Holy Priest Tier Set Bonuses for Sepulcher of the First Ones
Tier Sets have returned with Patch 9.2 and the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid. Tier Sets are unique class armor sets that have powerful 2-set and 4-set spec-specific bonuses. Tier set bonuses will change based on your character's active talent specialization, ensuring that you the bonus is appropriate and useful to your spec.
In this guide, we will provide the best Tier Set Bonus advice for your Holy Priest, including not only what your tier set bonus is and how it affects the playstyle of Holy Priest, but also how to acquire it and slot it into an ideal gearing strategy.
Should you wish to learn more about how Tier Set bonuses affect your Holy Priest gear decisions, head over to our Holy Priest gear guide to learn more.
Tier Set Bonuses for Holy Priest
Tier sets are special pieces of gearing that, when equipped at the same time, provide you with a bonus. This bonus is based on the number of pieces from the set you have equipped, with most tier sets providing bonuses when equipping 2 or 4 pieces.
For more information on Sepulcher of the First Ones gear and Tier Set Bonuses, check out the Holy Priest Gear Page!
Sepulcher of the First Ones Tier Set Bonuses for Holy Priest
Holy's set bonuses drill down on what the spec is already good at, pumping out lots of Holy Words, particularly Holy Word: Serenity's since we are very single target focused in our healing. The 4-set is particularly nice as you can leverage that buff to increase the healing OR damage of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell, which means you can increase your damage with Smite casts after Holy Words.
Tier Set Bonus Gameplay Changes for Holy Priest
In general there are minimal changes to how your gameplay operates. The most important thing is recognizing this overcharged post-Holy Word buff and ensuring it is used towards a Holy Word that is not already off-cooldown. It is also important to make sure you're utilizing Holy Word: Chastise on cooldown, if only to fuel increased Holy Word: Serenity cooldown reduction through a subsequent Heal or Flash Heal cast.
- Cast Holy Word: Serenity and you'll receive Divine Conversation.
- Cast Heal and you'll consume Divine Conversation leading to extra cooldown reduction towards Holy Word: Serenity.
- Cast Holy Word: Chastise and you'll receive a new Divine Conversation buff.
- Cast Heal again and you'll consume that Divine Conversation buff and Holy Word: Serenity will be just about off cooldown at this point.
Key Note: If you cast two Holy Words back to back in quick succession. Like Holy Word: Serenity into Holy Word: Sanctify, you will consume the first Divine Conversation buff from the second holy word cast and that second holy word cast will not result in another Divine Conversation buff. So do not cast two holy words back to back. For some reason this doesn't happen all the time with Holy Word: Chastise, but the principle stands, casting Holy Words back to back reduces your HWord cooldown reduction and wastes buffs.
With this increased use of Holy Words you'll also recognize a reduced cooldown of Holy Word: Salvation which is always welcome as progression begins. In Mythic+ be mindful that your set bonus can increase the damage of your Smite offering a solid damage boost in downtime.
For more information on how our Tier Set Bonuses will impact our gameplay, check out the Holy Priest Rotation and Talent Pages.
Best Tier Set Pieces for Holy Priest
Our tier set bonus, Tapestry of the Fixed Stars, is comprised of the following items from Sepulcher of the First Ones:
- Amice of the Empyrean(Helm - Anduin Wrynn
- Capelet of the Empyrean(Shoulders - Lords of Dread)
- Habit of the Empyrean(Chest - Rygelon)
- Caress of the Empyrean(Gloves - Lihuvim)
- Leggings of the Empyrean(Legs - Halondrus)
Additional item slots will be available from the Great Vault or once the Creation Catalyst crafting system becomes available.
To unlock the tier set bonus, you'll need to equip 4 pieces of the tier set. Holy Priest prefer equipping tier pieces on Helm, Shoulder, Chest, and Legs. However, you can use any 4 combination of the five pieces, aiming to achieve the highest overall item level while still maintaining the tier set bonus as well as your maximum number of legendaries.