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Holy Priest PvP Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 06, 2017 at 20:07 by Mysticall 5 comments

Table of Contents

Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Holy Priest in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, artifacts, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2300 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta

Holy Priests are the most underrated healer right now. Usually a specialization that struggles, Holy Priests excel at healing against spread pressure or single-target teams. Many teams will struggle with how much utility and immunities you have.

2. Gear

With regards to gear, the biggest change in Legion is that there is no more PvP gear. Your strength in PvP will be determined based on the average item level of your gear (as displayed on your character sheet). For example, the base item level at level 110 is 800, so your stats in PvP will be adjusted accordingly. For every 10 item levels you gain, your stats are increased by 1%.

The implication is that it does not matter where your gear comes from, and all that matters is its item level. Gear from quests or PvE content is just as good as gear you get as a reward from PvP (which, in fact, will be very similar to PvE gear; there are no more PvP stats on gear).

Practically, you will simply look to collect gear with the highest item levels possible, and the stat distribution on the gear will not matter.

3. Artifact Traits

Below, we will explain what the recommended order for artifact traits is, if you wish to maximise your PvP potential. It is quite possible that your artifact path (at the time of reading this guide) differs from our suggestions. If this is the case, do not worry, and use the information below to help you understand your traits and guide your future choices.

If you recently decided to make a Holy Priest and are behind on your Artifact weapon, or you have decided to venture into PvP with your Holy Priest, try to first get the closest Golden trait. Picking up some of the more crucial traits ( Icon Focus in the Light,  Icon Holy Mending and  Icon Power of the Naaru) is highly recommended to begin PvP.

3.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you want to reach is  Icon Light of T'uure.

  1. Take  Icon Follower of the Light.
  2. Take  Icon Holy Guidance. Although Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing is not used often, this trait does come in handy when you are struggling against teams with spread pressure.
  3. Take  Icon Trust in the Light. This makes Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith heal your target for a small amount. This is great for when a teammate is in trouble and you need to both heal and get them away from enemies.
  4. Take  Icon Focus in the Light. This is a crucial talent if you are being focused by the enemy team. This helps you survive much easier and slows enemies.
  5. Take  Icon Serenity Now.
  6. Take  Icon Light of T'uure. This gives you an ability that is powerful when playing against teams with single-target damage. With this trait you will have a much easier time keeping your teammates alive.

3.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to go for is  Icon Blessing of T'uure.

  1. Take  Icon Say Your Prayers. Charges of Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending are crucial for your overall healing. Having the ability to maintain a charge is an overall increase to your healing output.
  2. Take  Icon Power of the Naaru. This is a very powerful trait when playing against spread pressure teams. Use Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify and then use your important healing spells.
  3. Take  Icon Blessing of T'uure. Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal is very likely to critically heal. The buff you gain from those critical strikes help you keep your team alive much easier and increase your overall healing output.

3.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should try to pick up the last Golden trait,  Icon Renew the Faith, picking up the remaining traits after that. There is no specific order for the rest, but a recommended trait to get is  Icon Guardians of the Light.

4. Relics

Relics are disabled in PvP, so they are not a concern to you.

5. Talent Choices

Regular talents work in both PvP and PvE content (although they may sometimes work differently in the two environments, which is indicated by their tooltips). In other words, they are always active.

On the other hand, Honor talents are inactive outside of a PvP environment.

5.1. Regular Talents

5.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Enlightenment Icon Enlightenment is the best choice in this tier. As a Holy Priest it is easy to run out of Mana when using Flash Heal Icon Flash Heals, and this talent helps with that.

5.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather is the best choice in this tier. This will help you run to or from enemy players. If you find yourself not using Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather often, Perseverance Icon Perseverance is a good talent if the enemy team will focus you.

5.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Censure Icon Censure is the best choice in this tier. This is a strong stun to use on a kill target or for setting up crowd control on the enemy team.

5.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Light of the Naaru Icon Light of the Naaru is the best choice in this tier. Serendipity Icon Serendipity is a strong passive that will increase your healing output when used correctly.

5.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Piety Icon Piety is the best choice in this tier. Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending is your strongest heal in every situation. Giving it the ability to reduce the cooldown of Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify makes it easier for you to heal against teams with strong spread pressure.

5.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Divinity Icon Divinity is the best choice in this tier. This talent is strong because your Holy Word spells are crucial. The increased healing this grants makes it easier to keep teammates alive.

5.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Benediction Icon Benediction is the best choice in this tier. By making Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending have a chance of leaving a Renew Icon Renew on your partner it gives you more time to use other important abilities. This is an overall healing increase.

5.2. Honor Talents

5.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

Against teams with very little crowd control, Adaptation Icon Adaptation is the best choice in this tier. With abilities like Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward and Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade it will make it hard for teams to put you in crowd control. Against any other team, Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is the standard PvP trinket effect with a 2-minute cooldown.

