Discipline Priest Healing Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 11, 2018 at 04:37 by Mend 40 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Discipline Priests in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Discipline Priest guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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1. The Basics of Stats for Discipline Priest

Intellect is your most important stat, and thus higher item level will usually provide better results. In terms of secondary stats, Haste has slightly more value than other secondaries, but not enough to reduce your item level to target it. The remaining secondaries are all quite equal in value. Leech is also worth using if you have it but this tertiary stat loses value in easier content or during farm content.

The BfA 8.0.1 pre-patch stat priority is below:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery;
  5. Versatility.

Please keep in mind any stat "priority" will vary based on your current gear. It is recommended to choose a higher item level piece of gear in almost all cases because of the increased value of Intellect over all secondaries. Tertiary stats (Leech) or sockets can change this factoring slightly.

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Discipline Priest Stats

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the power of your heals.

Haste reduces the cast time of your spells, reduces the cooldown of Power Word: Solace Icon Power Word: Solace, and also reduces your global cooldown. Moreover, it increases the amount of attacks your Mindbender Icon Mindbender can make, and the number of ticks from Shadow Word: Pain Icon Shadow Word: Pain/Purge the Wicked Icon Purge the Wicked.

Critical Strike grants your damaging spells and heals a chance to double their value. That said, it is worth noting that it does not double-dip with regards to Atonement Icon Atonement healing (Atonement heals cannot be critical hits; they only heal for the amount of damage that was done, which is the only portion that can be a critical strike).

Mastery (Mastery: Grace Icon Mastery: Grace) increases your healing on Atonement targets.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

3. Changelog

  • 11 Sep. 2018: Updated with proper stat recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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