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Don’t Panic: Disc Priest Tips for Cataclysm

Healing as a Disc Priest in these early days of the Cataclysm expansion can be cataclysmically horrifying.

The average LFD group is explosively bad: DPS refuse to utilize crowd control. The tank pulls seven mobs as though he’s an overgeared ICC Kingslayer running Mana Tombs with every buff in the game. No one will stop for you to drink.

You’re running out of mana every two mobs and the group keeps pulling, oblivious to your panicked squeals for mana, mana, mana! Bars are dropping. You pop triage heals on the DPS, even though you can’t spare the mana, because you know you’ll wipe for sure without that strangely tough hunter because your tanks’ health is dropping faster than a brick on fast-forward and he’s vying for the title of World’s Biggest Dick anyway.

The ‘lock Life Taps six times in quick succession, the tank pulls the boss while you’re counting the seconds on your Shadowfiend cooldown and sobbing softly while whacking the last three mobs feebly with your stick, and then it happens:

You wipe.

And then the group boots you.

I wish I had more encouraging news for you, gentle discos, but the best I can say is that we’re not alone. Every healer I’ve talked to is going through this same agony. Tanks are squishier, DPS are slower, your mana is nonexistent, and somehow in LFD all those problems add up to THE HEALER SUCKS!

I feel your pain. Hell, I’m living your pain!

We’re all in this together, all embattled and embittered and embarrassed in these bludgeon-fests, but here are a few tips that may assist in that horrifying slog we’re facing these days. They’ve helped me regain my sanity- what little remains, that is- and I hope they do the same for you:

1. LFD? LFG!

The LFD tool is an odd monster. It at once impersonalized the leveling experience and yet exposed you to far more content. Blizzard certainly took the impersonalization to heart: just look at the new guild system for confirmation that they really, really want you get to know players on your realm at least a bit better.

The lone leveler got hit with the nerf bat in terms of guild achievements and rewards, but perhaps- perhaps!- the extreme difficulty of healing right now is intended to do the same thing.

I have to be honest with you guys, now: I have not finished a single random LFD instance since Cataclysm began. I’ve been kicked (“You suck!”), I’ve ragequit (“You guys suck!”), I’ve been in the fetal position and crying too snottily to seize hold of my mouse (“I suck!”).

And then there are guild runs.

I moved my main priest to another server (to act as temporary financial support to a low-level alt), and ended up in a new guild about two weeks ago. I don’t know all of my guildmates very well, but I *do* know them better than my LFD-sponsored Ipwnunoobz tank.

When I need to stop for mana, they stop. We pull cautiously and steadily. We make good time, because we don’t wipe. No one yells. No one curses (there is excessive /mooning of bosses, however). No one pitches a fit.

If you haven’t yet, or if you’re not in a guild that runs instances regularly. do seriously consider getting in with a guild to run with outside the LFD Disaster Relief System.

I can highly recommend Mortem Vitae Sequens on A-Farstriders, Waypoint on A-Medivh, Tsu Tain Guu Faitaa on H-Drenden, and Business Time on A-Moonrunner. If those guilds are aren’t hiring, I know each one would be happy to recommend a good one on-server.

2. Dress for Success

It’s tempting- oh, so tempting- to gear up as a Shadow Priest, run a few quests in Vash’jir and Mount Hyjal, and in the meantime queue up as a healer for a few (invariably disastrous) PUGs through the Looking For Group tool.

Do not do this. If you’re picking up gear with Hit and chucking the gear with Spirit, well- you’re gonna have a bad time.

Now is the time to commit to running in Spirit gear with no Hit as a dedicated Disc Priest instance healer (or partner-in-crime of a tankish questing friend).

If you can’t bring yourself to do that, admit to yourself that you’d really like to see those new areas while you level, dropping Spirit gear for Spellpower and Intellect (and Hit), and level as a  Shadowpriest, may the gods forgive me for saying it.

3. (Key)Bound for Glory

Go into the game. Hit ‘Esc’. Select ‘Macros’.

Creating macros is easy, and it’s awfully nice to have a pre-programmed little ditty that you can slap out at the beginning of LFD. It might not make any difference, but you’ll feel like you at least made the effort.

Just select ‘Create New…’ on the Macros screen, select an attractive icon, and type in anything you’d normally type in the chat screen. Once done, pull the icon(s) to your quickbar and press at will.

