I have been leveling a Priest, am currently in the mid 30's, but seem to struggle 1v1 against most classes. Having to stand still to cast the heal generally leaves me vulnerable to be hit for way more than I can heal. I know I am only low level, and I know I don't have all the tools, but I am just curious if it gets better, especially since at 60 in PvP I will likely end up as the focus target.
I know the role in group is to heal your allies, and keep yourself up....but for the smaller scale battles....1v1...2v2...how does it pan out? I know our damage is lacking, but it doesn't quite yet feel that I am making up for the lack of damage with survivability. I don't know...just curious on community perspective of the class from people who have experienced it. Tips? Thoughts? Pointers? Insight? Leave it here. Thanks!
I can't speak to the class' utility as a whole, but until Reflect gets nerfed priests are capable of being unbeatable 1v1. If you're unfamiliar with Reflect, enigmatic chest slot armor can have a stat that reflects 15% of damage back to the attacker, and can be stacked twice, once on the main body of stats and once on the 3,6,9 enchant levels. That means it's possible to reflect 30% of the damage done to you, back to your attacker, which in combination with priests self heals makes them virtually unkillable 1v1.
There has been a lot of complaints over the stat though and it wouldn't surprise me if it was nerfed sometime soon. On the other hand, many classes (including priests) are also getting improved pvp defense soon, so that might help address your vulnerability.
I said unbeatable, not hard to kill. The difference is pretty obvious to anyone who has experienced fighting a priest with 30% reflect, and I'm sure you would have picked up on it if you weren't looking for any reason to be antagonistic.
A priest without reflect is hard to kill in that they can easily out heal most damage done to them, but they won't be able to do much damage or risk leaving themselves vulnerable. That means the fight could go on for a pretty long time, allowing for more chances for a lucky crit, stun, knockdown, etc to finish them off.
With reflect all the priest has to do is chain heal, they don't need to risk trying to cast offensive spells, they can focus purely on defense. The more aggressive their opponent is, the quicker they will kill themselves on reflected damage, meaning fewer opportunities for that lucky crit to change the outcome of the fight.
I'm not being antagonistic I'm stating the truth. He's asking for advice on how to survive as a Priest in PvP. Telling him to rely on a broken stat that will be inevitably be fixed because you want to QQ moar is not good advice to a new player.