Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Oct 04, 2019 at 21:36 by Quotey 45 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Brewmaster Monk in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

1.

Brewmaster Monk Overview

Brewmaster is the tanking specialization of Monks, and we possess a wide array of colorful and unique abilities. Brewmasters do not overly rely on avoiding damage through dodging and parrying attacks. Instead, we have an additional way of dealing with incoming damage, completely exclusive to Brewmaster. This is called Stagger Icon Staggering damage, which causes only a portion of damage taken to be done to the Monk instantly. The rest of the damage is done over the course of 10 seconds (with the possibility for the Monk to remove part of the non-instant damage by using Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew).

Mainly for these reasons, Brewmasters benefit from a steady and relatively easily-healed damage intake. We are also exceptional at taking large, isolated hits; perhaps the best at this of any tank. We make excellent tanks in PvE and will always be a valuable asset to your raid.

2.

Patch 8.2 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

Rise of Azshara contains no direct changes for Brewmaster Monks. However, the patch does bring some new things:

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Brewmaster Monk Strengths

  • Very strong against single large hits
  • Highly mobile
  • Provides Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch along with the other monk specializations, which all raids will want.
4.

Brewmaster Monk Weaknesses

  • Less self sufficient than some other tanks.
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Brewmaster Monk Viability in the Current Patch

Brewmaster is quite strong currently. It is the best tank for dealing with isolated large hits, making it excellent at certain bosses. In Dungeons, Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is an exceptionally powerful stun, and we can kite in a pinch to get out of deadly situations.

In the new Eternal Palace raid, Brewmaster maintains its strength, being one of the best tanks for most encounters.

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Changelog

  • 04 Oct. 2019 (enchants page): Altered some recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Removed useless BoD/CoS items in favour of legacy section.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added some more detailed info about Patch 8.2.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added information on Beguiling.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Inscription trinket.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife's talent information.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated stats and added Essences.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added info about new traits from The Eternal Palace. Removed outdated Uldir info.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic gear and Eternal Palace gear.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for The Eternal Palace release.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page created.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated for Conflict and Strife nerf.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated guide for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page created.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Crucible of Storms.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority section.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): Changed talent recommendations slightly.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (addons page): Removed reference to BrewmasterTools requirement for Rivers' Normalized Stagger.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Bloodmallet damage sims.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page created.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Updated trinket reccomendations.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Updated enchants.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Removed mention of stacking damage bug on Jaina.
  • 11 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 28 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated significantly for Mythic.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added some Mythic details.
  • 24 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Extensive updates to Mekkatorque, minor updates to other bosses.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added raid Azerite gear.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor Azerite Powers.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page created.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated food and flask recommendations.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated food and flasks recommendations.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated new traits.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated recommended Azerite gear pieces.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Altered some trait recommendations, improved upgrade advice.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Mythic strategies for every boss other than G'huun, minor improvements and tips elsewhere.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 21 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Altered recommended traits and added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Minor fixes and improved defensive section.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Altered Mythic tips.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated T7 talent reccomendations.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made various updates to the page and added a section to help you evaluate potential item upgrades.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated after week one, and added early Mythic tips.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added a note about a simulation bug.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Added an alternative taunt macro, using a modifier.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Extensive rework for Uldir launch.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Made a few tweaks to trinket recommendations and Azerite gear suggestions.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated flask and potion recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added more content.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added more information about Brewmaster Monk weak auras.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Engineering helm, DPS traits.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added trinket recommendations.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added a note on enchant choice.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Made a small update to the stat priority.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talents and Legendary recommendations.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated comments on Light Brewing significantly.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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