Last week, I surveyed the Plus Heal forums (Priest regiment) for any quick advice they’d like to offer for any Priests that had just turned Discipline (like me). This is what they came up with:
Remember the four Ps, and use them! Penance, Power Word: Shield, Pain Suppression, and Power Infusion.
It’s not your job to top the healing charts; you’re there to prevent crisis moments.
Play to your strengths; don’t be afraid to chain cast. If it’s truly warranted, you are at your strongest. Penance does not consume Borrowed Time yet still benefits from it
Your job is about damage mitigation, and speed healing.
Power Word: Shield does so many things for you. If you’re not keeping that up consistently on your tank, you might be missing out on some emergency opportunities!
During fights that you know involve AoE damage, I’ve found it very helpful to use my spare time to toss PW:S on the DPS. They end up being protected if they get hit by something, and you really get to abuse Borrowed Time.
As far as the AoE damage is concerned, I’ve found that PW:S on myself plus a Holy Nova followed immediately by a nice Prayer of Healing really did wonders for everyone’s health box.
You benefit more from MP5 than spirit. It goes against everything you have learned as a holy priest, but because you chain cast there is no chance to cheat the five second rule with Clearcasting (you don’t even get this) and Inner Focus.
With the threat generation being made easier for tanks, any tank crying about the bubble should scare you and make you think twice about healing them in a group or raid.
You can also use Renew & PoM without consuming Borrowed Time, if you still want to save it for a Flash or Greater Heal.
I turned Discipline for the weekend and had a lot of fun with it PvPing. It took me a while to get used to it at first, but I really freakinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ enjoyed it! I hope these tips from the more experienced Discipline Priests will benefit you as it did for me. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll definitely be tapping their minds in the future for more advice.
Don’t forget to read more about Discipline healing from guest writer Seriah that went up earlier!