Leveling Your Priest – The Lighter Side
Since Kirk stole my idea… just kidding, he wrote an article about talents for the leveling priest, up to level 40. I had a similar article half written, waiting for some polish when I read his this morning. This will be more of a companion piece. I’m going to give a possible talent build for the leveling Holy Priest. What I would suggest is to use Kirk’s recommendations (or whatever floats your boat over in the Shadow tree) until you reach a point where one of a few things happens;
- You find yourself healing in a group more than soloing.
- You like to run instances or group and play the healer, but don’t feel like you can handle the load with the Shadow build.
- You realize that you just want to be a BAMF healer no matter how hard soloing is (this happened for me at about 60)
I’m going to follow Kirk’s lead here and give a possible build up to level 40. You can jump in at any time you decide to respec. I’m also going to include some talents in the Disc tree, I will give the Holy talents first, then Disc because I think that’s how you should do it, but you could take some of the Disc talents part way through if that’s what works for you.
Start with 3/3 in Improved Renew, then 2/2 Healing Focus. I’m not a huge fan of Holy Specalization, I don’t like to rely on crits, they never come when you really need them. Holy Specalization is a good back filler, throw points there when you are just trying to get to the next tier. Moving on, I’m not a big fan of Spell Warding either, seems like weak sauce… I don’t have any hard facts but I think I take a lot more melee damage than spell damage. I can see it being a good PvP talent though, so you can consider it if you do PvP. 5/5 in Divine Fury, .5 secs won’t seem like a lot, but add it up and it’ll be substantial. Next Tier: 1/1 Holy Nova, just because it’s fun! Seriously, every little bit can help in AOE pulls, espcially if you only have one AOE class in your group. It’s also the only group heal you get before Prayer of Healing at level 30. Plus, no threat = good in my book. 3/3 Blessed Recovery. This doesn’t seem like much, but I’ll take every little bit when soloing as a Holy Priest. You could also go 3/3 in Inspiration, but at these low levels I don’t think it’s worth it. Since it’s a percentage boost, your tank probably isn’t stacking enough armor yet to make the boost terribly useful. The last point for this Tier, put wherever you want, Holy Specalization, Spell Warding, or Inspiration. This one is just back fill, take what you like. Next take 2/2 in Searing Light. Even though you are going Holy because you want to heal, you will be soloing at least some of the time, why not make it a little easier. I’m going to recomend you stop here and move over to the Disc Tree to get some mana efficency. 5/5 in wand specialization. Even though you don’t have Spirit Tap, it’s still a good idea to finish with a wand to get a little time OFSR for mana regen. Next 3/3 Imp PW:S and 2/2 Martyrdom. This one is nice, since like I said earlier, you will be soloing at least a little and the immunity to interruption is nice. Next is 1/1 Inner Focus. Know it, Love it, Use it every time the cooldown is up! 3/3 Meditation… need say more?
That my dear friends brings us to level 40! Like I said earlier, you could go get the Disc Talents earlier than I recomend, but I think they’re most beneficial where I’ve put them. Now that you are 40, should you so desire, you could go respec 0/31/0 and get Lightwell, but I think that one is best reserved for later levels. I would go a little farther in Disc, get Imp PW:F and DS if you want to go that far then go back to Holy.
These are all my opinions, feel free to disagree with me… as Kirk said in his article “take this with the appropriately sized salt shaker for your taste, and go play.”
The moral of the story is:
- do what makes you happy, choose your talent points to accentuate the areas you like most about your character.
Tune in next week for:
- Maybe Guild Management, or maybe some more about Leveling Your Priest… must ponder…
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