Discipline Priest Healing Statistics Priority and Reforging (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Discipline Priests in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4, how the class benefits from each of them, and what your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various caps are (if any) and why they should be attained.

The statistics priority is important as it influences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article.

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 Jhazrun, one of the best Discipline Priests in the world, who raids in Paragon.

1. Basics↑top

The statistic priority as a Discipline Priest is very much subject to personal preference. Your final choice will depend greatly on your spell usage, healing style, and encounter requirements, and we encourage you to experiment until you find what works best for you.

We currently propose the following statistic priority.

  1. Intellect;
  2. Critical Strike Rating;
  3. Mastery Rating;
  4. Spirit;
  5. Haste Rating.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

If you are unsure what the optimal reforging strategy is for the above priority, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the power of your heals, and increases your critical strike chance.

Spirit is the healer statistic. It increases your mana regeneration. You will, for the most part, prefer gear pieces with Spirit, although if the other secondary statistic on the item is undesirable to you, it may be worth using an item without Spirit.

How much Spirit you should have is up to you and your playstyle. If you are running out of mana often, even while properly using your mana regeneration cooldowns, you should aim for more Spirit. Keep in mind that this advice does not take into account your spell usage, which can be the cause for your mana problems.

If you are comfortable with your level of mana regeneration, you can start reforging out of Spirit or avoiding gear with Spirit, and opt for more throughput.

Mastery Rating, thanks to Mastery: Shield Discipline Icon Mastery: Shield Discipline, increases the potency of your damage absorption effects, as well as increasing your healing done.

Critical Strike Rating provides you with the highest overall healing output, but may prove unreliable in individual situations. Even so, it is very good when coupled with Atonement healing.

Haste Rating is most useful for AoE raid healing. It can be useful for single target healing (either in the case of tank healing or raid healing), depending on the situation. Haste generally has a low priority for Discipline Priests because so many Discipline Priest spells are instant cast and therefore do not really benefit from it.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update: updated the stat priority to reflect current trends.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 18 Apr. 2013: Added a clarification regarding the low priority of Haste Rating.
  • 27 Mar. 2013: Updated statistic priority for Patch 5.2 trends. Updated the description of Mastery to include the increase to healing that it offers.