Part 2!!! Whaaaaat? Once again, remember- I love my role as a discipline priest, and it is very important to me that any new Discopriests have a wide variety of information to look through when deciding how they want to play. This week, we’ll be taking a look at Talents.
What I Do and Why: Discipline Priest Talents
First we’re going to take a look at talents. DISCLAIMER: Everything I’ve selected is the talent that works out best for my playstyle. You may find you want to use something different, and in some cases, that’s fine. In others (and I will specify) there is really no other choice. But always keep in mind that this is opinion based on performance of the talent- my opinion- and you are invited to form your own and bring it here to discuss!
Level 15: Here, I have taken Angelic Bulwark over Desperate Prayer. Why? Simply put- its Passive. Its one less button I have to worry about on my bar. I’m sure the immediate 22% of maximum health heal is nice, but AB has saved my ass more often than I’d care to remember.
Level 30: Body and Soul. I bubble so much that this is pretty much the go to talent. Angelic Feather is nice (I use it as both Holy and the occasional jaunt into Shadow) but with the sheer number of bubbles I’m tossing around, BnS just makes the most sense. That, and I don’t have to worry abut misplacing a bubble- my bubbles are for all the things!
Level 45: Power Word: Solace. Why? Mana regen and stacks of Evangelism, both of which are very important. It keeps a steady flow if mana coming in (2% of max mana) and replaces Holy Fire. It also helps me maintain maximum uptime on Archangel, which is critical to Discopriest play.
Level 60: I use Void Tendrils because why the hell not? I have made it work for me in raids when adds come after me. I occasionally get asked to use it to trap an add away from a group, but not often. Its just handy to have. This entire tier is pretty much up to you, as it has little to no effect on your gameplay as a raider.
Level 75: Power Infusion. It is hands down the best talent in the tier. Its like a mini-Blood Lust/Heroism that reduces the mana costs of spells by 20% and is on a 2 minute CD. Use and use often.
Level 90: Now, this is the tier when you can start switching Talents around as needed, though here you are mostly going to be sticking with Cascade and Halo (Divine Star just… hasn’t recovered from its massive 6.0 nerf yet) and will depend entirely on raid placement. For most situations, or for when the raid is spread very far, Cascade performs well, and now, it can hit the same target twice. For when you have definitive placement and can get as many people as possible at that 25 yard range, Halo may do better. I tend to default to Cascade.
Level 100: I use Words of Mending. Every time I cast a shield, the talent grants me a stack of Words of Mending. When I get to 10 stacks, it auto casts Prayer of Mending on the next target I heal or bubble. Prayer of Mending heals that target the next time they take damage and then bounces to someone else within 20 yards and repeats until it has jumped 5 times, lasting 30 seconds after each jump. For free. Don’t get me wrong- PoM by itself is pretty much ick for a standard Disco Priest, especially considering our focus is mitigation, not healing. But you are constantly casting PW:S, which means you’ll hit 10 stacks of Words of Mending before you know it. Boom- free heal. And its a passive ability, so there is no need to keep track of it. PoM may not heal for much, but I prefer it to the long cast time on Clarity of Will. That being said, when there are fights when the tanks are going to be absorbing huge hits (we have our tanks soak an Inferno Slice by themselves on Gruul in heroic) I do like to take Clarity of Will for those instances- it saves me a lot of pain in the long run.
Well, that is it from me for today. I’ll have part three of this series- Glyphs- out next week, and some snark for you on Friday. Until then, keep cool, and stay angry healers!
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