Where has all the spirit gone?

There are a lot of changes and additions to gear in patch 2.3. One of the largest changes is to the old-world rare/epic gear. Many of cloth pieces are having little-used stats removed (resistances, agility, etc.) and more useful stats added. However, a number of them are also having spirit reduced for the addition of spell dmg or spell crit.

Some examples:

So the big question is, does the added spell damage (or spell crit) off-set the loss in spirit?

Simple answer: yes.

More damage -> less spell casts -> more efficient -> better longevity
And: More damage -> kill mobs quicker -> you level quicker

Keep in mind that many priests level as shadow, so they may not be picking up meditation until they are already in the Outlands.  Spirit is not nearly as valuable to them as spell damage is, even given Spirit Tap.   Also, with the changes in patch 2.3, those priests who do pick up Meditation while leveling will be getting TWICE the regen from it as before.  It really is a matter of the bigger picture, here.

If you looking for some hefty spirit items, they are still out there. For instance, the spirit on Soulkeeper and Kilt of the Atal’ai Prophet (26 and 25 spirit respectively), is remaining intact. (It will still good to keep weapons with high +spirit around for when you are actively regening, have been innervated, etc).

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  1. Yep. Ever since Mandarin (Khaz Modan) & Finnien (Khaz Modan) started Burning Crusade beta as priests, we *easily* noticed how mana regen was NO WHERE NEAR the same scale as the encounters pre-BC. I think Finnien (one of the best priests that has ever played WoW), kept a 3-piece Tier 2 dungeon set for the mana regen while in BC because there were not equivalent loot drops at the time of BC commercial release. Not only mana regen problems, but priests (still) need to spam hard on greater heals for a whole 1 minute before going OOM and tank death, & raid wipe, & then priest re-rolls Shaman, levels up, goes Resto, becomes top raid healer, raid progresses beyond Hydross (pre-nerf), beyond Mount Hyjal and now is comfortably in Black Temple. All the progress of Sunder came after the change was made from priest to shaman/paladin/druid. They raid with a MAX of 1 healing priest in guild raids now. How sad!


    March 3, 2007 raid
    1st raid w/3 holy priests –> http://www.sunderguild.com/logs/Gruul's%20Lair/High%20King%20Maulgar%20-%2003.08.2007/
    See here where 3 holy priests tried to keep up with Gruul’s? So sad.

    Now, the raid comprises of 1 holy priest and mucho more healing via “non-priests”:

    March 3, 2007 raid (same boss, notice healer top 4?)

    Smite on priests, smite on!

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