Discipline Priest PvP in the Mists of Pandaria

Draenei Priest Season 13 elite 2Updated for Mists of Pandaria patch 5.4.

The Discipline Priest is well suited for PvP. Very effective healing and very hard to kill, what more is there? Your shields and heals and abilities almost make the job too easy. Plus the 72% Resilience in patch 5.4 means that your survival chances are even better.

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Patch 5.4 brought a few changes to Discipline Priest PvP, one of which is a lot more in the way of shields and instant casts. Here are the highlights and you can see all the changes on our Priest Overview page.

  • Angelic Feather was buffed (now 80% run speed buff) and might now be the “go to” movement talent. You should be able to keep this speed up for awhile, too.
  • Divine Insight for Discipline Priests received a nice buff, it now has a 100% chance to activate its effect after using Penance (up from 40%), and now displays an effect in the UI when it’s active. It both ignores and does not cause the Weakened Soul effect.
  • From Darkness, Comes Light now also has a chance to activate its effect on cast for these following spells; Penance, Circle of Healing, Prayer of Mending, and Prayer of Healing (smite and all healiong spells.) Previously it was only: Smite, Heal, Flash Heal, Binding Heal or Greater Heal, This means more free Flash Heals.
  • Discipline should be very nice in patch 5.4, especially with the increased Resilience value.
  • Glyph of Reflective Shield now causes Power Word: Shield to reflect 70% of the damage absorbed (up from 45%.) This can be pretty sweet in the right places, such as getting pressured hard.

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The builds and info on this page are for Discipline Priest PvP, of max level, though lower levels can still get some use from them. If you need to get to the level cap  ASAP then save yourself a lot of time and trouble and treat yourself to an in-game leveling guide.

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Discipline Priest PvP Build

Any spec of Priest can pick any one talent from any one row, for six total talents at level 90. To check out all of the Priest abilities, glyphs, etc, see our M of P Priest page.

Talents can be swapped just like glyphs. Use a bit of Dust/Powder or Tome from your Inscription supplies vendor and swap one talent at a time for a new one, or your trainer can wipe the whole set for you.

Discipline Talents

Depending on what you’re doing (2s, 3s, 5s, world PvP, BGs, duels) you might find that one talent is more interesting than another and that for the next fight a different talent is best. Keep a stack of tomes handy and swap talents as necessary. (It’s quick and easy.)  Talent descriptions are below the image.

Discipline Priest PvP Talents

Our picks are checked: Best talent

Hit the Level Cap Fast! Click Here to Start Your Free Trial!Tier 1: Acquired at level 15 – Control

  • Best talent Psyfiend will send people fleeing all over the place, preferring to target those close to you. Its health was nerfed in 5.4, so it’s far more fragile than it used to be. It also no longer benefits from your Haste. Still, we like fear so it’s a decent pick.
  • Void tendrils – roots a group of targets close to you, giving you a chance to move away.
  • Dominate Mind – this is your mind control. It definitely has it’s uses.

Tier 2: Acquired at level 30 – Movement

  • Phantasm greatly improves your Fade ability: for a brief time it removes roots and gives you unhindered movement for a short time.. Very useful.
  • Best talent  Angelic Feather – place feathers at up to three locations and people moving through the feathers get a speed buff, but only one at a time can be buffed. You can also cast it right on a target and on yourself. You can also pick them up while in Spectral Guise. Patch 5.4 boosted the speed buff, so this might well be the “go to” talent of this tier.
  • Body and Soul increases the target’s movement speed, briefly, when you cast Power World Shield or Leap of Faith on them or (yourself.) Since you will be casting PW: Shield a lot you will get this boost a lot.

Tier 3: Acquired at level 45 – Healing and Damage

  • Best talent From Darkness Comes Light- Vampiric Touch ticks give a chance for a free, instant, Mind Blast with increased damage and that doesn’t consume your DoTs. In 5.4 it procs from more spells than before, so that’s more free heals for you. This one is the best for overall pressure.
  • Mindbender replaces your Shadowfiend. It’s attacks restore your mana and i’s is buffed in patch 5.4 for a bit more damage and more mana restored.
  • Power Word: Solace – damages an enemy and restores a bit of mana. Useful for teams doing burst and control.

