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Runepriest Guide

Discussion in 'Warhammer Guides' started by Noun, Aug 19, 2008.

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    Runepriests Guide
    Noun of Black Mesa (Volkmar)

    Updated 10/18/08

    Runepriests, being the “defensive healer” of Order is capable of dishing out astonishing amounts of healing both to single targets as well as whole groups. Without a mechanic holding back their healing, the Runepriest can heal allies without the fear of maintaining a mechanic to be efficient. One of the biggest strengths to Runepriests is the ability to distribute buffs that fortify stats and resistances, master runes are arguably the strongest group buffs in the game. With smart play and tactics, Runepriests are able to keep themselves as well as their group alive and strong.


    • Most reliable healer on Order
    • Does not require mechanic to heal efficiently
    • Offers valuable buffs to group members
    • Master of maintaining HP of group members/warband
    • Capable of a self resurrecting rune at end-game.
    • At higher levels able to resurrect whole groups as well as do damage while healing at the same time.


    • Robes offer little defense
    • Low damage capabilities
    • Often the first target of RvR

    Playing as a Runepriest
    As a Runepriest the main priority is healing, it’s what we do best and what we do better than any other class on Order. The ideal position to be in as a Runepriest is behind the front line and ahead of the ranged dps, allowing you to be in range of any ally that may need healing. Not only will you have to watch health bars, but what buff each member of your group needs. Being the lifeline of RvR equates to being one of the first targets enemies will look for, being able to act quickly can be the difference between failure and success.

    The most important stats to Runepriests are:
    1. Willpower – Increases your chance to disrupt attacks and increases healing dealt to allies.
    Higher willpower equates to more powerful heals. Willpower will also increase survival because it increases chances of disrupting attacks. At level 32 with 574 willpower I have a 14.8% chance to disrupt spells casted on me.
    Willpower / 5 = Increases Healing Per Second.
    (Level * 7.5 + 50) / Willpower * .075 * 100 = +% Disrupt spells.​

    2. Intelligence – Increases Magic Damage and reduces your opponents chance to block or disrupt attacks.
    Even as a healer you’ll occasionally throw out nukes and DoTs (especially Rune of Immolation). A high intelligence not only increases your spell damage but also decreases your target’s chances of disrupting your attack.
    Intelligence / 5 = Increases ability damage DPS by result.​

    3. Toughness – Reduces damage dealt to you by opponents.
    Because Runepriests wear robes that offer little defense, toughness plays an important role. Obviously the higher your toughness is, the less damage will be done to you. At higher levels the Runepriest has really powerful tactics that allow increases in armor level.
    Toughness / 5 = Reduces damage by X DPS.​

    4. Wounds - Increases the amount of health you have.
    The more health a Runepriest has, the harder he is to take down.
    Wounds * 10 = Extra Health over default increase per level.​

    HoTs and DoTs
    • Both Heal over Time and Damage over Time abilities tick every 3 seconds.
    • Critical ticks can activate tactics. (i.e. Rune of Nullification)
    • Ticks can activate tactics. (i.e. Ancestor's Echo)
    • Rune of Binding and Spellbinding tick every second.

    Things to Know

    Runepriest Mastery Tree Builder
    Runepriest Renown Tree Builder
    NDA Drop Q/A with Varking (and me :))
    Varking's Mastery Tree Ability Review
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    Grungni’s Gift
    Rank 1
    Path of Grungni
    30 AP – Instant Cast – 150ft Range – No Cooldown
    Heals x to defensive target.

    Rune of Regeneration
    Rank 3
    Core Ability
    30 AP – Instant Cast – 150ft Range – No Cooldown
    Heals for x life over 15 seconds.

    Rune of Shielding
    Rank 6
    Path of Valaya
    35 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 20s Cooldown
    Target absorbs up to x damage over 10 seconds. When the effect fades, the target recovers x health.

    Rune of Restoration
    Rank 8
    Path of Grungni
    45 AP – 3s Cast – 150ft Range – No Cooldown
    Restores x health. This is a fragile spell and will always be set back by a large amount if you are damaged while casting it.

    Rune of Mending
    Rank 10
    Path of Valaya
    55 AP – 1s Cast – 150ft Range – No Cooldown
    Restores x health, then continues to restore 441 health over 9 seconds.

