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It’s Friday, folks, and you know what that means- today might be the day we learn about the new expansion! Sure, some of us might be watching it crouched around our monitors as we scream in agony when the feed stutters, or similarly engaged as PPV makes or breaks the first-to-know status of our hearts- but no matter! The important thing is, today’s the day that it’s a possibility.

Whole lotta shakin' went on

As we await what we can only hope is the witching hour of expansion announcements, I’d like us all to cast our eyes backwards and ask ourselves the question that dare speak its name: Which expansion- up until this afternoon’s reveal, we can but hope- was the best? Please don’t get blood on the carpets.

The Discultimate Leveling Guide: Zero to Twenty in Five Seconds

Levels One Through Twenty: The Early Years

Of Certain Interest: The Discultimate Gear Guide, Levels 0-10 and Levels 10-20

IF ONLY IT did take five seconds, my little discipline priestlings. But hope springs eternal, and while it may take longer than five seconds, you can zwish through your first 20 levels with only minor inconvenience and light bruising without once being tempted to walk the sad path of Shadow Priest ( I see you there, with your finger on the button! Don’t do it, you fool!).

Grind your way up to level 10, enjoying the sights and sounds of your native land for a mere hour. Take a moment to savor the transitory ease of leveling, and then bounce into 11 with a good basic understanding of your introductory Discipline spells and talents.

It’s worth thinking at this point about whether you’ll be willing to respec often, perhaps as the healing alt of a moneyed character, or whether you’ll need this spec to go the distance (translation: you’re a cheap bastard), pulling into 80 without once changing your course.

In this guide, I’ll be outlining specifically how to stay disciplined the whole long road. Leveling as a Disc Priest is challenging, certainly compared to leveling as a Shadow Priest, but I think provides unparalleled opportunities to learn your Disc character inside and out.

I’m also assuming that your leveling will be a combination of Random Dungeon Findering and solo questing. I used to argue strenuously against using quests to level as a Disc Priest, but with the pacing of the new Cataclysm quests, I’ve done exactly that five or six times now (what can I say? I’m a fool for love!). With a little bit of know-how, solo questing as a Disc Priest is not only possible, but gleefully dangerous.

And we’ll not be taking on Discipline PvP- at least, not yet.

Patience, my pets.

THE FACTS

Talents are the choices that you make on your character Talent Tree screen. You get to allot one point every two or so levels. Abilities are the spells that you learn from a trainer, which show up in your spellbook. You can drag abilities to your quickbar to cast them more rapidly.

TALENTS

ABILITIES

GLYPHS

  • None

The Big Idea: You can get into a Dungeon Finder group quickly and easily as a healer, but I’m assuming you’ll be splitting your time between instancing and questing. Power Word: Shield will be your go-to spell in both places; you’ll use it to protect the tank in instances, as well as using it on yourself while questing.

As you solo quest, you’ll need a bit of oomph behind your Shadow spells. As Disc, though, oomph is severely lacking. Because of that, I highly recommend picking up Twin Disciplines as soon as possible to increase the effectiveness of your damage spells while questing (and, incidentally, your healing spells while instancing).

After all, there’s only so much abuse you can take from low-level cloth-geared LFD warrior tanks, amirite?

Discipline Priest Build at Level 20

 

ROTATION IN INSTANCES

  • Buff all with Shadow Protection and Power Word: Fortitude, and yourself with Inner Will
  • Shield the tank and hit him with a Renew *just* as he starts to run forward, then sit and drink just before they draw aggro (you’ll spend a lot on drinks, but it’s worth it to top off at the beginning of every fight)
  • Flash Heal small damage
  • Greater Heal big damage
  • Shield specific DPS/yourself if they or you are consistently taking a lot of damage
  • Use Fade often. Tanks don’t have a lot of threat tools yet.
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ROTATION IN QUESTS

  • Buff yourself with Shadow Protection, Power Word: Fortitude, and Inner Fire
  • Cast Holy Fire (or Mind Blast, if you don’t have Holy Fire yet) at your target, then cast PW: Shield on yourself. Immediately cast Shadow Word: Pain and then SmiteSmiteSmiteSmite
  • If you’re running out of mana, use your wand (I know, I know)
  • When your bubble wears off, renew it unless your target is at less than 20% health
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QUEST AREAS

  • [Your Racial Starting Area] (0-10)

If you play a Horde character, I highly, highly recommend that as soon as you hit level 10 you get your butt over to Brill, outside of Undercity, and begin the beautifully epic/hilarious Forsaken quest chain, which will take you through to level 35 without pausing for breath.

