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Mistweaver Monk PvP Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Oct 14, 2016 at 20:37 by Mysticall 1 comment

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This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Mistweaver Monk in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, artifacts, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2300 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta

Mistweavers in PvP are fun, challenging, and rewarding to play. The style of a Mistweaver is fast-paced with unique offensive abilities; a play style that is unlike any other healer in the game. Sometimes you are forced to get in melee range to cast spells.

2. Gear

With regards to gear, the biggest change in Legion is that there is no more PvP gear. Your strength in PvP will be determined based on the average item level of your gear (as displayed on your character sheet). For example, the base item level at level 110 is 800, so your stats in PvP will be adjusted accordingly. For every 10 item levels you gain, your stats are increased by 1%.

The implication is that it does not matter where your gear comes from, and all that matters is its item level. Gear from quests or PvE content is just as good as gear you get as a reward from PvP (which, in fact, will be very similar to PvE gear; there are no more PvP stats on gear).

Practically, you will simply look to collect gear with the highest item levels possible, and the stat distribution on the gear will not matter.

3. Artifact Traits

Below, we will explain what the recommended order for artifact traits is, if you wish to maximise your PvP potential. It is quite possible that your artifact path (at the time of reading this guide) differs from our suggestions. If this is the case, do not worry, and use the information below to help you understand your traits and guide your future choices.

If you recently decided to make a Mistweaver Monk and are behind on your Artifact weapon, or you have decided to venture into PvP with your Mistweaver Monk, try to first get the closest Golden trait. Picking up some of the more crucial traits ( Icon Way of the Mistweaver,  Icon Infusion of Life,  Icon Mists of Life, and  Icon Extended Healing) is highly recommended to begin PvP.

3.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you want to reach is  Icon Celestial Breath.

  1. Take  Icon Mists of Wisdom.
  2. Take  Icon Soothing Remedies. Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist is one of your most used abilities, and increasing the healing of this helps with overall healing.
  3. Take  Icon Shroud of Mist. This helps with survivability, since you will be using Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist when being targeted.
  4. Take  Icon Dancing Mists. This helps with Mana, because you might not have to cast an extra Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist and you can use that time to cast a different heal.
  5. Take  Icon Coalescing Mists. Effuse Icon Effuse is a heal you will be using frequently if you are low on Mana, or to save Mana.
  6. Take Celestial Breath Icon Celestial Breath. This will help with teams that have spread damage that is hard to outheal.

3.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to go for is  Icon The Mists of Sheilun.

  1. Take  Icon Infusion of Life. Increasing Vivify Icon Vivify's healing helps Mistweavers spread healing.
  2. Take  Icon Extended Healing. Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist should be used on cooldown. Being able to extend the HoT helps with your healing output.
  3. Take  Icon Way of the Mistweaver. Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist is your best heal. Increasing its healing helps healing overall tremendously.

3.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should try to pick up the last Golden trait,  Icon Blessings of Yu'lon, picking up the remaining traits after that. There is no specific order for the rest, but a recommended trait to get is  Icon Mists of Life.

4. Relics

Relics are disabled in PvP, so they are not a concern to you.

5. Talent Choices

Regular talents work in both PvP and PvE content (although they may sometimes work differently in the two environments, which is indicated by their tooltips). In other words, they are always active.

On the other hand, Honor talents are inactive outside of a PvP environment.

5.1. Regular Talents

5.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Mistwalk Icon Mistwalk is the best choice in this tier. It increases your overall mobility and provides a decent single target heal.

5.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

In this tier, the best choice is Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust. This ability not only removes snares, but can be cast on teammates. Because Mistweavers mostly heal melee compositions, this will also help your team if they are slowed.

5.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

The best choice in this tier is Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap. Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist is crucial to Mistweaver healing, and increasing its healing and duration makes it even better.

5.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is the best choice in this tier. A 5-second stun is strong against any team. Try to use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on your target and then stun them as it ends.

5.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is the best talent in this tier. This is an overall great talent and a charge is used when stunned or in other crowd control, helping with survivability.

5.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

We recommend Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue in this tier. Becauase melee teams (which you are likely to be a part of) usually lack crowd control, the bonus healing from your statue helps deal with the aggression. You can use this when you are behind a pillar; cast a spell that triggers Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist and the statue will heal a teammate.

5.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

In this tier, we recommend Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder. This helps with Mana, because Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea has a short cooldown and Vivify Icon Vivify will cost no Mana when using it.

5.2. Honor Talents

5.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is the standard PvP trinket effect with a 2-minute cooldown.

5.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

Vim and Vigor Icon Vim and Vigor is the best talent in this tier. Most teams will not focus a Mistweaver Monk, and because of this, the 20% healing bonus greatly increases your healing output.

If you are playing against a team that focuses you, or you cannot kite away from them, then use Zen Focus Icon Zen Focus instead.

5.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

We recommend taking Eminence Icon Eminence in this tier. It reduces the cooldown of your Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer by 5 seconds, which is important to avoid crowd control, and which can help if teams swap to you. Being able to teleport out of line of sight on a shorter cooldown is important to staying alive and reducing the uptime the other team has on you.

5.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

We recommend taking Surge of Mist Icon Surge of Mist in this tier. This makes your strongest heal, Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist, instant. This means you cannot get interrupted while casting it, it lets you keep the passive Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist.

5.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

In this tier, we recommend taking either Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis or Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic.

Against melee-cleave compositions, we recommend Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis. This reduces the cooldown of Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon by 90 seconds.

Against DoT-cleave compositions, we recommend Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic. This causes Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist to heal for 100% more when target is affected by a DoT. Because DoT cleaves have no choice but to DoT up enemies, your primary HoT's healing will be crucial in staying alive in these match-ups. By dispelling DoTs and keeping Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist up, you should be able to out-heal the damage of the DoTs.

