Mistweaver Monk PvP Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA 8.1)
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.
1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta for Mistweaver Monks
Mistweaver Monks in PvP are fun, challenging, and rewarding to play. The style of a Mistweaver is fast-paced with unique offensive abilities; a play style that is unlike any other healer in the game. Sometimes you are forced to get in melee range to cast spells.
1.1. Strengths of Mistweaver Monks
- Great mobility
- Strong single-target healing
- Multiple crowd control abilities
1.2. Weaknesses of Mistweaver Monks
- Easy to get stuck in crowd control
- No defensive abilities when stunned
- Very little utility for teammates
2. Stat Priority for Mistweaver Monks in PvP
The stat priority for Mistweaver Monk in PvP is as follows:
- Critical Strike;
Intellect is the best stat in all situations. Haste is the strongest secondary stat at all times due to it reducing the Global Cooldown on abilities and will make it easier to fake interrupts. Versatility is important as it increases the damage you deal (important for Way of the Crane) and reduces the damage you take.
3. Azerite Traits for Mistweaver Monks
Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage or healing of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.
3.1. Outer Ring
Below are the best Outer Ring traits.
The most important trait you are going to want to get in all pieces of your gear is Overflowing Mists. This not only gives you additional healing, but it will also save you Mana and time. It is also crucial for when you are stuck in crowd control and you do not have a trinket because it will keep healing your teammates with Enveloping Mist. The other traits also work great if you do not have Overflowing Mists. Sunrise Technique is primarily used for when your team wants to play aggressive with your Way of the Crane.
3.2. Middle Ring
Below are the best Middle Ring traits.
The middle and inner rings are important for additional defensives. Mistweaver Monks are very weak when they are put into stuns. Traits like Blessed Portents, Azerite Veins, and Shimmering Haven help drastically. On My Way and Lifespeed both give you a small stat increase.
3.3. Inner Ring
Below are the best Inner Ring traits.
All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.
4. Gear Recommendations
4.1. General Guidelines
In general, Mistweaver Monks want to get trinkets that line up well with Way of the Crane. These trinkets can have a passive or on-use effect. The stat you want to be increasing is Versatility. The reason you want to increase Versatility is because it increases both your damage and healing.
To be successful in 3v3 arena, you need to have at least 2 pieces of gear with the Overflowing Mists trait and 1 piece of gear with the Burst of Life trait. You will also want either Blessed Portents or On My Way in the second tier.
Below, we list the items that have these traits.
- Darkwater Shoulderpads;
- Gorak Tul's Mantle;
- Dread Gladiator's Leather Spaulders;
- Dread Gladiator's Leather Spaulders.
Chest pieces that have these traits:
- Spymaster's Wrap;
- Vest of the Veiled Gryphon;
- Dread Gladiator's Leather Tunic;
- Dread Gladiator's Leather Tunic.
4.2. Recommended Items
Dread Gladiator's Badge is strong for the versatility and the on-use Intellect effect. If you are using both @ Dread Gladiator's Medallion and this trinket, you will have an on-use trinket for every single Way of the Crane. The more damage you output while Way of the Crane is active, the more healing you will have.
Dread Gladiator's Emblem is crucial if you fear you will be the target for the enemy team. It has a good amount of Intellect and the on-use effect increases your maximum health. This works well with Fortifying Brew and Healing Elixir for strong instant healing.
4.3. Weapon Enchant
Enchant Weapon - Quick Navigation or Enchant Weapon - Versatile Navigation are the best weapon enchants. What determines which enchant you want depends on your gear and if you are lacking percentage in a stat. One thing to note is that Versatile Navigation is great for when you get put in a stun and a team swaps to you. Although you will not be able to heal much, the damage reduction might be enough to keep you alive.
5. Regular Talents for Mistweaver Monks
|15||✔ Mist Wrap||✘ Chi Wave||✘ Chi Burst|
|30||✘ Celerity||✔ Chi Torpedo||? Tiger's Lust|
|45||✘ Lifecycles||✘ Spirit of the Crane||✔ Mana Tea|
|60||✘ Tiger Tail Sweep||✘ Song of Chi-Ji||✔ Ring of Peace|
|75||✔ Healing Elixir||✘ Diffuse Magic||✘ Dampen Harm|
|90||✔ Summon Jade Serpent Statue||✘ Refreshing Jade Wind||✘ Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane|
|100||✔ Focused Thunder||✘ Upwelling||✘ Rising Mist|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
5.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
5.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents
In this tier, the best choice is Chi Torpedo. This helps with your survivability and mobility. It also allows you to safely "overextend" in order to crowd control an enemy and then roll back to safety. However, if you are playing against a team with a Frost Mage or Survival Hunter, Tiger's Lust is the better talent. This will give your teammates a higher uptime on their target.
