EU+US The basic tango - A F2P Discipline Priest guide

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    handsomedgc Scum of the earth

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    Welcome to my free-to-play 8.1.5 discipline priest guide. The Discipline specialisation relies on healing players through dealing damage but also has traditional heals and absorption spells.

    The (discipline) priest has been a staple in twinking since classic. Sadly the popularity of discipline is dropping in BfA due to the restoration shamans insane toolkit and damage. However, the discipline priest is still a mobile force to be reckoned with if played right.

    In this guide we will go over the basics of the priest. We’ll take a look at the spells we have available and how to utilize these to a maximum. This guide is focused for battlegrounds but most of the information will be applicable for arenas, duels and world-pvp. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the priest spells!

    Some lingo I’ll be using in the guide:

    · SW:p – Shadow Word: Pain
    · PW:S – Power Word: Shield
    · PS – Psychic Scream
    · AM – Atonement
    · CD – Cooldown
    · DOT – Damage over time
    · HOT – Heal over time
    The priest has a total of 20 spells, these are:

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=585/smite
    Basic filler spel to do damage when when sw:p and penance are not available. Smite doesn’t deal a huge amount of damage but over the course of a BG the damage still add up.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=589/shadow-word-pain
    Strong DoT-spell. It deals a small amount of damage when cast and a lot of damage over time. Sw:p will also be your HoT in combination with atonement. Put sw:p up on all targets available, focus classes that have a stealth ability. Sw:p can also be spammed on enemies who are low on HP to finish them of quickly.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=2061/flash-heal
    This is your main (and only) hardcast healing spell. With a base 1.5 cast time it’s really quick. Only cast this spell when penance is not available. The catch with this heal is that you need to be standing still while casting, so be sure youre positioning allows you to cast this.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=17/power-word-shield
    The bread and butter of the discipline priest. This spell has a insane amount of usage and is castable while moving. It will apply the ‘weakend soul’ debuff. This means a target cannot receive a pw:s for 7.5 seconds. Use this spell off-cd to prevent damage and apply the antoment buff.

    Things to keep in mind with pw:s:

    · This spell heals more than flash heal, about 15% more
    · This spell prevents stealth being broken by DoTs, keep youre rogues and druids happy
    · Use this spell on the move, a great way to both heal and reposition
    · This spell is youre only way to apply attonement

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=47540/penance
    The coolest spell available at this level, allowing you to either deal damage to a enemy or heal a ally. All while moving. This spell should mostly be used offensive, after you’ve spread attonements. This way you create pressure on the enemy team while healing your team. However, if a ally is in desperated need of healing be sure to cast this on them directly.

    Penance also (almost) allows you to heal while line-of-sighting. You can do this by starting the channel and quickly duck behind a wall. This also applies for enemies running behind cover. Once penance is fired it can’t be dodged (pretty much).

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=2006/resurrection
    A spell that brings a fallen ally back to life. Sometimes useful when a ally gets killed deep in enemy grouds like the flag room, roof and tunnel. Most enemies are to lazy to run back to pick up these corpses, allowing you for some cheeky plays.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=8122/psychic-scream
    You’re main CC. It uses are however limited in the current meta. The current meta favors ranged classes while this spell main purpose is to peel melee targets of yourself. Fear bombing people should be avoided, it forces you to be insaly out of position. Just use this spell to peel and to get stealthies out of stealth.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=81749/atonement
    YES. This is hands down the best healer passive in the entire 20-29 bracket. Atonement allows pw:s to put a buff on youre target. With this buff 55% of youre damage will heal the buffed targets. These turn your sw:p DoTs in great HoTs. Smites will turn in decent heals while youre target is buffed with antoment. Penance also becomes more insane.

    This spell allows discipline priest to do both insane healing while pressuring/rotting the enemy team. Youre main rotation in battle will be applying sw:p to all enemies and then blanketing your team with pw:s. This allows you to double dip. You instantly shield a target (giving them ‘fake hp’) that blocks incoming damage and heal their (real hp) back to full. This is all possible while moving. Use penance offensively to pressure enemies even more.

    Talents

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=193134/castigation
    Pretty much the best talent. It allows you to deal more damage and heal more hp. It makes your best spell better.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=265259/twist-of-fate
    It’s okay, but your teammates should never dip below 50% health.

    https://www.wowhead.com/spell=214621/schism
    This talent is bait. It seems good, but you need to stand still while casting it. This removes your biggest strenght; mobility.
    First off, play a race that you like to look-at. You won’t be the first one that gets a burn-out looking at a plain human priest!

