Discipline Priest playstyle and rotation guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 5th Aug, 2022
Heregellas Discipline Priest Author
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Playstyle & Rotation

The Discipline Priest rotation with Boon of the Ascended changes a lot compared to what you might be used to from Venthyr in Castle Nathria. You will still be applying your dot before your ramp starts, and you will still want to start your ramp with a Shadow Mend, and then apply Power Word: Shield during your Rapture, then Power Word:Shield or Shadow Mend if they are wounded. How much atonement you apply will depend on your legendary and if you are playing Spirit Shell or Evangelism.

Clarity of Mind + Evangelism as a Kyrian

  1. Make sure you have a full duration Purge the Wicked
  2. Apply 10 single target atonements (with Rapture at first)
  3. 2x Power Word: Radiance
  4. Evangelism
  5. Activate Boon of the Ascended
  6. Ascended Blast
  7. Schism
  8. Ascended Blast
  9. Ascended Nova x2 if you are in melee; otherwise Penance
  10. Ascended Blast
  11. Ascended Nova x2 if you are in melee; otherwise Power Word: Solace
  12. Ascended Blast
  13. Ascended Nova x2 if you are in melee; otherwise Mind Blast
  14. Ascended Blast

Clarity of Mind + Spirit Shell as a Kyrian

With Clarity of Mind and Spirit Shell your rotation will look like this:

  1. Make sure you have a full duration Purge the Wicked
  2. Apply 8-10 Single target atonements
  3. Power Word: Radiance
  4. Activate Boon of the Ascended
  5. Spirit Shell + Ascended Blast macro
  6. Power Word: Radiance
  7. Ascended Blast
  8. Schism
  9. Ascended Blast
  10. Ascended Nova x2 if you are in melee; otherwise Penance
  11. Ascended Blast
  12. Ascended Nova x2 if you are in melee; Otherwise Power Word: Solace
  13. Ascended Blast

For your next Spirit Shell, you will not have Boon of the Ascended ready but you can instead use Shadowfiend and your ramp will look like this:

  1. Apply 7-10 Single target atonements
  2. Use Shadowfiend
  3. 2x Power Word: Radiance
  4. Spirit Shell + Schism
  5. Penance
  6. Solace
  7. Mind Blast
  8. Smites

Sphere’s Harmony + Spirit Shell

With Spirit Shell and Sphere’s Harmony your rotation will look like this:

  1. Apply 6 single target atonements
  2. Use Soulletting Ruby if you have it
  3. Apply 2 single target atonements
  4. Activate Boon of the Ascended
  5. Spirit Shell + Ascended Blast macro
  6. Power Word: Radiance
  7. Ascended Blast
  8. Power Word: Radiance
  9. Ascended Blast
  10. Schism
  11. Ascended Blast
  12. Ascended Nova x2 if you are in melee; otherwise Penance
  13. Ascended Blast

Make sure that you really try to dip into melee at the end of your Boon for your Ascended Eruption. It is a very big loss of damage and healing if you miss it.

The Penitent One + Evangelism as a Venthyr without trinket from The Nine

  1. Apply 8-10 single target atonements
  2. 2x Power Word: Radiance
  3. Evangelism
  4. Penance
  5. Schism
  6. Mindgames
  7. Solace
  8. Mind Blast
  9. Penance
  10. Smites

The Penitent One + Evangelism as a Venthyr with trinket from The Nine

  1. Apply 8-10 single target atonements
  2. 2x Power Word: Radiance
  3. Evangelism
  4. Schism
  5. Mindgames
  6. Penance
  7. Use Scrawled Word of Recall
  8. Penance
  9. Solace
  10. Mind Blast
  11. Smites

A few words on Boon of the Ascended...

It is relatively important - but not a dealbreaker - with Boon of the Ascended that you have enough haste to always cast 5 Ascended Blast during your Boon window in the ramp. Aim for at least 25% haste to be comfy with it (the more you have, the better, unless you already are at 30-31%).

Downtime

Outside of your ramps, you generally want to keep DPSing the boss by the following rotation:

  1. Make sure Purge the Wicked does not fall off
  2. If there is more than 24 seconds to your next burst window, Schism
  3. Power Word Solace
  4. Shadow Word: Death in execute where the backlash will not put you in danger
  5. Penance
  6. Smite

You could also chuck in some Mind Blasts in your rotation too for the extra healing absorb if your mana is fine.

As your mana allows it, you can apply some atonements between your ramps. Keep track of your Radiance charges and use them together with single target atonements and Schism - but not at the expense of not having two available for your next ramp. As you gain more experience on an encounter, the better a feel you will have for how much mana you can spend between ramps.

Damage Reduction cooldowns

Discipline Priest possesses two of the strongest external damage reduction abilities, namely Power Word: Barrier which is a 25% damage taken reduction to all players within it, sometimes allowing the raid to survive mechanics they usually would not be able to.

Secondly, Discipline also has Pain Suppression, which is a single target 40% damage reduction.