Be ready – for it’s here – the pre-patch! Prepare yourself for wonky balance issues and loud crying on the forums while you frantically try to figure out what the hell happened to your spec. But don’t be afraid, I’m here to let you find your way back home to the Mistweaver spec.
Before I start, I just want to go over the latest changes I haven’t been able to post about yet.
Vivify now heals for 95% of spell power, down from 105%.
Life Cocoon now absorbs damage equal to (Spell Power * 11)* Versatility, down from 12.6.
Surging Mist (Honor Talent) now heals for 160% of spell power, down from 200%. Also, base mana cost changed from 2%, up from 1%.
Tuning continues and they obviously want mistweavers to be down again with the other healers after having been ever so slightly overtuned. Here’s hoping they don’t overdo it! I have no way of knowing, I haven’t really done any hardcore content on beta, just fixing all my weakauras for Bfa. We will see how it pans out in the pre-patch!
As with every big launch, I have to do the updates in stages. Now you can at least re-learn the basics of Mistweaving, its talents and an added bonus: a completely new HUD to go with the fancy new talents and spell priorities! Hurray!
Anyway, I’ll patiently wait until the pre-patch actually hits EU servers (about half a day until then). Meanwhile, I’ll continue working on my secret monk project that you might be hearing about closer to launch *wink wink*.
More updates will be rolling in as I get to them. Until next time!
June is over and I’m home from my latest and last trip. In July, I’m gonna go full cave woman and you’ll have to ply me with a crowbar to get me out of my chair now. I’m here, and I’m gonna be here for a while. So now, let me update you on all that has been going on while I’ve been away!
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).
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Surging Mist (Honor Talent) now heals for 200% of attack power, up from 32.76%.
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.
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!
Life Cocoonnow absorbs [(((Spell power * 12.6) + 0)) * (1 + Versatility)], up from * 9.
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.