    Rune of Life
    Rank 10
    Core Ability
    20 AP – 3s Cast – 100ft Range – 6s Cooldown
    Resurrect target friendly dead player and restore 20% of their health.

    Rune of Serenity
    Rank 14
    Path of Grimnir
    40 AP – 1s Cast – 150ft Range – 10s Cooldown
    Heals target for x life over 9 seconds, and will then bounce to and heal other allies within 30 feet of the previous target. Effect will not hit the same taret more than once, and will heal up to 6 people.

    Blessing of Valaya
    Rank 20
    Path of Grimnir
    65 AP – 3.0s Cast – 150ft Range – No Cooldown
    Heals all group members for x health.

    Protection of the Ancestors
    Rank 30
    Path of Grungni
    35 AP – Instant Cast – 100 ft Range – 3m Cooldown
    Increases target group member’s Wounds by x for 60 seconds. Heals target for value of HP increase.

    Oath Rune of Sanctuary
    Rank 40
    Core Ability
    25 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 10m Cooldown
    Increases targeted group member’s Toughness by x for 1 hour. The rune holder will then be able to resurrect themselves with 20% health if killed within the next 10 minutes. Doing so will remove the Oath Rune.

    Grimnir's Shield
    Core Ability
    45 AP - Instant Cast - No Range - 60s Cooldown
    You will take 50% less damage and your abilities will cost 25% fewer Action Points for 10 seconds. During this time you generate almost no threat, and cannot be set back while casting.

    Oath Rune of Power
    Rank 4
    Path of Grungni
    25 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – No Cooldown
    Increases target group member’s Strength and Intelligence by x for 1 hour. The rune holder may activate it to inflict x Elemental damage to a target.

    Oath Rune of Warding
    Rank 9
    Path of Grimnir
    25 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – No Cooldown
    Increases targeted group member’s Resists by x for 1 hour. The rune holder may activate it to inflict x Elemental damage over 9 seconds to all targets within 30 feet.

    Oath Rune of Iron
    Rank 12
    Path of Valaya
    25 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – No Cooldown
    Increases targeted group member’s Initiative and Willpower by x for 1 hour. The rune holder may activate it to inflict x Elemental damage over 9 seconds.

    Rune of Preservation
    Rank 7
    Core Ability
    20 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 15s Cooldown
    Detaunts targets attack power by 50% for 15 seconds. If you attack anyone that you have Detaunted, the effect with immediately end.

    Rune of Sundering
    Rank 25
    Core Ability
    40 AP – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Knockbacks targets within 30 feet of you. Monsters will be knocked down.

    Rune of Striking
    Rank 1
    Path of Grungni
    25 AP – 2s Cast – 100ft Range – No Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage.

    Rune of Immolation
    Rank 2
    Path of Valaya
    30 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – No Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage over 15 seconds.

    Rune of Fire
    Rank 5
    Path of Grungni
    35 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 5s Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage.

    Rune of Might
    Rank 7
    Path of Grimnir
    45 AP – 2s Cast – No Range – No Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage to all targets within 30 feet of you.

    Rune of Cleansing
    Rank 16
    Core Ability
    25 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 30s Cooldown
    Your rune cleanses an ally, removing one Curse or Ailment.

    Rune of Cleaving
    Rank 18
    Path of Grimnir
    30 AP – Instant Cast – No Range – 10s Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage over 9 seconds to targets 65 feet in front of you.

    Spellbinding Rune
    Rank 35
    Path of Valaya
    30 AP – 1s Cast – 100ft Range – 30s Cooldown
    Silences and wounds target for x Elemental damage over 5 seconds.

    Divine Favor
    Rank 8
    Core Ability
    Rank 1 Morale – Instant Cast – 150ft Range – 60s Cooldown
    A strong heal that will restore 1440 health to your target.

    Rampaging Siphon
    Rank 12
    Rank 2 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Deals x damage to all enemies within 30 feet and heals your entire group for the full amount of the damage dealt.

    Steal Life
    Rank 16
    Rank 1 Morale – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 60s Cooldown
    Your target suffers x damage over 9 seconds, and you are healed for a half of the damage deal

    Focused Mind
    Rank 20
    Rank 2 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    For the next 10 seconds, you will remove and ignore any silencing, disarming, rooting, snaring effects and your abilities will build 50% faster and may not be set back.

