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Battle for Azeroth Holy Priest Guide - Raid & Crucible of Storms Guide

Guide provided by Wowhead
Guide provided by Wowhead

Raid & Crucible of Storms Guide

Holy Raid Strengths and How To Maximize Them

The raiding Holy Priest is in many ways one of the most fluid healers in the game at the moment. With the powerful capability to sustain high healing throughput in both a heavy aoe environment as well as a more focused and spot healing environment all without having to make large changes to playstyle or talents. This occurs as Holy has some set priorities like Prayer of Mending and Holy Word usage near on cooldown, but from there they have softer rules around what to do in between those cooldowns.

The ability for Holy to consistently pace their healing throughput with Heal when there is little healing needed, Flash and Prayer of Healing when there is a need for more single target or aoe healing respectively. With Heal you have a strong tool to consistently bring your Holy Word: Serenity back off cooldown, provide solid tank healing, and to allow you to play more efficiently with your mana. The spec already has a strong capacity to stretch mana over a long encounter so long as they are not too aggressive with Flash or Prayer, so having a resource to get Holy Words off cooldown for a very low cost is ideal.

Holy also has powerful raid utility in Symbol of Hope which many fights will allow you to get two uses out of, a weak usage early in a fight and a more powerful one near the very end of an encounter in many cases. The more that you can work with your healers so they know when to expect the mana regen to kick in so they can pace themselves accordingly, the more impactful Symbol of Hope will be for the raid group. Holy Word: Salvation and Divine Hymn make for two powerful raid cooldowns available to you to deal with heavy damage on the group, the greatest challenge will just be adequately getting both on cooldown in a short manner. Be sure to work with your raid leader or healing officer to optimize the timing of Holy Word: Salvation to help ensure two casts on most fights.

Holy Raid Weaknesses and How To Prepare for Them

It is always key to identify weaknesses or areas that the spec is not quite as strong at as other healers, to best know how to work around them and limit their impact. Mobility, for example, is a key weakness for Holy but can be played around by properly preparing yourself for the raid encounters and gaining strong familiarity with boss fights before you enter the instance.

To prepare yourself for new encounters in Cruicble, it is recommended that you go through the dungeon journal or check out the Crucible of Storms Raid Overview and other boss specific guides on the site to identify the consistent large bursts of damage and void zones that will go out on each fight. After you've outlined some specific boss abilities, start looking at the timing of each ability. This can be done by watching a video, or if you are already in the raid you can use a combat timer like the one which is built into the Exorsus Raid Tools addon. Not only is timing important for being able to precast Prayer of Healing if need be, or preparing your Holy Word: Sanctify for a big hit but also to take optimize your mobility. When using your filler in Heal, watching for when the next mechanics will go out will serve you well and push you to steadily start moving away from void zone areas or preparing you to stack with the party.

