge mana saves combined with other talents. Flash Heal is one of the primary healing spells
  • Glyph of Prayer of Healing – Take it when you need to heal the whole raid
  • Glyph of Renew – The last one is for Normals when you don’t have a Restoration Druid or Holy Priest. You might consider taking it, but it’s a bit out of your role.

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.

Try replacing some enchants if you have problems with mana. Some viable options: Enchant Chest – Exceptional Mana, Arcanum of Blissful Mending, Greater Inscription of the Crag

Your main role in the raid is to both shield and heal. Power Word: Shield is the primary spell of this spec. Anyone who is about to take damage and doesn’t have a Weakened Soul debuff should be shielded.

Rapture is your ticket out of “Out Of Mana” situation. Example of how to use it:

Your main tank is about to be beaten to death. You use Power Word: Shield. Boss hits the tank, and the shield is destroyed because it absorbed most of the damage, the tank is saved. Good job! Now Rapture will proc.

Same situation. Tank’s about to get hit. You use Power Word: Shield. But since your shield to too powerful (due to better gear), it will not be destroyed from the damage and Rapture will not proc. In this case, using lower rank shield is a viable option to maintain the mana regeneration.

Second thing I want to point out is this spell – Power Infusion. It doesn’t stack with buffs like Bloodlust and Heroism (only the mana-saving part stacks). It does stack with Potion of Speed, Berserking, Wrath of Air Totem, Swift Retribution, Improved Moonkin Form

Priority of using Power Infusion on different classes depending on their Haste scaling.

  • Shadow Priest – They scale off Haste very good.
  • Affliction Warlock – Execution phase. When boss is lower than 25%
  • Demonology Warlock – When they activate Metamorphosis
  • Mages – Stacks with Icy Veins. Stacks with Arcane Power only if Mage uses it after your buff
  • Elemental Shaman – Not the best decision, but why not. It stacks with Elemental Mastery
  • Balance Druid – Definitely not your priority target, but it’s better than not using it at all.

Last, but not least, if things get messy – use it on yourself or the tank/raid healer!
Keep close and be ready to use Desperate Prayer and Pain Suppression on yourself or someone else.

Spell Power & Haste -> Crit -> Int -> Spirit -> Mp5 

Spell Power is the primary stat for this spec because it increases the absorb effect of the shields and the effectiveness of every spell overall. Stack Spell Power as much as possible without sacrificing other stats too much. 

Discipline Priests have a low cap of Haste thanks to Borrowed Time and Enlightenment talents. Having 11% (434 rating) is considered the Haste cap from Discipline Priest because it gives you enough Haste to cast Power Word: Shield every second. There are also raid buffs which can lower the Haste requirement even further: 

Critical Strike Rating is a useful secondary stat. Every critical heal has an extra 50% healed, but the Discipline Priest gets additional value from this stat because of the Divine Aegis talent. 

Intellect is also a significant stat for any healer as it increases your mana pool. With Rapture talent, it also serves as a superior mana-regeneration stat. Since Rapture gives back 2.5% of the total mana, having enough Intellect will grant you more mana than it was spent initially on the Power Word: Shield

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