    Divine Protection
    Rank 24
    Rank 3 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Everyone in your group is surrounded by a protective shield, which will absorb a large amount of damage from melee abilities.

    Rune of Insanity
    Rank 28
    Rank 1 Morale – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 60s Cooldown
    Deal x damage to target. Lower target’s AP by 200.

    Rune of Rebirth
    Rank 36
    Rank 3 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Self Heal for x then an additional x health over 9 seconds.

    Alter Fate
    Rank 40
    Rank 4 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Resurrects all groupmates within 30 feet. Anyone who is brought back from the dead will also be healed for 47 over 5 seconds.

    Stoutness of Stone
    Rank 11
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    You recover from Stuns and Knockdowns 50% quicker. You will still gain immunity based on the original duration.

    Divine Fury
    Rank 13
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    You deal 25% more damage, but all of your healing becomes 20% less effective.

    Swift Runes
    Rank 15
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Cooldown on Oath Rune click abilities are reduced by 30 seconds.

    Rank 17
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Increases your Corporeal resistance by x.

    Rank 19
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Increase your Willpower by x.

    Cleansing Vitality
    Rank 21
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Rune of Cleansing will not heal the defensive target for x over x if an effect was successfully removed.

    Ancestral Inheritance
    Rank 23
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Increase your Armor by x.

    Rank 25
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    All of your heals will cause enemy monsters to hate you 25% less than normal.

    Regenerative Shielding
    Rank 27
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Each tick of Rune of Regeneration has 25% chance to increase target’s armor by x for 10 seconds.

    Restorative Burst
    Rank 29
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Any time one of your direct healing effects critically heals an ally, you will regain 40 Action Points over 3 seconds.

    Blessing of Grungi
    Rank 31
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Critical heals will Bless your target for 10 seconds, increasing the power of any heals used on them by 25%

    Potent Runes
    Rank 33
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Rune of Striking and Rune of Immolation are now undefendable.

    On Your Feet!
    Rank 35
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Rune of Life, Rune of Sanctuary and Grimnir’s Fury will heal the target for x health over 5 seconds and will restore 70 AP when the target is resurrected.

    Sundering Motion
    Rank 37
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Rune of Sundering’s cooldown is reduced to 20 seconds and will now apply a 40% movement reduction for 10 seconds to all those hit.

    Rank 39
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Removes chance to be setback while casting Grungi’s Gift, Rune of Mending, and Rune of Serenity.
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    Mastery Trees

    Path of Grungni
    Runic Blast
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Increases crit chance of Rune of Fire, Grungni’s Gift, and Rune of Striking by 15%.

    Master Rune of Fury
    25 AP – 2s Cast – 100ft Range – 60s Cooldown
    Inscribes a master rune into the ground for 60 seconds. Groupmates within the 65 feet of the Rune of Fury have a 20% Chance to gain 50 AP whenever they activate an ability. You may only have one Master rune active at a time.

    Ancestor’s Blessing
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Healing abilities have a 25% chance to also increase the target’s AP by 50.

    Rune of Fortune
    30 AP – 2S Cast – 100ft Range – No Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage to your target and heals your Defensive target for the damage dealt.

    Rune of Nullification
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Critical attacks place a debuff on your target that reduces all incoming healing by 100%

    Rune of Binding
    40 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 20s Cooldown
    Stuns and wounds target for x Elemental damage over 3 seconds.

    Rune of Ending

    Rank 4 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Deals x damage to all enemies within 30ft and then heals group members for all damage dealt.

    Path of Valaya
    Immolating Grasp
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Each tick of Rune of Immolation has a 25% chance to drain 30 Action Points from target and snare them by 0% for 5 seconds

    Master Rune of Speed
    30 AP – 2s Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Inscribes a master rune into the ground for 60 seconds. Groupmates within 65 feet of the Rune of Speed have their buildup times reduced by .25 seconds. You may only have one Master rune active at a time.

    Earth’s Shielding
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Each attack against an active Rune of Shielding will randomly debuff one of the attacker’s stats by x for 10 seconds.

