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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 20-30

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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 60-70

ABOUT LEVELS 60-70

Most of your level 60 to 70 leveling experience will be undertaken in Outland. Quest rewards continue to offer a viable route to gearing your disc priest, but you will, as always, find better gear by running dungeons either with a dedicated group or using the LFG tool.

A great deal of gear becomes available at level 70, when Northrend ‘officially’ opens to your priest, but since you are probably trying to get to 70, I’m leaving all of those out except the BiS pieces.

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

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 60 – 70 (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 60-70

CHEST

Best In Show: Shroud of Absolution (70+)

Alternative 1: Robes of the Augurer
Alternative 2: Raiments of Divine Authority
Alternative 3: Chemise of Rebirth
Alternative 4: Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown

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

LEGS

Best In Show: Leggings of Channeled Elements (70+)

Alternative 1: Khadgar’s Kilt of Abjuration
Alternative 2: Haramad’s Leg Wraps
Alternative 3: Lifegiver Britches

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Slippers of the Seacaller (70+)

Alternative 1: Slippers of Serenity
Alternative 2: Frostwoven Boots BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Abyss Walker’s Boots

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

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Hatefury Mantle (70+)

Alternative 1: Pauldrons of Sufferance
Alternative 2: Terrorcloth Mantle
Alternative 3: Rime Covered Mantle

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Fury of the Ursine (70+)

Alternative 1: Bracers of Havok BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Blackstrike Bracers

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

HANDS

Best In Show: Studious Wraps (70+)

Alternative 1: Tempest’s Touch
Alternative 2: Manaspark Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show:  Cowl of the Grand Engineer (70+)

Alternative 1: Evoker’s Helmet of Second Sight
Alternative 2: Destruction Holo-Gogs (Requires ENG 350)
Alternative 3: Cenarion Thicket Circlet

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show: Belt of Blasting (70+) BEST BUY!

Alternative 1: Mindfire Waistband
Alternative 2: Sash of Sealed Fate
Alternative 3: Eyestalk Waist Cord

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Cloak of the Betrayed (70+)

Alternative 1: White Remedy Cape
Alternative 2: Ogre Slayer’s Cover
Alternative 3: Cloak of the Necropolis
Alternative 4: Cloak of the Black Void BEST BUY!

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

NECK

Best In Show: Vindicator’s Pendant of Reprieve (70+)

Alternative 1: The Sun King’s Talisman
Alternative 2: Winterfall’s Frozen Necklace

FINGERS

Best In Show: Kharmaa’s Ring of Fate (70+)

Alternative 1: Band of Eternity
Alternative 2: Violet Signet
Alternative 3: Spiritualist’s Mark of the Sha’tar
Alternative 4: Band of the Guardian

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

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Will of the Red Dragonflight (70+)

Alternative 1: Neltharion’s Tear
Alternative 2: Rejuvenating Gem

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Amani Divining Staff (70+)

Alternative 1: Soulseeker
Alternative 2: Serpentcrest Life-Staff
Alternative 3: Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian (very hard to get)

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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Reforging And Gems for Discipline Priests in 4.0

Be sure to check out our Discipline Priest Builds for 4.0

The 4.0.1 pre-Cataclysm patch introduces us to the wonderful world of reforging. Blizzard describes it thusly:

Originally a magic brought to the citizens of Azeroth by the Highborne, reforging will provide a new means for players to customize their gear in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. NPCs offering reforging services will be located in all major cities, ready to assist in customizing items by altering the stats they provide. Players can use reforging to modify an item’s stat values, or to undo any previous changes and allow different customization choices.

So, how do you get all your gear in top working order as a discipline priest? By using this handy guide, of course!

GENERAL GUIDE TO STATS

Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste (to 25%) > Crit
If you’re running out of mana, use: Spirit > Intellect > Crit > Mastery > Haste (to 25%)

Temporary Edit: Don’t bother with Mastery right now in 4.0.1. The return on your investment is very, very low for the time being.

