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Discipline Priest Healing Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 21, 2020 at 22:00 by Clandon 51 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Discipline Priest guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Healer Priest guide.

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 8.3 Changes for Discipline Priests

Discipline was one of the few specs to get a fair few changes, all of which can be found on the Patch 8.3 Priest Changes page below.

In addition, we have:

3.

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.

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.

Discipline Priest Viability in the Current Patch

In Ny'alotha, similar to The Eternal Palace, Discipline will continue to bring amazing AoE burst healing via Evangelism Icon Evangelism as well as strong effective health increases in Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier and Rapture Icon Rapture. These powerful tools coupled with solid sustained spot healing via Atonement Icon Atonement and a ton of free damage makes discipline one of the most sought after healers

In Mythic+ dungeon content, Discipline's primary weakness falls upon their limited single target healing. Once your cooldowns in Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier, Rapture Icon Rapture, and Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression have been expended, you have little to use to stabilize a single target outside of Shadow Mend Icon Shadow Mend spamming. Discipline, having a majority of their strength in their cooldowns, can be very punishing to newer players who do not quite have the knowledge of the dungeon or damage patterns. With these flaws in mind combined with repeated nerfs targeted towards raid content, Discipline will stand in the middle closer to the bottom of the Mythic+ Healers.

Discipline Priest is unfortunately struggling in PvP content at the moment. Due to a variety of weaknesses, you will not see the specialisation played much outside of a few specific compositions. See the PvP guide for more information.

6.

Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 30 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket, Benthic, and unique loot section to reflect current rankings.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated potion recommendation.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated page to include Essence recommendations.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Updated rotation to include Rapture ramp, as well as updates on where to use Ever-Rising Tide.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated page to include information on Season 3 Affix Beguiling.
  • 23 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Patch 8.2-specific section.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Updated page after first week of The Eternal Palace raid.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (this page): Further updates to the list of Patch 8.2 changes and viability section.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for The Eternal Palace release.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Adjusted recommended Tier 6 talents after Heroic week of the Eternal Raid and added a mention about Conflict and Strife in the PvP talent section.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated page for The Eternal palace raid.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added page with raid advice for The Eternal Palace.
  • 27 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Updated information for accuracy post-Patch 8.2 release.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this 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 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 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 (how to improve 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 (Crucible of Storms 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 (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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (enchants 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 (talents 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 (this 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.
  • 12 May 2019 (stats page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (spells page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 12 May 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor 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 (mythic+ 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 (easy mode page): Updated page after peer review.
  • 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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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 (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 (addons 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 (mythic+ 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 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (rotation 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.
  • 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.
  • 04 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated page to reflect current FAQs.
  • 03 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings and added a link to source spreadsheet.
  • 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.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (addons page): Reviewed page for Patch 8.1.5. No changes required.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.5.
  • 04 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Fixed various issues and removed outdated information.
  • 04 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated raid healing section and minor changes elsewhere.
  • 04 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite Trait rankings for both Mythic+ and Raid.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for the Battle for Dazar'alor raid.
  • 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.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear 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.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page for Patch 8.1.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page to reflect latest hotfixes and analysis.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket rankings.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (FAQ page): Removed talent suggestion FAQ - see talent page.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Azerite trait suggestions.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Modified some talent recommendations.
  • 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 (Uldir page): Updated formatting for talent selection.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page to reflect calculated rankings for each Azerite trait.
  • 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 (this page): Updated page with two added sections: Strengths and Weaknesses and Current Patch discussion.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Made several updates based on post-launch experience.
  • 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.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added the Azerite section.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added page.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth expansion.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (gear 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 (how to improve page): Page added.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (spells page): Changed cooldown description for Shadowfiend.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated wording throughout page.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added prepatch and leveling legendary recommendations.
  • 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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