So, yeah. I’m a complete noob, holidays throwing me off, thinking I had one more day to get my post out. Well, yeah, I don’t. Curse you three-day weekends and your screwing with my internal calendar!
So, because I spent most of last week baking (getting bread+1 achievements IRL) and this weekend… kinda not thinking about anything, you all are getting a recycled PM.
Yes, the P in PM stands for private. I ain’t telling you who it’s to, or giving any specifics or the like. Let’s just say that a couple weeks ago, I was asked in-game for some advice on prepping and cleaning up in hopes of apping to a raiding guild in the future as a holy priest. And we’ve not had one of those for a while, so you’re getting MY take.
First off– Hai! And welcome to Jov’s Guide to Getting Ready to App to a Raid Guild 101. You might want to take a peek at Seri/Qiani’s guide here, too. I hope I don’t make your eyes glaze over with my tl;dr.
Secondly– What I mentioned earlier still applies: this applies to 25-mans, so keep in mind the stuff I’m saying is in regards to that. If what you have works for 5/10s, that’s awesome and totally not what this is about.
Third– Where do you usually go for information? Elitist Jerks? WoW forums? Other healers? I’m just gonna toss something into the mix, in case you’ve not seen it before: PlusHeal is a all-healer forum full of good information for people at all levels of progression and all classes. Caveat: I am a mod there. But the Priest section is particularly active, and there’s a lot of good information to be had.
Okay, on to the nitty gritty. Based on what you told me earlier (you like AOE healing) I’m going to first point you at (armory link redacted) (a/n: I don’t want to send everyone over to oogle someone else’s armory without warning). She’s a good bit ahead of you on the gear curve, but she’s someone who’s got the same “job” you would have as a holy priest. I’m not asking you to mimic her exactly, by any means, I’m only using her as an example of things like stat priorities and talents/glyphs.
So, what’s important to a holy priest? Essentially, your job as a holy priest is going to get as much strong AOE healing out as quick as possible, and have the mana pool/regen to support it. What does that mean specifically? You want to boost your PoH, CoH, and ProM as much as possible, since you’ll essentially be using CoH and ProM every cooldown. You’ll use a good bit of Flash, both as a filler spell, and as a way to boost your PoH, and avoid using too much renew and shields.
This is considered the cookie cutter Holy Raid Healing build/glyphing. There’s definitely some room for wiggle room, but a lot of the talents are simply too good to pass up.
Must-have talents in the Discipline tree:
Twin Disciplines, Improved Inner Fire, Improved Fortitude, Meditation
Optional talents for the Discipline tree:
Must-have talents in the Holy tree:
Holy Specialization, Divine Fury, Inspiration, Holy Reach, Healing Prayers, Spirit of Redemption, Spiritual Guidance, Surge of Light, Spiritual Healing, Holy Concentration, Serendipity, Circle of Healing, Divine Providence, Guardian Spirit
Optional talents for the Holy tree:
Healing Focus, Improved Renew, Improved Healing, Blessed Resilience, Empowered Healing, Empowered Renew (1/3), Test of Faith
So, I’m telling you to avoid too much renew, but I’m including renew talents in the cookie-cutter spec… What’s up with that? Well, Improved Renew is really filler, just as a way to get down a tier. 1/3 Empowered Renew, however… *grin* Empowered Renew… doesn’t really do much. But what it DOES is allow you to take advantage of another talent (there’s a lot of that in the holy tree). The tiny little boost you get from Empowered Renew is tiny, but it’s a tiny instant heal. This means it can crit, and in critting, can proc Surge of Light, giving you a free Flash or Smite. What’s so great about that? Even if it’s free, that Flash triggers your first hit of Serendipity. What’s Serendipity good for? PoH! (Or Greater, I suppose, but you’ll likely not be using that much) A 3-stack (so 3 casts of Flash, be they free from Surge of Light, or regular casts) gives you 12% off the cast time of PoH, which is a reduction of 1/3 second. May not sound like much, but it’s that much faster you can be doing something else.
So moving on from there, what should you be aiming for as far as stats go? There are only four things you care about as a holy priest: Spellpower, Crit, Haste, and Regen.
Spellpower is your most direct and obvious throughput stat. Want to heal more? add more spellpower. Hitting 2k is really your first priority as a holy priest. Spellpower is affected by your spirit using the talent Spiritual Guidance, giving you 25% of your spirit as spellpower (which is itself modified by Spirit of Redemption, which gives you a flat 5% increase to spirit)
Next up, Regen, specifically the in-combat kind. Your next priority should be getting that up to the 250-300 mark. Holy in general is a mana-hog spec, so more regen is never a bad thing. How do you get there? The talent Meditation gives you 50% of your OOC regen (based on spirit) as in-combat regen. Spirit cannot be ignored (also, see Spellpower note above) however, in a 25-man raid environment, your primary regen stat is going to be Intellect. (Wait, what?!) If you’re a numbers cruncher and enjoy that sort of thing, there’s a thread devoted to it on PlusHeal (Priest Regen for Dummies), which was written prior to 3.2 and the replenishment changes, but the final word is still on page 2:
Updated. As an optimal ‘balance’ between spirit and intellect, I now promote 1000 spirit + 1300 intellect raidbuffed for lower levels or 1300 spirit + 1500 intellect raidbuffed for higher levels. As before, this is not ‘exact’. One can easily take more intellect or less, depending on flavor, without feeling a big hit in the regen.
It must be noted, however, that stacking more intellect is fine but requires better use of manaregen cooldowns such as the fiend and hymn of hope. Spirit is a little less demanding but requires a tid bit of crit to work. MP5 is now a strong regen stat and even outperforms spirit up to high gear levels! However, the SP bonus from spirit may make spirit a more favorable stat. Spirit still gives more bang for your buck but not in regen only. For disc priests, intellect > mp5 reigns supreme for all reasonable gear levels. Spirit isn’t bad for high end Disc raiders but weaker than mp5.
Finally, there’s the balancing act between crit and haste. Crit nets you free heals through Surge of Light (which can proc off any of your heals if you use 1/3 Empowered Renew) and spirit-based Regen through Holy Concentration. Haste lets you pump out more heals faster. For the most part, which you favor is a matter of personal preference. Generally speaking, you’ll want to aim for 10% haste, 18-20% holy crit as unbuffed minimums before you start focusing on either one.
And before I close this here, a general note on gemming practices. You’ll want to use gems which deal with the stats mentioned above for the most part. Your (only) options are:
Red: Runed (red, spellpower), Purified (purple, spellpower/spirit), Luminous (orange, spellpower/int), Potent (orange, spellpower/crit), Reckless (orange, spellpower/haste)
Yellow: Brilliant (yellow, intellect), Quick (yellow, haste), Smooth (yellow, crit), Luminous (orange, spellpower/int), Potent (orange, spellpower/crit), Reckless (orange, spellpower/haste), Intricate (green, haste/spirit), Misty (crit/spirit), Seer’s (int/spirit)
Blue: Purified (purple, spellpower/spirit), Intricate (green, haste/spirit), Misty (crit/spirit), Seer’s (int/spirit)
Meta: Insightful Earthsiege
My personal preference is Red : Runed or Luminous, Yellow : Brilliant, Blue : Seer’s. Again, however, that’s personal preference, since gems are the quickest way to make up any stats that you may be missing.
Also, I didn’t touch much on your current gear/spec specifically, since I wanted this to be more of a general guide than me picking you apart. If you would like me to go over where you are currently with a fine-toothed comb and give you specific gear lists, etc, I’d be happy to do that as well. Just let me know.