    Rune of Burning
    10 AP/sec – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 11s Cooldown
    Channeled. Deals x Elemental damage over 6 seconds. 100% chance to be setback while casting.

    Efficient Runecarving
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Each tick of Rune of Mending has 20% chance to make next Rune of Immolation free, and each tick of Rune of Immolation has a 20% chance to make Rune of Mending instant cast.

    Rune of Fate
    30 AP – Instant Cast – 100ft Range – 30s Cooldown
    Deals x Elemental damage over 24 seconds and heals your defensive target for the amount of damage dealt.

    Valaya’s Shield
    Rank 4 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Heals groupmembers x health over 15 seconds and gives 375 Action Points over 15 seconds.

    Path of Grimnir
    Extended Battle
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Increases area of effect of Rune of Cleaving and Rune of Battle by 50%.

    Master Rune of Adamant
    30 AP – 2s Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Inscribes a Master rune into the ground for 60 seconds. Heals Groupmates within 65 feet of the Rune of Adamant for x health every 3 seconds for 60 seconds. You may only have one Master rune active at a time.

    Concussive Runes
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Attacks in the path of Grimnir have a 25% chance to detaunt your target, reducing their damage towards you by 50% for 15 seconds.

    Rune of Battle
    50 AP – 2s Cast – 150ft Range – 60s Cooldown
    Buffs an ally with a pulsing area of effect that deals x Elemental damage every 3 seconds to all enemies within 20 feet for 15 seconds.

    Ancestor’s Echo
    1 Slot Career Tactic
    Heals have a 25% chance to create a shield on your target that can absorb up to x damage over 10 seconds.

    Grimnir’s Fury
    40 AP – 5s Cast – No Range – 3m Cooldown
    Ressurects groupmembers within radius. Heals them to 50% health and increases damage of resurrected friendlies by 20% for 10 seconds.

    Rune of Skewering
    Rank 4 Morale – Instant Cast – No Range – 60s Cooldown
    Deals x damage to all targets 65 feet in front of you.
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    Soloing as a Runepriest is generally slow, probably the slowest out of all the classes in the game. We give up damage for survivability. Early on in levels it will probably be hard, but once you get Ancestral Inheritance a lot of damage is mitigated by pure armor levels. The single best tactic when it comes to soloing as a Runepriest is Divine Fury (25% more damage for 20% less healing efficiency), not only will your spells do more damage but critical damage will increase by a substantial amount. Oath Rune of Power should be on you at all times, it increases intelligence thus giving your spells more damage; it can also be activated to cause damage to a single target. The three spells you’ll be using most when it comes to soloing is Rune of Striking, Rune of Immolation, and Rune of Fire.

    Generally I open up with Rune of Striking and immediately follow up with Immolation and Fire. I’ll start to spam Striking until Fire is off cooldown and keep Immolation up as necessary. If I find that the mobs are hitting me hard I’ll throw on Rune of Regeneration so that I won’t have to heal myself after every fight.

    If you plan on soloing a lot, I would look into Rune of Burning (Path of Valaya). Offers amazing dps for an offensive Runepriest skill, only downside to it is that it’s channeling. As of this patch the setback was not working properly and allowed continuous casting. I’m not sure how valuable this will be in the future when setback if fixed.

    Not much changes for the Runepriest in terms of damage capabilities here. Your dps is going to stay pretty much the same, but the good thing is you’re not going to be expected to dish out amazing damage. Unless the group is AoEing or fighting mobs a lot higher than everyone’s level, healing is going to be minimal, but still needed. The tactics I use when grouping are Ancestral Inheritance, Regenerative Shielding, Discipline and Subtlety. If I find that tanks are keeping mobs off me but more healing is needed I’ll swap Ancestral Inheritance for Blessing of Grungi or another healing specific tactic if specced into the tree.

