Warning: contains dangerous level of speculation and spoilerage. Digest at your own risk!
I have seen a lot of speculation about Tier 7 as of late. There is nothing official certainly, and there are even multiple theories about what it could be.
Let’s take a look at the two major contenders…
The most prevalent theory about priest tier 7 is a set of gear datamined out of the beta’s data files using WoWModelViewer (and possibly other means). That is the set of gear on the left. (Source)
The other leading theory is that we will see reskinned tier 3 (Faith!) as our tier 7. This stems from a blue comment on the forums a little while back. (Source)
Again, nothing has been determined definite, and there could still be other options.
My problem with the first set of gear (the one on the left), besides the fact that the shoulders would swallow my little dwarf head alive, is the headpiece. Did the gear designer find a level 12 priest whining on the forums about how unfair it was that rogues could wear a Defias Mask and priests could not? Let’s not make an idiot’s dream come true, here. Give me another crown or halo-type thing, not something worn by rogues during levels 12-28. Otherwise, the set looks okay …. perhaps a little too close to our T5, and the shoulders look a little plate-like, but it could be worse. A lot worse.
The second option I am honestly more enthused about. Faith (tier 3) was fabulous looking! Granted, yes, it was a 9-piece set, but removing the ring, bracers, leggings, boots, crown, or gloves wouldn’t drastically change the look of the set; only four pieces are really necessary to retain its look. What I like best about Faith are the intricacies of the design on the robe. Plus, the headpiece is a freakin’ halo! You could reskin this set almost any color and it would still look lovely.
If I had a choice, I’d vote for reskinned Faith for T7. If Blizzard were to use something else, I sure hope they have another good use for Faith. It is just too pretty to lose.