Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Weapon/Trinket Combos for the Contemporary Smiter

Recommended Posts

If you really want to have some fun with your attonement priest you can start playing around with your trinkets and weapons. Insignia of the Corrupted Mind, and Seal of the Seven Signs both have chances to increase haste by 2904 BUT DO NOT share internal cooldowns so there have been times where I have had that extra haste for 40sec strait out of the 120sec worth of ICDs. Seeing as how we attonement priests are the only class that effectively raid/tank heal as well as spell dps we are the only ones who can actually utilize this combo and I do have to say it is fantastic. With either trinket activated and PI my haste hits 68%. Also on that note I have noticed that my healing and dps had a fairly drastic increase when I reforged all pure haste. My current stat priority is Int>Haste>Spirit>Crit=Mastery. Obviously I am content with my mana regen to put it below haste but you get the point.

Also just picked up Rathrak from Regular DS and noticed about a 900-1200dps increase single target (with an extra dummy getting the weapon DoT). Being able to switch between Maw and Rathrak during combat also adds a fun element to mechanics.

There seems to be a lot of information out on the interwebs right now regarding this spec so i am very curious to see how others are utilizing this ability.

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've not been playing a priest for very long but I take it from this that there is no soft haste cap?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh no, i'm about 3% above. I have just noticed that mastery was not nearly as effective for me seeing as how mastery only effects my absorbs whereas haste effects all spells as well as my GCD. As far as I know the only cap for priests is the soft haste cap which is just for renew, and obviously hit but that's taken care of with divine accuracy. I haven't been playing a priest but about 4 months but I do have to say this spec is probably my favorite to raid with game wide.

**EDIT** I read that wrong. I thought you were asking if i was haste capped lol... No there technically is a soft haste cap at 12.5% just to get an extra tick from renew but with this spec i find it very minute anyways.

Edited by ThrIronMustache

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Most of my perspective on smiting is from the heroic raiding angle, so I'll be focusing on that. This late into the expansion with all the gear and debuffs I sometimes can go an entire fight just Holy Fire/Smiting with Will of Unbinding. Even before then Atonement healing has had some very good uses in progression. Any fight that increases the damage from your spells will increase the Atonement heal (Cataclysm on Madness), and any fight that increases your heals, will also (Ultraxion healer buffs). Some fights even increase both (Heroic Majordomo) and it DOES double dip. Even if Atonement healing isn't for you, it's very worthwhile to look into using Holy Fire on every CD to keep Archangel ready for a heavier healing phase. I was very satisfied with Atonement healing in Cata, and look forward to it in the next expansion.

When using Will of Unbinding, It's always good to keep an eye on the duration of your 10 stack, since it does take some time to restore when just Holy Fire/Smiting. I really only notice this in Ultraxion, but landing a Smite right before an Hour of Twilight and then taking Heroic Will works great.

The other trinket I use is Heroic Seal of the Seven Signs, mostly for the high-proc chance so that when I need to switch over to more throughput healing, I can pick it up quick. I do not have access to a Windward Heart, unfortunately. Supposedly it does proc off of Atonement crits, though I can't say how much it would heal for. However, if I did have a Windward Heart, I would likely use it over Seal of the Seven Signs.

As for weapons, I did a dummy test using Heroic Maw and using Heroic Vagaries of Time(+50 intellect gem in socket), and the difference was pretty negligible (both within 100 dps of 11500 without raid buffs, likely due to roughly 200 more SP on Maw), however Atonement DOES proc Cleansing Flames from the Maw, which in my opinion makes it much more worthwhile.

I do have a Heroic Rathrak, but it is unenchanted, and wouldn't be viable for me to test in that condition. Undoubtedly this will pull more DPS for the Smite spec, but at the cost of more healing in raid encounters.

Obligatory disclaimer: Do NOT use Atonement healing on Yorsahj if a Purple blood is currently absorbed. It WILL give stacks. I've drifted off a few too many times during our heroic kills...

EDIT: Thought I'd add in my 'Lazy Man's Smite Macro'.

Macro is as follows:

#showtooltip Holy Fire

/cast Smite

/cast Holy Fire

Aaaand that's it. You'd think it'd make more sense to put Holy Fire up in the priority, but WoW makes each click go only one ability down in the macro, if possible. So if you do Holy Fire first, then Smite, after the second Smite you'll get messages saying Holy Fire is not off cooldown for every click until Holy Fire refreshes. If you do Smite first, your first cast WILL be smite each time you go into a Smite/Holy Fire chain, but the second will be Holy Fire, and the macro will try to go one cast line down if possible each click (In this case, Holy Fire if it is off cooldown otherwise Smite).

