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, 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.
Discipline Priest Covenants for Raiding
Discipline in Shadowlands remains focused on producing large bursts of healing through building and extending Atonement and dealing high damage afterwords. The VenthyrMindgames stands as the strongest option in raids due to how well it aligns with your ramps to produce huge healing. It also converts some damage the affected enemy deals to the raid into healing on them instead. As long as it converts some damage into healing it will also return some mana back to you. Overall it is an easy ability to utilize that has strong synergy with Evangelism and Rapture. Build up heavy Atonements, cast Schism, cast Mindgames.....profit!
It also has great support around the covenant, the General Draven soulbind also grants an excellent healing buff in Hold Your Ground, strong mobility with Door of Shadows and a powerful supporting conduit with Shattered Perceptions. Overall its a great package for raid healing.
Due to how Atonement interacts with the various covenant abilities, there will still be some power with the other covenants to be had, but the Venthyr is the most flexible and well-rounded covenant for raiding at the moment making it the easy selection.
Discipline Priest Covenants for Mythic+
In Mythic+ the Kyrian covenant reigns supreme thanks to how well Boon of the Ascended can assist with dungeons of any level. At lower level dungeons it is easy to use Boon of the Ascended as a pure AoE damage tool, but as you go higher, the damage that the Ascended Blast deals converts into so much Atonement healing that it is crucial to healing higher level Prideful (the new seasonal affix). Furthermore, you have access to the Phial of Serenity from Summon Steward which is excellent for cleansing various Bleeds, Curses or Poisons that you as a Priest cannot remove.
It is worth noting that even if you are not running with the ideal covenant for Raiding or Mythic+ your gameplay will still be the primary factor in determining your performance. Each covenant has various dungeon buffs and there are many ways to maximize your chose covenant to optimize your output.
This 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.
This 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 optimizations, 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.
Discipline 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
Gearing in Shadowlands is heavily focused on pursuing item level upgrades on your gear pieces. While haste will be a primary focus to prepare for raids, if you find a non-haste item that is 10 item levels higher than the haste piece, it is quite likely that the higher ilvl piece will be better. Some exceptions to item level can be rings and some trinkets. For further detail, check the gear guide.