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Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018 at 23:02 by Quotey 10 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk tank guide for World of Warcraft 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 the pre-patch, 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 25%, 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 one of the best choices for Argus the Unmaker. However, due to the combination of pre-patch mechanics changes and lingering Legion gear, it is not absolutely certain where they will stand in comparison to other tanks.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 11 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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