Priest PvP Guides for TBC Classic
Welcome to our PvP Priest hub for TBC Classic. Here you will find overviews of all viable PvP Priest specs, learn about their strengths, weaknesses, and best consumables and professions, as well as macros and addons for Priests.
You can also find links to the detailed specialization guides below.
Core Concepts for Priests in PvP
When playing a Priest in PvP you will have 2 options:
- Discipline, focusing on healing and buffing your allies while being able to survive many tough incoming damage situations.
- Shadow, focusing on debuffing your targets and dealing shadow damage over time to multiple enemies.
Talent Builds for PvP Priests
Discipline Priest PvP Talent Build
Your main playstyle will be focusing on dispelling your enemies/allies and keeping your party healthy while still being able to put out pressure through either damage/CC or Mana burns. A large general focus of Priests in PvP is dispelling as both Dispel Magic and Mass Dispel can be used offensively and defensively.
Pain Suppression is a very strong cooldown that should be used during your enemies burst before your ally is low health. A common mistake is to save this ability and use it only when someone is low health. You can easily be crowd controlled at this point and your ally can die through this ability.
Focus on your positioning. You will often times be able to decide a game depending on how you position. Sometimes you will need to hug a pillar and line-of-sight many spells and crowd control. Other times you will need to play more in the open, ready to get a Psychic Scream or some Mana Burns off on an exposed enemy. Be aware of your positioning and practice how far up you can push safely against different enemies.
If you are interested in PvPing as a Discipline Priest, check out our Discipline Priest PvP guide below!
Shadow Priest PvP Talent Build
Your main playstyle will be focusing on dispelling your enemies/allies and keeping your magic debuffs up on as many enemies as possible. Coordinate with your teammates so you know who you should and should not be putting DoTs on if you plan on landing crowd control or doing a hard swap.
As a Shadow Priest you have no defensive cooldowns, so your positioning is vital. Never overextend or run off by yourself as this can quickly lead to you dying if you get focus-fired. Always try to position where you are safe with teammates but still able to apply pressure to enemies.
If you are interested in PvPing as a Shadow Priest, check out our Shadow Priest PvP guide below!
Priest PvP Best in Slot Gear
If you are PvPing as a Discipline Priest, you will also need to know what gear to be going for. For that, check out our BiS PvP gear guide below!
If you are instead PvPing as a Shadow priest, check out our BiS PvP gear for it here:
Priest PvP Macros and Addons
You can find our recommended macros and addons for Priest PvP in the links below.
PvP Priest Professions in TBC
Engineering is no longer nearly as good as it was in WoW Classic as only rocket boots and the shield belt can be used inside the Arena, but it is still the best profession for world PvP and Battlegrounds. The Epic goggles that will be coming in Season 2 are also great, especially due to their increased stealth detection perk.
Tailoring gives you Netherweave Net, which is great for Priests, but cannot be used inside Arenas. The crafted gear for PvE, unfortunately, has little-to-no Stamina and no Resilience at all, making it a very risky set to use in PvP.
Finally, Enchanting is always a recommended profession, as it increases your throughput with its ring enchants with no downsides.
PvP Priest Consumables in TBC
Consumables are not as important in TBC as they used to be in WoW Classic, as Battlegrounds and World PvP are considerably less relevant with the introduction of the Arena.
In the Arena, you cannot use any sort of consumables, can only use the rocket boots and shield belt — both of which can fail — from Engineering, and the only water you can drink is Mage water or Star's Tears, which you should always carry.
The potions listed below have a 2-minute shared cooldown and do not work inside the Arena. Bandages work in the Arena, but apply a debuff that prevents the use of another bandage for 1 minute.
- Heavy Netherweave Bandage
- Super Healing Potion
- Super Mana Potion
- Free Action Potion
- Swiftness Potion
Priest Arena Compositions
If you are interested in learning more about a variety of Arena compositions featuring a Priest and its relative strength in PvP, please consult our guides on them below:
- 11 Aug. 2021: Guide created.
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