By no means is this the highest output-generating rotation.. but sometimes Netflix garners more attention from me than watching my Holy Fire CD Posted Image

Second Edit: After a couple tests, I determined I was incorrect about Seal of the Seven Signs not proccing off of Atonement. I could have sworn I did a test a few months before, but I must've been wrong. Apologies.

Edited by Morideth
  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Tomseno
      Raid/Class Spots Are Open To Any Applicant If The Player Is The Right Fit
      A guild formed with an ambition for progression and a love for M+ we decided to make the move from Silvermoon Alliance and form a guild to take our focus to the next level, Cutting Edge in 10.1 being the next step.
      We believe in building a guild by recruit players of a similar goal and mentality whether it be for raiding or for push score in Mythic plus. We value loyalty, honesty and a positive attitude towards setbacks. Communication skills are an absolute must.
      Raid Schedule
      Wednesday 20:30-23:00 Sunday 20:30-23:00
      Current Progression
      9/9HC 5/9M
      What are we looking for recruitment wise?
      We're currently open to recruiting DPS classes listed above, as we aim to solidify a stable 25-player roster. We're looking to provide competition to existing members and choose the best 25 players to proceed with for next tier.
      Contact Information:
      Discord; tomsen and lora1506
      Think you'd be a good fit?
      If you believe that you are a player that is looking to achieve the same goals as us then why not contact us and see if we can achieve our goals together!
    • By positiv2
      This thread is for comments about our Shadow Priest Leveling Guide.
    • By positiv2
      This thread is for comments about our Holy Priest Leveling Guide.
    • By Daevilmonkie
      Welcome Adventurers! The time has come upon us, FINALLY! The moment in Classic WoW history us diehard, loyal WoW nerds have all been waiting for. WRATH CLASSIC! Arthas Did Nothing Wrong (ADNW) has just begun recruiting (For WotLK Classic) hard-core, casual, rp, pvp, pve, raiders, anything you can think of, you are welcomed here. Although our main focus in ADNW will be progressive raiding, 10 and 25 man and pvp content, we look to have someone for just about anything. Currently we are recruiting for our CORE 10M team composed entirely of irl / internet homies. We are in need of just 1 HEALER (Highly prefer a disc priest with a shadow off spec) and another DPS. Preferably lock or Shadow priest. We are looking to fill our B 10m team entirely, so we can pool together for 25 man’s when it comes time to crush 25m. This guild was founded by a group of tight nit friends recently, who have been around since TBC. WOTLK was our turning point in WoW, and we CANNOT wait to get another crack at this and MAKE IT RIGHT. Come join the adventure of a chill environment full of helpful hands and knowledge. Feel free to reach out to me Via Discord: Daevilmonkiexp#9239 OR Bnet: Daevilmonkie#1280 just let me know you are interested in the guild and we can have a convo! ARTHAS DID NOTHING WRONG!
    • By OneShotGamingMLG
      To all who read,
      I am a WoW player and have been since vanilla, I’ve played several variances of classes through the expansions and this round settled with shadow priest which I ran through the majority of Legion and BfA. I have never written a guide or forum post before but decided I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions and see how other players in the same position feel as well.

      I would like to ask people to respect everyone’s opinion as this forum topic will be a place for unusual class builds, talent choices, and stat priorities. Everyone plays the game for fun and should be able to build a toon that is effective utilizing a multi style approach. I do believe that the simulators are awesome for checking gear and choices when it comes to specific cases perhaps PvP. That being said though, I feel as though sims are not really a good indicator of a talent choice or gear piece’s level of effectiveness. I am by no means a tremendously good player, probably average to be honest, but ask any top tier player and they will tell you very rarely does a pull go “perfect” for their class. these simulations then are only showing if something goes perfect, so I thought why not build a class around what “actually” happens versus the “perfect pull”, so that is what I did.
      I would love to hear what other players thoughts on the matter are and list what your individual stat priorities are and maybe discuss why!
      mine are as follows;
      1.) Mastery = Versatility
        (both of these boost damage output but versatility is not limited by number of DoTs so it helps if you are struggling to keep skills on targets.)
      2.) Haste (this increases the amount of ticks per cast, when paired with high Vers and mastery you deal large DoT damage which is great if you’re in a high movement fight.)
      3.) Critical
       This for many reasons is great. First, shadowy app procs, and secondly just plain damage bumps. Lastly, and arguably most important though is the shadow word death damage boost. When we execute (comparing to warrior skill) it deals increased damage naturally to targets below 20% health I believe. When you pair this with high mastery Vers and a decent crit chance you can execute for incredibly high amounts of damage to help that end fight dps chart! 
  • Create New...