My own goes something like this:

/p Hi, everyone! I’m Liala and I’ll be your healer for this evening’s run.
/p Healers are really low on mana right now, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, so I’m going to have to ask for a few more mana breaks then we’re all used to. I promise I’ll make it as quick as I can.
/p Deeps, I’m really sorry, but I’m probably not going to be able to heal you as much. Please don’t hesitate to use bandages if we’re getting creamed. That’s it! Thanks for reading!

Then I have a few macros that I’ve always had:

/p Mana break after this mob, please.
/p Focusing on tank heals, please bandage at will.

Employ your macros to give your tank a verbal heads-up whenever possible, and reap the rewards of a happy tank.

4. Get Right Back To Where We Started From

We all want to get ahead, to see the new instances, to see the new content!

The last thing on Azeroth any of us want to do right now is go back to the Lich King or any of those Heroic Wrath instances we’ve run ten thousand times, but there is, I swear, benefit to doing so.

Queue up for a random Lich King Heroic and run it paying complete and total attention to your rotation.

Running these suckers is a great way to familiarize yourself with all the new bells and whistles we Disc Priests have without stressing the hell out over everyone dying all over the place. No matter how much I read or study or crunch numbers, I find nothing ever, ever replaces the actual experience of playing with a new build.

Since healing should be cake, you’ll be able to take stock of your new talents without being terribly distracted.

Try out new rotations. Pay attention to the numbers that are popping up as you heal, and check out which spells give you the biggest results and how much your mana bar sinks with each. Get used to using Inner Focus and Hymn of Hope and Barrier, and whatever else you haven’t been using lately. Try out the new Smitespec and see if that fills you with joy (and wings).

Whatever else you do, remain calm and remember we’re all right there with you, bitching about our tanks and DPS in the ethereal super-reality that all Disc Priests share. Your QQ is our QQ. Godspeed.

For more information on gear and builds, check out:
Cataclysm Disc Priest Builds (Shieldspec and Smitespec)
Gearing a Disc Priest: 80-85
Gearing a Disc Priest: The Beginning Raider (85+)
Cataclysm Disc Priest Gems and Reforging
My current build on the Armory

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Discipline Priest Builds for 4.0

Check out our guide to Disc Priest Gear in Cataclysm

These builds are now active in patch 4.0.3. You can add onto them- without respeccing- in Cataclysm, when the level cap increases to 85 and you can pick up the last four talent points. Consider them a starting point for experimenting with all the fun new elements of the disc priest!

Check out DA’s main priest: Liala’s Current Build and Stats at WoW Armory

SAMPLE BUILD #1: The Standard Shielding Disc Priest (aka SHIELDSPEC)

Interactive Talent Calculator for Build #1

This build includes many talents familiar to WotLK disc priests, including Improved PW:Shield, Grace, Rapture, and Divine Aegis, among others. I’ve also picked up a few new talents:

  • Darkness: Improves spell Haste by 3% (Shadow)
  • Power Word: Barrier: Summons a barrier in a certain location that shields any friendly target within it.
  • Soul Warding: Reduces cooldown on PW:Shield by 2 seconds.

This build should feel very familiar to current Disc Priests. For variation, I’d recommend dropping 2 points of Veiled Shadows (Shadow; reduces cooldown on Fade and Shadowfiend) for two ranks of Inspiration (Holy; increases healing of Holy heal spells).

Recommended Glyphs
Prime: Glyph of Penance, Glyph of Power Word: Shield, Glyph of Power Word: Barrier
Major: Glyph of Mass Dispel … and the rest currently suck for us; try Dispel Magic and Holy Nova, just for giggles
Minor: Glyph of Shadowfiend, Glyph of Fortitude, Glyph of Shackle Undead (I’d switch this one out with Glyph of Levitate, but it’s a personal preference)

SAMPLE BUILD #2: The Smite/Shield Hybrid Disc Priest (aka SMITESPEC)

Interactive Talent Calculator for Build #2

This build is highly experimental; Blizzard clearly wanted PvPing Disc priests to do more damage through the use of Smite, as you can see from the inclusion of a number of new talents (Evangelism, Archangel, and Atonement). This might also be a nice leveling build, enabling a dedicated Disc priest to heal through 5-man instances and solo quest without changing specs. New talents include:

  • Evangelism: Increases the damage and decreases mana cost of Smite, Holy Fire, and Penance each time you cast Smite (or Mind Flay).
  • Archangel: Consumes your Evangelism effect so that, rather than increasing the damage, etc., of your next Smite (see above), restores a percentage of mana and boosts your healing effects.
  • Atonement: Heal a nearby target (or yourself) for 80% (40% for yourself) each time you Smite.