    An ideal group will consist of a tank, and off-tank, a main healer, a secondary healer, and two dps. Give the main and off-tank Oath Rune of Warding, Melee/Magic Ranged dps Oath Rune of Power, other Runepriests should receive Oath Rune of Iron and ask Archmages and Warrior Priests their preference; I give ranged dps (non-magical) the choice between Oath Power and Oath Warding (strength and intelligence don’t affect their ranged damage). Throw a Rune of Shielding onto the tank right before they pull monster(s), follow it up with a Rune of Regeneration and keep an eye on the rest of the group’s hp. If more than one person starts to get damaged, cast Rune of Serenity and then Rune of Regeneration on whoever has aggro. Rune of Regeneration is an instant cast with no cooldown and it’s safe to throw it on multiple people if necessary. Runepriests generally fill the role of the main healer in a group because they don’t have to deal damage to heal effectively, let your focus be more healing and less damaging. Use judgment to decide between using Grungni’s Gift, Rune of Mending, and Rune of Restoration to recover health. Grungni’s is best used for quick and small heals, while Rune of Mending can bring someone out of any immediate danger. Rune of Restoration can be used to bring someone’s HP back from “the dead”, but be careful of the 3s cast time—make sure that your secondary healer is doing their job of relieving some of the pressure off of you before you even think of casting this.

    You’ll find that Archmages and Warrior Priests take over the job of applying HoTs very effectively. What I’ve noticed is that the HP of the group will generally be at a standstill, but it’s still nice to have Rune of Regeneration on the tank and whoever is taking damage because of Regenerative Shielding (25% chance to increase armor on each tick). I’ll throw Rune of Serenity into the mix every chance I get. Because PQ contribution gets competitive in groups, you’re usually going to have a hard time finding someone to heal before their HP is maxed through HoTs. Patch 3.3 changed Grungni’s Gift from a 1s cast to an instant and it allows for heals before HoT ticks, phenomenal if you’re trying to get contribution.

    If I’m still having trouble with PQ contribution I’ll switch my focus to a dps role. The group will still look to you for the brunt of the healing so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the HP meters. The trend of groups usually shifts to pulling multiple mobs at the same time, allowing for use of Rune of Might. Rune of Might does pretty good dps and it has a cast time but no cooldown; it hits everything within a 30 foot radius. Use Rune of Cleaving, make sure that it hits every mob in the AoE radius. Instead of using Oath Rune of Iron, switch it out for Warding (can be activated for AoE DoT) and activate it whenever a pull is made. The Rank 2 Morale ability Rampaging Siphon is also very useful as it deals AoE damage in a 30 foot radius and heals your group for all damage dealt, use it wisely as it can save your group if need be.
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    First rule of thumb: keep your group buffed at all times; tanks with either Oath Rune of Power or Warding, melee and magic dps should have Oath Rune of Power, other Runepriests should be buffed with Iron, WP and AM the choice between Power and Iron, and ranged dps (that do not use magic) whatever their preference is. Your favorite tactics will most likely be Ancestral Inheritance, Regenerative Shielding, and Discipline; these tactics give you survivability, and most importantly, healing power.

    Master Runes are amazing AoE group buffs, they are all indestructible and have a 2s cast time. I try to drop a master rune before every fight, and if I’m capable I’ll cast one in the middle of battle making sure that the rune is within range of my groupmembers. Each of the three Master Runes is useful in their own way. Master Rune of Fury recovers AP, Speed decreases buildup times (cast time), and Adamant has an AoE group heal every three seconds.

    As a Runepriest your main job is healing, everything comes second. As with PvE, use judgment when it comes to deciding which heal to use. Your best friend will be Rune of Regeneration, I cast this every chance I get; if someone is losing HP, has lost HP, or is about to lose HP, I cast Rune of Regeneration. Another useful skill is Rune of Serenity; it covers a lot of ground jumping from one ally to another. While Serenity doesn’t heal much, not everyone is going to be getting hit at the same time for similar amounts of damage. The combination of Regeneration and Serenity is effective, especially with the Regenerative Shielding tactic.

    You’ll find the Rune of Mending is the best method of direct healing, being a mixture of Grungni’s Gift, Rune of Regeneration, and Rune of Restoration, this rune is more valuable than gold. Use it to heal whatever you can: if they are coming out of battle the HoT attached to the spell will help phenomenally, if they are in battle it will keep them alive. Grungni’s Gift is a lot more useful now that it’s an instant cast, quick heals here and there are always needed. I find myself spamming Grungni’s and an occasional Mending when someone is about to die, hoping that the quick heals and critical heals will keep them up long enough for backup or another healer to come into play.

