Having been away for a while, my once familiar class and spec have put me squarely in the relearning phase. After reading Mend’s guide (fantastic by the way) and running Proving Grounds endlessly, here are my healing notes for what Discipline priests look like – in a short, visual, tl;dr type of version.
- Mitigate damage through shields, and heal folks through Atonement which allows your damage done to translate to healing on people who have the buff.
- To put out lots of atonement buffs on the raid.
- Have your damage heal the raid through atonement.
- Use absorption shields to mitigate damage: Power Word: Shield more often, Barrier as a raid cooldown.
- Balance between having lots of atonements out for burst healing phases, and less for low damage phases.
- No matter what keep a minimum of three atonements out on folks to benefit from the scaled healing received from an offensive Penance.
- Bask in the awesomeness and receive cookies of happiness from all.
Bread and Butter:
- Use Power Word: Shield on cooldown.
- Use offensive Penance on cooldown.
- Always have a DoT ticking on the target – preferably Purge of the Wicked as the talent.
- Use Shadow Mend for big heals on a single target.
- Use Power Word: Radiance to spread out Atonements to prepare for a high damage/burst healing phase.
- Use Plea as a filler to spread around Atonements when there’s a breather, or if your other atonement options are on cooldown.
Burst Healing: (Couple options here)
Basic idea is to:
- Spread out atonements in advance.
- Use a high damage spell in conjunction with a talent or cooldown.
- Power Word: Radiance + Light’s Wrath = Big heals.
- Power Word: Radiance + Mindbender/Shadowfiend = Big heals.
- Lots of Atonements out + Smite = Big heals.
Now add talents and cooldowns to this:
Power Word: Radiance + Light’s Wrath –> Evangelism to prolonge atonement –> Smite = big heals
Now all that’s left is to execute this. Ha! 🙂