You Want…
Intellect: Size of your mana pool
Spirit: Regeneration rate of your mana pool
Critical Strike: The chance a spell will provide be critical (larger than normal)
Haste: The speed at which you cast spells
Mastery: A bonus to your talent tree specialization (mana regen, healing bonus, and PW:Shield bonus for us disc priests)

You Don’t Want…
Agility
Strength
Dodge
Parry
Hit Rating
Expertise

GUIDE TO GEMS

Good Gems:
Anything ‘Brilliant’ (+intellect)
‘Energized’ (+haste, +spirit)
‘Forceful’ (PvP only; +haste, +stamina)
‘Misty’ (+crit, +spirit)
‘Nightmare Tear’ (+all stats)
‘Potent’ (+intellect, +crit)
‘Purified’ (+intellect, +spirit)
‘Quick’ (+haste)
‘Reckless’ (+haste, +intellect)
‘Smooth’ (+crit)
‘Sparkling’ (+spirit)
‘Timeless’ (PvP only; +intellect, +stamina)
‘Turbid’ (PvP only; +spirit, +resilience)
‘Wilful’ (PvP only; +intellect, +resilience)

Bad Gems:
‘Accurate’          ‘Bold’                ‘Champion’
‘Deadly’             ‘Defender’        ‘Deft’
‘Delicate’           ‘Etched’            ‘Fierce’
‘Flashing’          ‘Glinting’           ‘Inscribed’
‘Jagged’             ‘Lightning’        ‘Lucent’
‘Mysterious’     ‘Nimble’            ‘Polished’
‘Precise’            ‘Radiant’           ‘Regal’
‘Resolute’         ‘Resplendent’   ‘Rigid’
‘Shifting’           ‘Solid’                ‘Sovereign’
‘Splendid’         ‘Stalwart’          ‘Steady’
‘Stormy’           ‘Subtle’             ‘Veiled’

GUIDE TO REFORGING

You can’t change the four primary stats (Stamina, Intellect, Agility, and Strength), but you can modify the eight secondary stats (Spirit, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating, Parry Rating, and Dodge Rating).

So far, there are no Mastery gems; if you want Mastery stats on your gear, reforging is currently the only way to get it.

You can find yourself on wowarmory.com and check out your stats- they’re under your feet. Look at your overall ratings and see where you need improvement, then reforge to pick up anywhere you have low ratings.

Reforgers are located in every capital city; just ask a guard with a map icon for directions.

You Want…                               You Don’t Want…
Spirit                                              Parry
Haste                                              Hit
Critical Strike                                Dodge
Mastery                                         Expertise

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Disc 101: PvE v PvP

Separate But Equal

One of the trickiest problems with gear, I find, is the internal debate over whether you should take a readily available PvP piece of equipment that is a big iLevel upgrade for you, or if it’s better to keep going with your PvE gear and just keep grinding out those badges. When I PvP, my problem is exactly the reverse: dip into that tempting Frost pile I never use to replace those ancient gloves, or grit my teeth and Arena until I pile up the points there?

How do you when it’s better to take the lesser PvE gear over the higher-level PvP gear, or vice versa?

Here are a few tools to help you decide:

  • Rawr: Rawr is a program which runs on your computer, looks up your character, then gives you automated suggestions for gear upgrades for PvP or PvE. Take the suggestions with a grain of salt, though; it’s been known to make mistakes, as Bang & Blame notes this week.
  • WoW Armory:
    – For PvE: Look up a high-level, endgame raiding guild on a guild progression website like GuildProgress.com. Search within the ranked guilds for a discipline priest who has completed the raid you’re currently on, and then check out his gear on the armory. Compare and contrast with yourself.
    – For PvP: Look up a high-level arena team who is doing the same arena numbers that you are (or for battlegrounders, look up a 5v5 team) at an arena team ranking site like Arena Junkies. Find a team with a disc priest of the size you want, then check out her gear on the armory. Compare and contrast with yourself.
  • PlusHeal: PlusHeal is a forums-driven healers website divided into classes. Check out the PlusHeal Priest section, and specifically this thread to compare your own stats with those on endgame raiders (or PvPers, if that’s your bag).

