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Mistweaver Monk in Battle for Azeroth (BfA)

Last updated on Jun 05, 2018 at 09:20 by Dhaubbs 164 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will find information on how to play your Mistweaver Monk in Battle for Azeroth. Because the new expansion is still in beta, this guide is simply here to help you perform better in the beta or to give you a sneak peek into what the new expansion has in store for your class.

The other pages of our Mistweaver Monk guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Foreward

This page will be an introduction to Mistweaver for Battle for Azeroth. It will cover the changes to abilities, talents, mechanics, and playstyle. Keep in mind that the expansion is still in development, and this page is likely to change before release.

Mistweaver at its core is largely the same, but has been given new tools to enhance spec identity, as well as offer divergent builds to suit different playstyles or encounters.

2. Mechanical Changes for Mistweaver Monk in BfA

  • Vivify Icon Vivify now heals your primary target, as well as all players with an active Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist.
  • Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist will now jump to a different injured target when cast on a target who already has an active Renewing Mist.
  • Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea is now on the global cooldown.
  • Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is now on the global cooldown.
  • Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist is now an active channel spell, healing and consuming mana every second. While channeling, you are able to instantly cast Vivify and Enveloping Mist. Additionally, it will randomly proc Mastery: Gust of Mists Icon Mastery: Gust of Mists once every 8 ticks. Finally, it triggers a 1-second global cooldown, instead of 1.5.

3. Ability Changes for Mistweaver Monk in BfA

  • Vivify Icon Vivify cleaves now heal for less than the initial target to account for the ability to hit more than three targets. Mana cost reduced by 20%.
  • Uplifting Trance Icon Uplifting Trance reduced to 30% from 40%.
  • Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea is changed as follows:
    • Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist is no longer instant, and instead heals for an additional 250% spell power instantly.
    • Vivify Icon Vivify removes Vivify's mana cost.
    • Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist no longer causes Renewing Mist to not trigger its cooldown. Instead the duration of Renewing Mist is increased to 30 seconds.
    • Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick reduces Rising Sun Kick's cooldown by 9 seconds.
    • Essence Font Icon Essence Font is no longer affected.
  • Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer now has a 45-second cooldown, up from 25.
  • Paralysis Icon Paralysis now has a 45-second cooldown, up from 15.
  • Essence Font Icon Essence Font now has a 30-yard range, up from 25.
  • Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon now shields for much more and the cooldown has been reduced to 2 minutes, down from 3.

3.1. Removed Abilities

3.2. New Abilities

  • Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch was added, applying a 5% physical damage debuff to an enemy target whenever we deal damage to it.
  • Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is now baseline, but the stun duration was reduced to 3 seconds, down from 5, and the cooldown was increased to 60 seconds, up from 45.

4. Battle For Azeroth Mistweaver Talents

BFA Mistweaver Talent Tree

The changes to the talent tree were minor, but in conjunction with our other ability changes, the depth of choice and game play has increased considerably. Two popular builds have emerged, both dealing similar amounts of healing: "Tankysitting" and "Fistweaving". The choice of which to take will largely depend on your raid composition, personal comfort, or the requirements of the encounter.

4.1. Level 15

This row is a choice between Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst and Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap. If your Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist targets need more healing, and you will not get good value from Chi Burst, then it wise to go with Mist Wrap. However, if you are able to regularly use Chi Burst to hit 6 or more players, or will not be casting Enveloping Mist, then Chi Burst will be the better pick.

4.2. Level 30

This row is unchanged from Legion and remains a choice between Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust and Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo. In terms of mobility, Chi Torpedo provides the most for the least amount of GCDs spent. If there is a specific root that needs dispelling or a player needs an external speed buff, then Tiger's Lust is a good choice.

4.3. Level 45

  • Lifecycles Icon Lifecycles's mana reduction was increased from 20% to 25%.
  • Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane is unchanged.
  • Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea was moved from the Level 100 row to here, and its duration was increased from 10 seconds to 12 seconds.

This row will depend largely on which build you are playing. Lifecycles Icon Lifecycles is a good pick if you are playing the "tankysitting" build as you will be using Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist regularly. Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane is good for the same reasons as in Legion: it rewards the gameplay of DPSing during downtime. Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea is a good pick if you are able to use it as close to on cooldown as possible. Most of the time Tankysitting will take Lifecycles and Fistweavers will take Spirit of the Crane. Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea should be taken if the Mana it saves is greater than that saved or generated by the other two options. This will depend on your gear and how close to on cooldown you can reasonably cast Mana Tea.

4.4. Level 60

Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace is always the correct pick, outside of wildly specific niche situations. The value of having both Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep and an area denial knock back is too high to even consider the other options.

4.5. Level 75

The choice here will depend on the type of damage you need to avoid during an encounter. If it is magic, then Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic, otherwise take Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm.

4.6. Level 90

Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is a good all-around default pick now that its duration was reduced. Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue is good when you can maintain high uptime and minimal overhealing. In terms of raw numbers, Jade Serpent Statue will out heal Chi-Ji if it is able to channel for 2.33 minutes but that also does not account for the Mana required to sustain the statue's cast. However if you are playing a build that rewards frequent Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist usage, you might want to consider Jade Serpent Statue. Refreshing Jade Wind Icon Refreshing Jade Wind is difficult to find a home for, as both the "Tankysitting" and "Fistweaver" builds are relatively GCD locked; the former aims for a high Soothing Mist uptime, and the latter aims for high DPS uptime.

