Welcome to the Discipline Priest healing guide written by Joshpriest.
Discipline Priest is a healing spec that excels at dealing with large predictable damage intakes, and brings powerful utility tools to the table. The core gameplay of the discipline priest revolves around Atonement application and then dealing damage to heal through the Atonement buff.
As the most proactive healer in the game, Discipline priests heavily work around preparing for incoming damage by setting up Atonements on the raid prior to the damage. While the Discipline priest ramp up requires a lot of fight knowledge and foresight, the payoff is immense.
Alongside its powerful burst healing, Discipline priest also brings a lot of utility in the form of offensive purges (Dispel Magic and Mass Dispel) and Leap of Faith. Discipline priest also brings some very impactful damage reduction spells in the form of Pain Suppression, which is the strongest single target damage reduction spell in the game, alongside Power Word: Barrier, which has the flexibility of being used both as focused and raid wide damage reduction. On top of all of this, Discipline’s natural focus on dealing damage leads to us having the highest DPS of any healer without doing much outside our normal priorities.
With incredibly high burst healing, powerful utility and strong supplementary DPS, the Discipline priest is one of the best progression healers in the game currently and a worthwhile addition to any raid comp.
What has changed
Since the last patch Discipline had received the following changes:
- Power word: Shield applies a debuff named Weakened Soul, which prevents the priest from applying another shield for 7.5 seconds. Keep in mind that this debuff is unique for each priest and will not interfere with other priests in the group. Also, Rapture allows us to ignore the debuff for its duration. The mana cost of Power Word: Shield has been increased from 2.5% to 2.7% base mana.
- Focused Will no longer stacks, which results in 15% damage reduction instead of 30%.
- The trait Gift of Forgiveness has been replaced with Sudden Revelation.
- Atonement transfer rate reduced by 5%.
- Schism initial damage from 140% to 129% of spell power.
- Power Word: Solace damage from 100% to 92% of spell power.
- Purge the Wicked / Shadow Word: Pain from 30% to 28.5% of spell power.
- Discipline priest reduced damage modifier increased from 9% to 16%.