Tier 4: Acquired at level 60 – Emergencies

  • Angelic Bulwark throws up a shield to protect you when you go below 30% health. This is a passive effect that does not take up a keyslot. It won’t help you if you start at 31% and then take the big hit, but neither will the other two.
  • Desperate Prayer instantly heals your for 30% of your health. Nice. Esp. when it crits. Add it to a macro with other useful instant abilities.
  • Best talent  Spectral Guise gives you a brief kind of Stealth. The shadow’s speed can be boosted by the Angelic Feather and similar effects.

Tier 5: Acquired at level 75 – Bonuses

  • Best talent Divine Insight: Chance for your next PW: Shield to ignore and not cause the Weakened Soul effect. In 5.4 it  it now has a 100% chance to activate its effect after using Penance (up from 40%), and now displays an effect in the UI when it’s active.
  • Twist of FateFinish Him! you do more damage as the target gets low in health
  • Power Infusion increases casting speed and reduces mana costs for 20 seconds. Nice for when that burst is needed.

Tier 6: Acquired at level 90 – Mass Heal

The “best” one here depends on what you’re doing.

  • Cascade: Your Holy Bolt bounces from target to target, doing damage to each, preferring longer range targets and never hitting the same one twice. Reveales stealthed and invisible if it hits them.
  • Halo: A Ring of Power extends outward from your location damaging enemies and healing friends and doing max power at 25 yards. This one just sounds cool and might a pretty nice in a raid or mass fight. Does not break stealth.
  • Best talent Divine Star: Your star blasts outward, straight away from you, damaging enemies and healing allies along its path, and does the same on its return. The least expensive of this tier to cast. Can be used if the Holy school is locked. Best choice for small groups and arena. Reveales stealthed and invisible if it hits them.

Discipline PvP Glyphs

There are a number of useful Discipline Priest PvP glyphs. You will want to buy all of them (need the gold?) and experiment to find the best set for any given fight. Grab the first three depending on what you are doing.

  • Penance – Cast Penance while moving. Very nice.
  • Prayer of Mending – the first hit heals for 60% more. Great for small groups.
  • Weakened Soul – The Weakened Soul effect of PW: Shield is reduced by 2 seconds.
  • Mass Dispell – Allows you to dispel the undispelable.
  • Binding Heal allows your Binding Heal to heal a third target, but at a higher mana cost.
  • Leap of Faith removes roots and such from your target.
  • Levitate is a levitate speed increase.
  • Glyph of Shadow Word: Death can be used to break certain “break on damage” CCs cast on you, Frost Nova for example (since casting it on high health targets does damage to you.)

Minor Glyphs are all cosmetic. None (in 5.3) have real use.

  • Borrowed time makes the effect visual.
  • Heavens and Shackle changes the look of the powers.
  • Glyph of Confession – forces a friendly target to confess a secret. Good for blackmail purposes. Of course, they might not be friendly after that.  :twisted:

Discipline Abilities

These are what define you as a Discipline Priest. Abilities common to all priests are not shown.

  • Rapture – Makes your PW: Shield much more interesting.
  • Meditation – Regen more mana while in combat.
  • Spiritual Healing – Increases your heals.
  • Penance – Damages an enemy or herals an Ally
  • Divine Fury – All the Spell Hit you’ll ever need.
  • Holy Fire – A DOT effect
  • Purify – Remove Magic and Disease from targets.
  • Divine Aegis – Critical heals put a shield around the target instead of additional healing. PW: Shield will absorb twice as much on crits.
  • Heal – A cheap, slow (to cast) heal
  • Spirit Shell – Your heals create shields instead of heals. Cannot be dispelled.
  • Focused Will – Big hits reduce subsequent damage taken by 15%
  • Greater Heal – A slow (to cast) heal, more expensive than “heal.”
  • Inner Focus – FOr 5 seconds you have reduced mana cost on some spells and a large chance to crit.
  • Atonement – Your damage spells heal a nearby ally.
  • Evangelism – Improves your Smite and Holy FIre spells.
  • Grace – Improves your healing on one target for a few seconds.
  • Prayer of Healing – Heals all (close) party members.
  • Archangel – Consumes your Evangelism for more healing.
  • Strength of Soul – Your Heal spells reduce the Weakened Soul effect on the target.
  • Pain Suppression – Reduces the damage taken by the target for a few seconds.
  • Borrowed Time – Casting PW: Shield reduces the cast time of your next spell by a bit.
  • Power Word: Barrier – Protect a group with a barrier.
  • Train of Thought – Reduces cooldowns.
  • Mastery: Shield Discipline – More healing and better shields.
  • Void Shift - Swap health with an ally, does not work in Arena.

