Disc Priest Stat Priority
Welcome to the Disc Priest Stat Priority page! Stats are an important part of the World of Warcraft and are officially called “Attributes”. Improving certain stats as a Disc Priest will improve your ability to Heal. There are primary stats and secondary stats. As a Healer your most important primary stats are Intellect and Spirit. Stamina is another primary stat that isn’t as important but appears on most pieces of gear anyway, this increases your HP.
Intellect increases your spell power which makes your spells stronger and heal for more. This stat is always on Disc Priest gear and you should almost always aim to boost this stat. There is no Intellect maximum or “cap”.
Spirit is what gives you mana regeneration. Mana regeneration means that while you spend mana to cast your healing spells, the higher your spirit stat is, the more mana is returned to you during combat. Again, this stat appears on most Disc Priest gear. You should boost this stat should you be having problems running out of mana. If you come to a point where you’ve got an excessive amount of mana during encounters, it’s regemming spirit to a secondary stat.
For those Disc Priest below level 90, all you need to worry about in the stats department is making sure your gear is Cloth and has at least 1 (if not both) of those 2 base stats, Intellect and Spirit, you need not worry about secondary stats in early game.
For those aiming to hit dungeons or start raiding or to become a stronger healer, the secondary stats that are most important to you as a Disc Priest are Mastery and Crit.
Unlike other healing specializations, Discipline doesn’t really have a set of “rules” to follow when it comes to stat priority, so it’s kind of up to you, your game style and your current stats. You can focus on a certain stat, should you prefer that way, or you can simply keep a balance between all secondary stats and still be a successful Disc Priest Healer.
Because we’re a site all about helping you get up and running, we’re going to try to provide you with an almost fool-proof line up of stat priority that will provide a good balance. Once you’re comfortable with your abilities, you can change-up your stats the way you see fit. Here’s a summary of our favourite stats.
If you’re comfortable with your mana regeneration(Spirit), it’s a good idea to gem or enchant to Mastery or Crit.
Critical strike chance is a secondary stats that benefits the Discipline Priest. Due to the way a Disc Priest works, Crit not only increases the chance of doubling heals, but it also increases the chance of applying Divine Aegis to the targets that are critically healed. Crit is a little better for those Priests that don’t use shields quite as much and focus on using pure heals more. Crit is also the Disc Priest’s “Attunement” stat – which through Enlightenment gives you 5% more Crit from all sources.
Mastery is another secondary stat that you can focus on. Each and every spec of each class has a different Mastery. Mastery for the Disc Priest is Shield Discipline, which increases the amount absorbed by your Power Word: Shield, Divine Aegis and Spirit Shell. It’s a good idea to aim for Mastery if you’re a heavy user of Power Word: Shield or you’ve chosen the talent Clarity of Will.
Haste makes your spells with a cast time (Penance, Prayer of Healing etc.) faster meaning you can cast more spells during an encounter. Haste affects the global cool down (time between casts) of your spells. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on how much haste you have, as you don’t want to cast to fast or you may run out of mana.
So to sum up, our recommendation on stat priority is:
Intellect > Spirit > Crit / Mastery > Multistrike / Versatility > Haste
These very general guidelines to follow. Once you get a handle on the general idea of stats you will learn what you need to focus on. But remember, without mana you can’t heal, so Spirit is your most important stat, especially during early stages of content.
Now you’re up to date on your stats, head to the Disc Priest Enchanting page to get started improving your stats.