Mists of Pandaria Discipline Priest PvP Gearing | How to Gear Enchant and Reforge a Discipline Priest in WoW PVP - Season 13 Patch 5.2

by Rugmouse // March 28, 2013

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This guide is a collaborative effort between Fuzion and Craze, produced by SkillCapped. All of our written guides are available for free, and we encourage you to post them wherever you’d like as long as you use a link back!

Table of Contents

  1. Stat Priority
  2. Adjusting Stats As You Grind
  3. Optimal Final Stats
  4. Getting Started
  5. Honor Gear
  6. Conquest Gear
  7. The Best Discipline Priest PvP Gear in Season 12
  8. Discipline Priest PvP Professions

stats

Stat Priority For Discipline Priests

Mandatory

Healing spells always land on your target, which makes Spell Hit rating obsolete for healing spells.  Discipline priests also have [Divine Fury], which is more than enough additional Spell Hit to reach the 6% Spell Hit cap when trying to assist in damaging your team’s kill target.  It is also of note that although it is not mentioned in the tooltip, your shadow spells, namely [Shadow Word: Death], [Shadow Word: Pain] and most importantly [Psychic Scream], are also affected by [Divine Fury].  There are no “Mandatory” stats for Discipline Priests.


Ideal Stat Gains

In this section, you will find a list of stats along with their descriptions; stats are ordered based on their importance. While gearing, you should focus on achieving the following stats based on this priority hierarchy:

  • Mastery
  • PvP Resilience
    • PvP Resilience reduces the damage your opponent does to you. In a PvP scenario, increasing your damage or healing output is amazing, but decreasing the amount of damage you take can dictate how a PvP scenario plays out. You can’t heal if you’re dead!
    • In the current state of the game, most top priests are recommending more PvP Resilience to deal with the incredible burst many classes are capable of, and so is Skill-Capped!
  • Intellect
    • Intellect increases your spell power and chance to Crit with spells. In previous expansions, Intellect also had the added benefit of increasing your mana pool, but mana levels are now static in Mists of Pandaria.  Increasing Intellect will increase your healing throughput and your heals will return more health to your target per spell.
  • Spirit
    • In Mists of Pandaria, mana pools have been capped at 300,000 mana and can no longer be increased by stacking Intellect.  Spirit increases the rate at which mana regenerates.  Currently, mana efficiency is decent when in full gear, but can become scarce in a hurry if you have to use expensive spells, such as [Flash Heal] frequently.  Spirit helps to ensure your mana pool is not depleted over the course of a PvP encounter.
  • Haste
    • Haste reduces the cast time of your abilities and reduces the duration of the Global Cooldown (the minor cooldown that is invoked after casting spells).  Haste helps to ensure your important spell casts go uninterrupted, an important factor in PvP, as there are several interrupt mechanics in the game.  There is always something a priest can be doing – Haste allows you to chain your abilities in rapid succession.
    • One benefit of the Global Cooldown reduction comes when trying to [Shadow Word: Death] incoming Crowd Control.  Many times you will [Power Word: Shield] your target (as an example) and you’ll notice the enemy Mage casting [Polymorph] just as the shield lands.  Stacking Haste makes it more likely you’ll be able to cast [Shadow Word: Death] and break the Crowd Control effect, potentially saving you and your teammates from defeat.
  • PvP Power
    • PVP Power increases all of your healing done to other players. This additional healing increases linearly and does not fall subject to diminishing returns, making this stat more and more effective as you gear your character.
    • The additional benefit to healing spells is 50% of the damage increase PvP Power provides for dps classes, making this stat a bit less enticing for Healer classes.
  • Critical Strike
    • Critical Strike, or Crit, is thought of as one of the worst secondary stats for a Discipline Priest due to the randomness of its benefits in PvP.  Critical Strikes do increase your healing by a significant margin, both through absolute healing numbers, along with [Divine Aegis] procs mitigating further damage.  In Season 12, however, Critical Strike chance is actually quite low for Discipline Priests and not worth the sizable secondary stat allocation to achieve Crit levels worth the loss of other stats.


