For those of you that are experianced world of warcraft players, you understand just how valuable a priest is to a group. The world of warcraft priest is unlike any other class, as it is a pure healing machine. Being a priest means that you will be staying clear of the fighting and focusing your efforts on keeping your group in top health to fight foes and defend you and other long range characters in your group.
If your just starting out in world of warcraft a Priest may seem a little boring at first, but as you learn the vital role of a Priest it becomes a challenging and multi faceted character that is never a bore to play. Group play is what the priest is most adapted to. Start off playing your priest as part of a group and only start soloing alot when you have reached level 25 or so. If this turns you off from playing a priest don't let it, the priest is just as much fun as any other class and can be very strategic to play. One last thing before we move on, the priest if very valuable in PVP play which makes them highly targeted by the opposing team so be allert. This just goes to show how valuable a Priest is. Your abilities as a Priest are much needed by the rest of your group.
There used to be just seven races available to the priest class, draenei's, dwarves, human's or night elves (Alliance) blood elves, troll's or undead (Horde).
With the Cataclysm addition you will also be able to play gnomes and taurens as priests and both new races, goblins and worgens.
Getting your wow Priest through the first several levels.
When just starting out you will have the Lesser Heal spell and the Smite range attack, a great combination especially when you earn your first buff, Power Word Fortitude. Keep Fortitude on all the time for now and use it to help your group if you are with one. Make sure to keep your health and mana up, as a Priest you are very vulnerable and should pay close attention to your survival. Obviously the priest is not a hand to hand kinda class so maintain your position towards the back of the group, you are most effective when your can stay focused on your range spells. Find cover as far away from the hand to hand combat as you can, a priest has little chance of doing well fighting hand to hand.
Continue leveling to level 4 when you will be able to use Shadow Word Pain, a good enemy debuff to make things easier. Continue using Shadow Word Pain and only switch back to Fortitude if needed. Strafe Smite from a distance to help keep mobs under control and be sure to watch for when your debuff Shadow Word Pain wears off.
Leveling your priest to level 6 will allow you to use a nice shielding buff known as Power Word Shield, be sure to check it out. The priest is not able to wear armor of any kind so buff's like this are very important when going into battle. Also at level 6 you will want to visit a trainer to get your first substantial quest, take it and complete it as soon as you can.
Leveling to level 8 will let you use the HOT spell known as Renew and also Fade. The Renew spell is your first HOT (Heal Over Time) type spell that you will get, this works great for you and your group so use it regularly. Fade is used to distract your enemies from you by controling your aggro.
At level 10 things really get fun for your WOW priest with the introduction of Mind Blast. Using Mind Blast will greatly increase your damage dealing without using up all your mana. Resurrection is now available to you enabling you to resurrect other players. You will recieve your first talent point at once you have leveled your WOW priest to level 10, you will now want to look into the different types of priests that you can be.
You will finally get a good defensive buff called Inner Fire when you reach level 12, use it to protect against enemy attacks.
From this point on you will work your way up the levels at a pretty good pace, just check for quests at all times and think about how you wish to build your Priest. You may want to get a complete guide for playing you WOW priest to make the higher levels much easier.
Thanks and Happy Gaming.