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10-21-2008 @ 9:28AM
With my priest at level 68 and being dog-tired of leveling shadow, I decided to give discipline a chance for leveling. I've healed a number of lower level instances for guild alts and I've healed the horseman, but I've yet to put her through her paces in an end-game instance. However, for leveling, it's really pretty great. The PW:S completely tricked out is nearly a second life bar and it takes something like Durn the Hungerer to get through it before Weakened Soul wears off. Having access to Devouring Plague in addition to SW:P as well as the overall buff to spell damage you can find in the Disc. tree as well as low in the Holy tree makes mobs drop very quickly. I get low on mana pretty regularly, but that's because I'm nuking the crap out of things and not letting my DoTs work. I did shield-tank 4 mobs last night and DoT them down, wanding (with the new non-GCD wand mechanic) and the occasional damage spell. I could usually finish the group off with a Holy Nova. For leveling, I have reflective shields for this specific purpose. I'm basically a glowing ball of DoT.Really the Discipline Priest plays like a Holy Mage, offensively. Pennance is pretty good damage, doing anywhere from 1200-1800 damage (if not more) for very cheap.Overall, I think that priests really do have a third, viable spec now. Mitigation and deflection is the new hotness.
10-21-2008 @ 9:46AM
My priest just hit 70 last night, and I just switched from holy/shadow hybrid to holy for the last two levels. Healing instances is great with a 14/47/0 CoH spec, but soloing is fairly painful. The focus was of the article was on raid healing, and since my guild disbanded, I've decided to make this toon my new main and wait until 80 to look for a new guild, so I expect I'll mostly be soloing and healing five-mans until then. My question is, how does a deep discipline build work for five-mans? Sounds like it is a much better option for the soloing part.
10-21-2008 @ 9:59AM
From what I can tell in the horseman fight, it's a lot of shield-and-renew on the DPS and ranged crowd and a lot of renew-and-penance on the warrior tank. Pain Suppression on the tank and Power Infusion on a caster. Granted, being a shield-machine doesn't help with a warrior that needs to take it on the chin for aggro purposes, but having to worry very little about the rest of the group because of the sheer power of your heals coupled with the best castable mitigation in the game makes 5-mans a breeze, currently. Of course, everything is a breeze right now.I will say that Holy Nova is a lot more impressive at 70 than it was at 60. It's not something to spam, but for topping up a group that's taken a couple of rounds of AoE and getting 3/5 crits which set of Aegis is really cool. Plus, Nova's utility in a Tank-and-AoE situation cannot be denied. AoE events in instances should be an utter breeze with you standing in the middle laying out 10-15 rounds of 600 HP heals and 400 damage.I know my comment is slightly off-topic, but Discipline Priests really need to get some love now that it's a very viable spec in 5 mans. I think their utility in a raid won't be ignored.
10-21-2008 @ 11:30AM
@ steveI have found Discipline to be far better in the 5mans and heroics. The mana regen and spellpower buffs along with the shields makes healing really easy, and I still use renew quite a bit but I took the renew glyph and put it on dps that gets splash damage. Tanks get flashed alot (lol).
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