Brewmaster Monk Patch 9.1 Changes Analysis — Shadowlands 9.1
On this page, we tell you how the Patch 9.1 changes for Brewmaster Monk affect the spec and what the current state of theorycrafting is.
Brewmaster Monk in Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination
This page will go over how the changes currently on the Patch 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) will affect Brewmaster Monks, specifically how the changes might impact its playstyle, best Legendary choices, Covenants, and the like. If you are simply interested in what the current changes are for Monks on the 9.1 PTR in general, you can read our Monk changes here.
Due to the nature of testing and ongoing development, any changes to Brewmaster Monks on the PTR are likely to be incomplete and/or not final. Make sure to keep checking this page over time for additional changes, and we highly recommend reviewing our Brewmaster Monk guide once Patch 9.1 goes live for definitive thoughts on what changed and its impact on gameplay.
Base Spec Changes for Patch 9.1
Brewmaster Monks have not yet received any changes to the specialization on the PTR. A couple of tooltips have been updated to reflect changes that were hotfixed in at an earlier date in Patch 9.0.5, such as Brewmaster's Balance now properly mentioning its additional 10% damage reduction.
Brewmaster Monk Talent Changes in Patch 9.1
As with the specialization itself, there have been no Talent changes made in PvE for Brewmasters.
In PvP, however, there have been two changes:
- A New Honor Talent by the name of Rodeo has been added. This Honor Talent allows you to essentially "bank" additional casts of Clash by keeping the ability off-cooldown for 7 seconds at a time, allowing you to Clash an additional enemy if you cast the ability again on your next use. Up to 3 additional casts can be stored and unleashed in this way for your next use of Clash.
- The Craft: Nimble Brew Honor Talent has been reworked into simply Nimble Brew. Now, rather than having to create a Nimble Brew in your bags to save for an appropriate time, you can instead hit every target within a small area up to 30 yards away and provide immunity to the next loss of control effect they receive within 8 seconds. This new version of Nimble Brew has a 1.5-minute cooldown between uses, compared to the old version's 1-minute recharge time.
Neither of these Honor Talent changes seem particularly noteworthy. While it is fun to be disruptive with Clash, you are incentivized to use Rodeo to Clash different targets since your primary one has already been rooted and would not be further displaced unless the root is removed. This means that you cannot move a target further and further away from where they are trying to go.
Nimble Brew, on the other hand, can be thought of as a somewhat net-neutral change. Although you can no longer choose to remove a specific loss of control effect as long as you are holding a charge of Nimble Brew in your bags, you can now instead provide temporary immunity to an entire group of targets at once. This could result in denying otherwise-annoying AoE effects like a Mage's Frost Nova, but only if you have cast Nimble Brew on the group beforehand. However, without more fundamental changes, it is unlikely for a Brewmaster to be brought into PvP over the more popular choices of Guardian Druid or Vengeance Demon Hunter.
Covenant Changes in Patch 9.1 for Brewmaster Monk
At this time, there have been no Brewmaster-specific changes to Covenant abilities. However, there will be an extension to every Soulbind containing three new traits each, along with an additional Potency Conduit slot and choice between an extra Endurance or Finesse slot. Some of these traits currently offer absurdly-strong effects, such as Dreamweaver's Waking Dreams, Niya's Bonded Hearts, General Draven's Regenerative Stone Skin, or Forgelite Prime Mikanikos' Effusive Anima Accelerator.
Legendary Changes in Patch 9.1 for Brewmaster Monk
In Patch 9.1, every class will be receiving four new Legendary Powers to unlock with the Runecarving system. These four Legendaries will be separated into one unique to each Covenant that will interact with your Class Ability from it.
The four Covenant Legendary Powers for Monks are:
- Kyrian — Call to Arms, crafted on Legs or Feet — Casting Weapons of Order will also summon your specialization's Celestial for 12 seconds. For Brewmasters, this means you will spawn Niuzao from Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox.
- Necrolord — Bountiful Brew, crafted on Shoulders or Chest — Your abilities will occasionally cause a cast of Bonedust Brew to occur at your target's location. This occurs at a frequency of approximately 1.25 procs per minute, but has a 5-second cooldown between activations of the effect.