5.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
5.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
The best choice in this tier is Ring of Peace. This will help with getting away from melee and acts like a "pillar" to prevent melee from hitting you. You can also use it as an additional interrupt to prevent incoming crowd control.
5.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents
Healing Elixir is the best talent in this tier. This is an overall great talent for when a team starts targeting you.
5.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
We recommend Summon Jade Serpent Statue in this tier. Because melee teams (which you are likely to be a part of) usually lack crowd control, the bonus healing from your statue helps deal with the aggression. In general, this talent also outputs a lot of healing over the course of an arena match.
5.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
Focused Thunder is the best choice in this tier. This gives you more flexibility when you are using Thunder Focus Tea. This will help you maintain Renewing Mist or give you great burst healing with Enveloping Mist.
6. PvP Talents for Mistweaver Monks
The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless, and Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for when you have Life Cocoon and one of your teammates does not have defensive cooldowns.
Surging Mist heals the target and increases the healing they take from Surging Mist by 50% for 6 seconds. This effect stacks up to 2 times. This is a great talent for single-target burst healing. However, you do need to plan ahead when using this because it will take 2 global cooldowns to stack this twice.
Way of the Crane increases your physical damage, you remove and become immune to all snares and root affects and you heal up to 3 allies for 200% of all damage done. This is a great PvP talent for when you want to play aggressively and do a lot of instant healing.
Counteract Magic increases the healing done by Renewing Mist by 135% when the target is affected by a magical damage over time effect. This talent is strong against teams with multiple DoTs. By dispelling DoTs and keeping Renewing Mist up, you should be able to out-heal the damage of the DoTs. You should replace Chrysalis with this talent.
Grapple Weapon disarms the enemy for 6 seconds. This can be crucial utility against teams with a melee DPS on it. If you are uncomfortable with playing Way of the Crane against melee teams, you can replace that talent with Grapple Weapon. You will be losing healing output, but gaining strong utility.
Zen Focus Tea provides immunity to Silence and Interrupt effects for 5 seconds. Although this talent can be useful in some situations, it is not strong enough to choose it over the other talents.
Eminence reduces the cooldown of your Transcendence: Transfer by 20 seconds. This talent can be useful in 2v2 arena versus teams with mobile melee specs on them (Demon Hunter, Windwalker, Feral Druid).
Healing Sphere allows you to place a healing sphere on the ground after 1.5 seconds. If allies walk through it, they consume the sphere, healing them and dispelling all harmful periodic magic effects. Only 3 spheres can be active at the same time. This should be used against teams with multiple Dot spells and pairs well when used with Counteract Magic. If you have already replaced Chrysalis with Counteract Magic, you should replace Surging Mist.
Dome of Mist makes Enveloping Mist transform 100% of its remaining periodic healing into a Dome of Mist when dispelled. Dome of Mist absorbs all damage and all healing received by the Monk is increased. This talent is strong against teams with multiple Purge and Spellsteal effects. You can replace Chrysalis with this talent.
7. Racial Bonuses for Mistweaver Monks
Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.
The passive Orc racial bonus ( Hardiness) is great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.
The Human racial bonus ( Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.
The Night Elf racial bonus ( Shadowmeld) is always a strong choice when playing a healer. This racial has a high skill cap, but using it to avoid crowd control can be very powerful. For example, if a Mage is casting Polymorph on you, use Shadowmeld to avoid it. If you use Shadowmeld at the same time that a Priest uses their Psychic Scream, you will not be feared.
8. Playstyle for Mistweaver Monks
The main role for a Mistweaver Monk, besides keeping your team alive, is to always keep your team offensive and take advantage of your mobility.
To keep your team offensive, you will push in with your team to try to get Leg Sweep stuns the entire enemy team. You should also use talents like Tiger's Lust to prevent your teammates from being kited. Use Paralysis on healers and Leg Sweep them once it is over.
Taking advantage of your mobility is crucial. Mistweavers are one of the squishiest healers. Use abilities like Chi Torpedo and Transcendence: Transfer to push in with your team and push out if they swap to you. Transcendence: Transfer does have a relatively long cooldown, so make sure it is available when you overextend with abilities like Way of the Crane.
