Glyphs have seen a bit of an overhaul this patch – gone are the days of three tier glyphs. We now only have major glyphs and minor glyphs to work with now, and can only activate three of each at the same time.
I found glyph choices so far to be quite interesting and like the talent choices, there seems to be no easy answer to what is “good” and what is “bad”. Here’s my take on discipline priest glyph options:
This is a fantastic glyph to have all round. Now that atonement is going to be a standard part of our healing “rotation”, an instant Holy Fire can do wonders. It’s great for quickly stacking up Evangelism as well as being able to heal on the move.
Glyph of Penance is a fantastic example of having to give something up to get something. This glyph will probably get swapped in and out for me, depending on the fight and my mana situation.
Sure would’ve loved to have this one during last weekend’s heroic Hagara!
This is a toughie. On its surface, it seems like I wouldn’t need it – especially when we have spells like Spirit Shell that turn our healing into absorbs – so why would I want something that does the opposite?
Here’s why. Inherent healing from bubbling someone near death has often been key to saving them from dying. Furthermore, the crit from healing procced Divine Aegis, thus giving healers more room to save that raid member.
That said, this glyph will be a judgement call depending on whether fight mechanics have people brush with death often enough. For the time being, I foresee swapping this one out with the Penance one as the situation warrants.
In my experience I’ve found that more often than not I recast PoM before all charges are up.
This is a really interesting one. As a healing priest, I rarely use Fade in the raid environment and this glyph makes me rethink that. This glyph turns Fade into our very own defensive cooldown to keep around for the “oh poop” moments.
As a Disc priest, I already have trusty bubbles, Pain suppression and Desperate Prayer (or Angelic Bulwark) available. So this seems a little overkill for the time being – although keep in mind that these are designed for Mists. There’s still the possibility that ungodly damage will have me running to this one come September! 🙂
Alright, I admit it. This one is a little meh – atleast for PvE. 3% of maximum health isn’t a whole lot in light of heavy damage situations, and remember that we can only choose 3 three major glyphs. Purify also now has an 8-second cooldown so that makes this glyph all the more meh. Next!
This is another interesting glyph – the movement speed bonus is nice but I think its utility is defeated by the fact that levitate cancels upon taking any kind of damage. Given our other compelling choices, this one doesn’t seem all that fantastic for the time being.
Finally, we have glyph of Smite which is an interesting option. Atonement and Holy Fire go hand in hand so the tough part in evaluating rests more on how much of our atonement healing will come from Smite.
20% extra heals are awesome but with the option of having Penance to increase our Evangelism stacks, it’s hard to say how much healing will come from Smite.
There is always, ofcourse, the circumstances of certain fights that will make this glyph more appealing than others – tight enrage timers with heroic Ultraxion come to mind, for example. It will ultimately fall on a personal decision taking into account the particular fight mechanics and personal healing style too see if this glyph is worth a major glyph slot.
Minor Glyphs: These are really cosmetic glyphs that are made for pure fun, so I really won’t go through all of them. I did, however, want to mention two that I found particularly fun to use as a priest! 🙂
Mwahahahahaha! Oh excuse me, did I say that out loud? This one just seems awesome to use whether you’re RPing a priest or just have a slight ebil streak like me. 🙂
Well that about wraps up my take on glyphs. So far I really like that major glyphs haven’t been easy decisions. Their choice really rests on a combination of things which includes looking at the fight mechanics, healing style, personal mana regen etc. In the meantime, I’m going to learn Glyph of Confession and see what deep dark secrets I can dig up! 🙂 *rubs hands*