The Holy Priest mini-guide
In this Holy Priest mini-guide we won’t describe every single step you need to take from scratch, which talents to choose or which gear to pick as it is intended for the players that understand basic class mechanics and have some game experience.
Spec PROs and CONs
Holy Priest is one of the most problematic classes in BfA, and it stays the same in SL. Only now it has begun its ascension in healers rankings due to prudent buffs. Alas, but it can’t be called the strong healer уet: his defensive abilities are below average, it succumbs to Discipline Priest spec and other healers in single-target healing. In capable hands it can run the high keys but the damage output compared to the one that can be delivered by the Paladin or Druid remains an unachievable dream: it doesn’t matter how powerful the Smite is, there is simply no time to cast it without endangering a tank. We just hope that this spec will be buffed in the next patches.
Holy Priest is easy to master and this is one of his undeniable merits. Its intuitive mechanics make it the perfect class to begin with if you just start studying a healer role. But only a few, however, will be good enough to reach the high mastery as Holy Priests. And sure we should mention some spells like Mass Dispel which are class unique and crucial when making it through raid content.
Holy Priest’s talents setup for raids and Mythic+ dungeons drastically differ. We use the following build for raids:
- Angelic Feather
- Cosmic Ripple
- Any utility talent you like
- Prayer Circle
- Holy Word: Salvation
For Dungeons we change build to provide more burst healing and defense:
- Path of the Light
- Angelic Feather
- Guardian Angel
- Any, that you like
- Surge of Light
- Divine Star
Holy Priests face certain issues with defensive cooldowns. Choosing Night Fae, Soulbind: Dreamweaver may save this situation and the life of your tank under critical conditions. Kyrian, Soulbind: Kleia is a good alternative for raiding.
The best conduits for Holy Priest:
- Potency: Resonant Words, Holy Oration
- Finesse: Clear Mind, Power Unto Others
- Endurance: Translucent Image
Shards of Domination
Hands down bonus from three Unholy Shards is the best one for all healers. You can additionally take any of these shards – Tel (Frost), Kyr (Frost), Rev (Blood).
Choose your raiding gear basing on the following priorities:
- Item level, Intellect
- Crit and Mastery
Haste is of the utmost importance in Mythic+ keys.
Picking up a legendary item
Our spec still faces some problems with the healing output and that’s why Flash Concentration is the most suitable legendary to boost it. It goes well for both keys and raids. Rookies can go for Harmonious Apparatus, it’s less effective but makes the rotation much easier.
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