Sure it’s nice being able to do some of the new content via quests and dailies but it seems to progress further you need to raid to be eligible for some rep upgrades and anything else from the raid you hope to get. Not really surprising news.
Since it’s been stated that a lot of the spirit gear will not drop in the raid, there’s been a lot of talk from priests that it’s been an oversight of Blizzard. While it’s true that all Tier pieces have spirit on them and some of the other pieces from tailoring, rep and valour items, getting a workable set is doable. The ideal thing about Disc is that you don’t necessarily need spirit on all your items since we are proactive healers and get mana back from talents such as rapture it works for our spec. This is another reason why our combat regen isn’t too high; although when I’ve wanted to roll on a non-spirit piece for my MS, I’m still not sure if some DPS would understand this reasoning.
On a side note, I’ve wondered why the tank group often has a ranged person there. If anything I would have liked melee and/or possibly myself in the group since it’s about survivability. It’s really the range DPS’s fault if they die from premature aggro. It’s also not my job to top up a player, it’s really just to prep them or stop them from dying. That’s why you have other healers in the raid and DPS / tanks who know how to work their CDs, healthstones, lightwells and bandages.
Over the last year though, I often passed on items in raids unless it was an ideal piece for me and not just a side-grade. I was able to gather a lot of pieces just by working on my valor points, getting rep items and some made pieces. Everyone should be able to do this and not just rely on raiding to improve gear. Gear doesn’t make the player, skill does. Unfortunately, latency does seem to be a valid issue for all of us on this side of the world, although some more than others. If you say that time is an issue then prioritize your time and with Blizzard abolishing the daily dungeon limit it should be easier than before.