World of Warcraft Discipline Priests

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World of Warcraft - Penance

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This is a second look at World of Warcraft pre-7.0 Discipline Priests, now that I've had World of Warcraft pre-7.0, a second look and some time has passed.

Summary: There is literally no way to understand any class or spec. This document is an exercise in futility.

http://legion.wowhead.com/guides/classes/legion/priest



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I do mid-range raid healing. Nothing mythic, and heroic is still a challenge.

With that in mind, I get complemented on my healing. My presence and tactics are regularly the difference between success and a wipe.

.. but people don't understand what healing is, what the numbers mean, and what "good" means.

While I'm pleased to get complements, especially from other healers, I don't think many people understand what's going on.. even other healers. Their complement is somewhat meaningless, and for another healer to complement me worries me that they think less of themselves.

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World of Warcraft, discipline priests.

You look at your meters.  Healing done shows your discipline priest at the bottom of the list.  That's good!  It means your other healers are pulling their weight.  The day a discipline priest outperforms a traditional healer in healing done is the day you send them home to retrain.  Or maybe they were wearing their RP gear set to the raid?

You look at your healing + absorbs meters, and your discipline priest's numbers are so beyond the next healer down that there is absolutely no comparison .  What gives?  Is something wrong?  No, with numbers like that your Discipline Priest is simply doing their job correctly.  It isn't even an indication of that Discipline Priest being "better" than any other healer on your team!

You cannot compare an absorber with your traditional healers. I'll explain.

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World of Warcraft - Prayer of Mending

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(Prayer of Mending)

In L2Disc - An overview of Discipline Priest raiding, I mentioned that I wanted an AddOn which can track my Prayer of Mending.  Specifically, I want to know when I should be casting it so it's bouncing around out in the field.

Some people don't care, because they regularly re-cast it.  I find this rather inefficient, although I do see how it can be annoying to have the mending "stuck" on some too-rarely-damaged pet.

Other people talk about having HealBot or Grid display a Prayer of Mending icon.  This isn't useful at all to me, because it doesn't notify me when it's absent - there's just too much stuff going on for me to deal with scanning 25 raid positions for that icon.  On top of that, could I even configure either of them to deal with multiple instances of Prayer of Mending bouncing around, cast by multiple Priests?  Probably not.  Besides, I really despise both of those AddOns and I won't use them so I'm not going to stress over this.

So I need some other solution.  This sounds like a common problem, and one which is interesting for a programmer to solve.. so there must be something out there, right?  Well not really.

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I want to discuss some of the stuff I've learned, and perhaps educate some people out there who haven't deeply delved into this stuff.  Perhaps it will inspire other Priests to go discipline or players to make a Priest alt.  I would encourage this, because one of the issues with this spec is that it's very difficult to know if a player/character is doing their best unless you have more discs around to compare notes.  Even then, disc is an unknown.