This all comes with a caveat we all know only too well: Even if you choose the lesser piece of equipment for all the right reasons, raids and guilds will look at your gearscore and not your gear nine times out of ten. If you’re not getting into high-level raids, you’re not going to be pulling down extra Frost. If you’re not pulling down extra Frost, you’ll be stuck in that noble, low-level, perfectly appropriate PvE gear for a very long time.

Walk the line, my little priestlings. Walk the line.

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The Discultimate Gear Guide: Levels 20-30

Let's See Those Psionic Aliens Get Through THIS!

ABOUT LEVELS 20-30

Now that you have your first twenty levels under your belt, it’s time to branch out. If you’ve accumulated enough gold you’ll be purchasing your mount at some point during this leveling block. Increased speed equals increased questing equals more money, which translates into MOAR STUFF!

At this point you’ll be looking at more serious business gear. Your discipline specialization is starting to become more pronounced as you add in talents, and your gear less disposable. You’ll be looking at it a lot longer too, so do try and get something that looks pretty. Last but not least, real headgear is now available to you.

At this point, we still want:
Spellpower > Intellect > Spirit or MP5 or Stamina

Check out our Discultimate Leveling Guide: Levels 20 – 30 In Five Minutes

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 discussed 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 20-30

CHEST

Best In Show: Robes of Arugal (Usable at 20!)

Alternative 1: Green Silk Armor
Alternative 2: Azure Silk Vest BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Death Speaker Robes

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

LEGS

Best In Show: Gaze Dreamer Pants

Alternative 1: Azure Silk Pants BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Sanguine Trousers
Alternative 3: Leech Pants

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Acidic Walkers

Alternative 1: Spider Silk Slippers BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Silver-thread Boots
Alternative 3: Boots of Darkness

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

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Batwing Mantle

Alternative 1: Resilient Mantle
Alternative 2: Luminescent Amice
Alternative 3: Silver-thread Amice

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Glowing Magical Bracelets

Alternative 1: Nightsky Wristbands
Alternative 2: Fingerbone Bracers
Alternative 3: Silver-thread Cuffs

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

HANDS

Best In Show: Hotshot Pilot’s Gloves

Alternative 1: Gloves of Old
Alternative 2: Hands of Darkness
Alternative 3: Phoenix Gloves BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste]

BACK

Best In Show: Cloak of the Faith

Alternative 1: Cloak of Rot
Alternative 2: Yeti Fur Cloak

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

HEAD

Best In Show: Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator

Alternative 1: Shadow Hood BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Moonsoul Crown
Alternative 3: Azure Silk Hood

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

NECK

Best In Show: Darkmoon Necklace (30+)

Alternative 1: Crystal Starfire Medallion
Alternative 2: Amulet of the Moon
Alternative 3:  Brilliant Necklace BEST BUY!

FINGERS

Best In Show: Advisor’s Ring [H] / Lorekeeper’s Ring [A]

Alternative 1: Electrocutioner Lagnut
Alternative 2: Seal of Argas
Alternative 3: Wicked Moonstone Ring BEST BUY!
Alternative 4: The Queen’s Jewel

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

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Defiler’s Talisman [H] / Talisman of Arathor [A]

Alternative 1: Rune of Perfection
Alternative 2: Gnomish Universal Remote (Requires Engineering 125)
Alternative 3: Minor Recombobulator (Requires Engineering 140)

WEAPON

Best In Show: Kam’s Walking Stick

Alternative 1: Bloodscalp Channeling Staff
Alternative 2: Wind Spirit Staff
Alternative 3: Rod of the Sleepwalker

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

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