Most Common and Worst Mistakes Mistweaver Monks Make in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 15:26 by Dhaubbs 23 comments

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General Information

These are the most common mistakes that players make when playing Mistweaver Monk. The goal is that you can learn how to improve your own game and avoid mistakes by being more aware of the mistakes that others are making. There is a good chance that some of these apply to you. They are listed in no particular order.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Dhaubbs a Mistweaver Monk theorycrafter, and moderator on the Monk Discord Peak of Serenity. He raids in Big Dumb Guild on Illidan-US, where he also produces encounter videos. You can follow him on Twitter, Twitch, and/or YouTube.

1. Soothing Mist Target Swapping

Whenever you cast Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist, be sure that it is with the intent to follow up with additional casts. It is too easy to fall into the trap of casting Soothing Mist just to make subsequent casts "instant", when doing so on multiple targets is actually slower than just hard casting. Soothing Mist does not make casts instant in the same way a Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield is instant. Power Word: Shield is usable on demand, while moving, whenever and on whomever you please, whereas Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist + Vivify Icon Vivify requires 1 second of prep time, can not be cast while moving and is punished by target swaps. It makes spells instant as more of a solution to a coding and systems issue, rather than as an outright buff to Monk; given that you cannot cast two spells at once in the game, Soothing Mist makes one instant instead. It is a small distinction, but an important one.

2. Casting Blackout Kick When Rising Sun Kick is Nearly Off Cooldown

While this advice is not important if you are not running Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist or not actively DPSing, it is valuable to get into the habit of keeping an eye on where your Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick is in its cooldown. You always want to cast Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick as early into the cooldown of Rising Sun Kick as possible. This means that if you get off-cycle and have 1-3 global cooldowns before your next Rising Sun Kick, then its wise to do something else. You can spend a global cooldown or two casting Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist, or just catching up on healing in general before going back to DPS. If you really want to optimize, if you know your character just auto-attacked, then casting Crackling Jade Lightning Icon Crackling Jade Lightning for a single tick will be more DPS than Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.

3. Not Casting Renewing Mist Enough

Casting Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist as close to on cooldown as possible is incredibly important as it is the driver for Vivify Icon Vivify. In the past, Mistweavers could get away with letting a few casts slip here and there, but that type of play is much more punishing now. This is not to say that holding charges is a bad idea, but you should only do so with intent and for specific situations.

4. Not Using Thunder Focus Tea on Cooldown

This is probably the biggest problem new Mistweavers have. Thunder Focus Tea is tremendously powerful over the course of a fight, and there is essentially never a situation in which we would want to hold it.

5. Changelog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Added page.
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