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Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 25, 2018 at 17:27 by Furty 90 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 and Reviewers

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by:

1. Class Overview

Brewmaster is the tanking specialisation of Monks, and we possess a wide array of colorful and unique abilities. Brewmasters do not rely overly much 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).

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 7.3 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

  • None

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

  • New Artifact traits added.

5. Brewmaster Monk Strengths

  • Very strong against single large hits
  • Highly mobile
  • Strong cooldowns
  • Solid damage

6. Brewmaster Monk Weaknesses

7. 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 one of the best choices for Argus the Unmaker. It takes (arguably) more skill to play at a competitive level than some of the other tanks, but certainly has a place in any raid if you have achieved a level of comfort playing it. Overall, this is a very "balanced" specialization with a deep tool kit that a skilled player can bring to bear in any situation and absolutely shine.

8. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

9. ChangeLog

  • 25 Mar. 2018 (talents page): Updated Chi Wave explanation.
  • 20 Dec. 2017 (gear page): Fixed a typo referencing a pair of shoulders instead of the correct trinket.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (easy mode page): Added a note about Haste.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket discussion and added Tier 21 bonuses and analysis.
  • 11 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Updated descriptions for Tier 5 talents.
  • 11 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Moved Dark Side of the Moon down in priority and added Draught of Darkness.
  • 11 Nov. 2017 (artifact page): Moved Dark Side of the Moon to lowest priority in post 35 maxing path.
  • 25 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Fixed typo in the Infusion/Secure in the Light section.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible Page for Brewmaster Monk.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added note about Healthstones in Patch 7.3.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Slight update to talents.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority, added a new description about Haste stack point.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added 7.3 changes (there were none).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Updated recommended Haste stacking end point, adjusted explanations to suit.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 5 talents for Patch 7.3.
  • 02 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Removed an erroneous mention of Keg Smash in reference to Blackout Combo.
  • 19 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Added trinket discussion.
  • 24 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the Ironskin vs. Purifying Brew section.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority and post 35 maxing path.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Replaced Light Brewing with Gift of the Mists due to T20 synergy, updated stat priority.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added more depth to talent discussions at almost every tier, following Kamp's review.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary explanations.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated enchants and food.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added a few hotfixes to the 7.2.5 changes.
  • 21 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated a few talent sections and examples.
  • 19 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 set explanation.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Soul of the Grandmaster and Stormstout's Last Gasp.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and provided further context to illustrate proper gearing.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation, specific talent sections, and Blackout Combo rotation.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Re-order Artifact path and relic priority as Healthy Appetite has been nerfed.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated the talents for 7.2.5 (Tier 1, Tier 6, Tier 7).
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and descriptions.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added 7.2.5 changes and updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Added further details on enchants and gems.
  • 17 May 2017 (gear page): Updated Fundamental Observation tooltip.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added a new path for the 7.2 traits.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 18 Feb. 2017 (this page): Updated introductory paragraphs and viability.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated Haste threshold.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 6 talents.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Tier 7 talents section.
  • 10 Feb. 2017 (bosses page): Antorus, the Burning Throne recommendations added.
  • 20 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added Archimonde's Hatred Reborn to legendaries.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Small update to stat priority.
  • 12 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes, and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 22 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Brewmaster Monks.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Fully updated Artifact path in lieu of more recent information. New path is more focused on farming Mythic+ as that is the primary time investment in the current end game.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Tier 1 Talents to reflect Chi Wave being a stronger single target damage option.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (addons page): Added Exploding Keg instant cast macros.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (enchants page): Updated potion choice and went into more detail about consumables.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): Extremely minor changes to Brewmaster in Patch 7.1. Guide remains unchanged.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated viability and strengths/weaknesses.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a Keg Smash macro that is no longer necessary.
  • 23 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed an issue where we were referring to Blackout Strike as Blackout Kick.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed flask to Agility.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Completely revamped many talent discussions to account for some changes in opinions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped Level 45, 90, and 100 talent discussions, following a change of opinions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention of the interaction between your Tier 18 4-Part Set Bonus and your Healing Spheres, and slightly tweaked the single target rotation.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added a 30% Haste breakpoint and a mention that Agility also increases dodge chance and self-healing.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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