Stat Priority

Mastery > PvP Resilience > Intellect > Spirit >
Haste > PvP Power > Crit

Note: We left out Stamina, as there will never be a situation where Stamina is better than any of these stats. Thus, you should never be Gemming or Enchanting Stamina on your gear.

Adjusting Stats As You Grind

Here we will be explaining exactly how to obtain, and what the optimal gear choices are while building up your character. While you are accumulating gear, it is important to recognize that until you have your completed set, your stats will constantly be changing. It is extremely important to be mindful of what stats are most important for your class as you work towards your optimal set, and make item selections based on what will have the most profound impact on your performance.

  • Always try to accumulate as much PvP Resilience as you can until you are in the best gear Season 12 offers.  Being able to survive with enemy players on you is going to be extremely important.  Without proper peeling techniques from your partners, you can be in trouble very quickly, so it is not advised to prioritize Intellect (or other throughput enhancing stats) until you reach a decent PvP Resilience level.
  • Mana efficiency is another concern, and maximizing your energy regeneration and throughput will also help to extend your life and the life of your partners.  While stacking Spirit does help with this (and recommended), it is important to try and find a balance of Spirit, Intellect, and PvP Power that works with your play style.  Remember, more Intellect means higher heal values, which will result in less healing necessary to keep your team topped off.


Optimal Final Stats For Discipline Priests

These stats reflect what we have researched and believe to be the best obtainable stats for Season 13 using Conquest gear with the Elite gear set. These stats are here to give you a benchmark as you work towards completing your gear set.

  • Mastery: 8,329
  • PvP Resilience: 8,755
  • Spirit: 6,767
  • Intellect: 13,896
  • Haste: 2,552
  • PvP Power: 11,940
  • Crit: 1,420

gear

Getting Started

This section is geared towards people who have recently hit 90 for the first time, or have an under-geared alt that needs to be primed for beginning the PvP gear grind.

Upon achieving level 90, we do NOT advise you to just jump into an Arena, or start grinding Battleground’s, or do any sort of PvP for that matter fresh off of leveling in your leveling items. Chances are many of the enemies in a Battleground will significantly out-gear your fresh level 90, which means they will have a significant advantage over you in a PvP setting. Something that we promise will save you a lot of grief, speed up your grind, and make your PvP experience that much more enjoyable would be to obtain the crafted PvP gear right away. Here is a list of all of the items you should immediately obtain before you start PvP’ing in Mists of Pandaria:

Tip: It is normally much cheaper to get the materials for these items yourself and have someone craft them for you, rather than buying them off of the Auction House. Even if you just buy the materials off the Auction House and spam trade, it’s normally cheaper. Always check first for good deals on the Auction House, though!

Honor Gear

Should I get the Honor Gear?

The short answer: 0/2 Malevolent Season 12 gear is roughly in-line with Malevolent Season 13 gear. 1/2 and 2/2 upgraded Malevolent Season 12 gear is better than Malevolent Season 13 gear.

The detail: Not only is there a new arena season in patch 5.2, but also new PvE content. Blizzard did not want Honor PvP gear to have the same (or higher) item level as the PvE gear available from the Looking For Raid system. The decision was made to reduce the item level of the Malevolent Season 13 gear available for purchase, while increasing the Stamina, PvP Power, and PvP Resilience values to offset the differential. Season 12 gear that was earned last season is not effected by the change.

If you did not participate in Season 12, honor gear should be accumulated to increase your characters power. The stat differential going from the Crafted Dreadful set to Malevolent Season 13 gear is significant and will greatly increase you chances of success in a a PvP setting.

Malevolent season 12 gear that was not upgraded is essentially in line with the Malevolent season 13 gear. The differential between 0/2 upgrade Malevolent season 12 and Malevolent season 13 gear is miniscule, if any differential at all, so it is NOT NECESSARY to upgrade.  If you have any upgraded season 12 gear (1/2 or 2/2), those pieces will be superior to the lower item level gear available for honor and those items should be retained.