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Discipline Stats

The ‘>’ symbol = “greater than.”

Note: Some put the value of Mastery over that of Int, esp. at higher gear levels. It’s that much of a direct improvement to your heals and shields. This make the Discipline Priest PvP priority:

  • Mastery* > Cri > Intellect > Spirit > Haste > PvP Powert > PvP Resilience
  • *Prioritizing Crit, for the Divine Aegis benefits, is viable. Mastery is more reliable, but a lot of high ranking PvPers say Crit is the way to go.

PvP Power in Mists of Pandaria replaces the old Spell Penetration and is a direct add to your damage and healing towards players. It’s value for healers is about 50% that of DPS classes, plus it was nerfed by a third (for everyone) in patch 5.3 and the value of the gems was cut in half. It’s a nice enough stat, just not worth gemming for.

Resilience has changed, big time, for 5.3 and 5.4. In 5.3 the base resilience of all players was raised from 40 to 65%. In 5.4 it goes to 72%. This makes gemming for Resilience far less valuable than before. As a healer you do not need to punch the other guy’s 72%, Your call if you feel the need to stack more. In addition, in 5.3 the value of the gems was cut in half.

Hit and Expertise: If you’re an offensive D Priest then you will want 6% Hit and Expertise (since attacks can now be dodged.) Your Divine Fury ability will take care of all of that, so you will not need Hit or Expertise on your gear.

D. Priest Mastery is a pretty solid stat, perhaps the most important of ALL of your stats.

Crit helps with your shields via your Divine Aegis. Because of this high crit builds are viable, more so in 5.4 than 5.3, due to the better gear. Crit, however, is random. Most will prefer the reliability of high Mastery over the randomness of Crit.

Haste speeds up everything you do, which has obvious value. Your call whether you prefer a Haste build to Mastery or Crit.

Spirit really depends on your mana usage. If your mana use is fine, then get other stats. If you can’t last through a fight then check your routine and get more Spirit.

Reforge Crit & Haste into Mastery. Get rid of any Hit or Expertise (avoid that gear, if possible.)

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Discipline Priest PvP Gems

The Mists of Pandaria (MoP) gems have much higher values than those from Cataclysm. Gems with stats such as Mastery have twice the value of gems with Stats such as Int, such as 320 Mastery Vs 160 Int.

Gemming for Resilience or PvP Power is no longer recommended. Consider skipping socket bonuses that have either stat and just gemming for pure Mastery. Int bonuses you will want to match.

  • Crit over Mastery? A lot of high level PvPer like this. Esp. with the PvP burst situation. Mastery is more reliable, but Crit can give you some BIG number, some of which will be just when you need them. Same with Haste, it’s more of a PvE stat where you’re looking for consistent and reliable heals for predictable damage.

This table matches socket colors for all bonues. Consider skipping the pieces with Resilience bonuses and gemming with an Int or Cit/Mastery gem instead. It will be more valuable than the Resilience.

Save gold: Perfect gems (eg: Perfect Brilliant…) have the same stats as the regular gems. One is likely to be a lot cheaper than the other. No reason not to save some gold and get the cheap one (it won’t necessarily be the perfect gem that’s cheaper, either. )

The slots Mastery Build Int Build
Meta Revitalizing Primal Diamond until you get Tyrannical Primal Diamond
Red, belt buckle, Blacksmithing socket Artful Vermilion Onyx Brilliant Primordial Ruby
Yellow Fractured Sun’s Radiance Artful Vermilion Onyx
Blue Zen Wild Jade Purified Imperial Amethyst


If you seed more gold to buy more gems and stuff, then see Hayden’s guide to massively improve your cash flow.

