Warning It appears that you may be blocking the ads, and we are fine with it (read more here). That said, it would really be awesome if you decided to whitelist our website or make a donation :) You can also send us Bitcoins (1DEkropiHPWBmfJxogFaXQscfzhmdpTti4)!

Mistweaver Monk PvP Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 21, 2018 at 21:55 by Mysticall 5 comments

Table of Contents


This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Mistweaver Monk in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, artifacts, 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.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2500 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta

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.

2. Gear

With regards to gear, the biggest change in Legion is that there is no more PvP gear. Your strength in PvP will be determined based on the average item level of your gear (as displayed on your character sheet). For example, the base item level at level 110 is 800, so your stats in PvP will be adjusted accordingly. For every 10 item levels you gain, your stats are increased by 1%.

The implication is that it does not matter where your gear comes from, and all that matters is its item level. Gear from quests or PvE content is just as good as gear you get as a reward from PvP (which, in fact, will be very similar to PvE gear; there are no more PvP stats on gear).

Practically, you will simply look to collect gear with the highest item levels possible, and the stat distribution on the gear will not matter.

3. Artifact Traits

Below, we will explain what the recommended order for artifact traits is, if you wish to maximise your PvP potential. It is quite possible that your artifact path (at the time of reading this guide) differs from our suggestions. If this is the case, do not worry, and use the information below to help you understand your traits and guide your future choices.

If you recently decided to make a Mistweaver Monk and are behind on your Artifact weapon, or you have decided to venture into PvP with your Mistweaver Monk, try to first get the closest Golden trait. Picking up some of the more crucial traits ( Icon Way of the Mistweaver,  Icon Infusion of Life,  Icon Mists of Life, and  Icon Extended Healing) is highly recommended to begin PvP.

3.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you want to reach is  Icon Celestial Breath.

  1. Take  Icon Mists of Wisdom.
  2. Take  Icon Soothing Remedies.
  3. Take  Icon Shroud of Mist.
  4. Take  Icon Dancing Mists.
  5. Take  Icon Coalescing Mists.
  6. Take Celestial Breath Icon Celestial Breath.

3.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to go for is  Icon The Mists of Sheilun.

  1. Take  Icon Infusion of Life.
  2. Take  Icon Extended Healing.
  3. Take  Icon Way of the Mistweaver.

3.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should try to pick up the last Golden trait,  Icon Blessings of Yu'lon, picking up the remaining traits after that. There is no specific order for the rest, but a recommended trait to get is  Icon Mists of Life.

4. Relics

Relics are disabled in PvP, so they are not a concern to you.

5. Talent Choices

Regular talents work in both PvP and PvE content (although they may sometimes work differently in the two environments, which is indicated by their tooltips). In other words, they are always active.

On the other hand, Honor talents are inactive outside of a PvP environment.

5.1. Regular Talents

5.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is the best choice in this tier. This is a decent single-target heal which you should use off cooldown. Be aware that it does deal damage after it heals and has the potential to break crowd control.

5.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

In this tier, the best choice is Chi Torpedo Icon 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.

5.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

The best choice in this tier is Mist Wrap Icon Mist Wrap. Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist is crucial to Mistweaver healing, and increasing its healing and duration makes it even better.

5.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is the best choice in this tier. A 5-second stun is strong against any team. Try to use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on your target and then stun them as it ends.

If you are playing with multiple stuns, the best choice in this tier is Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace. This will help with getting away from melee and acts like a "pillar" to prevent melee from hitting you.

5.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is the best talent in this tier. This is an overall great talent and a charge is used when stunned or in other crowd control, helping with survivability.

5.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

We recommend Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue in this tier. Becauase 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. You can use this when you are behind a pillar; cast a spell that triggers Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist and the statue will heal a teammate.

If you are playing against a team with strong spread pressure, Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane Icon Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane is the best choice in this tier. This is a strong cooldown to use when the enemy team is starting to pressure multiple of your teammates.

5.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

In this tier, we recommend Mana Tea Icon Mana Tea for most matchups. Mistweaver Monks have no sources of Mana regeneration and this talent help with Mana issues. However, in short arena matchups, Focused Thunder Icon Focused Thunder is the better choice. This helps with Mana, because Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea has a short cooldown and has great synergy with the Fortune Turned Icon Fortune Turned honor talent.

5.2. Honor Talents

5.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

If you are playing against a team with multiple crowd control abilities or stuns, Relentless Icon Relentless is the best choice in this tier. This will reduce all crowd control on you and is crucial for the survival of your team.

If you are playing against a team with very little crowd control, Adaptation Icon Adaptation is the best choice in this tier. This will help disrupt the setups that the enemy team has if they do not have much crowd control.

Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is the standard PvP trinket effect with a 2-minute cooldown.

5.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

Vim and Vigor Icon Vim and Vigor is the best talent in this tier. Most teams will not focus a Mistweaver Monk, and because of this, the 20% healing bonus greatly increases your healing output.

5.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

We recommend taking Yu'lon's Gift Icon Yu'lon's Gift in this tier. When paired with Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo, Monk mobility is unmatched. Being able to get out of snares using Roll Icon Roll or Chi Torpedo is a great way for Monks to kite enemy DPS or avoid crowd control.

5.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

We recommend taking Ancient Mistweaver Arts Icon Ancient Mistweaver Arts in this tier. It makes Enveloping Mist and Effuse instant while channeling Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist, making it a great choice against both teams that focus on single target or AoE damage.