For a possible variation, I’d consider dropping 2 points in Darkness (haste increase) for two points in Veiled Shadows (Shadowfiend and Fade cooldown reduction).

Recommended Glyphs
Prime: Glyph of Penance, Glyph of Power Word: Shield, Glyph of Renew
Major: Glyph of Mass Dispel, Glyph of Divine Accuracy, Glyph of Smite
Minor:  Glyph of Shadowfiend, Glyph of Fortitude, Glyph of Fading (all that Smite-ing’s going to be generating threat that you’ll have to control much more than the Shield build)

Don’t be afraid to play around with the new talents; good luck and have fun!

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 10-20

Disc Priest Leveling Gear, Levels 10-20

But Wait'll You See It On An Orc!

ABOUT LEVELS 10-20

The first ten levels truly do breeze past; it feels like only five minutes ago you were running errands for the blue space goats on your crashed outlier ship- and it was. But times change, and with them we must venture out beyond the structured and harmless world of our priestly infancy and into the Great Big World, where creatures attack you on sight.

As you move through levels ten through twenty, gear becomes more critical. The turning point truly is at 15, when you become eligible for dungeons, have a few talent points to assign, and can .

At this point, you’ll be challenged to find anything with decent Crit on it, and most gear will have less Spirit than you’ll want, but don’t fret. Maximize Intellect, grab Crit wherever you find it, don’t fear Spirit gear (you’ll get that stuff with less of a fight from the mages), and throw in a little Stamina to increase your survivability.

At this point, we want:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Stamina

Check out our Discultimate Leveling Guide: 0 – 20 In Six Seconds

FINDING & PURCHASING GEAR

Particularly for the first forty or so levels, the fastest way to gear up will be through the Auction House. If you’re playing the well-funded priest alt of a high roller, all well and good. If this is your only character, you are, as the British say, for it.

I’ve tried to include gear that comes from a variety of sources that may not be the absolute top stat gear to provide the non-high-rollers with a selection of gear that allows for some variation in following quest lines, and just plain personal preference (I refuse to set foot in Silithus, for example, no matter what Discipline Robe Of Shazaam might be there).  And for those of you with a Daddy Warbucks alt suppling you with a steady stream of allowance packets, or far-reaching hopes, there’s a ‘Best In Show’ category as well.

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

SECRET TIP O’ THE DAY: I always carry two extra pairs of gloves with me at lower levels. I buy the cheapest gloves I can find and then enchant one with [Enchant Gloves - Herbalism] and one with [Enchant Gloves - Mining] (my two professions), then make a macro to slip them on quickly. When I hit that “just a little too high!” herb or mine, I’ve got them in the bag and ready to go.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 10-20

CHEST

Best In Show: Tree Bark Jacket

Alternative 1: Corsair’s Overshirt
Alternative 2: Robe of the Moccasin
Alternative 3:  Grey Woolen Robe BEST BUY!
Alternative 4: Robes of Arugal (20+)

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest - Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest - Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: Darkweave Breeches

Alternative 1: Shimmering Trousers
Alternative 2: Buccaneer’s Pants
Alternative 3: Colorful Kilt BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Spidersilk Boots

Alternative 1: Bright Boots
Alternative 2: Sanguine Sandals
Alternative 3: Woolen Boots BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots - Minor Speed] or [Medium Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Ghostly Mantle

Alternative 1: Slime-encrusted Pads (20+)
Alternative 2: Rose Mantle
Alternative 3: Reinforced Woolen Shoulders BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Bright Bracers

Alternative 1: Mindthrust Bracers (non-PvP only)
Alternative 2: Greenweave Bracers of Healing/ Eagle/ Owl
Alternative 3: Ivycloth Bracelets of Healing/ Eagle /Owl (20+)

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Bright Gloves

Alternative 1: Serpent Gloves
Alternative 2: Gold-flecked Gloves
Alternative 3: Gnoll Casting Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

BACK

Best In Show: Tumultuous Cloak of the Sorcerer (from Satchel of Helpful Goods)

Alternative 1: … of the Elder
Alternative 2: … of the Moon
Alternative 3: Pearl-Clasped Cloak BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak - Greater Defense]

