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I’m a fellow blood elf priest (deep disc specced and loving it), and I was wondering what advice you would give to a newly 80 priest looking to start heroics. Right now I have about 1300 spell power, 14.5k hp, and 16k mana. My crit is only at 15%, so it could be better. And my mana regen is at 460 o5sr and 160 while casting (I had to sacrifice some while upgrading). What sort of base stats should I strive for before heading into heroics? Where do I need the most improvement?
Heroics are intimidating. That’s okay, they should be. The fact that so many people seem to be skipping normal mode to jump straight into Heroics now is kind of unsettling for some of us. It hits tanks and healers especially hard, as they are (IMO) the cornerstone of any instance group. An under-geared tank is difficult to heal, and an under-geared healer has difficulty healing an adequately-geared tank–much less an under-geared one.
Whether or not you’re “ready” for Heroics is part gear, part skill and part attitude. If you are a seasoned and experienced healer from TBC, decked out in T6 combined with a few upgrades you picked up toward the end of your trip from 70 to 80 you are probably ready as long as you can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. But make no mistake… Heroics are hard and, no matter what your gear/skill level is when you first hit 80, they are going to challenge you.
Personally, I feel that Discipline priests have an easier time making it over the gear hurdle because so much of our healing is preventative and we have larger mana pools as well as Rapture to help us out on the regen front. With that said… I’m only 79 so I haven’t healed a heroic yet, this is based soley on theory and observation.
The best I advice I can give you: Listen to Jov. She has some good tips and gear lists for you.
The second best advice I can give you: Update your gems & enchants. Seriously, if you’re wearing some TBC gear that’s still socketed with TBC epic gems and enchanted with TBC enchants it behooves you to upgrade them (even green Wrath gems are better than TBC epic gems). Sure, you want to replace these pieces (and soon) but if you’re looking to step into heroics quickly you want to do as much as you can to be as ready as possible with the gear limitations you’re dealing with. Spell power and regen are going to make or break you even if you do everything right, so maximize your potential. As a Disc priest you also need to think about crit, but focus on spell power and regen first.
Also, now that you’re 80 it’s also time to start thinking about factions so check out my World of Repgrind post if you haven’t already. That will help you out on the gearing front as well as the item enchantment front.
Give ’em hell, tiger!
Hrm, well it’s a bit difficult. Much like in early TBC, heroics are difficult to work out a hard and fast “you must be this tall to ride” to give you. A fresh-faced healer who just dinged so recently they’re still covered in glitter will do fine in a heroic that the rest of the group can handle. Likewise, no amount of T7 will compensate if you’re in a pug full of tards.
Some guidelines, based on my experience as a fresh-80 with an overgeared group:
Aim for 1300-1500 spellpower, 150-200 IC Regen. Which end of the spectrum you need to be on will depend on the rest of the group.
Your crit is pretty average for a fresh-80. You have both more health and mana than I did starting. I had more spellpower and regen. There is NEVER enough regen. Please keep in mind I’ve been holy so don’t have personal knowledge to how much Rapture makes up for, but throughout the blogs I’ve been reading as well as my own experience, it’s regen which is the major determining factor as to what runs go well and which explode messily.
I don’t have an armory link for you, so I don’t really have a good idea of the gear you’re in where I can point you at specific upgrades, but with some quick wowhead filtering, I can point you at some things to look at:
Those don’t have things like hit filtered out, mainly because the lists are fairly short to begin with. Keep in mind what you need to gear for (things which can up your spellpower, regen, and crit) and give those a try. Personally, I’m a much bigger fan of faction and quest rewards because I feel much more in control of them, plus finding high-level normal mode instances on my server is kind of difficult.
All that being said, are you ready for heroics? Maybe. Get some guildies together and give Utgarde Keep a poke. It’s roughly as obnoxious for a fresh 80 on heroic as it is for a fresh 70 on normal (not heinous, at least until the last boss) and let us know how it goes!
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