Discipline Priest Quick Start Guide
Looking to start playing a Disc Priest in World of Warcraft and just want simple advice? Look no further! In this guide, we will cover everything you need to start easily playing a Disc Priest in Shadowlands Pre-Patch, without all the fuss of detailed guides.
Whether you're new to the spec, a casual achievement hunter, or a returning player looking to refamiliarize yourself with Disc in Shadowlands, these easy guidelines, covering simple and effective talents, rotation, and gear setup, will get you into the action as easily as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get beginner players started quickly, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Disc Priest Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page.
TalentsThis Discipline Priest build is well rounded and suited for leveling and dungeon content. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the Disc Priest Talent Guide.
RotationThis section is meant to give a good point of view for a standard ramp up when using Evangelism. This section gives a general overview, but more optimizes, talent variations, and advanced tips can be found in the Disc Priest Rotation Guide. When Ramping your focus is on spending time building up Atonement count on the raid and then you Follow-Thru with the damage priority in order to maximize the value of the Atonements.
- Reapply Shadow Word: Pain or Purge the Wicked
- Cast: 2-3 Shadow Mend
- Activate Overcharge Mana
- Cast: 2-4 Power Word: Shield or Shadow Mend
- Followed by Power Word: Radiance into an immediate Shadow Word: Pain refresh before the Overcharge Mana buff falls off
- 2nd Power Word: Radiance
- Extend your Atonement with Evangelism
- Begin Damage Priority.
Stat PriorityDiscipline Priests primarily favor Intellect through Item Level, along with Haste, though secondary stats are generally close in value. Find out more about how stats work, including sample stat weights and scaling plots in the Stats Guide, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the Disc Priest Gear Guide.
- Item Level
- Critical Strike
EssencesThe essence system offers powerful additional abilities to your toolkit that are unlocked throughout various activities like reputations, pvp and pve. Essences often have various situational or specific benefits, to find out more check out the full Discipline Priest Essences for the Heart of Azeroth - Shadowlands 9.0.1 here for unlock requirements and breakdowns of specific uses. Excerpt from the Essence Guide:
The Ever-Rising Tide - Tome of the Quickening Tides
Source: Nazjatar Bodyguards (click for details!)
- Use on: Raids
EnhancementsOnly two gear slots can be enchanted by all players in Battle for Azeroth: weapons and rings. There are also glove enchants which can assist with professions, Enchanter-only bracer enchants which modify hearthstone use, and Tailor-only cloak enchants which reduce threat slightly.
- Weapon: Enchant Weapon - Machinist's Brilliance
- Rings: Enchant Ring - Accord of Haste
- Gems: Leviathan's Eye of Intellect and Quick Sand Spinel