5.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

In this tier, we recommend taking either Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis or Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic.

Against melee-cleave compositions, we recommend Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis. This reduces the cooldown of Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon by 90 seconds.

Against DoT-cleave compositions, we recommend Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic. This causes Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist to heal for 100% more when target is affected by a DoT. Because DoT cleaves have no choice but to DoT up enemies, your primary HoT's healing will be crucial in staying alive in these match-ups. By dispelling DoTs and keeping Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist up, you should be able to out-heal the damage of the DoTs.

If you are playing against two classes that can dispel your Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist, use Dome of Mist Icon Dome of Mist. Abilities like Purge Icon Purge that a Shaman has or Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal that a Mage has are two examples of such abilities.

5.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

In this tier, we recommend taking Fortune Turned Icon Fortune Turned. This increases the healing of Effuse Icon Effuse by 50% each time you cast it on your party member, stacking up to 2 times (100% increased healing). This is great for overall healing for a Mistweaver.

Against teams with multiple damage over time effects (DoTs), Healing Sphere Icon Healing Sphere is the best choice in this tier. This will greatly reduce the spread pressure enemy teams have.

6. Racial Bonuses

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

The passive Orc racial bonus (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) is great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.

The Blood Elf Silence (Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent) is really strong as well. This adds to the crowd control you can bring to the table.

6.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.

The Night Elf racial bonus (Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld) is always a strong choice when playing a healer. This racial has a high skill cap, but using Shadowmeld to avoid crowd control can be very powerful. For example, if a Mage is casting Polymorph Icon Polymorph on you, use Shadowmeld to avoid it. If you use Shadowmeld at the same time that a Priest uses their Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream, you will not be feared.

7. Playstyle

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 Icon Leg Sweep stuns on the entire enemy team. You should also use talents like Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust to prevent your teammates from being kited. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on healers and stun them once it is over.

Taking advantage of your mobility is crucial. Mistweavers are one of the squishiest healers. Use abilities like Chi Torpedo Icon Chi Torpedo and Transcendence Icon Transcendence to push in with your team and push out if they swap to you.

7.1. 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 Icon Paralysis is broken from any damage. This is a strong crowd control ability as long as it does not break.

7.2. The Opener

Healers do not really have an "opener" as such. As a Mistweaver, you want to do two things when the gate opens.

  1. Put down your Summon Jade Serpent Statue Icon Summon Jade Serpent Statue (if talented into it, which we recommend).
  2. Place your Transcendence Icon Transcendence portal in a safe place (such as behind a pillar).

After this, start putting Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on your teammates so they have some healing on them.

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 Icon Transcendence: Transfer to avoid incoming crowd control on you, and hold on to your trinket for as long as you can.

With instant Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist, it should be relatively easy to keep your teammates at a good amount of health when not in crowd control. If you are crowd controlled and your teammates are low, use Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon.

7.3. Healing Techniques

7.3.1. Burst Healing

Use this if the enemy team uses their cooldowns to try to kill a teammate.

  1. Cast Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon. If you do not have Life Cocoon:
    1. Use Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist.
    2. Channel Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist on your teammate taking damage.
    3. Use Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist.
    4. Use Effuse Icon Effuse.
    5. Use Effuse Icon Effuse.
    6. Use Thunder Focus Tea Icon Thunder Focus Tea.
    7. Use Effuse Icon Effuse.
    8. Use Effuse Icon Effuse.
  2. Use Revival Icon Revival if your team is taking heavy spread damage.

7.3.2. Sustained Damage Healing

Use this to heal sustained damage throughout the fight (damage done when the other team does not have burst cooldowns available).

  1. Use Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist every time it comes off cooldown.
  2. Cast Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist on party members that are being targeted by the enemy team.
  3. Cast Effuse Icon Effuse for single target healing (this is a good spell to use when low on Mana.

7.3.3. Spread Damage Healing

When there is spread damage (a single teammate is not being focused), do the following.

  1. Keep Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist on all teammates.
  2. Use Healing Sphere Icon Healing Sphere where your teammates are standing.
  3. Use Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist on teammates that are low on health (prioritise the lowest health target).
  4. Use Revival Icon Revival if needed.

7.4. Defensive Techniques

You have several defensive abilities you can use to help keep you and your team alive.

  • Leg Sweep Icon 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 Icon Transcendence can be used to teleport behind pillars. Use this when you push in for a Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep and Transcendence: Transfer Icon 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 Icon Fortifying Brew is a damage reduction spell that also increases your health. This works well with Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir and, if you play with a Warlock, Healthstones. Use this when Transcendence Icon Transcendence is on cooldown and you cannot get away from the enemy team.
  • Paralysis Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Polymorph cast will cause the elemental to release you.

8. ChangeLog

+ show all entries - show only 10 entries
  • 21 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.5.
  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated guide for Patch 7.3.2.
    • Updated "About The Author".
    • Updated recommended Tier 7 regular ralent.
    • Updated recommended Tier 6 honor talent.
    • Updated "Sustained Healing" rotation.
    • Updated "Spread Healing" rotation.
  • 30 Aug. 2017: Removed artifact trait description.
  • 21 Jun. 2017: Updated guide for Patch 7.2.5.
    • 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.
Force desktop version
Force mobile version