- Night Fae — Faeline Harmony, crafted on Waist or Hands — The 6% chance for your abilities to reset the cooldown of Faeline Stomp is doubled, increasing it to 12%. In addition, both enemies and allies hit by Faeline Stomp gain the Fae Exposure buff. This buff increases the damage taken or healing received from you by 8% for 10 seconds, depending on if the target was an enemy or an ally.
- Venthyr — Sinister Teachings, crafted on Wrist or Finger — Fallen Order summons one additional adept matching your specialization that lasts for 24 seconds. While any adept from Fallen Order is present, your critical strikes reduce the cooldown of Fallen Order by 3 seconds.
Beyond that, there have been no tuning changes to any existing Brewmaster Legendary Powers. You should continue to follow the recommendations of the guide as a whole on which Legendary to use.
Covenant Legendaries Analyzed
While it is still relatively early in development for these effects to be added, a few initial observations can be made about them. Bear in mind that at this time their effects cannot be simulated, nor have players had the opportunity to test them across all forms of content. As such, many of these conclusions are speculative.
Call to Arms is a Legendary whose effect offers a bit of synergy with Forgelite Prime Mikanikos' new Effusive Anima Accelerator trait, as reducing the cooldown of Weapons of Order means more instances of Niuzao being summoned. However, this would mean players that currently use both Walk with the Ox and Charred Passions would have to contend with the cooldowns of Weapons of Order and Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox not being synced up anymore due to fewer casts of Spinning Crane Kick. With that being said, the utility of this Legendary would really come down to the damage pattern of the encounters you wear it in. Your true goal with it, after all, would be to maximize the amount of Staggered damage you can convert to Niuzao's Stomp damage with Purifying Brew.
Bountiful Brew is a bit simple in its current effect. For Brewmasters, who have the ability to reduce the cooldown on Bonedust Brew already, there is not a lot about it that is appealing. In fact, the extra Bonedust Brew casts from this Legendary currently only reset the duration of an already-present Bonedust Brew buff rather than extending it or existing separately. As such, maximizing its potential currently requires you to sit for periods of time with Bonedust Brew ready to use while you wait for a buff to expire. For now, it can be largely ignored.
Faeline Harmony should be able to reset the cooldown of Faeline Stomp often enough to achieve high uptime on both Fae Exposure and the ability's temporary increase to your Stagger against targets hit by it. Reaching 80% or higher uptime on these buffs would not be out of the question if you do not have to move off of your faelines. However, it is hard to tell if this, along with the Potency Conduit Way of the Fae and the extra stacks of Grove Invigoration provided by Niya's Soulbind, would be enough to dethrone Charred Passions or Stormstout's Last Keg as the default choice of Legendary. This would also mean a number of Brewmasters chasing the highest damage output would likely have to switch off of their current Covenant choice. For now, we will have to wait and see what both simulations and personal experience have to say on the matter in the coming weeks; even just a small adjustment to Niya's new Bonded Hearts trait could be enough to make this a useless choice.
Sinister Teachings is a Legendary that will be impacted by tuning to an incredible degree. Even discounting the cooldown reduction, having an extra Ox Adept from Fallen Order for the ability's entire duration results in an additional 3-4 casts of Keg Smash and 1-2 casts of Breath of Fire; this further enhances the natural burst offered by the ability. As for the cooldown reduction itself, there does not appear to be a cooldown on how often it can occur with repeated critical hits. In addition, individual ticks of abilities like Rushing Jade Wind and Spinning Crane Kick can each count for triggering this reduction. There is potentially immense strength in having an ability whose damage output is tuned around a 3-minute cooldown suddenly being able to be cast two or even three times more often! Regardless, Fallen Order itself will still suffer from the questionable AI of the Adepts themselves and the annoyingly-random nature of when each type chooses to spawn.
Torghast Anima Power Changes in Patch 9.1 for Brewmaster Monk
At this time, one Anima Power has been removed from the pool in Torghast runs: Tiger and Crane Figurines.
- 20 May 2021: Added new Legendary Powers and a preliminary analysis of them.
- 17 May 2021: Page created with initial information.
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