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Mistweaver Monk Healing Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 15:29 by Dhaubbs 23 comments

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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. Foreword

This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2. The Basics of Mistweaver Monks

Mistweaver Monks are versatile healers that can cover both the single target and AoE healing roles. Mistweavers are peculiar in that they can also heal by dealing damage (fistweaving). This page only focuses on the traditional healing style, as fistweaving is more advanced (and we do not feel that the added complexity warrants the effort for new players).

3. Talent Choice for Mistweaver Monks

4. Stat Choice for Mistweaver Monks

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

4.1. Raids

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Haste;
  4. Mastery.

4.2. Dungeons

  1. Haste;
  2. Mastery;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Critical Strike.

5. Basic Playstyle for Mistweaver Monks

5.1. Single Target Healing

The list below goes over the tasks you should perform when healing a single target (such as a tank). This is not a priority list, and you will have to adapt your spell usage to the situation.

  • Keep Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on cooldown as much as possible while in combat.
  • Use Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist on targets that will take constant damage.
  • Use Vivify Icon Vivify on targets who need healing.
  • Use Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist if your target is going to take heavy damage over 6 or 7 seconds.

5.2. Raid Healing

If you are healing raid damage, you will tailor your use of spells to how many targets are taking damage (and not to how much damage there is).

To begin with, you should use Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on cooldown.

If there are 3-4+ raid members taking damage, you should use Vivify Icon Vivify to top them off; however, only do so if they're in danger of dying, as Vivify isn't the most efficient spell in our toolkit.

When 6+ raid members are taking damage, you should use Essence Font Icon Essence Font (as often as the amount of damage requires). The minimum number of targets for Essence Font to be efficient is 6, however, you should aim for closer to a minimum of 10.

6. Mistweaver Monk Cooldown Usage

As a Mistweaver Monk, you have a number of cooldowns in your arsenal, which you must use in tandem with your regular rotation.

  • Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea should be used as many times as possible during the encounter. You should normally use this spell either with Vivify Icon Vivify to save Mana or with Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist for higher average Vivify targets.
  • Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon should be used on the tank or another target who is about to sustain a large amount of damage. You should time this in such a way that its effect coincides with dangerous encounter abilities.
  • Revival Icon Revival is a raid-wide heal, and it could be considered a raid cooldown, in which case your raid leader may ask you to use it at a specific time. Otherwise, just use it when the raid is dangerously low, or when you want to dispel the entire raid.
  • Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane should be used as a small efficiency cooldown. Chi-ji's duration is too long to be used as a way to save lives; however, it is excellent at reducing the total healing requirement during certain periods of a fight. Try to use it as close to on cooldown as possible.

7. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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