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Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated Today at 07:42 by Furty 51 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Brewmaster Monk in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Justwait, a top tank who raids in Method. You can also watch his stream on Twitch and follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

The Brewmaster is the tanking specialisation of Monks, and they are a unique tank. Brewmasters do not rely very much on avoiding damage through dodging and parrying attacks. Instead, have an additional way of dealing with incoming damage, an ability called Stagger Icon Stagger, which causes part of the damage to be done to the Monk instantly, while the rest is done over the course of 10 seconds (with the possibility for the Monk to remove part of the non-instant damage).

Mainly for these reasons, Brewmasters benefit from a steady and relatively easily-healed damage intake. They make excellent tanks in PvE and will always be a valuable asset to your raid.

2. What Has Changed in Legion?

Defensively, Brewmaster Monks have changed significantly from Warlords of Draenor. We list the most important changes below.

  • Chi is no longer used as a resource (only Energy remains).
  • Stances have been removed.
  • Stagger now also affects magic damage (at half the efficiency of physical damage).
  • Jab, Guard, Elusive Brew, Shuffle, Tiger Power, Dizzying Haze, and Touch of Death have been removed.
  • The Black Ox Statue is now a talent.
  • Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew now reduces 50% of the Staggered damage, and there is a new ability called Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew, which increases your Stagger percentage by 40% for 6 seconds.
  • Mastery: Elusive Brawler Icon Mastery: Elusive Brawler has been changed to now grant a stacking dodge chance increase each time you are hit by an attack, which is removed the first time you dodge an attack, and to also passively increase attack power.

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

4. Strengths

  • Very strong against single large hits
  • Highly mobile
  • Strong cooldowns
  • Solid damage

5. Weaknesses

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Brewmaster is quite strong currently. It is the best tank for dealing with isolated large hits, such as Stormforged Spear on Odyn. It takes (arguably) more skill to play at a competitive level than some of the other tanks, but definitely has a place in any raid if you have achieved a level of comfort playing it. Overall, this is a very "balanced" specialization with a deep tool kit that a skilled player can bring to bear in any situation and absolutely shine.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Small update to stat priority.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes, and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 22 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Brewmaster Monks.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Updated potion choice and went into more detail about consumables.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Fully updated Artifact path in lieu of more recent information. New path is more focused on farming Mythic+ as that is the primary time investment in the current end game.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (addons page): Added Exploding Keg instant cast macros.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Tier 1 Talents to reflect Chi Wave being a stronger single target damage option.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): Extremely minor changes to Brewmaster in Patch 7.1. Guide remains unchanged.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated viability and strengths/weaknesses.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a Keg Smash macro that is no longer necessary.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed an issue where we were referring to Blackout Strike as Blackout Kick.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention of the interaction between your Tier 18 4-Part Set Bonus and your Healing Spheres, and slightly tweaked the single target rotation.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped Level 45, 90, and 100 talent discussions, following a change of opinions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Completely revamped many talent discussions to account for some changes in opinions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed flask to Agility.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added a 30% Haste breakpoint and a mention that Agility also increases dodge chance and self-healing.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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