Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Jan 31, 2019 at 12:30 by Quotey 40 comments

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. 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 8.1 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

Tides of Vengeance brings a small nerf in Stagger Icon Staggered damage and two new Azerite traits to play with:

  • The effectiveness of Stagger Icon Stagger has been reduced by around 6%. This leads to direct physical hits doing around 10% more damage. There are no playstyle changes associated with this, you will simply require some more healing.
  • Niuzao's Blessing has been removed. All items with this trait will gain Straight, No Chaser Icon Straight, No Chaser. This trait causes Ironskin Brew Icon Ironskin Brew to increase your armor and occasionally not use a charge. This trait is powerful defensively, and you will want at least one.
  • Exit Strategy Icon Exit Strategy is an interesting new Inner Ring trait. With this, Roll Icon Rolling or Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedoing grants a large amount of Avoidance (around 10%) for 2 seconds. During the 2 seconds, if you are hit by direct damage your Roll cooldown is reduced.
  • Ranged attacks which are dodged now consume Mastery: Elusive Brawler Icon Mastery: Elusive Brawler stacks.

3. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Brewmaster Monk

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

3.1. 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.

3.2. 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.

4. 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.

5. Brewmaster Monk Weaknesses

  • Less self sufficient than some other tanks.

6. 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.

7. Changelog

  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added some Mythic details.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated new traits.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated food and flasks recommendations.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated food and flask recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation 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 (enchants 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 (gear page): Updated recommended Azerite gear pieces.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve 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 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents 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 (Uldir page): Altered Mythic tips.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated T7 talent reccomendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Minor fixes and improved defensive section.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Added a note about a simulation bug.
  • 11 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated after week one, and added early Mythic tips.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Extensive rework for Uldir launch.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated flask and potion recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added more content.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Made a few tweaks to trinket recommendations and Azerite gear suggestions.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Added more information about Brewmaster Monk weak auras.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added trinket recommendations.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added a note on enchant choice.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Engineering helm, DPS traits.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Made a small update to the stat priority.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this 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 (stats 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 (talents page): Updated comments on Light Brewing significantly.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated some talents and Legendary recommendations.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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