Discipline Priest Pre-Patch Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Aug 29, 2022 at 17:18 by Abide 5 comments

The Pre-Patch period of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a time to allow players to level or gear up characters while experiencing some of the class changes of the coming expansion before its official launch. Here you will find recommended talents, gear, and some rotation tips for a Discipline Priest when you can only reach a maximum level of 70.

1.

Talent Builds for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

Discipline Priest in the pre-patch is fairly similar to the Level 80 version, getting almost all of the key talents. You will be missing out on a few percentage of crit chance mostly, while still having the exact same key playstyle.

You do not have much flexibility with your talent points as most of what you take is required. Improved Renew IconImproved Renew are the only 3 talent points you can possibly move around to Holy Specialization IconHoly Specialization.

The main focus of this spec is casting Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield as much as possible. You can do this much more easily in WotLK with the talents Soul Warding IconSoul Warding and Borrowed Time IconBorrowed Time. You will be getting a large portion of your Mana generation through Rapture IconRapture. Lastly you have the new spell Penance IconPenance, letting us quickly heal an injured ally up.

The main focus of this build revolves around the Borrowed Time IconBorrowed Time buff, which gives us a large increase to your Haste. This allows us get off multiple Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield in quick succession. The Borrowed Time IconBorrowed Time talent also has a unique interaction wherein the buff will remain active until you cast a spell. Casting other instant-cast spells such as Renew IconRenew and Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending do not consume this buff, despite what the tooltip implies. Use this to your advantage and keep this buff up as much as possible.

2.

Best Glyphs for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

Glyphs are a new consumable of sorts introduced in Wrath of the Lich King. Glyphs greatly improve certain spells when you learn them, supporting and even enabling some builds. In the pre-patch of WotLK you only have access to two major glyphs, as the third slot requires Level 80 to unlock.

2.1.

Major Glyphs for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Glyph of Power Word: Shield Icon Glyph of Power Word: Shield — This is your best glyph in the game, easily beating out any other options. Be sure to grab this as soon as possible.
  2. Glyph of Flash Heal Icon Glyph of Flash Heal — You use Flash Heal IconFlash Heal as a filler spell, so this is a decent option to help your Mana sustain.
2.2.

Minor Glyphs for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Glyph of Fortitude Icon Glyph of Fortitude — This helps save Mana through an entire raid night, and especially if you need to rebuff someone who died in combat.
  2. Glyph of Shadow Protection Icon Glyph of Shadow Protection — Is pretty minor, but will save us a bit of Mana throughout an entire raid night.
  3. Glyph of Levitate Icon Glyph of Levitate — Is simply a quality of life feature, saving us some reagents.
3.

Stat Priority for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

You only need 74 Haste Rating in a raid environment to reach the soft haste cap during the pre-patch of WotLK.

  1. Haste Rating (until soft cap)
  2. Spell Power
  3. Critical Strike Rating
  4. Intellect
  5. Spirit
  6. Mana per 5
  7. Haste Rating (past soft cap)
4.

Spell Rotation for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

4.1.

Single-Target Rotation for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Penance IconPenance — Penance is extremely powerful, easily healing almost anyone to full in a very quick channel. This is the best spell to use whenever you need to quickly heal someone.
  2. Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield — Casting this spell is the main priority of your spec. If you know someone will be taking damage soon, put a shield on them. If you do not have the Borrowed Time IconBorrowed Time buff, prioritize this spell first unless the target would otherwise die.
  3. Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending — This spell remains extremely powerful, even getting buffed in WotLK. Be sure to use this as much as possible.
  4. Renew IconRenew — Remains a powerful heal-over-time. Be sure to keep this on targets you know will be taking constant damage.
  5. Flash Heal IconFlash Heal — This is your main filler spell, doing moderate healing to a target quickly.
  6. Binding Heal IconBinding Heal — Essentially the same as Flash Heal IconFlash Heal, but heals you as well as the target. Use this instead if you are missing health.
4.2.

Raid Healing Rotation for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

  1. Prayer of Mending IconPrayer of Mending — This spell remains extremely powerful, even getting buffed in WotLK. Be sure to use this as much as possible.
  2. Power Word: Shield IconPower Word: Shield — Casting this spell is the main priority of your spec. If you know someone will be taking damage soon, put a shield on them. If you do not have the Borrowed Time IconBorrowed Time buff, prioritize this spell first unless the target would otherwise die.
  3. Penance IconPenance — Penance is extremely powerful, easily healing almost anyone to full in a very quick channel. This is the best spell to use whenever you need to quickly heal someone.
  4. Renew IconRenew — Remains a powerful heal-over-time. Be sure to keep this on targets you know will be taking constant damage.
  5. Prayer of Healing IconPrayer of Healing — This is your only real AoE heal, but it is rather expensive and has a long cast time. Be sure to only cast it when your Borrowed Time IconBorrowed Time buff is active.
5.