    Rune of Restoration is very tricky in RvR, it has the highest setback out of the Runepriests’ spells and enemy players are unpredictable. The 3s cast time is an eternity in RvR, the dps of Witch Elves and Sorcerers as well as tanks is incredibly fast and often too much for one healer to handle. Be positive that you’re not being targeted while casting Restoration and never cast it with a group of Destruction running towards you; you’ll find that they will be giving you wedgies as soon as the you’re done casting. Before using this skill, I usually check the ally’s buff bar to see if I have another healer giving me time to cast. Often Rune of Restoration seems like it’s doing absolutely nothing because the time it takes to cast allows the enemy to do more damage than it heals, keeps them up but leaves you with no time to do anything else. If used at the right moment and with backup heals, it can bring someone hanging onto life to near full HP.

    Blessing of Valaya is also in the same boat as Rune of Restoration, it has the huge 3s cast time. The difference between the two is that Valaya heals your whole group, and I will take more of a risk casting this. It doesn’t heal individuals for huge amounts, so don’t cast it hoping to clear out danger. The best time to cast this is if more than two members of your group are being damaged, it takes a little pressure off allowing you to hop onto anyone who is under immediate attack. The awesome part of Blessing of Valaya is that your group doesn’t have to be in LoS to receive the heal.

    In general Runepriests have great survivability, high armor through tactics and the ability to heal ourselves with a powerful detaunt and an AoE knockback makes us an annoying target. Despite all of that, we’re often the first target and we have to rely on other classes to keep us alive. I always try to keep Rune of Preservation on someone at all times, usually Witch Elves or Marauders but I’m quick to change detaunt targets onto anyone who is damaging me. If I find that there are multiple people hitting me at once, I’ll position myself so that Rune of Sundering will knock them all back and run towards the nearest ally. Sundering will be your best friend or your last mistake, make positive that you’re hitting at least one person with the knockback. Rune of Sundering is also one of the best offensive abilities the Runepriest has. As an AoE knockback, you can run into a crowd of Destruction and split their forces allowing your melees to pick them off easier. I’ve been able to time and aim my knockbacks so that enemy players fly off ridges or into lava; it’s a great strategic tool that can create both offensive and defensive opportunities.

    If you’re getting targeted, cast Rune of Regeneration on yourself, not only does it heal but if you have Regenerative Shielding on your tactic bar you have a chance of gaining a high bonus to armor. Use Grungni’s Gift as necessary, since it’s instant you can cast it while you run. Take advantage of objects on the battleground, anything that breaks LoS from ranged classes helps dramatically. Don’t run blindly around, if you’re in a pug locate allies and hope they have the logic to throw you a bone. If a group of ally melees are running in to help you, use collision—they will block and slow down anyone who is trying to get to you.

    Farming renown on a healer is pretty easy. As long as you’re doing your job (healing), you’re going to gain a decent amount of renown. It’s important to know that you can’t just sit back and heal anyone and everyone, as a Runepriest you’re meant to be close to the front lines. If you’re healing someone who is not actively in battle or who has not recently been in battle, you won’t always receive renown.

    Throw HoTs (Rune of Regeneration and/or Rune of Mending) onto players who are safely running away from the battle; focus your main heals on players who are actually taking damage. Use Rune of Mending and Grungni’s Gift everywhere, save your Rune of Restoration for when it’s really needed but don’t be afraid of casting it. The more healing you do, the more renown you’re going to receive. Depending what you’re specced into you’ll be better as a pure defensive or offensive. Rune of Fate is amazing in the Valaya tree for defense-minded healers whereas Rune of Battle can pump out crazy dps for offensively specced Runepriests.

    You will still get renown for dealing damage, and it is viable. Throw out Rune of Immolation and Fire (there are some tactics that can improve both) whenever you can or feel like, they are instant casts and are annoying to heal through. I generally don’t use Rune of Striking in RvR unless I know I have the time to cast and we outnumber Destruction by a large amount. It’s important to know that any other class who is held in the right hands will always be able to outdamage a Runepriest.

