Brewmaster Monk Tank Stat Priority (WoD 6.1.2)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Brewmaster Monks in World of Warcraft WoD 6.1.2, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Brewmaster Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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1. Basics↑top

Brewmaster stats each influence a different type of damage mitigation, making our stat priorities very subjective and flexible. Below are two recommended stat priorities to start with, though we encourage experimentation with stats to suit your personal needs.

1.1. Smoothing

This stat priority smoothes the damage you take, making it easier to for you to be healed.

  1. Agility;
  2. Bonus Armor;
  3. Haste (until you are comfortable with your energy regeneration rate);
  4. Mastery;
  5. Versatility;
  6. Multistrike;
  7. Critical Strike.

1.2. Control

This stat priority emphasizes Critical Strike, which increases your Elusive Brew Icon Elusive Brew uptime, and Multistrike, which increases your ability to self heal. This priority will give you strong control over your active mitigation, so that if you know an encounter well you can plan your mitigation for it.

  1. Agility;
  2. Bonus Armor;
  3. Haste (until you are comfortable with your energy regeneration rate);
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Multistrike;
  6. Versatility;
  7. Mastery.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

Bonus Armor improves Physical damage reduction, and increases attack power.

Agility is a very strong survival statistic. It increases your chance to dodge and your attack power (which affects Guard Icon Guard and the strength of your self-heals).

Mastery (Mastery: Elusive Brawler Icon Mastery: Elusive Brawler) increases the amount of damage that you Stagger with each hit. During progression content, and especially against hard-hitting bosses, this is the best survival statistic you can get (it is especially good at mitigating burst damage). Mastery also increases your attack power by a percentage.

Critical Strike increases the frequency at which you can use Brewing: Elusive Brew Icon Brewing: Elusive Brew, allowing you to stack it much faster. It provides less survivability than Mastery, but it provides more DPS, so if bosses are not hitting you very hard, then you may prefer this stat over Mastery.

Haste increases your Energy regeneration rate (and thus, indirectly, your Chi generation), as well as the rate at which you proc healing spheres from Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox (since you attack more often). It also increases your DPS. The greatest benefit of Haste is that it allows you to use Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew more often. Haste also allows you to cast Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm more often when at low health (when Desperate Measures Icon Desperate Measures procs).

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Multistrike causes your abilities to have a chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.

Additionally, Multistrike increases your chance to proc Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. As such, you need a minimum amount of Stamina. This amount will, in most cases, simply come from the Stamina found innately on your gear. Therefore, you should never have to go out of your way to gem for Stamina.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 08 Dec. 2014: Made two separate stat priorities, one for damage smoothing and for controlled damaged mitigation.