5.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus is the best choice in this tier. The cooldown matches well with Ray of Hope Icon Ray of Hope to guarantee a large heal on you or a teammate.

5.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward is the best choice in this tier. This talent will make it very hard for enemy teams to put you in crowd control.

5.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade is the best choice in this tier. In combination with Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward, you will rarely be sitting in crowd control. Use this when you do not have Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward active. Alternatively, you can use it when teams are focusing you to reduce nearly all of the incoming damage.

5.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

Rapid Mending Icon Rapid Mending is the best choice in this tier. The important part about this talent is that it makes Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending instant. Because of this, you will be able to keep you and your teammates alive with very little casting. This is also a large healing increase.

5.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

Ray of Hope Icon Ray of Hope is the best choice in this tier. This ability is by far your strongest single-target heal. While active, it is important you use Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending and Flash Heal Icon Flash Heals to guarantee a large heal.

6. Racial Bonuses

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

The racial gained from being an Undead (Will of the Forsaken Icon Will of the Forsaken) is really strong. This gives you an additional way to get out of crowd control.

6.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.

7. Playstyle

The main role for a Holy Priest, besides keeping your team alive, is to use your utility to prevent your teammates from using cooldowns and keep them offensive. You will be able to keep your team alive by using your powerful utility, such as Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade and Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward. By rotating these two cooldowns you should not be in crowd control often.

To keep your team offensive, you will often push in with your team to try to get a Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise on the enemy team. You can use Angelic Feather Icon Angelic Feather to increase the uptime your teammates have.

7.1. Before Gates Open

If you are playing against a team without the ability to steal/dispel buffs on yourself, you will want to use Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward before the gates open. However, if you are playing a team with the ability to steal/dispel buffs you will want to use it right before you enter crowd control.

Make sure your team has a strategy for crowd control, Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise is a strong stun that should be used on a DPS when trying to get a kill or on a healer to setup crowd control.

7.2. The Opener

The other team is going to try to force your trinket in the opener so they have an advantage later in the game. If you are about to be put into crowd control try to use Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade if you do not have Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward active.

As soon as the gates open you will want to use Renew Icon Renew on all of your teammates, including yourself, and use Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending.

7.3. Healing Techniques

7.3.1. Burst Healing

The great thing about Holy Priest is that they have the multiple ways to keep teammates alive and high on health.

  1. The first method is best when the enemy team has multiple kicks available. It is also the fastest way to heal someone to high HP.
    1. Use  Icon Light of T'uure.
    2. Use Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending if it is off cooldown.
    3. Use Serenity Icon Serenity.
  2. The second method is best used when you have both Ray of Hope Icon Ray of Hope and Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus available:
    1. Use Ray of Hope Icon Ray of Hope
    2. Use Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending if it is off cooldown.
    3. Use Inner Focus Icon Inner Focus.
    4. Use Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal.
    5. Use Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal.
    6. Use Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal.
  3. Finally, the third method is best used when playing against teams with strong spread pressure.
    1. Use  Icon Light of T'uure.
    2. Use Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending.
    3. Use Renew Icon Renew on all of your partners, including yourself.
    4. Use Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify.
    5. Use Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn.

Holy Priest cooldowns are relatively short and you will not have to cast often. It is important to take advantage of this by using Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending as soon as you can.

7.3.2. Sustained Damage Healing

Use this to heal sustained damage throughout the match (damage done when the other team does not have burst cooldowns available).

  1. Use Prayer of Mending Icon Prayer of Mending as soon as it is off cooldown. This will make up a large majority of your healing.
  2. Maintain Renew Icon Renew on all of your teammates, including yourself.
  3. Use Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal if one of your teammates is taking strong single target damage.
  4. Use Holy Word: Sanctify Icon Holy Word: Sanctify on your teammates to deal with spread pressure.
  5. Use Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn if your team is having trouble recovering from spread pressure.
  6. In the downtime of an arena match try to use Smite Icon Smite to reduce the cooldown of Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise.

7.4. Serendipity

A unique passive that Holy Priests have is Serendipity Icon Serendipity. This passive lets you use certain abilities to reduce the cooldown of your Holy Word spells.

7.5. Defensive Techniques

Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade will be your primary defensive if teams focus you. When active, you will take little to not damage, but will still be vulnerable to interrupts. It is best to get interrupted and then use Greater Fade Icon Greater Fade to greatly reduce incoming damage.

Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit should be used when you or a teammate is very low on health and you have do not have a way to get out of a stun. Instead of dying you will instantly heal for 40% of your maximum health.

Desperate Prayer Icon Desperate Prayer is a decent heal that can only be used on yourself. Depending on the damage you are taking, it has a chance to reset its cooldown from the artifact trait Times and Measures Icon Times and Measures.

Although not a defensive for yourself, Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith is great for helping teammates who are stuck in a stun or overextended. This ability can also be used to get your teammate behind a pillar to heal them.

8. ChangeLog

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  • 06 Jul. 2017: Guide added.
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