In dungeons a good Priest properly played and glyphed can bring almost as much extra damage via buffs and mana regen to the group as a Mystic (as much as you will need anyway), while providing better cleansing, the ability to stand up the group from knockdowns, make them immune to knockdowns with a shield that also protects against damage, superior healing, long term offensive and defensive buffs including a Power buff equal to the Mystics that stacks with our other Power/Attack speed buff, a long term HoT buff that with gear is superior to the Mystic totem, an Endurance buff that your tanks will love, etc.
In PvP their big heals really stand out and make your group hard to kill, the big AoE cleanse in PvP is great, our debuff/melee CD slow is a 4 target 18m range lock on whereas the Mystic has two separate skills for that, one of which is only an 8m radius around the Mystic so that sucks. We have our stand up skill and our shield. We also have two backsteps that take us farther back than their Archer/Sorc equivalents and in the hands of a skilled Priest make us very slippery. On top of that mobility we have two shields (one protects against any damage for 15k of it and gives us knockdown/immobility immunity, the other reduces ranged damage and increases our resistances to stuns, sleeps, slows, DoTs, etc.). We also have a great self heal on a short CD that at my gear level heals for 27k HP and we have our 5min CD Divine Respite which at my current gear level heals for 9850 HP every second for 10 seconds....
So yea, Priest all around. Mystic is great in specific circumstances IMO. In a dungeon group that knows what they're doing and doesn't need babysitting, Mystic shines because they're free to support instead of spam heal (and IMO it's not hard to pop in and use that Power buff, just need to know the bosses moves - Priests have to run in to use certain heals/cleanse on melee so you just need to pay attention). In PvP with a bunch of ranged that really benefits from their buffs, they're great - but IMO I'd prefer that group be backed up by a Priest. Mystic is great for buffs, CC, mana/crit aura, and backup healing in PvP. But I would still want a Priest around for the burst to serve in that main healer role.
Edited by: Leiloni
12 months ago