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Discipline Priest Healing Gems, Enchants, and Consumables (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with the best gems and enchants that you can get for a Discipline Priest in WoW 4.3, including profession-specific perks. We also list the best consumables: food, flasks, and potions.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this article. The other articles of our Discipline Priest guide can be accessed from the table of content on the left.

1. Gems↑top

Due to the complementary nature of your secondary statistics, you you will want to pick up all of the socket bonuses. Also, your yellow gems should correspond to the statistic priority that you chose for your playstyle (see our Statistics article for Discipline Priests).

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Ember Shadowspirit Diamond
Red Socket Prismatic Socket Brilliant Queen's Garnet, Brilliant Inferno Ruby (cheaper), or Brilliant Chimera's Eye (JC)
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket Purified Shadow Spinel or Purified Demonseye (cheaper)

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Head Arcanum of Hyjal
Chest Enchant Chest - Peerless Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Rings Enchant Ring - Intellect (Enchanting)
Off-hand Enchant Off-Hand - Superior Intellect

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

2.1. Power Torrent Versus Heartsong

When choosing between Enchant Weapon - Power Torrent and Enchant Weapon - Heartsong as your weapon enchant, there are a few things to keep in mind. Please understand that there is no clear answer to this debate, and we would like to just provide you with a few arguments to make your choice.

  • Power Torrent provides more raw healing output (extra spellpower and critical strike chance) than Heartsong, but it procs randomly and is entirely uncontrollable (it has a 45 second internal cooldown).
  • Heartsong does not provide any healing output per se, offering only mana regeneration. Even though Heartsong procs randomly as well (it has a 20 second internal cooldown), the mana that it provides is stored up in your mana pool (unless you were at maximum mana when it procced), allowing you to use it when needed.

If you prefer having more control over your resources, then we recommend Heartsong.

Do not be mistaken, simply because Heartsong offers mana regeneration, it does not mean that it does not boost your healing output. On the contrary, as your healing output is in great part influenced by how much mana you can spend on powerful (and possibly inefficient) heals, having more mana allows you to heal for more.

A common situation that can make Power Torrent greatly lose its value is if it procs during a phase transition, a period of low damage, or a time when you have to move or are targeted by some other incapacitating boss ability. On the other hand, if the encounter you are progressing on requires you to heal players constantly, in a sustained manner, then Power Torrent may be more valuable than Heartsong.

3. Consumables↑top

You should always be eating food that provides 90 intellect, whether this is in the form of:

Your flask should be a Flask of the Draconic Mind.

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be either Mythical Mana Potion or Potion of Concentration (depending on whether or not you can afford the 10 second downtime).

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Discipline Priest can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 120 Intellect through Lightweave Embroidery or 120 Spirit through Darkglow Embroidery. It also provides Sanctified Spellthread, a much cheaper equivalent of Powerful Ghostly Spellthread, the usual leg enchant.
Blacksmithing Provides a 100 Intellect gain through two extra sockets: Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves. Only provides an 80 Intellect gain if you are still using Brilliant Inferno Ruby, and not the newer Brilliant Queen's Garnet.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 51 Intellect gain through the ability of using 3 Brilliant Chimera's Eye. It does provide an 81 Intellect gain if you are still using Brilliant Inferno Ruby and not the newer Brilliant Queen's Garnet.
Alchemy Provides an 80 Intellect gain to your flask through Mixology.
Enchanting Provides an 80 Intellect gain through Enchant Ring - Intellect.
Engineering Provides an 80 Intellect gain in average through Synapse Springs. Also provides Grounded Plasma Shield, an additional Waist enchant that can be used as a survival tool during encounters, but it runs the risk of backfiring (in which case, you taunt and take aggro on all nearby mobs).
Inscription Provides an 80 Intellect gain through Felfire Inscription. It also saves you from the trouble of farming reputation with Therazane to get the usual enchantment.
Leatherworking Provides an 80 Intellect gain through Draconic Embossment - Intellect.
Herbalism Provides an 80 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood.

With the exception of Tailoring, which is currently the best profession for casters, you will generally prefer a passive Intellect bonus over any of the temporary gains. Indeed, Lifeblood provides Haste Rating, which, as a Discipline Priest, is much less valuable than any Intellect bonus. Synapse Springs is good, but if you already have an on-use trinket, the two effects cannot be used simultaneously and you will prefer that of your trinket, which is, most likely, a lot more powerful than that of Synapse Springs.

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