8.1. Before Gates Open
Before the gates open, you should make sure to have multiple stacks of water in your bags. This is important because you can run out of Mana quickly, and having the option to drink is crucial. Sometimes you can bait the team in overextending by starting to drink (making them think you will be out of action for a while). This can open up the potential for a kill.
Make sure your team has a strategy for crowd control, and remember that your Paralysis is broken from any damage. This is a strong crowd control ability as long as it does not break.
8.2. The Opener
Healers do not really have an "opener" as such. As a Mistweaver, you want to do two things when the gate opens.
- Put down your Summon Jade Serpent Statue (if talented into it, which we recommend).
- Place your Transcendence portal in a safe place (such as behind a pillar).
After this, start putting Renewing Mist on your teammates so they have some healing on them. This should be easy because you have two charges of Renewing Mist. If you think the enemy team will focus you at the start, put a charge on yourself.
The other team is going to try to force your trinket in the opener so they have an advantage later in the game. Use Transcendence: Transfer to avoid incoming crowd control on you, and hold on to your trinket for as long as you can.
8.3. Healing Techniques
8.3.1. Burst Healing
Use this if the enemy team uses their cooldowns to try to kill a teammate.
- Cast Life Cocoon.
- Use Renewing Mist.
- Use Soothing Mist.
- Use Enveloping Mist.
- Use Revival if your team is taking heavy spread damage.
If you do not have Life Cocoon, do the following.
- Use Renewing Mist.
- Use Thunder Focus Tea.
- Channel Soothing Mist on your teammate taking damage.
- Use Surging Mist.
- Use Enveloping Mist.
- Use Surging Mist
- Use Surging Mist.
- Use Revival if your team is taking heavy spread damage.
If you are using Way of the Crane do the following.
- Use Tiger Palm to generate 2-3 stacks of Teachings of the Monastery.
- Use Mana Tea.
- Use Way of the Crane.
- Use Thunder Focus Tea if it is available.
- Use Rising Sun Kick.
- Use Blackout Kick.
- Use Rising Sun Kick.
- For the rest of the time Way of the Crane is active, do the following:
- Although Way of the Crane is active, you should still use Soothing Mist to put an Enveloping Mist on your target.
- Use the last second of Way of the Crane to reposition yourself near a pillar.
8.3.2. Sustained Damage Healing
Use this to heal sustained damage throughout the fight (damage done when the other team does not have burst cooldowns available).
- Use Renewing Mist every time it comes off cooldown.
- Cast Enveloping Mist on party members that are being targeted by the enemy team.
- Cast Surging Mist for both single-target and spread healing (this is a good spell to use when low on Mana).
If you are using Way of the Crane:
- Use Rising Sun Kick for instant healing from Rising Mist.
- Use Renewing Mist if there is spread damage.
- Use Enveloping Mist if there is single-target damage.
- Use Surging Mist for strong single-target healing.
8.3.3. Spread Damage Healing
When there is spread damage (a single teammate is not being focused), do the following.
- Keep Renewing Mist on all teammates.
- Use Healing Sphere where your teammates are standing.
- Use Enveloping Mist on teammates that are low on health (prioritize the lowest health target).
- Use Revival if needed.
8.4. Defensive Techniques
You have several defensive abilities you can use to help keep you and your team alive.
- Leg Sweep should be used for crowd control on the enemy healer most of the time. If you are being focused and cannot get away or receive help from your teammates, use Leg Sweep to stun attacking enemies.
- Transcendence can be used to teleport behind pillars. Use this when you push in for a Leg Sweep and Transcendence: Transfer back before you get swapped to. If an enemy is casting crowd control on you, you can teleport before their cast finishes to avoid being crowd controlled.
- Fortifying Brew is a damage reduction spell that also increases your health. This works well with Healing Elixir and, if you play with a Warlock, Healthstones. Use this when Transcendence is on cooldown and you cannot get away from the enemy team.
- Paralysis can be used when you have been interrupted. If the enemy team is trying to kill one of your teammates and you get interrupted, use Paralysis on one of the enemy DPS to prevent their damage. You can also use Paralysis this to interrupt casts, including to avoid incoming crowd control.
- Provoke can be used to taunt enemy pets. Using this on a pet 1-2 seconds before being in crowd control can cause the pet to attack you and break the crowd control. For example, taunting a Mage's Water Elemental right before a Polymorph cast will cause the elemental to release you.
9. Best Team Compositions for Mistweaver Monks
Now that you have the correct talents and understand your damage rotation, it is time to step into the arena with your team. With spells like Way of the Crane and Life Cocoon, Mistweaver Monks play with classes that are very aggressive.
