Welcome to the Discipline (Disc) Priest Class Summary Page. This page will take you through all you need to know to get started as a Disc Priest and to educate you so that you can be the best Disc Priest Healer you can be, with links to different areas throughout the site so you can learn more. Hopefully you have already had a read through the Healing Class Summaries Page to get an idea about all the available healers and their play styles and you’ve decided to go with the Disc Priest. Sweet! Read on…
We covered the Disc Priest briefly in the Summary, which you have hopefully taken a glance at to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into! But let’s go over the basics of a Disc Priest Healer and what is required of them.
Priests are most known for their healing powers, but the Disc Priest is very different to all other healing specs in that they’re more about Mitigating damage instead of healing through it. Like a Holy Priest, a Disc Priest draws on their faith and spiritual connections to heal their allies.
Mitigation is about preparing for incoming damage and using spells and abilities to reduce that damage to your group before it occurs. This is a more proactive role as compared to the Holy Priest which is more of a reactive role. A strong part of your spell use will be Power Word: Shield, which will absorb damage. Another strong part of the mechanics of a Disc Priest is when you critically heal a target, Divine Aegis (a temporary shield) is placed on that target which, like Power Word: Shield, absorbs an amount of damage that depends on the original heal.
As a Disc Priest it’s not so much about healing in itself, but using your shields and cool downs to mitigate damage and using your healing spells as support to those mitigation abilities. An example of some of your strongest spells include such spells as Pain Suppression and Power Word: Barrier and you can provide the group the beneficial buff Power Word: Fortitude (Fort). You will also have a couple of fun spells such as Leap of Faith and Levitate.
Of course, being a Priest gives you the option of changing your specialization basically whenever you feel like to being a Holy Priest, giving you a very different experience as a Healer. And, should you be feeling a little bit adventurous, you can also choose Shadow as your specialization, which is the Priest’s DPS (Damage) spec. Just something to break up the monotony.
What Races can I play as a Disc Priest?
As a Disc Priest, you have a many races to choose from within each Faction.
As a Horde, you can choose Blood Elf, Goblin, Troll, Tauren, Undead or Pandaren.
As Alliance, you can choose between Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Draenei, Night Elf, Worgen or Pandaren. To find out what races you can play for all classes and the benefits of each, head over to the Race & Class Combinations page.
We take you through all the spells a Disc Priest will have in your arsenal once you hit level 100. We give you a quick run down of how to use each spell, what level you receive each spell and we give you a suggestion for the keybind for each spell.
We take you through the most important talents that you can take as a Disc Priest and provide you with a base talent selection that will work for almost all situations, giving you something to start from and grow your knowledge of your specialization.
After leveling, choosing your talent specialization, learning what your talents do, learning what your spells do and have set up your key binds, it’s time to learn how to play. We cover buffing your group, spell priority and general gameplay.
Now that you know how to play a Disc Priest, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Gear is dropping and it’s time to enhance it, but you’re not sure what stats you should focus on, so we’ll do our best to help.
A way of adding the stats you learnt about in the previous section by way of enchanting your gear and items. We take you through what are the best enchantments (depending on your budget) for you and your class.
Another way of adding stats to your gear is by inserting gems into said gear which has empty sockets available. We’ll show you what gems you should go for, depending on what stats you already have and according to your budget.
Reforging was a method used to adjust your stats by taking away stats you don’t need and putting those numbers into stats you have more need for. This has since been removed with the release of Warlords of Draenor.
Professions provide 3 things to your character: a passive buff, items to craft & use and items to craft & sell. We’ll go through each profession and provide you with the benefits those professions can give your class.
Consumables are elixirs and potions your character can drink (consume) to further enhance your healing ability, albeit for a limited time (usually 1 to 2 hours). We’ll show you the most beneficial consumables to increase your healing ability.
First things first, we suggest first taking a look at the Disc Priest Spells page.