If you’re Alliance, move with speed to Darkshore (you can get to Darnassus by taking a boat from Stormwind Harbor, then take the boat to Lor’Danel) for the revamped Cataclysm quest chains there. It’s no Dark Lady, but hey.

ALLIANCE:

  • Westfall (10-15)
  • Bloodmyst Isle (10-20)
  • Darkshore (10-20)
  • Loch Modan (10-20)
HORDE:
  • Azshara (10-20)
  • Ghostlands (10-20)
  • Northern Barrens (10-20)
  • Silverpine Forest (10-20)
ALLIANCE & HORDE:
  • Ruins of Gilneas (14-16)
  • Redridge Mountains (15-20)

4.2 Gear For Disc Priests: Firelands, The Regrowth & The Molten Front

Raiders and non-raiders alike have opportunities to snag some excellent iLevel 378 (and 391) gear in patch 4.2. If you’d like to gear up for raiding but don’t have a dedicated team, throw yourself into the new Mount Hyjal daily quest hub to cover yourself with epic purpz before trying out for a slot on a raiding team.

Disc priests have pretty terrible itemization on the Firelands raid drops, so gird your loins to beat the shit out of encroaching mages, spriests, and the like for your gear.

Please see also: Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: The Beginning Raider

Temporary Note: Gear with locations of ‘Unknown’ will be filled in as more information becomes available and/or 4.2 goes live.

Gear by Slot . Gear by Drop Location

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Gear By Slot

Weapon . Wand . Off-Hand . Chest . Shoulders . Hands . Wrist . Back . Legs . Feet . Waist . Head . Neck . Rings . Trinkets

WEAPON

Item

iLevel

Stats

Location

Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel 378 Dagger, One-Hand
289 – 539 Damage
Speed 1.50
(275.9 dps
+262 Stamina +175 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 118 (0.66% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2333.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 113 (0.63 @ L85).
UNKNOWN
Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel (Heroic) 391 Dagger, One-Hand
327 – 608 Damage
Speed 1.50(311.5 dps)
+296 Stamina +197 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 133 (0.74% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2636.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 128 (0.71 @ L85).
Crystallized Firestone Vendor
Lightforged Elementium Hammer 365 BoE
Mace, Main Hand
Speed 1.90650 – 1208 Damage(488.9 dps)
+155 Intellect +103 Spirit +232 Stamina
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 103.
Equip: Increases spell power by 2066.
Crafted Items:
Blacksmith
Funeral Pyre 378 Staff, Two-Hand
Speed 2.401250 – 2321 Damage(744.0 dps)
+388 Intellect +611 Stamina
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 288.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 225.
Equip: Increases spell power by 2334.
Firelands Raid:
Beth’tilac
Funeral Pyre (Heroic) 391 Staff, Two-Hand
597 – 897 Damage
Speed 2.40(311.5 dps)
+689 Stamina +440 Intellect
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 324 (1.81% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2633.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 256 (1.43 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Beth’tilac
Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord 384 Mace, One-Hand
428 – 797 DamageSpeed 2.10(291.8 dps)
+277 Stamina +185 Intellect +134 Spirit
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 105 (0.82% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2467.
Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros
Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord (Heroic) 397 Mace, One-Hand
484 – 900 DamageSpeed 2.10(329.4 dps)
+312 Stamina +208 Intellect +151 Spirit
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 118 (0.92% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2783.
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros
Sho’ravon, Greatstaff of Annihilation 397 Staff, Two-Hand
764 – 1147 DamageSpeed 2.90(329.4 dps
+730 Stamina +466 Intellect
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 249 (1.39% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2786.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 357 (1.99 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros
Smoldering Censer of Purity 378 Staff, Two-Hand
640 – 961 DamageSpeed 2.90(275.9 dps)
+611 Stamina +388 Intellect +310 Spirit
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 186 (1.45% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2334.
UNKNOWN
Smoldering Censer of Purity (Heroic) 391 Staff, Two-hand
722 – 1084 DamageSpeed 2.90(311.5 damage per second)
+689 Stamina +440 Intellect +349 Spirit
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 213 (1.66% @ L85).
Equip: Increases spell power by 2633.
UNKNOWN

WAND

Scorchvine Wand 378 1324 – 2461 Shadow Damage
Speed 1.80(1051.4 dps)
+192 Stamina +128 Intellect +86 Spirit
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 83 (0.46 @ L85).
UNKNOWN
Scorchvine Wand (Heroic) 391 1495 – 2778 Shadow Damage
Speed 1.80(1186.8 dps)
+217 Stamina +145 Intellect +98 Spirit
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 94 (0.52 @ L85).
Crystallized Firestone Vendor
Stinger of the Flaming Scorpion 378 1251 – 2324 Fire DamageSpeed 1.70(1051.4 dps)+192 Stamina+128 IntellectEquip: Increases your critical strike rating by 90 (0.50% @ L85).Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 77 (0.43 @ L85). Firelands Raid:
Majordomo Staghelm
Stinger of the Flaming Scorpion (Heroic) 391 1412 – 2623 Fire Damage
Speed 1.70(1186.8 dps
+217 Stamina +145 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 102 (0.57% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 87 (0.49 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Majordomo Staghelm

