Priest: Holy or Disc
That is a good way to separate the two. Holy is focused on renew and their mastery adds a heal over time to it.
Discipline is all about the shields. (To me anyway, I'm holy.) Their mastery buffs their shields.
So if you're having a hard time deciding on which you would like to level; think of it like this: With discipline you ensure that your party takes a little damage as possible before you have to heal. With holy you provide enough heal over time effects (or HoTs) that you can heal through the damage. Just be warned though, holy will drain your mana if you are not careful.
Watch your mana, keep your gear up, and run randoms for practice. In time you will get the hang of it and decide if it is a good fit for you.
Ello, im new to healing and to priests, and i want to go healing spec all the way to 80, can someone please explain in great detail the pro's, con's and difrences between using holy or disc to heal?
Disc is less-focused on AoE healing, so it's going to be your best bet for dealing with the typical lack of gear on your / the tank's end.
Edit: You also don't end up with two talents that either require someone to click on them or require you to be dead.
In Cataclysm, Holy Priests are by far the hardest class to play, for little reward, if any.
They really need to up Holy Priest mana a bit, and maybe make Circle of Healing worth using again.
This doesn't begin to cover QoL changes or PvP viability.
Penance shoots spinning bolts of awesome into people to heal them.
If this was the actualy in-game description for that Disc spell you'd see so many more healing-priests.
You also don't end up with two talents that either require someone to click on them or require you to be dead.
One thing leads to another and before you know it some ones shouting: "&!#^ing noobtard healer doesnt &*%ing know how to heal! And quit using that &!$* Angel Spell! Every time you do it kills you! *$%#!"
Dual spec and use both. That's what I do. :P
2 healing specs? isnt that a little excessive?
I feel disc is the way to go.
Disc is about mitigating damage while holy is about reacting to damage. When you Queue up for dungeons and get grouped with Pugs, you WILL be grouped with undergeared players. It is just a fact of life. As disc, your "bubbles" negate some of the bad gear and mistakes that the group can make.
Also, while leveling, disc just feels better. I used to have more spell power as holy before 4.01 patch, but now, it has all changed. I only use holy when raiding because there is already a disc priest in the guild. I look forward towards the day Holy is not a "broken" class.
Me? Prefer Discipine cause they are really great healers and are exstremely mana efficent than holy.
They can reduce the mana cost of there instant casts how awsome is that? Awsome! Discipline has Divine Aegis wich works well with Power word buble cause Divine Aegis creats a buble when your pennance and etc get a crit so its like putting 2bubbles on one pearson. I just kno Discipline priests are the way to go.
Also as others have suggested Disc is less gear dependant so you won't struggle as much if your gear is behind the curve for any reason.
The actual amount of healing is a bit less than Holy - yet the shields for a Disc priest are better, and there's a greater mana pool to work with.
And as others have said - Penance is pretty neat, and if things get nasty you can always do dps which IMO is much better than what Holy has to offer.
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