Blue Post #2Stat balance on gear should be looked at via much more than just boss loot tables. We consider reputation gear, tailor gear, Valor gear and the tier sets when examining what's available to you. If you wish, you can have Spirit on every slot but your belt (which can still be reforged). The priest tier set has Spirit on all 5 slots.
Having said that, the mindset that only cloth with spirit is priest healer gear (and cloth with no spirit is never priest healer gear) is a mindset to be resisted. If that is allowed to set in, then all the fun of looking at a potential new piece of gear and deciding for yourself whether it is an upgrade for you is removed entirely.
Along those lines, something to keep in mind is that there is more to improving the healing you do in cloth than simply stacking spirit. As you increase spell power, haste, and crit, and your tank increases health, armor and avoidance, boss damage negates less of your mana in the first place.
There is NOT EVEN A SCRAP OF EXPLANATION in that post saying why cloth loot has no spirit in FL, but every other armour type for casters does!
We have been asking WHY the FL cloth has no spirit, and Blizzard have completely failed to answer us. Instead they give us some crappy mini-speech about how we should carefully prioritise our stats.
Right now many or maybe even most healer priests, especially holy, cannot afford to replace their spirit gear with non-spirit gear until they already have a lot of 4.2 gear. Why? Because they will gimp their regen. In order to equip non-spirit gear, your regen already has to be in a very stable state. Doing that is not an option for healers in full t11. They will LOSE regen if they upgrade to non-spirit gear too soon. But every non-priest healer isn't in that crappy position. They can start upgrading any slot right away.
That post basically told us to suck it up and deal with it. It was absolutely no help and only served to make priests even more convinced that Blizzard not only don't care about priests, but are clearly not putting in as much effort, thought and heart into the game as they did before.
I am so disappointed right now.