Best healer WoW: Discipline Priest guide – Battle for Azeroth 8.1

Battle for Azeroth represents several classes of Priests. You will find Holy Priest who believes that the Power of Light must be used only to heal the injured heroes and their allies. All Holy Priests use the Power of Light, Discipline Priests do not rely on it that much as long as Shadow Priests.

Holy Priests heal heroes in individual and group way plus bring to life from the grave. Discipline Priests not only heal injuries but also defend the allies with help of their shield and a strong belief in Light. BfA Shadow Priests know everything about Shadow magic that they use to destroy enemies. Depending on the source, all Priests are divided into classes, thus, have talents and abilities. Today we are going to give you an essential Disc Priest guide with his most effective talents to help you in BFA.

Patch 8.1 Changes for Disc Priests

Being one of the most wanted Priests in WoW Disc priest is always in our field of view. And it’s time to master the new talents it has got in BfA plus the ways to level it up. We have great news for all those who can’t imagine playing Warcraft without using addons – this is full discipline priest guide with the whole package of available information released by Blizzard.

  • hai no longer has an internal cooldown of 6.5 seconds.
  • hai applies the Weakened Soul debuff to targets for 7.5 seconds.
  • Mana cost of hai increased from 2.5% up to 2.7%.
  • hai no longer stacks.
  • hai trait was added (replaces Gift of Forgiveness).
  • hai trait was added.
  • hai trait was buffed.
  • Damage reduction Discipline Priest increased from 9% to 16%.
  • hai damage reduced from 100% to 92%.
  • hai damage reduced from 30% of spell power to 28.5%.
  • hai initial damage reduced from 140% of spell power to 129%.
  • hai transfer rate reduced from 60% to 55%
  • hai cooldown increased from 1.3 minutes to 1.5 minutes.

Baseline Discipline Priest Spells

We will get to how these spells function from a priority perspective in the Disc Priest rotation later on.

Healing Spells

  • hai – an expensive, fast way to apply hai to 5 targets at a time. Often utilized to prepare for large burst damage on the group.
  • hai – a slight absorb with no cooldown, the efficient way to apply hai.
  • hai – a quick, moderate healing spell that will leave a DoT on the target for half of the amount healed until the target takes that damage from any source.
  • hai – while this spell on its own does not individually heal any target, it does significantly increase the strength of hai for the next 8 seconds allowing you to apply hai while also putting up significant absorbs before damage hits.

Damage Dealing Spells

  • hai damage or healing channeled damage spell that fires three bolts of Light at the enemy or ally respectively
  • hai– a shadow spell that deals Damage over Time to a target for 18 seconds.
  • hai – an efficient, moderate damage spell that has its effect split between damaging the target, and absorbing part of the damage that comes from the target. It nets out to be a minimal relative amount, but it is interesting to note that it is the most efficient absorb currently in the game.

Damage Priority

Discipline Priest Healing Stat Priority

Welcome to the Discipline Priest Stat Priority. In case these words meant nothing to you we advise to change your mind as this information make an influence on the items you get in the combats – they gears, gems and enchants. Each of us has a different stat priority as it’s based on the gear we use. 

Experienced players choose using an as high level of available gear as possible because this is the key to increase the value of intellect. Let’s remind you that Intellect is the most important stat.

 Definitely not the only one but it’s on the top of the rate. If you play for this class always bear in mind this short table of 5 levels of stat.

✏ Intellect is a source of Spell Power which is in its turn increases your healing power.

✏ Haste increases Mindbender attacks, reduces the cooldown of hai (Holy Damage, deal heavy power to the enemy and restore 1% of max mana), also decrease the time of your spells casting and global cooldown. Haste increases the number of ticks for the spells – Shadow Word: Pain and Purge the Wicked

✏ Critical Strike is a way to double the power of damage and healing.

✏ Mastery which is using of hai spell increases the healing ability.

✏ Versatility has an impressive power to reduce all the damage taken and increase the level of healing and damage that you gave.

Priests leveling talents

The list of basic talents that BFA Discipline Priest is numerous so we will do our best to introduce you the most helpful ones depending on the number of talents that priest has. There are talents which can be useful in certain situations only and such talents we can rely on in most situations during the battle. So, we suggest paying attention exactly at these last ones – most useful for every WoW Discipline Priest.

Priest BFA

When you are of level 15 talents use hai as it works perfectly during the buff is active: Schism heals players and deals Shadow Damage to the enemies. It works perfectly in cooperation with hai on the level 45.

  •  Level 30 talents allow your priest gets the whole benefits of Angelic Feather that increases the speed of movement on the area of the combat.
  • Level 45 talents hai is most effective of all discipline priest talents because it combines an ability to deal damage and restore mana.
  • Level 60 talents allow us using 3 more talents which are Psychic Voice, Dominant Mind and Shining Force. These 2 last ones on the list are especially helpful in Mythic+ mode.
  • Playing at Level 75 Talents keep in mind Sins of the Many that deal damage and also heal through the Atonement. The bigger Atonement count is the smaller Damage percent will be.   
  • At Level 90 Talents you will not find really useful talents. However, feel free to practice with Purge the Wicked when you just start playing in WoW. Another one is Halo that creates a circle of Holy Light: within it, the players get healing and the enemies are dealt with damage.
  • Playing at Level 100 Talents you get a wider range of useful, so-called multi-task, spells. Check Lenience which is helpful in dungeons and raids especially though in single-battle you can get its benefits as well. Lenience gives passive damage reduction while Atonement is active. Evangelism: use in raids as it has a vast active power to extend all the Atonements which are active for 6 seconds.


