Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 16, 2018 at 08:39 by Quotey 37 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk tank guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Brewmaster Monk in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class 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 8.0.1 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

In Battle for Azeroth, Brewmaster remains very similar to its Legion incarnation, with mostly background changes.

2.1. Existing Spell Changes in 8.0.1

  • The amount of damage you Stagger Icon Stagger is now based on your agility, meaning the better your gear is the less up-front damage you will take. Magic stagger has been lowered from 40% of base stagger to 35%, as part of a series of changes to make ALL tanks more vulnerable to magic damage.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is now baseline for all Monk specializations.
  • Keg Smash Icon Keg Smash has had its slow reduced from 50% to 20%. If you desire a 50% slow, consider using Special Delivery Icon Special Delivery, which remains unchanged.
  • The shared cooldowns of Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew and Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew have been reduced from 21 to 15 seconds. Ironskin Brew's duration has been increased from 6 to 7 seconds.
  • Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch has been added, causing targets Brewmasters damage to take 5% more physical damage from all sources.

2.2. Brewmaster Monk Talents in 8.0.1

  • Spitfire Icon Spitfire has replaced Gift of the Mists. It gives a chance to reset the cooldown of Breath of Fire Icon Breath of Fire when using Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm, adding some DPS.
  • The cooldown of Black Ox Brew Icon Black Ox Brew has been increased from 90 to 120 seconds.
  • Tiger Tail Sweep Icon Tiger Tail Sweep modifies Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep, which is now baseline. It improves Leg Sweep by reducing the cooldown and increasing range.
  • Bob and Weave Icon Bob and Weave increases the duration of your Stagger Icon Stagger DoT by 3 seconds, much like Jewel of the Lost Abbey Icon Jewel of the Lost Abbey. This means each stagger tick deals less damage to you.
  • Guard Icon Guard has finally returned to the PvE side of the game, replacing Elusive Dance. Its functionality has changed from being an absorb to stopping any staggered damage (up to its tooltip amount) from entering your ticking stagger pool.
  • Blackout Combo Icon Blackout Combo has changed slightly: it no longer modifies Purifying Brew Icon Purifying Brew and the increase in Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm damage has been lowered. This, coupled with losing the Face Palm trait, means that it will no longer be a giant DPS gain.

If you want more in depth info on the function of or which talents to choose in the Battle for Azeroth prepatch, consider visiting the talents section.

3. 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.

5. 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.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 13 pages:

7. Changelog

  • 16 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Altered some trait reccomendations, improved upgrade advice.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (bosses 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 reccomended traits and added Bloodmallet sims.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated T7 talent reccomendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Minor fixes and improved defensive section.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Altered Mythic tips.
  • 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 (addons page): Added an alternative taunt macro, using a modifier.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Updated after week one, and added early Mythic tips.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added a note about a simulation bug.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Extensive rework for Uldir launch.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated flask and potion recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Made a few tweaks to trinket recommendations and Azerite gear suggestions.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added more content.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added more information about Brewmaster Monk weak auras.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added trinket recommendations.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Engineering helm, DPS traits.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated comments on Light Brewing significantly.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (bosses page): Updated some talents and Legendary recommendations.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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