HEAD

Best In Show: Lucky Fishing Hat

For engineers…
Alternative 1: Shadow Goggles
Alternative 2: Green Tinted Goggles

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

NECK

Best In Show: Brilliant Necklace

Alternative 1: Ornate Tigerseye Necklace
Alternative 2: Thick Bronze Necklace

FINGERS

Best In Show: Ring of Iron Will (A) / Totemic Clan Ring (H)

Alternative 1: Black Widow Band (non-PvP only)
Alternative 2: Deep Fathom Ring (20+)
Alternative 3: Lavishly Jeweled Ring
Alternative 4: Ring of Defense

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Minor Recombobulator (Requires Eng 140)

Alternative 1: Rune of Perfection (20+)

WEAPON

Best In Show: Emberstone Staff

Alternative 1: Twisted Chanter’s Staff
Alternative 2: Crescent Staff
Alternative 3: Icicle Rod (20+)

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 1- 10

Disc Priest Leveling Gear, Levels 0-10

PHEAR ME!

Either equip your heirlooms or just use what you find lying around, or get from quests. There’s no reason to be spending money at this point, nor any particular advantage (beyond using heirlooms) to so doing.

That’s all, folks!

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 50-60

ABOUT LEVELS 50-60

After level 50, you begin to get into the more exciting areas of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. With good gear, you can easily go to Outland at level 58 and acquire far better quest rewards. The very best gear rewards, however, still come from running dungeons.

We’re still maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Haste > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 50 – 60 (incoming!).

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 50-60

CHEST

Best In Show: Robe of the Archmage Embrace of the Wind Serpent

Alternative 1: Robe of the Void BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Truefaith Vestments
Alternative 3: Polychromatic Visionwrap
Alternative 4: Embrace of the Wind Serpent

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest - Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest - Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: Skyshroud Leggings

Alternative 1: Leggings of Torment
Alternative 2: Kilt of the Atal’ai Prophet
Alternative 3: Frostweave Pants BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Dragonrider Boots

Alternative 1: Ogreseer Tower Boots
Alternative 2: Maleki’s Footwraps
Alternative 3: Mooncloth Boots BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots - Minor Speed] or [Heavy Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Mantle of the Timbermaw BEST BUY!

Alternative 1: Azure Moon Amice
Alternative 2: Boreal Mantle
Alternative 3: Devout Mantle

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Dryad’s Wrist Bindings

Alternative 1: Flameweave Cuffs
Alternative 2: Magiskull Cuffs BEST BUY!

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Gloves of Spell Mastery BEST BUY!

Alternative 1: Hands of Power
Alternative 2: Atal’ai Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Cap of the Scarlet Savant

Alternative 1: Emerald Crown of Destruction BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Dragonskin Cowl

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show: Belt of the Archmage BEST BUY!

Alternative 1: Wisdom of the Timbermaw
Alternative 2: Dustfeather Sash
Alternative 3: Dawnspire Cord

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Hide of the Wild BEST BUY!

Alternative 1: Frostweaver Cape
Alternative 2: Bloodmoon Cloak
Alternative 3: Shroud of the Exile
Alternative 4: Spritecaster Cape

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak - Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Lady Maye’s Pendant

Alternative 1: Jeweled Amulet of Cainwyn
Alternative 2: Chains of the Lich

FINGERS

Best In Show: Band of Natural Fire

Alternative 1: Seal of Rivendare
Alternative 2: Flaming Band
Alternative 3: Band of Rumination
Alternative 4: Lagrave’s Seal

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Briarwood Reed

Alternative 1: Power of the High Chief
Alternative 2: Blackhand’s Breadth

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Staff of Balzaphon

Alternative 1: Trindlehaven Staff
Alternative 2: Argent Crusader
Alternative 3: Staff of Hale Magefire

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

 

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Heirlooms

Get Used To The View

ABOUT HEIRLOOMS

If you’ve decided to create a new Discipline Priest as a secondary character, on a server and faction you already possess an 85, the world of heirlooms will open its joyous arms to you. You will do a little wiggle dance, amaze those you PUG with, and level like a speeding bullet.

It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s the ultimate in leveling or twink gear.

PURCHASING HEIRLOOMS

You can acquire your gear any order you choose, but remember: shoulders, legs, and chest heirlooms add 10% each to your leveling speed, and the cloak and ring add 5%each , so you’ll probably want to get those first.

