Mistweaver Updates Recap

I’ve done my next-to-last journey for this month (one to go!) and I’ve got a few days at home to catch up on the news. There’s been a few updates in the mistweaver front that I’d like to go through, not to mention a few nerfs (sigh).

Mistweaver Updates

Build 26871 (June 19)

  • Vivify
    • Direct healing is now 105% of spell power, down from 120%.
    • Cleave healing is now 70% of spell power, down from 80%.
  • Renewing Mist
    • Now heals for 140% of spell power, down from 175%.
  • Soothing Mist
    • Now heals for 320% of spell power, down from 360%.

Build 26903 (June 22)

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New Beta Build – Renewing Mist Stacks

With the world’s shakiest internet connection, high up in the mountains, I’m writing to you between all the puppy walks, puppy playtimes and puppy-please-stop-biting-mes. A new beta build launched this night and we finally got the long-awaited change to Renewing Mist!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Renewing Mist
    • Uplifting Trance Removed
    • Renewing Mist now has 2 charges (Rank 2, learnt at level 42).
  • Vivify
    • The direct heal now heals for 120% of spell power, up from 105%.
    • The cleave heal on Renewing Mist targets now heals for 80% of spell power, up from 70%.

The Uplifting Trance part (4% chance to increase the healing of your next Vivify by 40%) of Renewing Mist has been removed. In exchange, we get 2 charges of Renewing Mist and a buff to Vivify instead. A happy trade, I’d say! I’m wishing I was back home to test the changes on beta, but I’m gonna be on puppy duty for a while longer.

Whatever you do Blizzard, don’t launch the pre-patch until I’m home. Just don’t!

Speaking of the pre-patch!

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Catch Up on Mistweaver News

Summer is a bit of a hectic time due to travelling, but I got the chance to do some catch up now when I’m home for the day. There have been two new builds to the Bfa beta while I was gone, plus a developer post on mistweavers that is very important. Let’s get to it!

Mistweaver Changes

Build 26734 (May 30)

  • Vivify
    • The direct heal now heals for 105% of spell power, up from 100%.
    • The cleave heal now heals for 70% of spell power, up from 60%.
  • Renewing Mist
    • Uplifting Trance now increases the healing of your next Vivify by 30%, down from 40%.

Build 26788 (June 8)

  • Thunder Focus Tea
    • Enveloping Mist: Immediately heals for 200% of spell power, down from 250%.
Original Post, June 8.

Next build will try 2 charges on Renewing Mist, and Uplifting Trance removed.

A little background for interest:
We try to be really careful about adding charges to baseline spells, since it’s a higher-complexity mechanic than simply having a cooldown. Essentially every spell is slightly more efficient with charges, since you don’t get the little bit of slippage when the cooldown comes up each time, and you can better sync it with other effects. So it’s always an attractive ask, because adding charges to anything improves spec performance. Renewing Mist is a better case due to bad feeling of every second lost slightly reducing Vivify efficiency for 20s, and this also helps the weirdness of wanting to start ramping it up 20s before any pull.

Uplifting Trance was added in Legion to try to give something that enforced a little more spell variance (pushing Vivify to top priority sometimes and not other times). By now, there are so many more spell interactions contributing to the “weaving” part of Mistweaving (Essence Font buffs other spells, Soothing Mist empowers other spells, Renewing Mist improves Vivify, etc.) that button choice is richer without sticking a proc in there. Since other things control when you want to use Vivify, this just feels like random variance that you can’t control.

Posted by Sigma.

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Patreon May Complete – Shaman UI

After a hiatus from Patreon work, I’m finally back and done with the Shaman UI! The art for this UI is sent out to all my eligible patreons, and here is a post with all the elvui profiles and weakaura export codes to help you get started!

Creating your own Shaman UI

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New Beta Build and Azerite Interface

A new build has been dropped on the beta! It’s a bit light on mistweaver changes, but the azerite armor has finally gotten its spanking new interface. Here are the relevant changes for any curious mistweavers!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Surging Mist (Honor Talent) now heals for 200% of attack power, up from 32.76%.

Azerite Traits

  • NEW Font of Life 
  • Misty Peaks now has a chance to grant haste based on ticks rather than jumps. It also has increased duration of 10 sec, up from 8 sec.
  • Tier 1 – Monk – Mistweaver – Vivify <DNT> has been name changed to Uplifted Spirits.

Azerite Armor Interface

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Tea Talk – GCD, Personal Loot and Azerite Armor

There are many new changes and additions in Battle for Azeroth besides the ones happening to mistweavers (I know, right?!). I haven’t had much time to comment on the general changes rolling in, so I though I’d sit down and drink too much tea and have too many opinions on the GCD, personal loot and more. Yasmine tea, anyone?