Best in Slot Gear for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

Your best in slot gear does not change much from Phase 5 of TBC, but ideally you can change a few pieces of gear. Below is a list of recommended best in slot gear, as well as some easy to obtain choices.

However, for newer players especially or if you are playing on one of the Fresh Servers, the gear listed below may not be realistic to obtain for most players in only a month. If you want the most efficient start possible, we would highly recommend farming Honor in the pre-patch through battlegrounds. This will allow you to buy the full "Brutal" PvP set, which is close in power to gear from Sunwell Plateau. While not BiS, it is the closest you will get within the short time frame, and you are guaranteed to obtain it with enough farming.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Helm of Arcane Purity Icon Helm of Arcane Purity
  • Cowl of Light's Purity Icon Cowl of Light's Purity
  • Powerheal 9000 Lens Icon Powerheal 9000 Lens
Neck
  • Brooch of Nature's Mercy Icon Brooch of Nature's Mercy
  • Pendant of Sunfire Icon Pendant of Sunfire
  • Brooch of the Highborne Icon Brooch of the Highborne
  • Guardian's Pendant of Reprieve Icon Guardian's Pendant of Reprieve
Shoulder
  • Shoulderpads of Knowledge's Pursuit Icon Shoulderpads of Knowledge's Pursuit
  • Shawl of Wonderment Icon Shawl of Wonderment
  • Mantle of Absolution Icon Mantle of Absolution
  • Swiftheal Mantle Icon Swiftheal Mantle
Back
  • Tattered Cape of Antonidas Icon Tattered Cape of Antonidas
  • Shroud of the Highborne Icon Shroud of the Highborne
  • Cloak of Ancient Rituals Icon Cloak of Ancient Rituals
Chest
  • Robes of Ghostly Hatred Icon Robes of Ghostly Hatred
  • Robes of Faltered Light Icon Robes of Faltered Light
  • Robe of Eternal Light Icon Robe of Eternal Light
  • Gown of Spiritual Wonder Icon Gown of Spiritual Wonder
Wrist
  • Cuffs of Absolution Icon Cuffs of Absolution
  • Swiftheal Wraps Icon Swiftheal Wraps
Hands
  • Handguards of the Dawn Icon Handguards of the Dawn
  • Hands of Eternal Light Icon Hands of Eternal Light
Waist
  • Belt of Absolution Icon Belt of Absolution
  • Belt of the Long Road Icon Belt of the Long Road
Legs
  • Pantaloons of Calming Strife Icon Pantaloons of Calming Strife
  • Adorned Supernal Legwraps Icon Adorned Supernal Legwraps
Feet
  • Boots of Absolution Icon Boots of Absolution
  • Slippers of Dutiful Mending Icon Slippers of Dutiful Mending
Finger
  • Ring of Harmonic Beauty Icon Ring of Harmonic Beauty
  • Ring of Flowing Life Icon Ring of Flowing Life
  • Blessed Band of Karabor Icon Blessed Band of Karabor
  • Ring of Omnipotence Icon Ring of Omnipotence
  • Band of Lucent Beams Icon Band of Lucent Beams
Trinket
  • Glimmering Naaru Sliver Icon Glimmering Naaru Sliver
  • Redeemer's Alchemist Stone Icon Redeemer's Alchemist Stone
  • Memento of Tyrande Icon Memento of Tyrande
Main Hand
  • Golden Staff of the Sin'dorei Icon Golden Staff of the Sin'dorei
  • Hammer of Sanctification Icon Hammer of Sanctification
  • Archon's Gavel Icon Archon's Gavel
Off Hand
  • Book of Highborne Hymns Icon Book of Highborne Hymns
  • Scepter of Purification Icon Scepter of Purification
Wand
  • Wand of Cleansing Light Icon Wand of Cleansing Light
  • Carved Witch Doctor's Stick Icon Carved Witch Doctor's Stick
6.

Best Enchants for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

Your enchants mostly stay the same from TBC, not requiring much change. Check out our TBC enchants page for a list of available options.

7.

Best Consumables for Discipline Priest in Pre-Patch

The pre-patch changes your consumables a bit as many of the stats have changed on items. You will be looking for high Spell Power consumables. You can use any food buff that provides Spell Power and Spirit, so look for the cheapest.

  • Elixir of Healing Power Icon Elixir of Healing Power & Elixir of Draenic Wisdom Icon Elixir of Draenic Wisdom or Flask of Supreme Power Icon Flask of Supreme Power
  • Blackened Basilisk Icon Blackened Basilisk
  • Superior Wizard Oil Icon Superior Wizard Oil
  • Super Mana Potion Icon Super Mana Potion or Destruction Potion Icon Destruction Potion
8.

Changelog

  • 29 Aug. 2022: Page added.
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