    No matter what your spec is, the main classes you’ll be supporting are melee dps, they tend to be right up on the offensive line taking huge amounts of burst damage. Because you’ll most likely be closer to the front than the back you won’t be able to see most of your ranged dps all the time. Get used to shifting your camera angle forwards and backward to watch the hp of any ally who might be taking damage. As long as you tag someone with a heal, you’ll get a share of their renown whenever they or their group kills someone. If you’re aiming to be top in renown gained, stick to healing…not only is it necessary but it is actually fun and it benefits the team a lot more than a Runepriest who focuses on dpsing.
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    Mastery Tree Builds

    Defensive Healer
    Ancestral Inheritance
    Regenerative Shielding
    Stoutness of Stone/Sundered Motion

    Why max out Valaya? Rune of Mending is probably the skill you'll be using most to recover hp regardless of where their bar is at. Not only does the Valaya tree improve Mending, but it also improves Oath Rune of Iron which increases your Willpower and in doing so increases the healing done by every ability you have. A better Rune of Shielding adds more protection for yourself as well as anyone you're trying to keep alive.

    Master Rune of Speed will help your group (mainly RDPS) as well as you by decreasing cast times. Some of you may argue that Master Rune of Adamant will help keep your group up, but I disagree. Not everyone will need healing at the same time, and the healing that Adamant puts out isn't very much. At base, it offers 126 health every 3 seconds--with Rune of Speed you can cast Mending in less than 1 second or Rune of Restoration for over 1k hp in less than 3 seconds.

    Going down Valaya also gives you the option of Rune of Fate, which is arguably one of our best skills. It's a DoT and an HoT put together. This allows you to put pressure on whatever is attacking you or your group while doing your job of healing. It provides an extra heal to your Rune of Regeneration and whatever else you may be casting. I chose to skip Valaya's Shielding, the benefits it provides doesn't outweigh the benefits I receive from other abilities I'm likely to use more often. Because it's a Morale ability, it's not always there when you need it.

    As a pure defensive support, you're likely to heal more than one person at a time which is why you must go down the Grimnir tree. Currently, Grungni provides bonuses to two heal spells: Rune of Restoration which is a double edged sword at times and Protection of the Ancients which has a long cooldown. On the other hand, the Grimnir tree has Serenity, Blessing of Valaya, and Oath Rune of Warding. If you've read any of this guide and my recent posts you know that I'm a fan of Serenity. Blessing of Valaya is our only group heal and is used somewhat commonly. I usually throw Oath Rune of Warding on my tanks who are more vulnerable to RDPS. The improvements don't stop there, though. Grimnir also improves Rune of Might and Cleaving; I find myself in the middle of a crowd pretty often. Rune of Might does amazing damage for an AoE and combined with Cleaving it offers great DPS, numbers scroll across your screen like mad.

    The tactics offer you higher healing and survivability. If you choose to go Stoutness of Stone, tanks will have a harder time beating on you. If you go Sundering Motion it allows you to CC as well as keep any MDPS away. This build is more about improvements to your core abilities rather than gaining mastery tree abilities. I find that I can keep my group and warband up a lot lot longer.

    A big thank you to Varking for his contribution to the Runepriest community and helping me answer all the questions that have come up! :thumbsup:

    Garthilk for supplying me stat mechanics and bringing us WarDB!

    Change Log
    • Updated abilities, specifically AP cost and some wording changes.

    Coming Soon

    • PvE & RvR specs
    • In-depth PvE & RvR strategies (with screenshots and video)
    • Influence and quest rewards every Runepriest should have
    • Gear guides
    • Collaboration with other veteran Runepriests for different playstyles
  7. Varking

    Varking Guest

    Just wanted to thank you for doing this and I linked this thread over on the QnA thread.
  8. Noun

    Noun Guest

    I've been itching to do it for a while, no thanks necessary but I appreciate it! There's a lot more to come out of this guide in the future, hoping the Runepriest community will be a big part of it. :thumbsup:
  9. fr0matz

    fr0matz Guest

    Thanks are in order for this as it will most likely aid in many peoples decisions on whether or not they play, or continue to play a Rune Priest upon release.

    So thanks, and good job on compiling this information and presenting it in legible, intellectual manner.

    I look forward to testing out a Rune Priest in open beta.

  10. :thumbsup:

    thanks! awesome job.
  11. LuNiX

    LuNiX Guest

    :ten: would recommend to others.
  12. Firebuck

    Firebuck Guest

    Awesome, detailed guide. Thanks!