4.7. Level 100

  • Upwelling Icon Upwelling allows Essence Font Icon Essence Font to be channeled for an additional second for every 6 seconds that it remains off cooldown. This bonus caps after 18 seconds, doubling the length of Essence Font's cast. In addition, it also extends the length of Essence Font's healing over time effect by 4 seconds.
  • Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder is unchanged.
  • Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist causes Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick to heal everyone buffed by your healing over time effects and extends their duration by 2 seconds.

Upwelling Icon Upwelling is a solid default pick. For dungeons, the HoT duration increase is excellent for keeping your group alive in a tight situation, and for raids it provides an excellent efficiency gain if you are unable to cast Essence Font Icon Essence Font on cooldown. It also makes our mastery more valuable by nature of the extended HoT duration.

Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist is the talent that makes the "Fistweaving" build viable. It affects all of our active HoT spells, meaning not only Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist and Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist but the HoT from Essence Font Icon Essence Font as well. Rising Mist is a tool of efficiency; the heal is not enormous, but Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick only costs 1.5% of your Mana, and the increased duration on your active HoTs stacks adds up quickly.

5. Azerite Traits for Mistweaver Monk

Azerite Traits are like a blend of both Legendaries and Artifact Traits, rolled into a less obtuse, less random package. They provide opportunity to augment your class to better suit your playstyle, or the encounter. Some traits class/spec exclusive while others provide generic bonuses. It is too early to tell which traits will be optimal, but it is safe to assume you will want multiple sets of Azerite gear to mix and match as you need.

6. Mistweaver Monk Playstyle in BfA

6.1. Dungeon healing

Talents:

  1. Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap or Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst if you can afford to lose tank healing to gain damage;
  2. Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo or Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust depending on if you need a root dispel;
  3. Lifecycles Icon Lifecycles;
  4. Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace;
  5. Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic or Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm depending on the damage type;
  6. Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue or Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane depending on if you need the tank healing, or the extra cooldown;
  7. Upwelling Icon Upwelling.

Dungeon healing is largely the same as it is in Legion. The two notable differences would be the ability to use Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist as a filler, and the importance of keeping Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on cooldown even out of combat. Because Vivify Icon Vivify is dependent on Renewing Mist to cleave, forgetting to maintain it will result in a throughput loss when you need it most. Being able to cast our single target spells while channeling Soothing Mist lets us react quickly to damage on a target, however this damage needs to be expected, as Soothing Mist still triggers a small global cooldown. In essence, it is the same thing as pre-casting into a target you know will take damage, but with slightly more room for error. Finally it is important to remember to use Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick to apply Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch to groups of enemies as you engage them.

6.2. Raid Healing

6.2.1. Tankysitting

Talents:

  1. Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap;
  2. Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo;
  3. Lifecycles Icon Lifecycles;
  4. Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace;
  5. Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic or Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm depending on the damage type;
  6. Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue or Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane depending on if you need the tank healing, or the extra cooldown;
  7. Upwelling Icon Upwelling.

This build aims for a relatively high Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist uptime, while cycling Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist on tanks and Vivify Icon Vivify on targets in need. Essence Font Icon Essence Font should be used whenever needed, do not feel as though you need to wait for Upwelling Icon Upwelling to stack up. The additional HoT duration on Essence Font synergizes extremely well with this build, as Soothing Mist, Vivify and Enveloping Mist all proc Mastery: Gust of Mists Icon Mastery: Gust of Mists.

6.2.2. Fistweaving

Talents:

  1. Chi Burst Icon Chi Burst;
  2. Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo;
  3. Spirit of the Crane Icon Spirit of the Crane;
  4. Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace;
  5. Diffuse Magic Icon Diffuse Magic or Dampen Harm Icon Dampen Harm depending on the damage type;
  6. Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane;
  7. Rising Mist Icon Rising Mist.

This build aims to keep Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist and Essence Font Icon Essence Font on cooldown while dealing as much damage as possible in between. In simple terms, you will want to use Renewing Mist every time it is off cooldown, and follow up raid damage with an Essence Font Icon Essence Font into Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick combo, then using Vivify Icon Vivify if more healing is needed. This rotation is very simple to start, as both Essence Font and Rising Sun Kick have have 12-second cooldowns, however the cooldown of Rising Sun Kick is augmented by 3 separate mechanics: Teachings of the Monastery Icon Teachings of the Monastery, Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea, and haste. The skill ceiling of fistweaving, to a degree, lies in managing the cooldowns of Renewing Mist, Essence Font, Thunder Focus Tea, and Rising Sun Kick along with its resets. Being able to plan 10 seconds ahead, while also constantly adapting to procs is required to master fistweaving.

One thing to note about the Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea + Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick interaction, is that the cooldown reduction applies before the haste cooldown reduction. Because of this, regardless of your haste, you will always have 1 global cooldown in between Rising Sun Kick casts.

7. ChangeLog

  • 05 Jun. 2018: Page added.
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