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Brewmaster Monk Tank Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 19, 2017 at 18:44 by Furty 74 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Brewmaster Monk tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. 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

The Brewmaster is the tanking specialisation of Monks, and they are a unique tank. Brewmasters do not rely very much on avoiding damage through dodging and parrying attacks. Instead, have an additional way of dealing with incoming damage, an ability called Stagger Icon Stagger, which causes part of the damage to be done to the Monk instantly, while the rest 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. They make excellent tanks in PvE and will always be a valuable asset to your raid.

2. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

  • New Artifact traits added.

4. Strengths

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

5. Weaknesses

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Brewmaster is quite strong currently. It is the best tank for dealing with isolated large hits, such as Stormforged Spear on Odyn. It takes (arguably) more skill to play at a competitive level than some of the other tanks, but definitely 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.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 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 (gear page): Updated legendary explanations.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added more depth to talent discussions at almost every tier, following Kamp's review.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Replaced Light Brewing with Gift of the Mists due to T20 synergy, updated stat priority.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added a few hotfixes to the 7.2.5 changes.
  • 22 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated enchants and food.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated the talents for 7.2.5 (Tier 1, Tier 6, Tier 7).
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Added further details on enchants and gems.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added 7.2.5 changes and updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Soul of the Grandmaster and Stormstout's Last Gasp.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority and descriptions.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Re-order Artifact path and relic priority as Healthy Appetite has been nerfed.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation, specific talent sections, and Blackout Combo rotation.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority and provided further context to illustrate proper gearing.
  • 17 May 2017 (gear page): Updated Fundamental Observation tooltip.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added a new path for the 7.2 traits.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Tier 7 talents section.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 6 talents.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated Haste threshold.
  • 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 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes, and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode 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 (enchants page): Updated potion choice and went into more detail about consumables.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (addons page): Added Exploding Keg instant cast macros.
  • 30 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Tier 1 Talents to reflect Chi Wave being a stronger single target damage option.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants 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 (stats page): Added a 30% Haste breakpoint and a mention that Agility also increases dodge chance and self-healing.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Completely revamped many talent discussions to account for some changes in opinions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Revamped Level 45, 90, and 100 talent discussions, following a change of opinions.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed flask to Agility.
  • 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.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear 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 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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