ENCHANTING HEIRLOOMS

Heirlooms can only be enchanted with enchants that will not make them Bind on Character. This limits the pool of available enchantments severely, but you’ll be able to pick up at least a few enchants to make your new awesome gear even more awesomer…er.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST HEIRLOOMS AND ENCHANTMENTS

CHEST: Tattered Dreadmist Robe
ENCHANT: Enchant Chest: Greater Stats

SHOULDERS: Tattered Dreadmist Mantle
ENCHANT: Master’s Inscription of the Storm Requires Inscription 400.

LEGS: Tattered Dreadmist Leggings
ENCHANT: Spellthreads are not useable on Heirloom leggings. Sorry!

WEAPON: Dignified Headmaster’s Charge
ENCHANT: Enchant Weapon: Spellpower

TRINKET 1: Discerning Eye of the Beast

TRINKET 2: Inherited Insignia of the Alliance (or another Discerning Eye of the Beast)

RING 1: Dread Pirate Ring
RING 2: Gleaming Seal of the Archmagus

CLOAK: Ancient Bloodmoon Cloakguild level 10

HEAD: Tattered Dreadmist Mask, guild level 20

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 30-40

ABOUT LEVELS 30-40

Once you hit 30, you’ll get deeply- and possibly fatally- involved in the new instances, notably Uldaman. At this point you are also resilient enough to do a little solo leveling again, so don’t forget to try it out (particularly in PvP).

Many excellent pieces of equipment are available for these levels at vendors and the Auction House, making this set of levels more viable for solo leveling, as well.

We’re now maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Haste > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 30 – 40

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 30-40

CHEST

Best In Show: Robe of Crystal Waters

Alternative 1: Robe of the Magi BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Vicar’s Robe
Alternative 3:  Chillwind Tunic
Alternative 4: Death Speaker Robes

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest - Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest - Major Mana]

LEGS

If you managed to get Blighted Leggings in your 20′s, they’re a very respectable piece for the 30′s as well.

Best In Show: Stoneweaver Leggings

Alternative 1: Crimson Silk Pantaloons BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Shadoweave Pants

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Riptide Shoes

Alternative 1: Vinerot Sandals
Alternative 2: Furen’s Boots

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots - Minor Speed] or [Medium Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Flameseer Mantle

Alternative 1: Death Speaker Mantle
Alternative 2: Warpwood Leaf Mantle
Alternative 3:  Berylline Pads

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Evil Dolly’s Cuffs

Alternative 1: Arcane Runed Bracers

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Gloves of Shadowy Mist

Alternative 1: Stormcloth Gloves
Alternative 2: Black Mageweave Gloves BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Zaetar’s Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Eye of Theradras

Alternative 1: Miner’s Hat of the Deep
Alternative 2: Darkcleric’s Veil or Veil of Aerie Peak

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show:  Chloromesh Girdle

Alternative 1: Satyrmane Sash
Alternative 2: Star Belt BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Direhorn Cinch

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Energy Cloak

Alternative 1: Bilgewater Mantle or Darkspear Mantle
Alternative 2: Emberscale Cape
Alternative 3: Mantle of [Home City]
Alternative 4: Caretaker’s Cape

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak - Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Tumultuous Necklace (with Intellect, Spirit, or Crit; from Satchel of Helpful Goods)

Alternative 1: Dragon’s Blood Necklace
Alternative 2: Tempest Talisman

FINGERS

Best In Show: Ring of Demonic Guile

Alternative 1: Underworld Band
Alternative 2: Woodseed Hoop
Alternative 3: Golden Ring of Power BEST BUY!
Alternative 4: Prismstone Ring

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Emissary’s Watch

Alternative 1: Devourer’s Stomach
Alternative 2: Figurine – Jade Owl BEST BUY!

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Quel’dorei Channeling Rod

Alternative 1: Tower of Theramore
Alternative 2: Staff of the Shade BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Spellforce Rod

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

 

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 20-30

Wait, are my pits showing?!

ABOUT LEVELS 20-30

Once you hit 20, you’re going to start running an entirely new set of dungeons in LFD. Blackfathom Deeps, Razorfen Downs, Gnomergan- all will open up to your priestly ravaging.

