Discipline Priest Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Discipline Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. Here, you will learn how to heal as a Discipline Priest in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your output.

1. Discipline Priest 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 very significant, on-demand AoE burst healing on a very short cooldown.

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

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 8.2 Changes for Discipline Priests

There were no changes for Discipline Priests in Patch 8.2, but the new Essences system was introduced for the Heart of Azeroth.

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Discipline Priests

While the below changes show quite a few nerfs to the overall output of the specialisation, Discipline is still performing extremely well. The changes were a much needed toning down of throughput, as it was overbearing on other healers.

4. Discipline Priest's Strengths and Weaknesses

4.1. Discipline Priest Strengths

  • High burst healing on a short cooldown.
  • Strong cooldowns that increase the effective health of your group (through absorbs or damage reduction).
  • Strong at sustained spot healing in a raid setting.
  • Provides significant damage, without sacrificing healing.
  • Moderate mobility, being able to cast most of our spells on the move.

4.2. Discipline Priest Weaknesses

  • Mistakes are more punishing compared to other healers.
  • Weaker at burst spot healing in a raid setting.
  • Reactive, raid-wide, emergency heals are limited compared to other healing specs.

5. Changelog

  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 May 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (stats page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (this page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (talents page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (rotation page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (spells page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (easy mode page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated guide with Live data instead of PTR testing.
  • 12 May 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (gear page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (addons page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated page to include gear from Crucible of Storms.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 04 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to reflect current FAQs.
  • 03 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): Revamped page and included Log Analysis Section.
  • 03 Apr. 2019 (addons page): Updated Macros and Addons to reflect current recommendations.
  • 03 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings and added a link to source spreadsheet.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (addons page): Reviewed page for Patch 8.1.5. No changes required.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 04 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite Trait rankings for both Mythic+ and Raid.
  • 04 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated raid healing section and minor changes elsewhere.
  • 04 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Fixed various issues and removed outdated information.
  • 28 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for mid Patch 8.1.
  • 28 Feb. 2019 (spells page): Minor updates to Atonement and Healing Spells sections.
  • 27 Feb. 2019 (this page): Minor update to Patch 8.1 changes section.
  • 27 Feb. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated rotation and Azerite trait sections.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite Trait rankings.
  • 23 Feb. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor tips for Discipline Priest.
  • 19 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated page for the Battle for Dazar'alor raid.
  • 19 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated page for the Battle for Dazar'alor raid.
  • 19 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for the Battle for Dazar'alor raid.
  • 25 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite Trait ranking image.
  • 25 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated Trinket ranking image.
  • 21 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added additional questions.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (FAQ page): Removed talent suggestion FAQ - see talent page.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Modified some talent recommendations.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page to reflect latest hotfixes and analysis.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Azerite trait suggestions.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated with proper stat recommendations.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience as well as updated Azerite trait recommendations.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page to reflect calculated rankings for each Azerite trait.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (easy mode 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 (Uldir 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added the Azerite section.
  • 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 (Uldir page): Added page with raid advice for Uldir.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated entire page to reflect all Azerite trait rankings and updated spec specific priority.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth expansion.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth expansion.
  • 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 (FAQ 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 (easy mode page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (how to improve page): Page added.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated level 90 talent recommendation.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated raid healing section.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 90 talent recommendation and updated wording for proper Contrition use.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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