Post by ToughDuck
First off, i'd recommend lvling as shadow, very little down time with decent dps. If your set on lvling with a build you can heal with this isnt terrible, http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=bVcbkhxtbZfxtMbbqbh
, assuming your lvl 70. If your starting from scratch, just go shadow.
Post by Kiwiblue
This is the disc/holy build I'm using for my grind from 70 to 80http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=bVcbkhxtrhoZbxthbbqiZh
This is about maximizing holy damage while making yourself a primary healer in 5 man. Your going to be spending a majority of your time out soloing so you want talents that will help you with that. Spirit buffs give you more mana regen and more spellpower so it's a good thing. Also with taking 3/3 spirit tap getting your spirit buffed even more make that 3 points in shadow even better. You also want things to help you out in oshi situations. You have to remember the leveling 5 man instances are designed for people to be off spec and still fulfill there role in the group. So you don't have to be the perfect healer spec to run them, just the closer you are the easier it gets.
The first thing you might notice is that it's not an 80 build. My intent is to respec to a full healing build once I hit 80 so there is no point in the last point.
Second I perfer this over a shadow build (I was speced shadow for 70 to 71) because this is about dealing damage in single target mode. Shadow has a lot of power for damage but a lot of it comes from dots. On average mobs might live 10 sec from the initial aggro. SW:P and Dplauge will get at most 3 ticks in that time, so there not really worth the effort. For that short amount of time I can mirror the dps of a shadow priest and with 3/3 spirit tap I get my mana back. Shadow is definitly the spec to come up to about 65 but after that you have enough talent points to get what you need to do good holy damage for soloing.
Third I sign up for the healer roll on pugs. While I can stay up with a shadow priests dps for about 10 sec get to 15sec or longer I get smoked. This build doesn't do good sustained damage just enough to solo so trying for a dps slot is stupid. I did it once (not by choice) and I was constantly drinking and had low dps. But I was able to heal the 75 to 77 instances at 72. Can a shadow priest heal a pug, sure, the spellpower changes made them better at healing just like it made holy and disc priest better and damaging. But a shadowpriest isn't going to have the room for error that someone speced into the healing trees will.
Understand this is not THE SPEC type thing here. This is what I used to get to this point (79 at time of writing) I'm sure if I was going to spend more than a couple days worth of play time getting to 80 I would have spent more time figuring out the best way to do it. Fact is leveling in LK is so much easier than it was in BC that you could probably have little trouble doing it as a full Holy spec priest.
Oh spell rotation PW:S, Holy Fire, Smite, Smite, (add a third and forth smite as you get higher HP mobs) then wand at 1K or less health, collect loot.
Post by Kiwiblue
This is the disc/holy build I'm using for my grind from 70 to 80
No Reflective Shield? /slapThis
is more like it.
Strokes and fokes dude, strokes and fokes. My goal was to kill things before they get to the shield, and all the shield was there for was to prevent spell interruption on the last smite. Taking the extra spirit gives extra spell power to help accomplish that and mana regen when I get spirit tap. If your expecting to have a nice long drawn out fight with your shield getting pounded on then reflective would be a good thing. If your expecting the thing to die with only maybe getting one shot on you and maybe none at all then what good is reflective sheild?
Like I said it was not only about making a strong solo build but also a strong healer build. And it sure was. I was healing Gundrak at 72, and Halls of Stone at 74. I don't use shields as much as I probably should in 5 mans so max imp shield and reflective shield seemed kind of a waste.