Heal Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)
Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Discipline Priest. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.
Single Target Rotation
Buffs: Maintain these buffs as directed.
- Inner Fire Use as your standard self-buff.
- Inner Will Use when you need to spam instant cast spells.
Normal Healing: Use this spell priority for normal healing.
Atonement Healing: Use this spell priority for Atonement healing.
Discipline Priest healing involves moving between two different healing styles based on the needs of the fight or your party/raid. Your Normal Healing priority is stronger on most progression content and times where high amounts of damage are delivered to a single target. Atonement Healing is strong for farm content, group healing, and times where every bit of DPS is required to beat a fight. Since Discipline Priest have the passive talents to do both types of healing, you should feel free to switch healing modes on the fly to best suit each encounter.
Regardless of how you are healing, you will always need to watch for Borrowed Time procs. It is best to use Borrowed Time on a heal with a longer cast time such as Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing.
Also, when using Twist of Fate, you should always be on the lookout to find a target below 35% health to damage or heal to maintain the Twist of Fate buff for most of a fght.
For AoE healing, use Prayer of Mending on cooldown. Maintain AoE healing with Prayer of Healing and save Power Word Shield for players taking spike damage. Atonement healing is also quite effective for AoE healing.
These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.
These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.