Discipline Priest Healing Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 25, 2018 at 17:14 by Mend 40 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Discipline Priest healing guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Discipline Priest in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide is written and maintained by Mend, admin and editor at Focused Will (join them on Discord or read their Blog for healing Priests) and is reviewed by the staff at Focused Will. You can follow Mend on Twitter or Twitch.

1. Class Overview

The Discipline specialisation relies on healing players through dealing damage (thanks to the Atonement Icon Atonement passive), but also has traditional heals and absorption spells. Healing through dealing damage allows Discipline Priests to contribute to the raid's DPS while still performing well as a healer. Discipline Priests provide the greatest burst healing in the game, and they are also able to contribute DPS to the raid.

Balancing healing and dealing damage can be difficult to master at first but through research and practice can be one of the more rewarding specialisations to play in the game.

In order to properly play a healing role, you will need more than just class-specific information. To better understand healing in general, we recommend that you read our healing guide.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Discipline Priests

  • Light's Wrath has been removed.
  • Plea has been removed.
  • Damage proc trinkets no longer transfer healing through Atonement and have been removed from our loot table.
  • Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield no longer has a cooldown.
  • Rapture Icon Rapture has been reworked to buff the amount of the absorb from Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield.
  • Atonement Icon Atonement no longer is directly affected by Mastery and has a flat 60% healing transfer rate from damage.
  • Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude is a Stamina buff that has been added
  • Holy Nova Icon Holy Nova has been added as a spammable Area of Effect spell.
  • Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer has been added. It was formerly a Holy-only spell.
  • Power of the Dark Side Icon Power of the Dark Side has been added as a baseline spell (formerly was a trait on our artifact weapon, Light's Wrath).
  • Mastery: Grace Icon Mastery: Grace replaces Mastery: Absolution.
  • Sins of the Many Icon Sins of the Many was added as a talent providing a damage / healing buff decreasing with each Atonement in your group.
  • Contrition Icon Contrition was added as a talent to provide Atonement healing when using Penance defensively (on an ally).
  • Lenience Icon Lenience was added as a talent.
  • Luminous Barrier Icon Luminous Barrier was added as a talent that provides an absorb to all targets within 40 yards but replaces Power Word: Barrier.

3. Discipline Priest's Strengths and Weaknesses

3.1. Discipline Priest Strengths

  • High burst healing in raids
  • Strong cooldowns that increase the effective Health of your group (absorbs or damage reduction)
  • Provides damage while also healing whereas other healers need to stop healing to contribute to damage
  • Moderate mobility, being able to cast most of our spells on the move

3.2. Discipline Priest Weaknesses

  • Requires some time to learn to play properly
  • Rather high skill cap and floor, meaning it may not be for everyone
  • Weak single target healing in raids
  • Limited tools to work with one or two Mythic+ affixes

4. Discipline Priest's Viability in the Current Patch

Discipline has a lot going for it in the current patch. With our ability to provide raid healing on a very frequent basis, bringing added damage to an encounter and all of our absorbs / damage reductions there are a lot of reasons for guilds to consider utilizing us. Dungeon content is looking equally as exciting for the spec this patch as well with our toolkit fitting the overall objective of pushing Mythic+ keys (the more damage that is provided, the more faster you can clear the dungeon).

Unfortunately, Discipline does have come with a rather awkward playstyle that takes time to completely feel comfortable with. The interaction between Atonement and damage is not nearly as straightforward as it seems on the surface and players may fail more than they succeed early on. Thankfully, with some playtime and through failure, players can work out the kinks. Once you get through the learning process, Discipline is definitely one of the most enjoyable specs to play, in our opinion.

Discipline is an excellent spec to level with at any point in the game as you can queue up for dungeons or quest in the world due to our ability to deal respectable damage. Our survivability is rather high as well, usually resulting in less downtime.

Overall, Discipline is looked at as being one of the go-to healers in both Uldir and Mythic+. Despite the difficult playstyle and awkward learning curve, Discipline is looking rather good for this patch.

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 13 pages:

6. Changelog

  • 25 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Added additional information on Sins of the Many and the "cheat sheet" section.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Updated with proper stat recommendations.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page to reflect calculated rankings for each Azerite trait.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience as well as updated Azerite trait recommendations.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (this page): Updated page with two added sections: Strengths and Weaknesses and Current Patch discussion.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Updated formatting for talent selection.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated weapon talent recommendation.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added a mention to Halo description regarding use with the line of sight mechanic.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Additions made to recommended traits for Dungeons and Mythic+.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added the Azerite section.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Added page with raid advice for Uldir.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth expansion.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth expansion.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated entire page to reflect all Azerite trait rankings and updated spec specific priority.
  • 08 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Replaced Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish with Muze's Unwavering Will for preferred leveling Legendary.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated description on Shield Discipline and Divine Star.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Changed cooldown description for Shadowfiend.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (common mistakes page): Page added.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added prepatch and leveling legendary recommendations.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 90 talent recommendation and updated wording for proper Contrition use.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated raid healing section.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated level 90 talent recommendation.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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