5.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

In this tier, we recommend taking Refreshing Breeze Icon Refreshing Breeze. This increases the healing of Vivify Icon Vivify by 25%, and Vivify refreshes the duration of Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on targets it heals. This talent synergises well with Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic from the previous tier. Renewing Mist should be cast on cooldown and using Vivify to not only extend it, but refresh it, helps with Mana and healing.

6. Racial Bonuses

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

The passive Orc racial bonus (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) is great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.

The Blood Elf Silence (Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent) is really strong as well. This adds to the crowd control you can bring to the table.

6.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.

The Night Elf racial bonus (Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld) is always a strong choice when playing a healer. This racial has a high skill cap, but using Shadowmeld to avoid crowd control can be very powerful. For example, if a Mage is casting Polymorph Icon Polymorph on you, use Shadowmeld to avoid it. If you use Shadowmeld at the same time that a Priest uses their Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream, you will not be feared.

7. Playstyle

The main role for a Mistweaver Monk, besides keeping your team alive, is to always keep your team offensive and take advantage of your mobility.

To keep your team offensive, you will push in with your team to try to get Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep stuns on the entire enemy team. You should also use talents like Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust to prevent your teammates from being kited. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on healers and stun them once it is over.

Taking advantage of your mobility is crucial. Mistweavers are one of the squishiest healers. Use abilities like Mistwalk Icon Mistwalk and Transcendence Icon Transcendence to push in with your team and push out if they swap to you. Always communicate with your team to get maximum value out of Mistwalk. For example, of on Blade's Edge Arena, if you are being focused, you can jump off the edge and then Mistwalk Icon Mistwalk back up to a teammate that is standing on the edge of the bridge. This gets you away from the enemy team and allows you the time to heal up.

7.1. Before Gates Open

Before the gates open, you should make sure to have multiple stacks of water in your bags. This is important because you can run out of Mana quickly, and having the option to drink is crucial. Sometimes you can bait the team in overextending by starting to drink (making them think you will be out of action for a while). This can open up the potential for a kill.

Make sure your team has a strategy for crowd control, and remember that your Paralysis Icon Paralysis is broken from any damage. This is a strong crowd control ability as long as it does not break.

7.2. The Opener

Healers do not really have an "opener" as such. As a Mistweaver, you want to do two things when the gate opens.

  1. Put down your Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue (if talented into it, which we recommend).
  2. Place your Transcendence Icon Transcendence portal in a safe place (such as behind a pillar).

After this, start putting Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on your teammates so they have some healing on them.

The other team is going to try to force your trinket in the opener so they have an advantage later in the game. Use Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer to avoid incoming crowd control on you, and hold on to your trinket for as long as you can.

With instant Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist, it should be relatively easy to keep your teammates at a good amount of health when not in crowd control. If you are crowd controlled and your teammates are low, use Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon.

7.3. Healing Techniques

7.3.1. Burst Healing

Use this if the enemy team uses their cooldowns to try to kill a teammate.

  1. Cast Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon. If you do not have Life Cocoon
    1. Cast Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist.
    2. Cast Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist.
    3. Use Vivify Icon Vivify to stabilise the team's health.
  2. Cast Revival Icon Revival if entire team is low on health.
  3. Cast Vivify Icon Vivify.
  4. Cast Effuse Icon Effuse for single target healing.

7.3.2. Sustained Damage Healing

Use this to heal sustained damage throughout the fight (damage done when the other team does not have burst cooldowns available).

  1. Cast Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist every time it comes off cooldown.
  2. Cast Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist on party members that are being targeted by the enemy team.
  3. Cast Vivify Icon Vivify if team is taking spread damage.
  4. Cast Effuse Icon Effuse for single target healing (this is a good spell to use when low on Mana.

7.3.3. Spread Damage Healing

When there is spread damage (a single teammate is not being focused), do the following.

  1. Keep Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on all teammates.
  2. Use Vivify Icon Vivify if you are stacked up.
  3. Use Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist on teammates that are low on health (prioritise the lowest health target).
  4. Use Revival Icon Revival if needed.

7.4. Defensive Techniques

You have several defensive abilities you can use to help keep you and your team alive.

  • Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic helps when playing against DoT classes. It removes all magic DoTs on you without any penalty.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep should be used for crowd control on the enemy healer most of the time. If you are being focused and cannot get away or receive help from your teammates, use Leg Sweep to stun attacking enemies.
  • Transcendence Icon Transcendence can be used to teleport behind pillars. Use this when you push in for a Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep and Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer back before you get swapped to. If an enemy is casting crowd control on you, you can teleport before their cast finishes to avoid being crowd controlled.
  • Mistwalk Icon Mistwalk provides you with crucial mobility. Make sure your team is not stacked up, so if you are being swapped to, you can teleport to a teammate and get away safely.
  • Paralysis Icon Paralysis can be used when you have been interrupted. If the enemy team is trying to kill one of your teammates and you get interrupted, use Paralysis on one of the enemy DPS to prevent their damage. You can also use Paralysis this to interrupt casts, including to avoid incoming crowd control.
  • Provoke Icon Provoke can be used to taunt enemy pets. Using this on a pet 1-2 seconds before being in crowd control can cause the pet to attack you and break the crowd control. For example, taunting a Mage's Water Elemental right before a Polymorph Icon Polymorph cast will cause the elemental to release you.

8. ChangeLog

  • 14 Oct. 2016: Changed the recommend tier 1 and 5 regular talents and the recommended tier 2 honor talent, and also added Provoke to the list of defensive techniques.
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