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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.

Originally published on December 4th, 2012 by on HealingWoW.com, Last modified: .

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  • Bludrayn1723

    Personally, I like Smite healing during low-medium damage phases and direct heals and bubbles during medium-high damage phases in fights. How would that affect my priority between Mastery and Crit?

    • I would say focus on whatever you’re using during medium-high damage phases, as you can afford to lose stats for low damage phases. You want whatever you use during high damage phases to be most important.

  • Heafstaag

    If you ask me, it does not matter if you are healing throught atonement or direct & bubble healing. Crit will always be better then haste, and mastery vs crit can be discussed, as it varies depending on your role as a healer in the guild. Meaning mastery might be better if you are a tank healer, as your power word: shield will be stronger, other then that crit is the better stat for disc, you can also discuss that crit is better then int, because it makes sure that the healling you do it not overhealing, because of the absorbs.

  • Atonement Priest

    I am an Atonement Priest (Siayn) and am having trouble finding any solid information for a straight Atonement build maybe you can help fine tune me.
    Stat Priority: Intellect, Crit 26%, Haste 20%, Mastery 20%, Spirit at about 5500.
    I pull around 60K DPS my heals are comparable to most other healers
    (10 man normal)

    Rotation Penance, Power Word: Solace, Smite x5 Repeat

    Shadowfiend after losing about 1/3 mana and then on CD
    Nova for Large damage or when Lucidity Procs
    Arch Angel and Power Infusion on CD

    • Atonement disco

      what is your ilvl?
      i recommend this :
      Prayer of mending -> Penance -> solace -> smite smite smite -> archangle -> Power infusion -> cascade -> shadowfiend (on cd)

  • nm


    • Frosty

      Spirit to comfortable level >int>crit>mastery>haste

  • Bubbles

    Wondering if multistrike is actually viable for a main tank healer, mostly because it seems very hard atm to find a good amount of crit/mast gear around WoD

    • lichela

      I tried multistrike for a while but when healing tank Clarity of Will. become SOOOO strong that haste win it for me since that spell is so long to cast. Your a bit better off with haste since your Power Word: Shield will add 40% to any spell increases you have.( if you have no haste at all that 40% amount to nothing)
      for heal tank, I suggest Clarity of will with alot of the mastery and then crit and haste. It’s pretty boring gameplay tho but the job will be done. See if you like it 😉

  • lichela

    About crit. It does NOT increase the chance of doubling your heals like any other classes. Instead of the extra 100% heal, it put a shield the same amount of your initial heal ,time your % of mastery.

    The passive that we had in MOP granting a chance equivalent to our crit to apply a shield doubled as also been removed.

    **One interesting fact about mastery that is not mentioned is that it also increase your heals output by half the amount of mastery gained. ex 40%mastery also increase your heals 20%. Since expédiation went to hell (roughly 66% less effective then in MOP) priorizing Mastery had better result overall.