OFF-HAND

Globe of Moonlight 365 +301 Stamina +201 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 134 (0.75% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 134 (0.75 @ L85).
UNKNOWN
Goblet of Anger 378 BoE
+341 Stamina +227 Intellect +137 Spirit
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 160 (1.25% @ L85).
Firelands Raid:
Shannox
Goblet of Anger (Heroic) 391 +384 Stamina +256 Intellect +154 Spirit
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 181 (1.41% @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Shannox
Molten Scream 378 +341 Stamina +227 Intellect
Equip: Increases your hit rating by 144 (1.20% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 156 (0.87% @ L85).
Firelands Raid:
Baleroc
Molten Scream (Heroic) 391 +384 Stamina +256 Intellect
Equip: Increases your hit rating by 162 (1.35% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 176 (0.98% @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Baleroc

CHEST

Robes of the Cleansing Flame 378 1391 Armor
+611 Stamina +368 Intellect +261 Spirit
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 243 (1.36 @ L85).
Tier 12
See below for set bonuses
Robes of the Cleansing Flame  (Heroic) 391 1491 Armor
+689 Stamina +420 Intellect +295 Spirit
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 277 (1.55 @ L85).
Heroic Tier 12
See below for set bonuses
Robes of Smoldering Devastation 378 1391 Armor
+368 Intellect +611 Stamina
Red Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 280.
Equip: Improves haste rating by 218.
Firelands Raid:
Beth’tilac
Robes of Smoldering Devastation (Heroic) 391 1491 Armor
+689 Stamina +420 Intellect
Red Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 251 (1.96% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 316 (1.76 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Beth’tilac

SHOULDERS

Mantle of Closed Doors 378 1043 Armor
+454 Stamina +282 Intellect
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 211 (1.18% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 167 (0.93 @ L85).
Firelands Raid:
Baleroc
Mantle of Closed Doors (Heroic) 391 1118 Armor
+513 Stamina +322 Intellect
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 238 (1.33% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 191 (1.07 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Baleroc
Mantle of the Cleansing Flame 378 1043 Armor
+454 Stamina +282 Intellect +201 Spirit
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 183 (1.43% @ L85).
Tier 12
See below for set bonuses
Mantle of the Cleansing Flame  (Heroic) 391 1118 Armor
+513 Stamina +322 Intellect +227 Spirit
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 209 (1.63% @ L85).
Heroic Tier 12
See below for set bonuses

HANDS

Fingers of Incineration 384 +480 Stamina +300 Intellect
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 215 (1.20% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 188 (1.47% @ L85).
Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros
Fingers of Incineration (Heroic) 397 961 Armor
+542 Stamina +341 Intellect
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 243 (1.36% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 214 (1.67% @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros
Grips of Altered Reality 378 869 Armor
+282 Intellect +454 Stamina +187 Spirit
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Improves haste rating by 197.
Crafted Item:
Tailoring
Handwraps of the Cleansing Flame 378 +454 Stamina +282 Intellect +206 Spirit
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 172 (1.34% @ L85).
Tier 12
See below for set bonuses
Handwraps of the Cleansing Flame (Heroic) 391 932 Armor
+513 Stamina +322 Intellect +233 Spirit
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 196 (1.53% @ L85).
Heroic Tier 12
See below for set bonuses

WRIST

Firesoul Wristguards 378 +341 Stamina +227 Intellect +158 Spirit
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 140 (1.09% @ L85).
UNKNOWN
Firesoul Wristguards (H) 391 652 Armor
+384 Stamina +256 Intellect +178 Spirit
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 158 (1.23% @ L85).
UNKNOWN
Wristwraps of Arrogant Doom 378 608 Armor
+341 Stamina +227 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 137 (0.76% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 160 (1.25% @ L85).
Firelands Raid:
Majordomo Staghelm
Wristwraps of Arrogant Doom (Heroic) 391 652 Armor
+384 Stamina +256 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 154 (0.86% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 181 (1.41% @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Majordomo Staghelm