Useful Priest Gems
Meta Revitalizing Primal Diamond: +432 Spirit & 3% Increased Crit Effect
Tyrannical Primal Diamond: +665 PVP Power and +775 Resilience, requires 27k earned conquest points and iLevel 476, cost 1k conquest points.
Red Brilliant Serpent’s Eye: 320 Int, self-only Jewelcrafting gem
Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 160 Int
Yellow Mystic Sun’s Radiance: 160 Resilience
Quick Sun’s Radiance: +320 Haste
Fractured Sun’s Radiance: +320 Mastery
Smooth Sun’s Radiance: +320 Crit
Blue Stormy River’s Heart: +160 PvP power
Sparkling River’s Heart: +320 Spirit
Orange Willful Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +80 Resilience
Potent Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +160 Crit
Reckless Vermilion Onyx: 80 Int, 160 Haste
Artful Vermilion Onyx: +80 Int & +160 Mastery
Green Vivid Wild Jade: +80 Res, +80 PvP Power
Energized Wild Jade: +160 Haste, +160 Spirit
Zen Wild Jade: +160 Mastery, +160 Spirit
Purple Mysterious Imperial Amethyst: +80 Int, +80 PvP Power
Purified Imperial Amethyst: +80 Int, +160 Spirit
Prismatic Brilliant Primordial Ruby: 160 Int
Cogwheel Sparkling Tinker’s Gear: 600 Spirit – requires an engie helm, such as this.
Quick Tinker’s Gear: 600 Haste
Smooth Tinker’s Gear: 600 Crit
Fractured Tinker’s Gear: 600 Mastery

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Discipline Priest PvP Enchantments

Short on gold? If you want to buy the best enchants, fund all of your alts, donate to the guild, etc., but don’t have the cash, then see what the Tycoon Addon can do about about fixing your poverty.

Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants are handled by the Inscription profession.

Short on gold? If you want to buy the best enchants, fund all of your alts, donate to the guild, etc., but don’t have the cash, then see what the Tycoon Addon can do about about fixing your poverty.

Helm enchants are gone in Mists of Pandaria, shoulder enchants all come from the Inscription profession.

Resto Enchantments
Weapon Staff or main-hand: Enchant Weapon – Jade Spirit: Sometimes increases Int by 1650, might increase Spirit by 750 if mana is low.
Either weapon: Enchant Weapon – Glorious Tyranny: 600 PvP Power, 50% Disarm reduction, cost is 1,000 Conquest points.
Off Hand: Enchant Off-Hand – Major Intellect: +165 Int
Shoulders Secret Crane Wing Inscription: 520 Int and 100 Crit rating, Requires Inscription 550.
Greater Crane Wing Inscription: +200 Int and 100 Crit
Cloak Enchant Cloak – Superior Intellect: +180 Int
Lightweave Embroidery – attacks can give 2k Int for 15 sec, requires tailoring
Chest Enchant Chest – Super Resilience: +200 Resilience
Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats: +80 to all stats
Enchant Chest – Mighty Spirit: +200 Spirit
Bracers Enchant Bracer – Super Intellect: +180 Int
Fur Lining increases Int by 500, requires leatherworking.
Socket Bracer – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
Gloves Enchant Gloves – Greater Haste: +170-Haste
Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery: +170 Mastery
Socket Gloves – Pop in a gem, requires Blacksmithing 400
Belt Livingsteel Belt Buckle: Gem slot for a nice Int gem
Leggings Greater Pearlescent Spellthread: +285 Int and +165 Spirit
Greater Cerulean Spellthread: +285 Int and +165 Crit
Boots Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step: +140 Mastery, slight run speed increase.
Enchant Boots – Greater Haste: +170 Haste
Rings Enchant Ring – Greater Intellect: +160 Int, Requires Enchanting 550


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Discipline Priest PvP Gear

We have a full page for all the Discipline Priest PvP Gear, with all the items and all the details. This section is the short version of that page.