What Honor Gear to Get, and What Order

If you did not participate in season 12, you should upgrade your gear using the Malevolent Season 13 set available at the honor vendor. Below you will find a list of all of the honor gear pieces you can obtain. They are listed in order of their stat benefits to you. That is, if you go follow this list in order, you will get the best stats first. This is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but we feel if you are going to gear up, you might as well do it in an efficiently as possible.

If you already own the Season 12 equivalent of this gear, simply skip over that item and proceed to the next!


Conquest Gear

What Conquest Gear to Get, and What Order

This season, there are two tiers of conquest gear. In hopes of creating a more level playing field, Blizzard has decided to do away with rating requirements for all items (except for a weapon enchant to help differentiate players that have attained a high rating). This means that all players will have access to the best PvP gear available, provided they earn enough conquest points to purchase the items.

The second tier of conquest gear, or “elite” gear, is only available for purchase once you’ve amassed a certain number of conquest points for this season. Once 27,000 Conquest points are earned, it will unlock the “elite” tier gear. It is also important to mention that a new honor quartermaster will also be made available, which will have the non-elite gear available for honor points! This will be of particular value to hybrid classes, as they can participate in Battlegrounds to purchase their off-set PvP items.

If you have a mix of upgraded and non-upgraded gear from last season, prioritize the gear that has NOT been upgraded. The stat gains will be greater.


Legs – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Satin Leggings]

  • Gems
    • Red: [Artful Vermilion Onyx]
      • The hybrid Intellect/Mastery gems offer up excellent healing throughput, increasing both our direct healing spells and our absorbs from our various shields.
    • Blue: [Vivid Wild Jade]
      • The PvP Power/PvP Resilience gems add to our healing throughput, but also gives us some additional survivability.  Burst damage is quite high this season, so adding some additional survivability seems appropriate.
  • Enchant
  • Reforge
    • From Haste to Spirit


Head – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Mooncloth Helm]

  • Best Gems
  • Best Enchants
    • Head enchants were taken out of the game in Mists of Pandaria!
  • Reforge
    • From Crit to Spirit


Weapon (Staff)

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Energy Staff]

Chest – 2,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Mooncloth Robe]

Shoulder – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Mooncloth Mantle]

Feet – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Treads of Meditation]

Waist – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Cord of Meditation]

Hands – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Mooncloth Gloves]

Ring 1 – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Band of Meditation]

  • Reforge
    • From Haste to Mastery


Neck – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Pendant of Meditation]

  • Reforge
    • From Haste to Mastery


Wrist – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Cuffs of Meditation]


Back – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Drape of Meditation]

Ring 2 – 1,250 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Band of Cruelty]

  • Reforge
    • From Crit to Spirit


Trinket 1 – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Emblem of Tenacity]

  • Reforge
    • None – Reforge to Spirit if having mana issues


Trinket 2 – 1,750 Conquest Points

[Tyrannical Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity]

  • Reforge
    • None – Reforge to Spirit if having mana issues


The Best Discipline Priest PvP Gear in Season 13

Elite Gear is available for purchase after earning (not necessarily spending) 27,000 Conquest Points. Any piece of gear that actually alters the appearance of your character will have an Elite upgrade (in other words – chest, helm, legs, shoulders, gloves, belt, boots, and weapon).

Remember, once you earn 27,000 Conquest Points this season, you will also be able to purchase Non-Elite Conquest gear with Honor Points! This is of particular value to hybrid classes that would like to switch specs, from say a healer, to a dps class. Instead of having to use additional Conquest Points on your off-spec gear, you can farm Battlegrounds for your gear! Note: the 27,000 Conquest Point threshold is essentially a full set of conquest gear.

Follow the same gemming and enchanting template that was used in the previous section.



