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

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:28 by Vlad 73 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 Zolvolt, officer and long-time healing Priest of Exiled Legion, whom you can follow on Twitter.

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). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

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 choice of talent in this tier comes down to either Castigation Icon Castigation or Schism Icon Schism, with The Penitent Icon The Penitent being viable in very specific situations.

Schism Icon Schism is probably the strongest choice, providing higher damage and therefore more Atonement Icon Atonement healing. However, it also has several drawbacks. Using Schism every 6 seconds complicates the rotation, and also results in fewer free global cooldowns. Moreover, it has a high Mana cost. As a result, choosing Schism is a decision that should be carefully weighed.

A very strong alternative to Schism is taking Castigation Icon Castigation. This is a very straightforward boost to your main ability, which is easy to use.

Finally, The Penitent Icon The Penitent results in an increase in single target healing (to your Penance Icon Penance target), but this healing does not benefit from your Mastery, and since Penance does not deal damage this way you lose out healing on all your Atonement Icon Atonement targets. As a result, choosing this talent should be done very rarely.

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 the recommended choice in this tier if you wish to provide movement speed increases. It is much more flexible and easy to use than Body and Soul Icon Body and Soul, since the latter is tied to usage of Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield (which has a 6-second cooldown and which you cannot realistically save in order to use for movement speed).

Masochism Icon Masochism should only be taken if you have no need to provide movement speed buffs, 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 2-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. Using Mindbender when you have Atonement Icon Atonement up on many targets can lead to very high amounts of healing.

That said, Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace is a strong choice as well, which has the added benefit of allowing you to retain Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend (which Mindbender Icon Mindbender replaces). Although, you should also keep in mind that Power Word: Solace complicates the rotation.

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.

We feel that Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion should be the go-to choice in this tier. The increased Haste and reduced Mana cost is very versatile, allowing you to spam spells or do more DPS and Atonement Icon Atonement healing. It is highly recommended.

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. For it to be worth taking, its uptime should be high enough over the course of the fight to outweigh the benefits of the other two choices, and you should in any case be able to proc its effect when there is high damage, as otherwise it is not worth choosing.

Contrition Icon Contrition has the effect of smoothening out the rotation and making it easier to keep up the Atonement Icon Atonement buff on players, but this is really only useful for newer Discipline players, as otherwise its benefit is quite unnecessary.

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).
  • 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 preferable if you are trying to stack absorbs on a target to help them survive a specific encounter ability, or if a particular boss encounter's tank damage is exceptionally high. Switching between Atonement Icon Atonement healing (particularly with Smite Icon Smite for the absorb) and hitting Clarity of Will when they are close to full health is an effective strategy if tank deaths are frequent. This is a great strategy for working together with other healers to keep your tanks alive.

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, especially those where you fight multiple enemies.

Grace Icon Grace is a good alternative in general, since you have many ways of providing non-Atonement healing.

Finally, Shadow Covenant Icon Shadow Covenant excels at emergency 5-player AoE healing, and the healing absorption effect that it applies should not concern you too much. That said, keep in mind that spamming Shadow Covenant on players affected by the healing absorb will significantly reduce its emergency healing potential. Choosing Shadow Covenant will severely hinder your ability to maximise  Icon Light's Wrath casts, due to having a lower amount of Atonement Icon Atonement buffs out for AoE healing. This is important to keep in mind.

9. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 07 Aug. 2016: Revised most talent discussions and evaluations following Zolvolt's review.
  • 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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