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.
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.
- 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.
- Meta: Ember Skyflare Diamond
- Red: Runed Cardinal Ruby
- Yellow: Runed Cardinal Ruby or Luminous Ametrine if you lack mana
- Blue: Runed Cardinal Ruby or Royal Dreadstone to increase Mana Regeneration
- Head – Arcanum of Burning Mysteries
- Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Storm
- Cloak – Enchant Cloak – Greater Speed
- Chest – Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats
- Bracers – Enchant Bracers – Superior Spellpower
- Gloves – Enchant Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
- Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
- Legs – Brilliant Spellthread
- Boots – Enchant Boots – Icewalker
- Two-handed – Enchant Staff – Greater Spellpower
- One-handed – Enchant Weapon – Mighty Spellpower
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.
- Single target spells: Penance, Flash Heal, Renew
- Multiple-target spells: Prayer of Mending, Prayer of Healing, Binding Heal
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.
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.