Discipline Priest PvP Professions

Our goal is to give you the absolute best gear set up you can achieve as a Discipline Priest in Season 12, and part of that is choosing the right professions. Before we tell you what the best professions are, we should note that when comparing professions, there is a very marginal benefit to your overall gear set, and you should not sacrifice a profession you really enjoy for the sake of a minor stat increase. Leveling a new profession can be costly!

That being said, here are the best professions for a Discipline Priests in Mists of Pandaria PvP:

Blacksmithing

This is the best Profession for a Discipline Priest because of the two extra gem slots that can be used to refine your stats. Blacksmithing offers you the best customization, as you are able to increase primary stats, along with the freedom to choose various secondary stats, such as Mastery, Spirit, or even PvP Power and PvP Resilience! Other professions simply do not offer this much customization for your character.

The next two Professions were a split decision between our pros, and are totally up to what you want to do.

 

Tailoring

Tailoring is a strong choice, due to the [Darkglow Embroidery].  With mana efficiency being quite important this season, the additional 3000 spirit proc will often times play an important role in your success during various PvP encounters.

You also have the added benefit of enchanting your legs for cheap!


Jewelcrafting

Jewelcrafting allows your character to use [Willful Serpent's Eye] in two of your red slots.  This offers you a boost to survivability along with some added damage. [Mysterious Serpent's Eye] is also available to add even damage and healing throughput, if you feel your survivability is sufficient.

Good Luck!

This guide is a collaborative effort between Fuzion and Craze, produced by SkillCapped. All of our written guides are available for free, and we encourage you to post them wherever you’d like as long as you use a link back!

We hope this answers every question you’ve ever had about Discipline Priest Gear in Season 12, and is used as a reference point for your quest to obtain the best PvP gear out there. Let us know if we missed anything, or if there is something you need cleared up in the comments below, and we’ll be sure to get back!

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    Unmourned
    13 months ago
    For anyone who might be interested, I've taken a shot at updating this for patch 5.4 here: http://gotwarcraft.com/mists-of-pandaria-discipline-priest-pvp-gear/
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    rudii
    16 months ago
    Will you release one of these gear guides for warlocks?
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    rudii
    16 months ago
    Would be MEGA good if you could release one about warlocks, as the warlock section on skill capped appears to be lacking some what :(
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    Uogele
    16 months ago
    Raylock, as disc, I do a lot more absorbs than heals. The main reason I've ever read or had for haste is to get the number of flash heals out under Inner Focus up from one to two. A good dps will stun me through Inner Focus. My top experience has been in the 1800s though, so you should have an expert confirm my answer. If coming from in game, beware of a sarcastic rebuttle to what I said :)
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    Raylock
    16 months ago
    This will sound stupid but the shadow head is better for healing then the disc head is as hte shadow head has haste and mastery your main stats so if you could go with the other 4 set and get your shadow head woudl that work ok?
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    Walhalla
    17 months ago
    ty
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    Rugmouse
    17 months ago
    Appreciate that Uogele - I do put in quite a bit of work to produce these. I'm glad they are helpful!

    We discussed the spirit/resilience gem quite a bit, and it most certainly is a very strong option, particularly if you find yourself having mana issues with the above set up.

    Matches tend to be very fast paced these days, and the additional mana regen doesn't play as prominent of a role. Because of this, we decided to throw the PvP Power/Resil gem into blue slots to increase your overall healing throughput, even though Power doesn't have as much bang for your buck as some other stats.

    That being said, in 5.3 PvP Power will be changed to award 100% of the benefit for healers as well, so that means it will be even more enticing. But for the time being, both gems can be used effectively and you should choose whichever fulfills your specific needs.
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    Uogele
    17 months ago
    Also, spectral guise was removing my priest from combat almost instantly, as of the last time I was online. It is how I go from combat to mounting up instantly when farming or playing random bg for fun. If this is a bug, it hasn't been fixed as of 07APR13.
 
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