Several weeks ago, I asked for reader input about Discipline Priests and their role in end game raiding and PvP action. Here’s a piece of what others had to say about the subject:
From the healing aspect in PVP, Disc Priest is the art of healing without healing. If I dispel spam on a target, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s X less DPS heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to pump out as usual when stripped of buffs. When I Fear->chain Mana Burn a target, an empty bar saves me thousands of damage I would otherwise have to heal through. If IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sticking to mostly instants like Dispel/Shield/Renew, I also then get alot more mobility, which means kiting, and if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m kiting, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s X DPS that someone else isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t recieving (and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to heal).
I am the healing officer in my guild which is just at the point of clearing Kara every week. After 2.3 I switched to Disc and have yet to go back. I can heal any heroic as well as Kara with my current build. I love the added utility PI and PS add.
I will say that I would think this build wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work without a healthy +healing. Mine is around 1725 self buffed without consumables. Disc healing focuses less on spirit than holy does and more on pure +healing (no improved death or spiritual guidance) and gear (the whitemend set boosts healing by your int not spirit).
I found disc to be great for leveling. IIRC my first 5 talent points went into 2/2 Healing Focus & 3/3 Imp Renew, then disc all the way up to Pain Suppression (Reflective Shield rather than Force of Will), then back to holy up to Searing Light & Imp Healing. Now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pretty much cookie-cutter 23/38/0 I miss the solo-survivability I used to have, but then again I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tend to solo as much as when I was levelling up.
I think the DISC build is like jack of all trade, master of none. I can see the point of not bring a DISC build to a RAID only if the tank is a weak point in the RAID. I had tough time healing tank when they are not properly geared or not the proper build. In a way, you would not want to bring a fury or arm build warrior to a RAID.
By switching to DISC+HOLY, I have upped my holy damage quite a bit. I have upped the holy damage by 15% + 10% to 35% of my Spirit. Compared to Shadow DPS, I dont think it is that far behind espeically if I get Power Infusion.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also had a chance to compare with a Holy Priest. I think the DISC+HOLY has slight edge when it comes to mana. If I dps, Holy will have better mana management but if I heal, I will have a slight edge due to the reductions in the DISC tree offers.
You’ll have to excuse me for the next several days or so. I’ve hit a bit of a blogging slump. The idea well is running rather dry at the moment. Not to mention I still need to set up a functional blogroll. I’ve effectively cleaned it out and such. The problem is getting it to display in a manner that I’m satisfied with. I have a perfectionist problem, sadly :(.