See above for stats to reforge into, plus gems and enchants. If it all costs too much then remember that Timeless Isle gear is free. If you’re strapped for gold then take a look at the Tycoon addon.

Gemming: Consider skipping gem bonuses that are for Resilience and sticking Mastery or Crit gems in those slots (Mastery is more reliable, Crit is more interesting.) Consider doing the same for PvP Power bonuses. Go ahead and match sockets for the Int bonuses. All the pieces from Dreadful to Grievous have the same gemming and reforging requirements.

Night Elf Discipline Priest in Season 14 Elite GearOk, so you’re freshly 90:

  • Option 1: Buy, beg, borrow, steal, or craft the Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s set. If it’s too expansive or otherwise unavailable then you can use the Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s set (from last season,) which will get you started.
  • Option 2: In patch 5.4 your Resilience starts at 72%, regardless of gear. You can hop over to the Timeless Isle and gear up by hitting the various chests scattered all over the island. You’ll be down a bit on Stam and have no PvP Power, but it’ll be a solid start to your honor gear grinding.

Grinding for the Honor Gear

Why? Because of the PvP Power, even if you do only get 50% of the value of that stat (as a healer.) Also there’s more Stam, which helps. Plus, PvE gear is downgraded in BGs and arenas, so PvP gear is clearly better if the item levels are close.  The honor gear will also make your Rated BG and Arena life easier.

You will be looking for the Tyrannical Gladiator set. Reforge, gem, and enchant as above.

Discipline Priest Conquest Gear

Season 14 Conquest gear is Grievous Gladiator. Gem and etc. as above. The Season 14 elite gear is simply a color change. If you wnat it you need a personal rating of 2,000 and to have accumulated 27k Conquest Points for the current season.

Congratulations on acquiring this set. 


Discipline Priest Macros

Go here if you need some basics on macros.

Shadowfiend Macro

#showtooltip Shadowfiend
/cast [nopet] Shadowfiend
/cast shadowcrawl

Prayer of Mending Target – If Target Not in Party then PoM Self

#showtooltip Prayer of Mending
/cast [raid] Prayer of mending
/cast [noraid,target=player] Prayer of Mending
/cast [raid,target=player] Prayer of Mending

Shackle Ebon Gargoyle

#showtooltip Shackle Undead
/target [harm] Ebon Gargoyle
/cast Shackle Undead

Mouseover Shackle

/cast [target=mouseover] Shackle Undead

Shadow Word: Pain/Devouring Plague Macro: Here it is.

#showtooltip [nomod] Shadow Word: Pain; [mod:shift] Dispel Magic; [mod:ctrl] Devouring Plague; [mod:alt] Shadow Word: Pain
/cast [mod: ctrl] Devouring Plague
/cast [mod: shift] Dispel Magic
/cast [nomod] Shadow Word: Pain

The above were taken from ArenaJunkies. You’ll find more scripts and macros on their ArenaJunkies Priest scripts page



How to Get your Priest to the Level Cap, ASAP

Hit the Level Cap FastPriest leveling is easy, especially for Shadow. Holy and Disc. can level in PvP or Dungeons and Shadow can do all of that and quest effectively. Then you hit the tops and the game changes. And then you have those other alts you want to level though those 90 levels.

With the thousands of quests to 90 and a bazillion mobs to kill (not to mention other players, but they don’t count here) sorting out which quests are best and which series of quests will get you to 90 the fastest is important, which is why we highly recommend Zygor’s Guide.

Zygor’s is an in-game guide and it nearly automates the whole leveling process: you just pick your starting point, at any level, and the guide tracks which quest you’re on, tracks the quest objectives, and automatically advances and updates as you complete your tasks and quests. In addition, a waypoint arrow is set automatically, so you never have to wonder where to go. All of the important quest info is included in the guide so you never have to wonder what to do. You’ll find that it’s vastly superior to the in-game questing help.

Playing with Heirlooms and/or Recruit a friend? Gaining a few levels in the dungeons or in PvP? Zygor has your back. The guide knows what level you are and will correctly suggest where to go next and will let you dump all of your obsolete quests. You will probably never need to look at your quest log again.

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