We’re still maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 20 – 30

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 20-30

CHEST

Best In Show: Robe of Doan

Alternative 1: Treebark Jacket
Alternative 2: Black Velvet Robes
Alternative 3:  Mechbuilders Overalls
Alternative 4: Beguiler Robes

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest - Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest - Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: Blighted Leggings

Alternative 1: Leech Pants
Alternative 2: Silk-Threaded Trousers
Alternative 3:  Gaze Dreamer Pants

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Acidic Walkers

Alternative 1: Moccasins of the White Hare
Alternative 2: Corpse Rompers

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots - Minor Speed] or [Medium Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Hann Ibal’s Epaulettes

Alternative 1: Khaz Modan Mantle
Alternative 2: Magician’s Mantle
Alternative 3:  Darkcloth Shoulders BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Spidertank Oilrag

Alternative 1: Glowing Magical Bracelets

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Gloves of Old

Alternative 1: Balmy Wraps
Alternative 2: Hotshot Pilot’s Gloves BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Eldritch Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Holy Shroud

Alternative 1: Moonsoul Crown BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Vishas’ Hood

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show:  Warsong Sash

Alternative 1: Girdle of Nobility
Alternative 2: Ghamoo-Ra’s Bind
Alternative 3: Belt of the Hero

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Caretaker’s Cape

Alternative 1: Amy’s Blanket
Alternative 2: Glowing Thresher Cape

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak - Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Crystal Starfire Medallion

Alternative 1: Amulet of the Moon BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Necklace of Harmony

FINGERS

Best In Show: Deep Fathom Ring

Alternative 1: Heavy Jade Ring BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: The Queen’s Jewel
Alternative 3: Yorgen’s Boon
Alternative 4: Seal of Wrynn

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Heirloom only

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Illusionary Rod

Alternative 1: Bloodscalp Channeling Staff BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Staff of the Blessed Seer
Alternative 3: Kam’s Walking Stick

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

 

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 40 – 50

ABOUT LEVELS 40-50

At the end of your 40′s, the grind might start to get to you. If you’re hearing voices, become enraged at every tank you pug (without due cause, because certainly we are all enraged at our tanks), and begin to consider re-speccing Shadow, you may want to consider taking some time out to work on your professions. This is a good set of levels in which to do that.

We’re still maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Haste > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 40 – 50

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 40-50

CHEST

Best In Show: Coldtouch Phantom Wraps

Alternative 1: Robes of the Exalted
Alternative 2: Robes of Insight
Alternative 3: The Postmaster’s Tunic
Alternative 4: Death’s Head Vestment

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest - Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest - Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: The Postmaster’s Trousers

Alternative 1: Necropile Leggings
Alternative 2: Threadbare Trousers
Alternative 3: Frostweave Pants BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Maleki’s Footwraps

Alternative 1: Boots of the Full Moon
Alternative 2: Fire Striders
Alternative 3: The Postmaster’s Treads

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots - Minor Speed] or [Heavy Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Soulstealer Mantle

Alternative 1: Thuzadin Mantle
Alternative 2: Kentic Amice
Alternative 3: Mooncloth Shoulders BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Dryad’s Wrist Bindings

Alternative 1: Sublime Wristguards
Alternative 2: Tearfall Bracers

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Shadowy Laced Handwraps

Alternative 1: Jumanza Grips
Alternative 2: Gordok’s Handwraps

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Eye of Flame

Alternative 1: The Postmaster’s Band
Alternative 2: Bad Mojo Mask

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show: Sash of the Burning Heart

Alternative 1: Deathmage Sash
Alternative 2: Grimgore Noose
Alternative 3: Thuzadin Sash

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Spritecaster Cape

Alternative 1: Heliotrope Cloak
Alternative 2: Archivist Cape
Alternative 3: Denmother’s Cloak
Alternative 4: Icy Cloak BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak - Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak - Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Anastari Heirloom

Alternative 1: Horizon Choker
Alternative 2: Ruby Pendant of Fire BEST BUY!

FINGERS

Best In Show: Seal of Rivendare

Alternative 1: Murmuring Ring
Alternative 2: Brainlash
Alternative 3: Cyclopean Band
Alternative 4: Gem Studded Band BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Emissary’s Watch

Alternative 1: Mindtap Talisman
Alternative 2: Figurine – Ruby Serpent BEST BUY!

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Glowing Brightwood Staff

Alternative 1: Moonshadow Stave
Alternative 2: Stoneflower Staff
Alternative 3: Zum’rah’s Vexing Cane

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

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