Greetings, fellow priest community! I am raiding for my first tier as a healer and have a few questions regarding secondary stats.
First, I would like to address the title's question which is my primary and foremost issue. Constantly I see spirit regarded as the main secondary stat (which I understand that entirely), but the amount of it perplexes me a bit. Generally it is based around the playing style of the priest which determines the value from what I understand. Following the "rotation" of the holy priest guide located on this website and a fair amount of other reliable sites, I feel a bit pressed for mana and I'm wondering whether it's a user-based fault or if I just need a spirit flask and meta as well as the food buff perhaps. Currently I have no meta gem, as it would be a waste to get one until I know for sure (not the richest player by far).
To an idea of my where my gear is at, my item level is 372. I am mostly gemmed as well as enchanted with all but the sha-crystal requiring ones (as 10k for me is a lot to throw out for something, so it's hard to spend that much on an item that will be replaced within a few weeks). By mostly gemmed, I mean all but the meta (which can make a significant difference) as well aa few others due to pieces literally obtained last night in LFR. My spirit is at 7,300, I have 20,365 spellpower, and 12,029 intel (self-buffed).
For my rotation, reference mainly the guide here at icy-veins for that, I use that general playstyle with minimal variation. The main mana-concerning talents I use are mindbender (sometimes PW: solace for fights with downtime or gaps in damage), power infusion, and cascade (halo if my group is stacked when I need the burst healing). With mindbender, I am using at 80% mana and on CD for the rest of the fight unless for some odd reason I'm higher than 90% and regenerating quickly due to mechanics or downtime perhaps. When desperate for mana, I'll ask other healers for their raid-wide mana CDs or use the HoH (hymn of hope) + Mindbender/fiend combo.
In comparison to other healers, I'm usually near the top in the healing charts (probably due to some people not paying attention or not knowing their spec). This can vary depending on the gear of theirs in comparison to mine, healing assignments, or possibly experience. I don't see myself overhealing very much (10-15% generally) but the minimal amount that is there is mainly from echo of light mastery and cascade depending on when it's used.
Let me know if you need me to put up an armory link or something else to add on to the post for whatever reason. Also, I can clarify if desired. Thanks for your time, I hope to learn from the community!
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