    I will be only noticing races that I consider worth playing. Most races are fine priest, but some have a little extra ‘oomf’. So in no particulair order:

    Alliance

    · Human – Cleansing stuns is really good in this bracket
    · Worgen – The sprint ability increases your mobility even more, pretty dope
    · Void Elf – The teleport allows for some ankle breaking movement

    Horde

    · Zandalari Troll – Embracing Bwomsandi works with atonement, very nutty
    · Tauren – Extra stamina and a insane AoE stun, can’t go wrong with this class
    · Goblin – We’ve all seen why this race is broken at lower levels. Goblins can do some insane tricks with their rocket jump ability, the 1% haste is meh.

    Neutral

    · Pandaren – Double food buff, less fall damage and a good incapacitate. However this CC ALWAYS gets broken by levelers
    Most discipline priests seem to think that they need to be in the thicc of battle. Big mistake. You should always be at max range while spreading sw:p and blanketing your team with pw:s. You also want to create a deadzone for the enemies that they need to cross.

    The deathzone forces your enemies to walk through your teammates to get to you. This way your team should have enough time to kill approaching enemies, while peeling and keeping you save. If a rogue sneaks up on you be sure to use PS to send him straight into your team.

    As a discipline priest you should always be weaving in and out of combat. Your toolkit allows you to do this safely.
    These resources have helped me become a better priest.

    https://xpoff.com/threads/healing-ui-set-up-and-playstyle-guide.77882/ - General healing guide

    https://xpoff.com/threads/guide-to-30-min-heirlooms-dmf.66887/ - Quick heirlooms

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3oxFjb6ovw6UMX95ZeF8g - A pretty cool channel that also explains the latest gear changes
    01-6-2019 - Added a gear list, instead of linking armories.
     
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  2. Chops

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    A thorough, well formatted and informative guide. Thank you!

    (Also appreciate the shout-out)
     
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    I enjoy that the picture in the guide says F2P Priest guide and then only discusses the playable spec lol. Good stuff.
     
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    · This spell prevents stealth being broken by DoTs, keep your rogues and druids happy

    I never realised this. Not quite sure what you mean. Do you mean if you bubble a dotted player, they can re-stealth?
     
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    handsomedgc Scum of the earth

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    Yes, sometimes a stealth class can get a silly dot on them that prevents them from stealthing. When you pw:s these stealth classes the bubble absorbs the damage, thus preventing the damage from breaking stealth.
     
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    Great guide!

    Luv the layout and dwarf image :)
     
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    I would not dismiss Twist of Fates so quickly. That 20% buff is enormous, and can be much more beneficial than an extra tick of Penance with a 9 second cd.

    Your teammates will inevitable reach below 35%. Just let noob levelers die, get the proc off of them and heal the twinks with it :)
     
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    all 3 specs are good btw >.>
     
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    Redd Guest

    I have not been on retail in a couple of years now. I know battlegrounds go based off of ilvl now but what do you mean by free to play? Like spending no gold on a character or the account is f2p? I wouldnt mind hoping on retail if I dont have to spend money to make a twink to play around with. But I am not really invested until Vanilla retail is released. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this.
    -long time silent reader of the forums
     
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    nuclear take.
     
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    ohti Member Moderator 20s Coordinator <TF>

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    Ok didnt know the 29 arcane mage knew more than me sorry
     
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    I'd suggest doing some research. I'm the 29s arena belt holder.
     
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    handsomedgc Scum of the earth

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    True, however everywhere else it is stated that this guide is for discipline priest.

    Yes all 3 specs are completely viable. I just haven't put enough time in those specs.
     
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    very nice guide
     
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    shadow is meh as much as I hate to admit
     
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    damage isn't everything

    shadow is good
     
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    Its just a tad watered down at this level, I still play and enjoy it, but the control, dmg and healing are still lacking behind other classes. If we got mind sear or vampiric touch I'd never switch specs.
     
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    PREACH! HALLELUJAH!
     
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    Wonderful guide - thank you.
     
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    In my opinion the 20% is a huge overkill. Also ToF doesn't increase pw:s. The extra bolt of penance adds a extra flash heal in penance, hence why I recommend it.
    --- Double Post Merged, Jun 1, 2019, Original Post Date: Jun 1, 2019 ---
    Made a small change to the guide. I now added gear under the gear section, instead of lazy-pasting some armories there.
     
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