Discipline Priest

Patch 9.0

Written by Buythelight & Mitzki Last Updated: 16th Jan, 2021

Introduction

This guide was written by Buythelight and Mitzki, both priest mains in Method.

Buythelight has been a priest main since starting playing World of Warcraft in Warlords of Draenor, prior to the rework that would become the current iteration of Discipline, he has played Discipline since the Tomb of Sargeras mini-rework 

Mitzki has been maining Discipline priest ever since she started raiding Mythic in Emerald Nightmare. In 2017 she applied for a raid spot in the guild that would become Reason and later took the role as healing officer in Battle of Dazar’Alor.

Strengths 

  • Discipline can cover almost any kind of burst damage and are very adaptable to the encounter, they have options that allow them to burst heal every 45s, 60s and 90s. 
  • Discipline brings a lot of passive damage for a healer, which helps on tight damage encounters. 
  • Discipline brings really strong damage reduction and shielding to negate what could have been lethal attacks.

Weaknesses

  • Discipline priest has a very proactive playstyle and has limited raid-wide emergency heals in comparison to other healing specialisations.
  • Discipline is also a very hard specialisation to master. There is almost always something you can do better and mistakes are very punishing in terms of healing throughput.

What has changed

Disc Priest Shadowlands changes

  • Smite - has lost its absorb effect.
  • Mindblast - has been added to the baseline toolkit for disc. It has a high mana cost, with a decent damage event and an absorb effect.
  • Spirit shell - New level 50 talent. Very potent ability currently and will be covered in depth later on.
  • Shadow covenant - Reworked, it still has its initial heal, but lost the healing absorb. Shadow Covenant now locks you out of holy abilities instead, and increases your shadow damage done.
  • Mind sear - This new baseline toolkit for Discipline gives you a good AoE damage option if your mana can afford it. Important to know is that atonement only heals off the first target hit.
  • Power Infusion - A powerful haste buff that can be cast on either yourself or a friendly target.
  • Shadow Word: Death - A powerful ability during execute, but with a backlash. It does no atonement healing, but it can be a great help to push some additional damage when there is nothing else to do.
  • The Discipline priest playstyle in raid is overall very similar to how it was played in BFA. You just have a few new buttons to press after ramping up to maximize atonement healing.