Crucible of Storms Boss Tips & Tricks

Holy Priest Talent Recommendations for Restless Cabal
15Enlightenment
30Angelic Feather
45Cosmic Ripple
60Shining Force
75Circle of Healing
90Benediction or Halo
100Holy Word: Salvation
Restless Cabal Tips & Tricks for Holy Priest
  • Halo can be a risky talent to take on this encounter as players will frequently be turned hostile to allies for a brief period and Halo can easily cleave onto these players harming them.
  • Crushing Doubt goes out frequently. Focus healing afflicted targets first. They will often run out of your range to drop the debuff but will immediately need healing when they return.
  • Standing close to Zaxasj makes it much easier to dodge the Cerebral Assault and avoid becoming hostile to players.
  • Promises of Power is very important to maximize but must be monitored frequently. Ensure your raid frames properly display stack count and only dispel if allies are at high stacks before high damage occurs. You likely will have to dispel this off of players before Storm of Annihilation to keep players from falling below that 25% threshold.
  • NOTE: On PTR the dispeller took damage when Promises of Power was removed. If that remains the case then using Mass Dispel will be lethal. If there is no damage then Mass Dispel can help a high volume of players to stand near the Dark Herald, pick up the debuff, and then quickly have it removed before incoming damage.
  • Witness the End will go off in a staggered fashion to avoid the 500% damage taken buff that is left behind. Focus on ramping for one window of damage, do not stretch yourself too thin and try to cover everything.
Holy Priest Talent Recommendations for Uu'nat
15Enlightenment
30Angelic Feather
45Cosmic Ripple
60Shining Force
75Circle of Healing
90Benediction or Halo
100Holy Word: Salvation
Uu'nat Tips & Tricks for Holy Priest
  • Halo can be a risky talent to take on this encounter as players will frequently be turned hostile to allies for a brief period and Halo can easily cleave onto these players harming them.
  • Watch the boss' energy to see when the next Gift of N'Zoth: Obscurity burst will detonate and prepare accordingly.
  • Watch your feet to avoid any Oblivion Tear as they will heal the boss, prolonging the fight which will consume more resources.
  • The Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth will be strong times to use raid cooldowns, especially Holy Word: Salvation due to its instant healing effect followed up by periodic healing. Running through one beam early, letting the debuff fall off before you pass through the 2nd will be key to reducing damage taken on the encounter.
  • Insatiable Torment will require players to leech health from others. Quickly identifying which players will be leeched from and pumping consistent healing into them will be excellent, especially if those leech targets have strong mitigation/self healing potential.

Suggested Crucible of Storms Gear

The Crucible of Storms is a short raid with only a few drops, meant to fit alongside the Battle of Dazar'alor. Most of your best gear will continue to come from Dazar'alor or Mythic+ depending on war/titanforging. New crucible pieces are explained below this list, many have special effects or require greater management than other pieces.

NOTE: "Best in Slot" is no longer a perfect science. This list is meant to give you a good idea of what you can target in the latest raid content. Mythic+ can offer strong upgrades and the Titan Residuum vendor can offer solid alternatives in the Azerite department.

Azerite

The Azerite pieces listed above are powerful raid pieces and cover the fundamentals of what you want to pursue most in raids. Raw intellect and high primary stats are often incredibly important for the spec.

Crucible Gear

There are only a few useful items in the Crucible of Storms, but they all contain special effects, many of which introduce a small drawback or element of risk for reward. Keep in mind that they all are baseline higher item level than Dazar'alor pieces, making them potentially powerful upgrades right away.

  • Malformed Herald's Legwraps grants high ilvl and a solid, flat secondary stat. The on-use effect is alright for Holy Priest but not especially critical for them. If you can use it to spam more healing when damage goes out then great, but in general this will not be a piece that you heavily pursue unless it is an item level upgrade.
  • Void Stone iis an excellent Mythic+ oriented trinket with some situational uses in raids. At the moment it looks like it can be useful for mitigating large damage on tanks when a specific mechanic occurs, but randomly using it on cooldown would cause lots of passive healing (like your mastery) from your raid group to consume much of the absorb effect.
  • Fathom Dredgers is an excellent item offering stacking shielding when mana is spent. The only issue is the duration of the absorb effect, making it liable to fall off in periods of downtime. Works very well for fights with consistent damage.
  • Pillar of the Drowned Cabal trades a few percent of secondary stats for a frequent bounce-back heal effect that is excellent for tank healing. This buff lasts a long time also making it easy to place onto other allies if the tanks already have buffs themselves. In Mythic+ this can be an excellent weapon to take to rapidly heal up damage on the tank and on melee who are frequently susceptible to cleave effects.
  • Zaxasj's Deepstriders is a very odd effect, increasing your speed based off of missing health. While the effect can be helpful, and receiving this piece at high ilvl seems easy enough, it offers little in bonus throughput over an equivalent item piece. The stats are excellent for Holy so often the raw item level will be worth it.

For a more comprehensive list of Best in Slot including Azerite, see the Holy Priest Gear Guide.


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