One of the primary things about gearing as a holy priest is, of course, the “soft haste cap” of 12.5% (with talents and raid buffs) to get your Renew spell to tick a fifth time. Including the talent Darkness from the shadow tree, this is actually the simplest and easiest gearing benchmark to hit – it’s actually even easier than hitting a spirit benchmark for heroic 5-man dungeons. But a lot of people also say that mastery is pretty much your be-all, end-all after you hit that magic 12.5% (well, spirit aside).

Echo of Light

For this tier of content, and more specifically, 25-mans, I can definitely agree with this. But, I don’t necessarily agree for a 10-man holy priest. Don’t get me wrong, mastery is still a good stat, and far and away better than crit (possibly even post-4.2), but I’m definitely a bigger fan of haste. This isn’t even necessarily left over from Wrath healing, where intellect and haste were king, but a little further back to the end of Burning Crusade where haste was first introduced as a caster stat as well (prior, it was melee only).

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