All four covenants are VERY close for Holy Priest, none of them bringing anything insane unfortunately.
Ultimately, your covenant choice will not make a big difference in your throughput for holy. Necrolord, Kyrian, and Venthyr (thanks to the second legendary, buffing your crit) are close in throughput (2-4% of your overall healing).
Night Fae can be a beneficial choice to buff some of your DPS mates since it’ll reduce one of their major ability cooldowns. Its value in terms of damage depends on the class & spec you choose and the encounter. You can use it on yourself too, on some specific encounters where you may need another Divine Hymn earlier than the usual 3 minutes. This will be the best choice for progression content to optimize the DPS of your raid.
Venthyr will be the best pick for pure healing throughput if you don’t need to reduce your Hymn cooldown, but only thanks to the second legendary (you can check this section a bit further down on this page).
The Kyrian covenant ability, Boon of the Ascended offers a 10s window where you have a high single target nuke that heals in Ascended Blast and a decent, spammable ability in Ascended Nova which heals around you for a small amount.
After the 10s window, you release a decent sized explosion of healing and damage around you. The spell power value of Blast is high for an instant cast and neither Ascended Blast or Ascended Nova costs any mana, so you have a 10 seconds time window of spending 0 mana.
The Kyrian covenant ability gives you a 3 charge potion that does not share CD with healthstone or healthpot, heals you for 15% of your max hp and removes diseases, poisons, curses and bleeds from you. This can remove some very powerful debuffs in Mythic+ or raids.
The Necrolord ability, Unholy Nova, is very easy to use in any environment and will provide a short soft-CD every minute that will heal and deal damage.
Soulbinds and Conduits
Soulbinds for raid
Night Fae: Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver will be a perfect choice while playing Night Fae, thanks to Empowered Chrysalis, being a very strong standard talent in your soulbind’s tree in terms of healing (negating some overhealing and granting absorbs instead). Podtender will be valuable on challenging content, giving you a “cheat death” opportunity. Field of Blossoms is a very strong 1 minute and a half cooldown tied to your Covenant ability, as long as you can stay in the effect (try to double check your positioning while using your faes !).
Venthyr: Theotar the Mad Duke
Our good friend Theotar is a very powerful choice, thanks to every standard trait he offers: Soothing Shade, while being RNG, will buff your Mastery, one of your best stats as a Holy. The Token of Appreciation is very helpful for your team and will be a reasonable throughput talent in the end. Life is but an Appetizer will grand you Speed & Avoidance, which are most welcome during difficult content, and, of course, Party Favors is a really strong buff, even though its stat will be RNG between Haste, Versatility, Critical Strike Chance and Intellect.
Soulbinds for M+
Kyrian: Forgelite Prime Mikanikos
Nothing can beat our good old friend Mikanikos in M+, thanks to its Effusive Anima Accelerator, giving you the potential to reduce your Boon’s cooldown to a 1-minute cooldown if you can hit at least 5 mobs. Hammer of Genesis will be of much use, too, even though you’ll lose a Potency conduit (which is not problematic here). Its effect is just too good to avoid.
Potency: Resonant Words - this potency conduit offers you a very large Heal or Flash Heal after every Holy Word. In both raiding and Mythic+ this conduit will give you a very powerful single-target heal. Using the effect from Resonant Words is most effective on Heal, but do not be afraid to use it on a Flash Heal if you deem it necessary.
Once you unlock a second potency slot, you will likely want Holy Oration.
Endurance: Translucent Image - Reduces your damage taken for a short duration after pressing Fade. Gives Holy Priest just a slight increase to their survivability, which is much appreciated for a low mobility class without impressive defensives.
After some weeks in Patch 9.2, you’ll be able to unlock a second legendary. This legendary will grant you your covenant’s legendary power, on top of another “normal” legendary that you’ll have. At first, you’ll be able to unlock it via the Cord of Unity. However, you will be able to get Unity in the future, which will allow you to craft it on any other piece of gear.
As a Necrolord or a Kyrian, there is not much to say about double legendaries for Holy Priest for now since it won’t really add much to your gameplay.
As a Night Fae, this will give you a mask, acting as an additional faerie, that can provide an extra +50% cooldown reduction or double the damage reduction/mana, depending on the mask’s target and the target’s faerie. You might use the cooldown reduction, either on a DPS to give him +150% cooldown reduction instead of +100% if it’s needed (depends heavily on encounter and on class/spec), or either on yourself to recover your Divine Hymn quicker (while keeping the original faerie on the DPS for instance), depending, once again, on the encounter.
If none of this applies, you can still use the mask for extra mana while hitting a target, which can be very valuable on encounters like Rygelon, if you can’t have innervates.
Non-Covenant Legendaries for raiding & M+
Best legendaries: Flash Concentration
Flash Concentration is the default choice, but it will change your gameplay a bit. You need to stack 5x Flash Heal, before switching to an efficient Heal spam. Keep in mind that you must refresh the buff by using a Flash Heal before the 20 seconds expires. Luckily, this is an easy task thanks to the Surge of Light procs.
In Mythic+, this legendary will still be needed, especially at a higher level of key, since you will need its throughput to help you cover some big instances of damage/very powerful target healing.
In Patch 9.2, you'll be able to, once again, wear a powerful Tier Set, which grants you 2 bonuses when you wear 2 and 4 parts.
- 2pc Knowledge: Your Holy Words begin Divine Conversation, increasing the cooldown reduction of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell by 15 sec.
- 4pc Blessed Soul: Divine Conversation increases the effectiveness of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell by 60%.
This is an interesting set since it'll allow you to cast your Holy Words way more frequently. And by Holy Words, I mean Holy Word: Salvation too, which means that you'll be able to use it another time during any encounter.
This set is extremely bugged on the PTR, with some weird interactions or spells that sometimes trigger and consume the buff, and sometimes it doesn't; maybe it depends on the weather in Paris? Who knows!
Since you'll play with Holy Word: Salvation in the raid, and it'll allow your Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify to work with your set, they both are the best choices of spells to use when procing your 2pc; it will effectively reduce your Holy Word: Salvation cooldown which is the most valuable thing you want and will add some insane amounts of healing at the same time.
Keep in mind that your Holy Word: Chastise also allows you to proc your bonus! This part is still quite bugged on the PTR but is likely to work that way on live as well.
Some things to note :
- Light of the Naaru (Talent) currently doesn't add any additional cooldown reduction.
- It works additively with the cooldown reduction from Apotheosis (meaning, it'll take the reduction from Apotheosis, THEN, it will apply another 15 sec-flat reduction).
- The 4pc heals you too when you proc it, with a Blessed Soul heal. Actually, it seems to heal for approximately 15% of the spell that triggers it. While this looks pretty minor, it's always good to mention it.
Other specific good pieces of gear to grab
Regarding the other interesting pieces of gear you can grab in season 4, especially thanks to Dinars, here is a list :
- Maledict Opus will be your best weapon overall due to stats & ilevel
- Soulwarped Seal of Wrynn is by far the best ring to grab (even better than Mechagon’s rings) thanks to its effect,
- Cabalist’s Hymnal as your flat stats-trinket
- Drape of Shame will grant you a unique healing bonus without taking any stat away from the item’s stat budget.
Specific for Mythic+ :
- Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos will be a Mythic+ pick to optimize DPS.
- Resonant Reservoir - This trinket is insane in M+, granting a huge amount of DPS. Try to be vocal with your tank while using it, since it takes some seconds to proc the effect after using it, so your tank will have to hold its ground during this time.