Welcome to the second post in my L2Holy series! In this entry, I will cover the various choices that a holy priest has, in terms of glyphs and which ones would be the better option for you. Since we can now swap glyphs, based on the particular needs of a fight, there may not be one set spread of glyphs that a priest will use all the time. You may find that one or two are really situational and that you swap them in and out as needed. It’s always a good idea to keep some Dust of Disappearance on you, for situations such as this.
Glyph of Power Word: Shield
I would recommend this glyph for a holy priest who is just beginning to get comfortable with the new Cataclysm style of healing and who is still doing a lot of regular 5 mans and may be just starting to dabble in Heroic 5 mans. This would also be a useful glyph for a holy priest who finds they are asked to tank heal in a raid setting.
While there is some debate about how often you should be shielding your tank while tank healing (due to conflicts with discipline priests trying to do the same thing and the potential advantages of them doing so), if you are able to shield your tank, the heal from this glyph will refresh the Renew on the them while you are in Chakra: Serenity. This means your Renew has less of a chance to fall off and you can spend more time and mana on throwing other heals on your assigned tank.
Glyph of Lightwell
This is an absolute must for any holy priest. The healing that comes from Lightwell can easily be one of your highest showing heals on the meters, provided the members of your raid are utilizing it fully. Lightwell is also seen as one of the most mana efficient healing spells in the game, because of how much healing you get out of it for its reasonable mana cost. Having an extra 5 charges at your disposal can only add to this and can really see your group through some difficult times, where the damage output is high and mana may be tight. Make sure you take this one!
Glyph of Guardian Spirit
Let’s be honest. Guardian Spirit is a large part of the reason that we get taken to raids. We certainly do bring other things to the table, but at a time where having a reliable cooldown is everything Guardian Spirit really shines. While the current incarnation of this glyph is not nearly as powerful as it was, it still should have a place on any holy priest’s glyph page. This glyph should also serve as motivation for those that tend to hold tight to their cooldowns and may not use them as freely as they should. Use Guardian Spirit as needed and know that a glyph like this will help it come back around to be used again that much more quickly.
Glyph of Prayer of Healing
Behind Circle of Healing, Prayer of Healing is our bread and butter AOE healing spell. There are even some fights where Prayer of Healing may come out ahead of Circle of Healing. Either way, Prayer of Healing is a spell you are going to be using a lot. Having a heal over time effect stay on your targets afterwards, to go along with the heal over time left behind by our mastery can go a long way towards helping bring your raid back up to full much quicker and with less mana being spent by you or others to do so.
Glyph of Circle of Healing
Circle of Healing is currently our top performing spell, for the purposes of raid healing and should almost always be used off cooldown. Because of how efficient and effective it is, having an additional target to extend its reach to is a huge bonus and this glyph allows that to happen. Circle of Healing normally affects up to 5 targets, glyphed it can affect up to 6 and anyone in your raid can be healed by it. It is not restricted by party or group, like Prayer of Healing is. Because of the important place that Circle of Healing has in our arsenal right now, this glyph is an absolute must have for any raiding holy priest.
Glyph of Psychic Scream
This glyph would also be a prime choice for any up and coming priest, who is still dealing with the crowd control woes that come along with Heroic 5 mans or if you just like to have an extra line of defense in case something goes wrong during a pull. I wouldn’t recommend using this glyph all the time, but I would recommend it specifically for the Cho’gall encounter. It’s important that anyone who can stop people from Worshipping do so and you may be the only person in range to make that happen. A well timed fear can break the channeling, without causing them to run helplessly into fire or other harmful effects. This glyph allows you to get the same desired effect, but in a more controlled fashion.
Glyph of Prayer of Mending
This glyph was a recent addition to the list of available priest glyphs and easily worked its way into our good graces. Prayer of Mending is something every priest should still be throwing out there off cooldown and odds are you’re going to be throwing it on the tank first, which means they will be getting hit relatively quickly, the first charge will be expended and it will be 60% stronger while this glyph is active. This glyph can cause Prayer of Mending to have a higher showing on the meters and to put out more throughput on certain fights. Definitely pick this one up.
Glyph of Desperation
Another recent addition to the game, this glyph tends to get underestimated by those who feel it is only a PVP glyph and doesn’t have much usefulness in a PVE setting. I wholeheartedly disagree. Anytime you are stunned as a healer is a time where your tank can die because you cannot heal them and cannot place a cooldown on them that could save their life. Specific examples where I have seen this glyph shine are during Halfus (both Heroic and regular) and on Heroic Magmaw. Typically, I keep this glyph in more often that not and you should, too.
Glyph of Fade
For fights where its important for the tank to keep a number of adds busy (i.e. most fights), this glyph can help take the focus off of you, especially if you find you’re putting out large amounts of healing and you can see your threat climbing because of it. We are one of two healers with an actual aggro dump, so don’t be afraid to use it. While you would think aggro wouldn’t be an issue for you, it can become one on more trying encounters like Heroic Maloriak, Cho’gall, and Nefarian.
Glyph of Fortitude
At some point during an encounter, someone is bound to die. It happens! Fortunately, we have a number of ways to bring someone back from the dead during combat (i.e. a battle res or a Soulstone) and they will probably need to be re-buffed. This glyph helps you re-buff them on the fly, without cutting too much into your mana that you will need for other things (like actual healing).
Glyph of Fading
This one works well with Glyph of Fade and allows you to cast Fade for less mana, in addition to having it available more often. I wouldn’t really take one without the other, so if you’re not using Glyph of Fade, you probably don’t have much need for this one.
Glyph of Levitate
Levitate provides a neat looking effect and most of our minor glyphs are pretty sub par otherwise. That’s all I can really say about this one. I keep it for vanity purposes. Feel free to do the same.
Glyph of Shadowfiend
One way that Blizzard responded to complaints about the survivability of the shadowfiend was to implement this glyph, which allows you to get mana back if the fiend dies prematurely. I would think you would stand to get more mana back from having it alive, so try not to go out of your way to purposely kill it. But if it does happen, you would at least get some mana back for the trouble. This would be the second minor glyph that I would consider a must have, next to Glyph of Fortitude.
That should be it for this installment of the L2Holy series. Next up will be discussions about gems and reforging. If there is anything else you would like to see covered that could be of assistance as a holy priest, feel free to drop me a line or a comment and I will certainly consider coming up with something to accomodate that.