Brewmaster Monk Tank Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 03:29 by Quotey 32 comments

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About Our Author

This guide has been written by Quotey, who has been tanking as a Brewmaster Monk since they first rolled onto the scene. He currently raids in Echoes and is reachable on the friendly Monk Discord.

1. Foreword

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics for Brewmaster Monk

Brewmaster is a sturdy brawler that combines great mobility with surprising sturdiness. While some of the talents can be a little complex in nature, we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the number of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising your ability to take a hit.

3. Talent Choice for Brewmaster Monk

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played well, these same talents often result in damage losses or more damage taken when utilized by less seasoned players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

4. Stat Choice for Brewmaster Monk

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Critical Strike = Versatility;
  2. Mastery
  3. Haste

Prioritize item level above all else, as Agility and Stamina are very valuable. Mastery is not too much worse than Critical Strike or Versatility, but Haste should be avoided whenever possible, so long as the item level drop is small.

5. Basic Rotation for Brewmaster Monk

  1. Cast Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash when available.
  2. Cast Blackout Strike Icon Blackout Strike when available.
  3. Cast Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm if you have 65+ Energy.
  4. Cast Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire when available.
  5. Cast Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm if you are dropping in health and cannot reach your Gift of the Ox Icon Gift of the Ox orbs.
  6. Cast Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew if you are about to take a large amount of damage.

You should make sure to not spend so much energy on Tiger Palm that you cannot cast Keg Smash when it is available. Following these steps will make sure you do as much damage as you can, and have enough Brews to maintain a solid defense.

5.1. Brew Usage

It is very important to always have Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew running, so you take less up-front damage. If you are using the default UI, you can easily monitor the time left on your Ironskin Brew by looking at the icon highlighted in purple:

BFA Brewmaster UI Element

If you have excess charges, use Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew to get rid of damage you have Stagger Icon Staggered. You can see the level of stagger on the default UI. It is highlighted in the above image in red. The more the bar is filled, the more damage you are taking. Remember though, it is much more important to keep Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew up than to Purify if you have low charges and it is running out.

6. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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