Before I start, I have a confession to make. I basically never, ever enter forums and read what people write. I used to, like two years ago. Then I was an avid reader of everything, as long as it was about mistweavers. But after a while I noticed that I got serious rashes and was sneezing relentlessly. So I realised that I must be allergic to forum discussions.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that forums exist to give people a chance to interact with each other and have a dialogue with the developers. It’s just that forums usually have a very negative worldview and when I read too much in the same vein, I basically soak up all that negativity like osmosis and then I turn green and want to steal all the presents from Whoville. So no, I don’t read forums anymore, it messes up my zen.

My main point is that I have no idea what the general opinion is about the changes (except that everything is shit, and blizzard is destroying the game; but that’s a given). All my opinions are based on own experiences, from my tiny happy corner of the internet. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

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New Beta Build – Azerite Traits Changes and Additions

Another beta build has arrived, though there aren’t many mistweaver changes in this one. Instead, we get a sniff of upcoming Azerite Traits that will basically replace tier set bonuses. I suspect we’ve only seen the beginning of Azerite traits so far, and there are likely many more to come. But here’s a preview!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Life Cocoon now absorbs [(((Spell power * 12.6) + 0)) * (1 + Versatility)], up from * 9.
  • Mistweaver Monk passive has been boosted by 40%.
  • Chrysalis (Honor Talent) now reduced the cooldown of Life Cocoon by 30 sec, down from 90 sec.

Monk Azerite Traits

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The Big Mistweaver Feedback Post 3.0

Before I start, I just want to say that I think mistweavers are turning out great for Battle for Azeroth. We have active Soothing Mist back which contributes to a much smoother 5-man rotation, we got new and interesting talents on our talent tree and we’ve become more well-rounded. Nonetheless, there are a few areas that need polishing, which is why I’ve written this post! Let’s go through them together.

Soothing Mist Discussion

Changes since we last discussed it:

  • Soothing Mist  – Each tick of SooM now has a chance to cause a Gust of Mist heal on the target.
  • Undocumented: Soothing Mist has reduced GCD to 1 sec.
  • Undocumented: Thunder Focus Tea is castable while channeling Soothing Mist.

I was going to start this post by appealing to Blizzard to implement a more WoD-style Soothing Mist, but they beat me to the punch. I logged into beta, and lo and behold! You can use Thunder Focus Tea without breaking the Soothing Mist channel AND Soothing Mist has reduced GCD to 1 sec instead of 1.5 sec. That had passed me by completely.

But the new rotation feel so smoooooth, and the added proc of Gust of Mist  was a welcome addition. It’s nice to see our mastery interact with Soothing Mist. I really hope that it has a higher proc chance on lower-health targets!

As I was testing the changes by healing dungeons, I noticed a serious issue though; Mana Tea is a major hassle to use, and here’s why.

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New Beta Build – Mistweaver Buffs and Changes!

A new beta build came last night and there are new mistweaver changes implemented based on recent feedback! I’m glad to see that there’s a fruitful discussion between developers and mistweavers. Or at least, I assume so, looking at the changes that keep rolling in. I don’t visit forums very often, I like my happy corner here, but I don’t doubt that there’s lots of good mistweaver feedback from all corners of the internet!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Revival now heals for 200% of spell power, up from 180%.
  • Soothing Mist  – Each tick of SooM now has a chance to cause a Gust of Mist heal on the target.
  • Thunder Focus Tea
    • Renewing Mist: Changed to ‘Increases duration by 10 sec’ from ‘Not triggering the cooldown’ of the next Renewing Mist cast.
    • Enveloping Mist: The extra heal now heals for 250% of spell power, up from 130% (instant EvM aspect removed).
    • Removed Essence Font: Channels 100% faster.
    • NEW Rising Sun Kick: Reduces the cooldown of your next Rising Sun Kick by 9 sec.
  • The cleave heal of Vivify now heals for 60% of spell power, up from 45%.
  • Lifecycles now has 25% reduced mana cost of the next Vivify/Enveloping Mist cast, up from 20%.
  • Rising Mist now heals for 15% of spell power, down from 20%.

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The Big Mistweaver Feedback Post 2.0

Another pass has been made to Mistweavers and I still have a lot of feedback to give! So I’m just gonna softball this feedback post to the developers and hope I can contribute with some constructive discussion. I tried to be short and concise, but hah, I don’t have the talent for it.

The Feedback Part

After the last time I made a feedback post, we’ve had an upcoming update on Renewing Mist; it should now automatically jump if you try to overwrite it. Also, it seems that the developers heard us on the Thunder Focus Tea feedback as well:

Original Post, May 2 2018
Quick note – the TFT-Enveloping buff has a new instant heal component added on beta, which you still benefit from if you TFT-Enveloping during Soothing Mist. While this loses part of the value of the buff, it’s still a reasonable option to provide for when an instant heal seems important.

All that said, one concern with the current setup on beta is that TFT-Renewing might dominate the other uses of TFT too often. Some of the exact bonuses it provides may have to be adjusted once everything else settles.

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