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Discipline Priest Healing Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 02, 2016 at 04:54 by Vlad 142 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Discipline Priests. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Discipline Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Zolvolt, officer and long-time healing Priest of Exiled Legion, whom you can follow on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Celestially Aligned Hood Icon Celestially Aligned Hood Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Mantle of Perpetual Bloom Icon Mantle of Perpetual Bloom Cenarius
Cloak Drape of Shame Icon Drape of Shame Maiden of Virtue in Return to Karazhan
Chest Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments Icon Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments Dragons of Nightmare
Wrists Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Icon Cinch of Cosmic Insignificance Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Gloves Handwraps of Delusional Power Icon Handwraps of Delusional Power Dragons of Nightmare
Belt Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Icon Pliable Spider Silk Cinch Elerethe Renferal
Legs Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Icon Ragged Horrorweave Leggings Elerethe Renferal
Boots Cozy Dryad Hoof-Socks Icon Cozy Dryad Hoof-Socks Cenarius
Ring #1 Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Icon Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Ring #2 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Trinket #1 Amalgam's Seventh Spine Icon Amalgam's Seventh Spine Amalgam of Souls in Black Rook Hold
Trinket #2 Heightened Senses Icon Heightened Senses Ursoc

Make sure to be prioritising at least one Mana trinket. Amalgam's Seventh Spine Icon Amalgam's Seventh Spine is best, as mentioned above (unless your Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield usage is low, which should not be the case). Alternative trinkets are Cocoon of Enforced Solitude Icon Cocoon of Enforced Solitude (from Elerethe Renferal and Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive (from Nythendra).

Fluctuating Energy Icon Fluctuating Energy (from Return to Karazhan) is another interesting choice. This trinket by default has 2RPPM, which makes it decent. However, its true strength comes when you also equip Robes of the Ancient Chronicle Icon Robes of the Ancient Chronicle, which drops from Nightbane in Return to Karazhan. With both equipped, the trinket proc effect is increased by 30%, which results in a significant gain.

Aside from trinkets, Ring of Collapsing Futures Icon Ring of Collapsing Futures drops from Return to Karazhan and is an interesting option. This 15-second on use procs 48,000 Shadow damage to an enemy, also triggering Atonement Icon Atonement healing.

2. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

  1. Cord of Maiev, Priestess of the Moon Icon Cord of Maiev, Priestess of the Moon: this is strong, in that it brings you additional damage and healing through more frequent casts of Penance Icon Penance. However, since it only procs off of Smite Icon Smite, it deters you from using Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace, and more importantly, Schism Icon Schism. Additionally, casting Penance more frequently means spending more Mana.
  2. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus: this will easily make up a sizeable amount of damage over the course of an encounter that will not need to be healed. This item is extremely powerful for a raid.
  3. N'ero, Band of Promises Icon N'ero, Band of Promises: this has a lot of power behind it. If every member of your raid is in Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier, then a single Penance Icon Penance will hit 20 people at once. Not only that, but this healing is still listed as Atonement. This means we can assume that it works in conjunction with  Icon Barrier for the Devoted, which doubles the healing of the Penance heal on all 20 players. Add a  Icon Power of the Dark Side buff on top of that and you will have a tremendous amount of healing in that one Penance. The downside is that you need a sizeable amount of your raid to be stacked in essentially the same spot. There are many raid encounters that do not allow for this.
  4. Estel, Dejahna's Inspiration Icon Estel, Dejahna's Inspiration: the haste buff is tricky to play around, but even without playing around it, as long as you are using Plea Icon Plea, you are getting a benefit out of this haste. Since the strong buffs come from expensive Plea casts, it can lead you to wasting Mana.
  5. Skjoldr, Sanctuary of Ivagont Icon Skjoldr, Sanctuary of Ivagont: the reduced cooldown on Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression from using Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield is quite significant as long as you are using Power Word: Shield on cooldown and utilising Rapture Icon Rapture frequently. With how scarce external cooldowns are compared to previous expansions, this legendary will be valued for particularly scary tank damage encounters.
  6. Xalan the Feared's Clench Icon Xalan the Feared's Clench: this effect is not great. You still need to apply Atonement Icon Atonement initially to gain benefit, and even with proper Penance Icon Penance use, the Atonement will eventually fall off. If you are getting decent use out of the healing to yourself, that is valuable, but for self healing Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is better. One additional Atonement is always nice, but it is not completely passive. Overall, a small benefit.
  7. Norgannon's Foresight Icon Norgannon's Foresight: the spells that proc this are Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield, Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked, Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain, and Plea Icon Plea. You can use the buff ideally on Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend, Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance or a Smite Icon Smite/Schism Icon Schism. We already have an array of movement abilities, and the benefit of this legendary is not on par with the others.
  8. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret: this is definitely the worst legendary, and should only be used if you have no other legendaries to use instead of it.

3. Loot Competition

Discipline Priests use Cloth Armor with Intellect as their main stats. They also use Spirit, which is found on Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets.

Therefore, apart from other Discipline Priests, they will also be competing for items with the classes listed below:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Paladins, Holy/Shadow Priests, and Warlocks
Cloth Armor Mages, Holy/Shadow Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance and Restoration Druids, Mages, Mistweaver Monks, Holy Paladins, Holy and Shadow Priests, Elemental and Restoration Shamans, and Warlocks

4. ChangeLog

  • 02 Nov. 2016: Fleshed out alternative trinket options, and updated BiS cloak and one trinket.
  • 22 Sep. 2016: Added a mention of the Swarming Plaguehive trinket.
  • 06 Sep. 2016: Added BiS list.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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