Going Discipline…

So, the guild hit a road block on Deathbringer Saurfang last night.  Maybe we have too many ranged (18!), not enough melee.  Maybe it’s the fact that with so many ranged, it’s hard to keep the recommended- and necessary 12 yard distance.  Or maybe the previous “strategy” we used to down him was more luck than anything.  I don’t know, but our resident discipline player has now fallen in love with shadow, and it was decided we needed his dps more than his instant PW:S.

The problem is   Boiling Blood is nothing to play around with.  Without the PW:S on all who get it, the boss gets more  Blood Power– or at least that’s the theory.  And we used a StratFu strategy last night where the ranged was grouped up in twos.  So,   Blood Nova was hitting two people at once thus giving him even more   Blood Power.  I have read different information abut how many points of BP he gets from the de-buffs.  Some say just 1 for BN.. others say 2.  Regardless, we need to figure something out.

If the goal is to keep Saur-puss from hitting 100 Blood Power so he won’t cast   Mark of the Fallen Champion too soon, then it is imperative that we mitigate the damage from these de-buffs.  Holy has too long of a CD on PW:S to be efficient.

Long story short.. I am going to have to go discipline for this fight.  It is a spec I have only ever dabbled in.  So I am guessing people will die?  Oh.My.Gosh!  I hope not.  I am going to read up on this spec and how it works for our Thursday night raid.  If you have any pointers, please feel free!

Happy Raiding!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Disc is very simple to play. My off spec is disc but I can play both equally now which comes in handy at times.

    Obviously you’ll be bubbling a great deal. Bubbling grants you barrowed time (think serendipty at max power) so you’ll want to keep this up as much as possible regardless of your healing assignment. I would reserve penance for the tanks and flash heal for everything else. You’ll rarely be using renew (which took a bit for me to get use to at first) but will still be using PoM a lot. So bubble, flash heal, penanace and PoM will be used the most while renew, greater heal and PoH being used rarely.

    You’ll noticed your SP drop a bit as disc but if you have decent gear you should be around 30K mana with raid buffs which is always nice. Dont be affraid to play aggresively because your mana pool will more then support it. Be sure to glyph properly (pws and flash heal are all i can think of at the moment). Familarize yourself with using pain suppression and make a macro to use power infusion on your highest casting dps whenever it’s up. Do your daily heroics as disc to get a feel for it but all in all it’s pretty easy. Hope this helps and good luck!


  2. It’s always good to give discipline a shot! On Saurfang you will most likely be spending most of your time shield spamming. One thing to keep in mind is that due to Borrowed Time, you won’t need as much haste rating in order to reach your soft cap (lowest GCD possible really). I can’t remember the number off hand, but 300 or 400 should do it.

    I like the idea of reserving Penance for the tanks, and using Flash Heal for everyone else. PoM is okay, but since you’ll be spam-shielding, it may not bounce very well. Keep Power Infusion on cooldown and use it on the highest DPS castery type (I have a preference for mages myself) or a long cast healer in ohnoes moments (like a pally or a shammy).

    Maybe we’ll even pull you over to the dark side 😉


  3. regarding the actual fight mechanics:

    The two stacking which you mentioned earlier is actually a pretty good strat. It’s also useful if people remember there original position and immediately return them if they have to move. If your a caster / healer the only person that should be in your /range 12 should be the person your standing with. Frost traps seem to be the best way to slow the beasts so if you have two hunters put traps on the left and right sides. Right before the beasts spawn have your highest dps casters switch off to gain initial aggro to ensure they path through the frost traps. It’s a good idea to centralize high dps casters behind the traps to make things easier as well. If you have ele / resto shammies you can have them drop their totems well outside of the traps as a secondary safety measure. Any and anything you can do to better control the blood power is absolutely worth it. You really can not afford the melee or tanks pulling hate on the beasts with aoe’s or concentrate or you’ll just be banging your head against the wall 🙂

    You should still let the first person die who gets marked. If your dps is strong let the first two die. Good luck!


  4. Posted by Lightspell on January 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The class is very different but I find it much more fun.

    Until I sat with the other healers and strategised I wasted alot of mana but if you have good synergy with raid healers then you will find this a dream.

    We decided I would PwS people taking damage but dont heal them, it will buy plenty of time for the raid healers to top em off (I play with Druids) which is their job after all. Use pain supression not only to get you through known periods of high damage but also to buy you time to shield raid before having to focus back on tanks again.

    If you can manage this in line with fellow healers then you will do virtually no overhealing and be able to mitigate very high amounts of damage almost endlessly.

    And the 3rd Glyph I think was ommitted above is Penance ;).

    Look forward to reading your thoughts!


  5. Posted by exanna on January 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Thanks, guys! Tonight’s the night. I respec’d to disc yesterday and tried it in a 5-man. The results were deadly for one toon, but I figure in Saurfang, I will be focused mostly on PW:S. So, I will let you know how that turns out! 🙂


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