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Discipline Priest Healing Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 19, 2016 at 15:41 by Vlad 19 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Discipline Priests in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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 Beerek, one of the best healing Priests in the world, who raids in Serenity.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 The Penitent The Penitent Castigation ? Castigation Schism Schism
30 Angelic Feather Angelic Feather Body and Soul Body and Soul Masochism ? Masochism
45 Shining Force ? Shining Force Psychic Voice ? Psychic Voice Dominant Mind ? Dominant Mind
60 Power Word: Solace Power Word: Solace Shield Discipline Shield Discipline Mindbender Mindbender
75 Contrition Contrition Power Infusion ? Power Infusion Twist of Fate Twist of Fate
90 Clarity of Will ? Clarity of Will Divine Star Divine Star Halo Halo
100 Purge the Wicked Purge the Wicked Grace ? Grace Shadow Covenant Shadow Covenant

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city).

2. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

The Penitent The Penitent Castigation ? Castigation Schism Schism
  • The Penitent Icon The Penitent allows Penance Icon Penance to be cast on a friendly target, healing them over its 2-second channeling duration.
  • Castigation Icon Castigation causes Penance Icon Penance to fire an extra bolt of holy light over its 2-second duration (thus increasing its damage).
  • Schism Icon Schism is an active ability with a 6-second cooldown. It deals Shadow damage to the target, and causes your damage dealt to that target to be increased by 30% for the next 6 seconds.

The best talent in this tier is Schism Icon Schism. That said, it increases the complexity of the Discipline playstyle (as you have to incorporate this new ability into your "rotation"), so it is only advised for players who already familiar with how Discipline plays.

The second-best choice is Castigation Icon Castigation, which is only recommended if, as mentioned above, you are not entirely comfortable with Discipline and/or prefer a talent choice that does not require extra management.

The Penitent Icon The Penitent is a poor choice and it should never be taken.

3. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Angelic Feather Angelic Feather Body and Soul Body and Soul Masochism ? Masochism
  • Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather is an active ability with 3 charges and a 20-second recharge time. It places a feather at the targeted location, which grants a 40% increase in movement speed for 5 seconds to the first ally who comes in contact with it. Only 3 feathers can be active at any given time.
  • Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul causes Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield and Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith to increase the target's movement speed by 40% for 3 seconds.
  • Masochism Icon Masochism causes Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend's DoT to act as a HoT instead, when cast on yourself.

Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather is by far the best choice in this tier, since using Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul effectively is not at all feasible, given that your frequent usage of Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield means you cannot plan to use it as a speed buff.

Masochism Icon Masochism should only be taken if you have no need to provide movement speed buffs (though this is hard to imagine), or if you are assigned to some specific tasks during the encounter that put you in danger and therefore require that you heal yourself.

4. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Shining Force ? Shining Force Psychic Voice ? Psychic Voice Dominant Mind ? Dominant Mind
  • Shining Force Icon Shining Force is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown. It knocks back all enemies located around your (friendly) target, slowing their movement speed by 70% for 3 seconds.
  • Psychic Voice Icon Psychic Voice reduces the cooldown of Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream by 30 seconds.
  • Dominant Mind Icon Dominant Mind changes Mind Control Icon Mind Control to allow you to also control your own character during this time (by turning the mind-controlled target into a pet). However, Mind Control can no longer be used against players, and it gains a 3-minute cooldown (up from not having a cooldown).

This tier is comprised entirely of situational talents, so you should choose based on the encounter requirements. If a talent becomes the default preferred choice, we will include it in this section.

5. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Power Word: Solace Power Word: Solace Shield Discipline Shield Discipline Mindbender Mindbender
  • Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace is an active ability with a 12-second cooldown. It deals Holy damage to the target, and restores 0.75% of your maximum Mana.
  • Shield Discipline Icon Shield Discipline causes you to gain 1% of your maximum Mana whenever one of your Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shields is completely consumed by damage.
  • Mindbender Icon Mindbender replaces Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend. Mindbender has a 1-minute cooldown and 12-second duration (down from a 3-minute cooldown and 15-second duration for Shadowfiend), and it restores 0.75% of your maximum Mana with each of its attacks (whereas Shadowfiend does not restore any Mana).