9.1. 2v2 Arena
In 2v2 Arena, you will primarily be playing Way of the Crane with a melee DPS. Every time you use Way of the Crane, you will want to Leg Sweep the enemy healer. The goal of this is to always have consistent damage that the enemy healer will have to heal. The result is the enemy healer will not be able to keep up with the damage and run out of Mana quickly.
Here is a list of the best team compositions for 2v2:
- Mistweaver + Havoc Demon Hunter
- Mistweaver + Fury Warrior
- Mistweaver + Unholy Death Knight
- Mistweaver + Enhancement Shaman
9.2. 3v3 Arena
Your role in 3v3 is similar to 2v2 Arena. You will likely be playing Way of the Crane with 1-2 melee DPS. When your team has damage, you will want to use Paralysis and then Leg Sweep the enemy healer.
Here is a list of the best team compositions for 3v3:
- Turbo (Mistweaver Monk + Enhancement Shaman + Arms Warrior)
- TSG (Mistweaver Monk + Arms Warrior + Unholy Death Knight)
- Mistweaver Monk + Havoc Demon Hunter + Arms Warrior
- Mistweaver Monk + Balance Druid + Havoc Demon Hunter
10. Useful Macros for Mistweaver Monks
Macros are crucial to be successful in PvP. They allow players to use abilities on enemies without having to target them. This helps increase overall damage/healing and general awareness in the arena. Here are a few macros that all Mistweaver Monks can benefit from.
10.1. Paralysis 123 Macro
- #showtooltip Paralysis
- /cast [target=arena1] Paralysis
Using this macro will cast Paralysis on arena enemy 1. This makes it easier to crowd control an enemy while healing your team. If you want macros for the second and third enemies, simply change the arena1 to arena2 or arena3.
10.2. Detox Party Macro
- #showtooltip Detox
- /cast [target=party1] Detox
Using this macro will cast Detox on party player 1. This makes it easier to dispel a teammate while healing the rest of your team. If you want a macro to dispel the second party member, change the party1 to party2.
10.3. Ring of Peace Cursor Macro
- /cast [@cursor,nomod] Ring of Peace
Using this macro will cast Ring of Peace where your cursor is. Because you will not have to click it twice to place on the ground, this macro makes it faster to place on the ground.
10.4. Life Cocoon Macro
- #showtooltip Life Cocoon
- /cast [nomod, @target, help, nodead, exists] Life Cocoon
This macro will only cast Life Cocoon if you are targeting a player that is also alive.
- 13 Dec. 2018: Updated Azerite traits section.
- 12 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1
- Updated Weaknesses section.
- Updated Azerite Traits section.
- Updated Recommended Gear section.
- Updated Regular Talents section.
- Updated PvP talents section.
- Updated Burst Healing section.
- Updated Best Team Compositions section.
- 13 Oct. 2018: Updated Azerite traits and gear recommendations sections.
- 12 Oct. 2018: Updated stat priority and added Gear Recommendations section.
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- 22 Jul. 2018: Updated Racial Bonuses section.
- 18 Jul. 2018: Updated Mistweaver Monk PvP for Patch 8.0.1
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- Added talent choices description.
- Updated recommended Tier 1,3,4,5,6 regular talents.
- Added Gear section.
- Added War Mode section.
- Added PvP talent section.
- Updated Playstyle, Burst Healing, and Way of the Crane sections.
- Updated Artifact Weapon and Relic sections.
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- Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
- Updated Tier 7 regular talent, tier 4 honor talent, and the Healing Techniques section.
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- Updated recommended Tier 6 honor talent.
- Updated "Sustained Healing" rotation.
- Updated "Spread Healing" rotation.
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- Changed recommended Tier 6 regular talent.
- Changed description for Tier 7 recommended talent.
- Changed recommended Tier 1 honor talents based on what you are playing against.
- Updated "Burst Healing" rotation.
- 31 Mar. 2017: Changed recommended Tier 1 regular talent (following a Patch 7.2 removal of the Mistwalk talent) and Tier 5 Honor Talent. Also added Fortifying Brew to defensive list.
- 21 Feb. 2017: Changed armory link and changed recommended Tier 4 and 6 honor talents.
- 03 Nov. 2016: Changed tier 2 talent recommendation to Chi Torpedo, and tier 3 Honor talent recommendation to Yu'lon's Gift.
- 14 Oct. 2016: Changed the recommend tier 1 and 5 regular talents and the recommended tier 2 honor talent, and also added Provoke to the list of defensive techniques.
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