BACK

Flowing Flamewrath Cape 378 695 Armor
+341 Stamina +227 Intellect +160 Spirit
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 137 (0.76 @ L85).
Avengers of Hyjal Rewards:
Friendly
Wings of Flame 378 695 Armor
+227 Intellect +341 Stamina
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 144.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 156.
Firelands Raid:
Alysrazor
Wings of Flame (Heroic) 391 745 Armor
+384 Stamina +256 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 162 (0.90% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 176 (0.98 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Alysrazor

LEGS

Leggings of Billowing Fire 378 1217 Armor
+368 Intellect +611 Stamina
Yellow Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Improves haste rating by 284.
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 212.
Firelands Raid:
Alysrazor
Leggings of Billowing Fire (Heroic) 391 1304 Armor
+689 Stamina +420 Intellect
Yellow Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 244 (1.36% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 320 (2.50% @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Alysrazor
Legwraps of the Cleansing Flame 378 1217 Armor
+611 Stamina +368 Intellect +291 Spirit
Red Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 198 (1.10% @ L85).
Tier 12
See below for set bonuses
Legwraps of the Cleansing Flame (Heroic) 391 1304 Armor
+689 Stamina +420 Intellect +329 Spirit
Red Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +20 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 229 (1.28% @ L85).
Heroic Tier 12
See below for set bonuses

FEET

Coalwalker Sandals 378 BoE
956 Armor
+282 Intellect +454 Stamina
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Critical Strike Rating
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 208.
Equip: Improves haste rating by 172.
Firelands Raid:
Shannox
Coalwalker Sandals (Heroic) 391 1025 Armor
+513 Stamina +322 Intellect
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Critical Strike Rating
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 235 (1.31% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 197 (1.54% @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Shannox
Endless Dream Walkers 378 BoE
+282 Intellect +454 Stamina +197 Spirit
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Improves haste rating by 187.
Crafted Item:
Tailoring

WAIST

Embereye Belt 378 782 Armor
+454 Stamina +282 Intellect
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your critical strike rating by 208 (1.16% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 172 (1.34% @ L85).
Avengers of Hyjal Reward:
Honored
Majordomo’s Chain of Office 384 808 Armor
+480 Stamina +300 Intellect
Red SocketSocket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 214 (1.67% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 182 (1.02 @ L85).
Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros
Majordomo’s Chain of Office (Heroic) 397 865 Armor
+542 Stamina +341 Intellect
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +10 Intellect
Equip: Increases your haste rating by 243 (1.90% @ L85).
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 206 (1.15 @ L85).
Heroic Firelands Raid:
Ragnaros

Patch 4.1: New Gear for Discipline Priests

With the arrival of patch 4.2, Discipline Priests came into a few new items that rival tier gear and- perhaps more importantly- can be achieved with 5-man heroic Zul’Aman or Zul’Gurub runs.

Non-tier gear can assist greatly in gearing up to raid progressively if you’re low on Valor points, or have bad luck with the drops, or for non-raiders to keep up with raiders if you want to stay in shape to jump in later.

All of these drops have some combination of Intellect, Spirit, Spellpower, Critical Strike, Mastery and Haste. None has Hit.

Good luck!

BACK
Spiritcaller Cloak 353
Zone: Zul’Gurub | Boss: Zone Drop

CHEST
Hexing Robes 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Aman | Boss: Daakara

Robes of Dissention 353
Zone: Zul’Aman | Boss: Quest Reward for Warlord of the Amani

FEET
Boots of the Ursine 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Aman | Boss: Nalorakk

HANDS
Charmbinder Grips 353
Zone: Zul’Aman | Boss: Zone Drop

HEAD
The Hexxer’s Mask 353
Zone: (H) Zul’ Gurub | Boss: Jin’Do

LEGS
Leggings of Ancient Magics 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Aman | Boss: Akilzon

OFF-HAND
Lost Bag of Whammies 353
Zone: Zul’Gurub | Boss: Zone Drop

RING
Signet of Venoxis 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Gurub | Boss: High Priest Venoxis

Soul Drain Signet 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Aman | Boss: Hex Lord Malacrass

SHOULDER
Claw-Fringe Mantle 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Gurub | Boss: High Priestess Kilnara

WAIST
Sash of Anguish 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Gurub | Boss: High Priestess Kilnara

WAND
Touch of Discord 353
Zone: (H) Zul’Gurub | Boss: Blood Lord Mandokir

WEAPON
Amani Scepter of Rites 353 (1H mace)
Zone: (H) Zul’Aman | Boss: Daakara

Voodoo Hexblade 353 (1H dagger)
Zone (H) Zul’Aman | Boss: Zone Drop

Legacy of Arlokk 353 (2H staff)
Zone: (H) Zul’ Gurub | Boss: Jin’Do