The best choice in this tier is probably Mindbender Icon Mindbender, as it provides both better Mana regeneration and more DPS than Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace (the other strong option). Using Mindbender when you have Atonement Icon Atonement up on many targets can lead to very high amounts of healing.

In terms of pure Mana regeneration, Shield Discipline Icon Shield Discipline is actually the best talent (assuming all the shields are broken by damage), but we do not advise it as it offers no increase in DPS (which is important due to the value of Atonement healing).

6. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Contrition Contrition Power Infusion ? Power Infusion Twist of Fate Twist of Fate
  • Contrition Icon Contrition increases the duration of Atonement Icon Atonement by 2 seconds.
  • Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion is an active ability with a 2-minute cooldown. It grants you a 25% increase in haste and a 20% Mana cost reduction to all your spells for 20 seconds.
  • Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate grants you a 10-second buff each time you heal a target whose health is below 35%. The buff grants you 20% increased damage and 20% increased healing, and it does not stack.

All the talents in this tier are quite strong, so the choice is not very straightforward.

Contrition Icon Contrition's effect makes it easier to keep up Atonement Icon Atonement on a large number of targets, which is particularly useful during prolonged periods of AoE damage.

Twist of Fate Icon Twist of Fate is very strong, particularly during progression content when you often get the chance to heal low-health allies.

Finally, Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion is more situational, but it can be a great choice for fights in which you need more DPS or when you are looking for a way to boost your healing at a specific moment.

7. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Clarity of Will ? Clarity of Will Divine Star Divine Star Halo Halo
  • Clarity of Will Icon Clarity of Will is an active ability with no cooldown and a 2.5-second cast time that places a damage absorption shield on the target, which lasts up to 20 seconds (or until it is fully consumed by damage). Clarity of Will has no interaction with Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield or the Weakened Soul Icon Weakened Soul debuff.
  • Divine Star Icon Divine Star is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown. It resembles a yo-yo, in the sense that a ball of energy travels in a path away from you (in front of you), and after reaching a certain point (24 yards away), it returns. Both on the first, as well as on the second trip, it heals allies and damages enemies in its path.
  • Halo Icon Halo is an active ability with a 40-second cooldown and a 1.5-second cast time. It creates a ring around you that expands in radius (up to 30 yards). Allies who come in contact with it are healed, and enemies are damaged.

It is worth noting that both Divine Star Icon Divine Star and Halo Icon Halo only provide Atonement Icon Atonement healing for the damage that they deal to first target they hit. With that in mind, the choice for best talent in this tier still comes down to one of these 2 talents. Halo is best on most fights, but Divine Star is better if there are fights with regular bursts of damage every 15 seconds.

Finally, Clarity of Will Icon Clarity of Will is only preferable if you are trying to stack absorbs on a target to help them survive a specific enounter ability.

8. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Purge the Wicked Purge the Wicked Grace ? Grace Shadow Covenant Shadow Covenant
  • Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked replaces Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain. It deals Fire instead of Shadow damage, and it lasts 20 seconds (up from 14). While Purge the Wicked is active, using Penance Icon Penance on the target causes Purge the Wicked to be applied to another nearby enemy target.
  • Grace Icon Grace increases all your non-Atonement Icon Atonement healing and absorption effects by 30% on targets with Atonement.
  • Shadow Covenant Icon Shadow Covenant replaces Power Word: Radiance Icon Power Word: Radiance. It heals up to 5 allies within 30 yards of the target, but also places a healing absorption effect on them that lasts for 6 seconds.

We recommend Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked as the best choice for raid content, since the numbers make it a clear winner. For dungeon or single target healing, Grace Icon Grace is better (particularly for spamming Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend).

Shadow Covenant Icon Shadow Covenant is currently not competitive enough to be worth taking.

9. ChangeLog

  • 19 Jul. 2016: Fixed the description of Purge the Wicked to correctly reflect how the talent works.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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