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Haste vs. Mastery, A Question of Stat Weighting

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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Tier 12 Revisited – The Four-Piece Fiasco

Since my previous post regarding the Tier 12 set bonuses for healing priests, there have been some changes made to the set bonuses. In one regard, there are some optimists out there that liked the previous version of the four-piece bonus. Admittedly, I did think that there were some benefits to it, as I outlined before.

Lightwell

Despite that, though, there was a lot of feedback from other users regarding this particular four-piece bonus. I mentioned previously that prior, it was very reliant on other players to make our four-piece bonus work. Beyond that, there’s the RNG aspect of it (something no one really cares for, and remains), the coloring possibly causing problems, and communication issues. Unfortunately, the cons really did outweigh the pros in this case.

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Tier 12 Preview – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Some of the new tier sets have come out with Blizzard’s official preview of tier sets, and they’ve also released current tentative information regarding set bonuses. This is obviously one of those things that’s hot on everyone’s minds, which is perfectly okay. Rightly so, it should be. Clearly, there are a lot of things that can go well, or can go poorly, with each individual set bonus, but for priests, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Priest T12

All in all, I think there’s a good amount to be said, both on a positive note, as well as the negative connotations that can come with the priest healing tier set. Personally, though, I think the absolute best part of it is the way it looks, but of course, this is subjective. So let’s take a look at the set bonuses and discuss what can come of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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