Disc priest all grown up

Talá at 80

Talá at 80

I never got around to announcing it beforehand, but my priest dinged 80 around two or so weeks ago! /cheer

Hence I’ve been focusing on getting Talá geared over the last week. She can now heal Onyxia’s Lair (both 10- and 25-man versions) and Trial of the Crusader 10, possibly also the 25-man version (but have not tried yet). She’s discipline/shadow-specced at the moment. She’s a bit of a spoiled brat really, getting mats and stuff for crafted BOEs from her older sister Eilonwyn. :P

Healing is quite enjoyable, in a different way as opposed to being a damage dealer. I find that a lot of times, it hits extremes of pretty much any experience in a dungeon or raid; at easy heroics with a geared tank I get sleepy, but in raids where my gear is just right for it, it can be quite nerve-wracking. You also get to be really happy (“my heal target lived!”) or really sad (“omg I’m so sorry lag spike QQ”). I feel that DPS is a lot more linear in this regard; even if you’re overgeared for the dungeon, you’re still doing something pretty much all the time, as opposed to the healer throwing a bubble on everyone and then waiting.

I’m also finding that gearing up healing is slightly hit and miss. From the perspective of someone who’s been a damage dealer for the longest time, with tools like Rawr that tells you equipping this item or using the gem gives you +x amount of damage per second, it’s not as straightforward for healing.  There are stat weights, but even juggling between throughput and longevity depends on a lot of factors–factors which you’ll only really know through experience. For example, I thought my intellect was more than enough, until I ran dangerously OOM on Koralon.

Even healing styles are varied, and from the discussions I’ve seen there is no hands-down right way, unlike when you DPS it’s usually pretty linear when you have your rotations down pat. It’s possibly easier for other healing classes, like trees (uhm, bind everything to rejuv and roll face on keyboard) but I’m constantly feeling that I’m not using my priest abilities to its full potential. I don’t use a lot of them enough: binding heal and prayer of healing to name a few (but I love divine hymn; it’s like my lazy button).

Being disc, though, I’ve already come across people who complain about my performance on the “healing done” meters. I’m usually last; while gear probably plays a small part here, the biggest reason by far why disc priests would be lowest on the healing meters is that discipline’s strength is in damage mitigation, such as through Power Word: Shield and Renewed Hope. Sadly most people just love looking at nice big numbers. :( Yes, you’re a pally, you have heavy, huge-ass heals. I’m not, kthx.

Maybe once I’ve got disc down pat I’ll change over to disc/holy and see how raid healing goes. I like the focus-target style of disc, but can’t hurt to try other heal styles, too. Now, just need to find out how to change the clickbindings in Clique automatically based on what spec is active. Hmm. *goes to hunt*


  • Being a disc priest in raids is useful for single target healing and damage mitigation, but people tend to like holy priests because they work great for raid and tank heals.

    Also, intellect is not the sole reason for running out of mana, people at the start of Wrath of the Lich King stopped caring about ‘overheals’, which of course means healing you target for more than he really needs to be healed for, a few points is not bad but people tend to spam big heals with the thought process (as long as he’s alive, I don’t care), but that results in bad mana management (which I’m not saying you /do/ do that, it’s just often I’ve noticed people blame other things. >D I’ve never seen you play so I don’t know). Also, with the changes to pots a while back it’s a lot hard to keep your mana up, but it’s always a good rule of thumb to go ahead and use a mana pot once you’re about a mana pot’s mount down in mana, as you only get one use every battle, might as well stay maxed early.

    I’m ranting, but it’s rare to find people who nerd in the same way I do over these things. Also, total grats on the 80. I have a couple of 80s, both are pretty much DPS, and my new Draenei (my first real alliance in a while) is working towards 80 and is also DPS. Which is weird, since I started as a holy priest through BC, but lost her a while back. Undead ftw!

    <3 Take care, Angela!

    • :D

      I’ve actually never done any raids where I’ve potted more than once in a fight, since I’ve only gotten to endgame after the aforementioned changes–I haven’t really been playing long :) so I’m fairly used to those sorts of limitations. My main is also an arcane mage, whose “speshul thing” is mana management XD I do notice that most healers seem to just spam their heal buttons :/ coming from my arcane mage perspective it’s a lot of waste, really :/ which is actually one reason why I felt more drawn to the disc heal style, because it’s more preventive (shield target before the damage occurs) than reactive (he got a hit, healhealheal). That said, I’ve never really healed as holy yet, so probably in time I’ll get around to reading the stuff over at Elitist Jerks about holy heals.

      I’d have to agree about finding people to, er, nerd with with this XD it also doesn’t help much that most of the people I can nerd with on this aren’t web people, and most web people (well, most OTHER people) couldn’t really care less about WoW, and even look at it like the ultimate nerddom XD

  • Haha! Adik! :p