List of Priest talents

If you wish to know everything about Disc Priest talents using in raids and dungeons, then simply check this table and analyze it trying to adopt every talent to the current situations.

Talents in raids, most helpful:

  • Sins of the Many
  • Schism, Angelic Feather
  • hai
  • Halo
  • Twist of Fate for players with the low level of health
  • Evangelism

Talents for the dungeons:

  • Angelic Feather
  • hai
  • Lenience
  • Sins of Many
  • Halo
  • Twist of Fate
  • Divine Star


If you are used to see Discipline Priest as the healer only then it’s time to realize his table of talents and abilities is pretty much extended. So, it’s better to master all those new spells and learn the new playstyle. Learning all these talents below will allow using smart Discipline Priest rotation depending on the situation.

Discipline Priest BFA

General Priority Healing includes 10 talents to rotate in the battle including Discipline priest pvp. Not all of them must be used in the same encounter, the order is always variable.

  1. Power Word: Shield
  2. Shadow Word: Pain and Purge the Wicked
  3. Penance
  4. hai
  5. Power Word: Radiance
  6. Shadowfiend and Evangelism after it
  7. Power Word: Radiance and then Evangelism
  8. Halo
  9. Shadow Mend
  10. Smite

The Damage Rotation is also in charge of the Discipline Priest. Check this.

  1. Shadowfiend during cooldown and Mindbender
  2. Shadow Word: Pain
  3. Penance
  4. Schism
  5. hai
  6. Divine Star
  7. Halo
  8. Holy Nova
  9. Smite

Priest Leveling

The level depends on the gear you have. That’s why you must choose the highest loot in a row. But keep in mind that if you get Necklace or Ring which have a lower value than 2 of them are counted as 1 of the higher level.

Gather the following talents to level up your Discipline Priest:

  • Castigation – level 15
  • Body and Soul – level 30
  • hai – level 45
  • Psychic Voice – level 60
  • Sins of the Many – level 75
  • Divine Star – level 90
  • Lenience – level 100

Check a special rotation of the talents in order to speed up the leveling of the Priest: you will learn a new spell or talent on every level. Use it as often as possible to master properly. For instance, at level 10 you will get Penance which is useful for cooldowns right after Shadow Word: Pain. At this level do not ignore Smite that works as a filter for you.

Priest Addons

When you’ve learned Addons once you will not stop using them. Find the best Priest Addons in order to make all your main goals come true: from learning all the necessary spells and rotate them in a great way and up to leveling up the Priest. Also, you can check BfA addons guide. The ocean of Addons can be narrowed till several ones, especially amazing for Discipline Priest.

  • Elvui, Bartender and 4WeakAuras 2 for UI
  • Grid 2, Clique or VuhDo for Raid Frames
  • Weak Auras and tell me When for tracking
  • Tidy Plates or Kul Nameplates
  • Bigwigs and Deadly Boss Mods useful for battles with bosses

8 thoughts on “Best healer WoW: Discipline Priest guide – Battle for Azeroth 8.1

  • October 16, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I am still confused about contrition in the WoW Battle for Azeroth.

    In a raid isn’t the offensive use of penance more effective, even without schism or only 3-4 atonements up, since there are no breakpoints?

    To be honest, I feel more comfortable to use schism instead of defensive penance.

    • October 18, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Offensive Penance is good to use if a majority of your Atonement targets need healing and no one needs a direct heal. The benefit from Contrition (if you take the talent) is that it allows you to provide direct healing to one target and still provide some Atonement healing to the other Atonement targets, making it less painful to cast Penance defensively in situations you think it will be needed. There are “breakpoints” but they are irrelevant in terms of being useful track or pay attention to. It comes down to just casting defensive or offensive Penance as you see fit. Even with Sins of the Many (what I am currently running most of the time right now) I will still defensive Penance the tank at low Atonements (2-3) since it’s usually more effective than overhealing 2-3 targets.

      I hope this helps clarify things a bit!

  • October 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I really like your guides, keep up the great work. I started to play disc in raids to see if I would like it from holy. The problem I’m having is who to use the atonement on. If I try to keep up atonement on a quarter to half the group then I run out of mana. How do I choose who to target and how to conserve mana. Do it just wait till some gets hit?

  • October 30, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Just one tip for all new disc priests, start dungeons as holy and when you’re comfortable with healing and know the fights then swap to disc. It will be a scary experience not knowing when heavy damage is incoming and you’re scrambling to heal the group after everyone got blasted down to 20% health.

  • November 3, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    My biggest issue with healers is that i’m expected to deal good dmg as a healer. last night i failed the mage tower on my resto druid(it’s not even 900 ilvl i’m a returning player) because i coulden’t meet the dps check in like stage 3 or whatever. this isen’t what healing is supposed to be about if u ask me.

  • November 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Lovely review, thank you! A small thing I am also happy about is Holy Nova. While leveling as a disc priest in bfa, I really missed a decent AoE dmg spell, this is making my life so much easier! I already loved disc and now I love it even more. This will be my main for BfA for sure!

  • November 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    That’s very helpful, thank you! I’m very surprised the trinket is #1, did the scaling for disc change? Reading through the forums it seems to incur a 90% damage reduction as disc…I guess when you have 5+ mobs that still works out to be significant or?

  • February 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Something seems off with my own Disc Priest but maybe this is just because I have yet to reach the level of using gear with Mastery? I’m just dealing with tanks that lose about 70% of their health in seconds and Atonement can do nothing about it. The rate at which they lose their health has made me have to spam Shadow Mend.


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