Mistweaver Guide updated for 6.1

fanart-1296-fullThe patch 6.1 brought a lot of changes for Mistweavers, most notably about Mana Tea and the talent tree. Since many of our healing spells emanate from the talent tree, there were many changes to consider to our normal healing rotation. I’ve updated the Mistweaver Talent Guide for the 6.1 changes and I have also made smaller adjustments to the Basic Mistweaver Guide and the Advanced Mistweaver Guide to accommodate those changes.

Among the fun changes, we have that Chi Explosion’s Serpent version got buffed from 1511% of SP to 1875% which is nice. It is also usable without breaking Soothing Mist channel, which I wonder why they didn’t have from the start. It’s just so user-friendly right now and it is really coming together with the other Mistweaver toolkits. It still isn’t as powerful as Uplift (two casts is at 1980%), but the difference is quite minimal so you will not have a huge healing loss if you prefer Chi Explosion over Uplift. You can bridge the disparity with the tier 17 2-set bonus even, so if you like Chi Explosion better there’s nothing stopping you.

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6.1 Mana Tea – Survival Guide

Mana Tea Survival GuideThe new patch is here with all the goodiness that comes with. I’m already writing updates for my talent guide and everything that is affected in the Basic and Advanced Mistweaving Guide. While we have gotten a lot buffs in our talent tree, Mana Tea had a nerf-ish because of a change in mechanics. It could cause a slight mana-problem until you get those spirit trinkets.

Pre-6.1, Mana Tea stacks always gave 4% of base mana up to 20 stacks, which gave 80% of our mana pool back. Now in 6.1 it has changed to 3 times our unbuffed (passive) spirit. Here’s the table to the right.

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Mistweaver Discussion – 2-set Bonus In-Depth

2 set bonus in depthA little while ago I did a post about the Tier 17 set bonuses. In the 2-set bonus section I claimed that the Mistweaving buffs affected other spells apart from the Soothing Mist cast and all the spells you layer with it. There was some debate about it though, so I set out to collect enough data to emphasize my point. There will be a lot of maths and data below, for those who are interested. If you only want to read the result, jump down to the end of the post.

The Process

There were two things I wanted to find out; if clipping the channel would add the buff to spells you clip SoM with (a topic which I didn’t discuss preciously) and if the 2-set bonus also affected other spells than Soothing Mist and accompanied spells.

I took off all my gear accept the tier chest and the tier shoulders from normal difficulty. Those two sets adds 116 multistrike rating, 116 mastery rating, 135 crit rating and 165 haste rating. My multistrike percentage was at 1,85%. This way, it would be very easy to spot a 15-40% increase in multistrike chance.

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Patch 6.1 coming February 24 – That’s next week!

6 1 is near

I really hadn’t expect it to come so soon! Folks, this means that next Wednesday we will have Chi Explosion instant while Soothing, we will have several talents overhauls, Mana Tea will be based on your passive spirit and oh dear god I need a new spirit trinket.

We will have new twitter integration (which I will abuse to no end), Heirloom tabs, world bosses you can summon to your garrison, updated light graphics and anti-aliasing for the game, new blood elf models, continuation on the legendary quest line etc. etc.

I’m most scared about the Mana Tea change and most excited about Chi Explosion. I have to update my talent page to sync it with all the new talents changes. I think most changes are good, or so it seems, and we will have a lot of fun with the 6.1 changes. Though the Mana Tea is a little bit concerning since we rely on it so heavily. Mistweavers will really have to stack passive spirit to make it work, and if I get to speculate, there might be a bit higher pressure to open up in Crane stance and stack Mana Tea in every fight to counter the lower mana we get from each stack. Quantity over quality, I guess.

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Three BRF Boss Guides and Lunar Festival!

BlackrockClanI’ve finished three of my Blackrock Foundry encounter guides, namely Gruul, Hans’gar & Franzok and Beastlord Darmac. I will not write the guides wing-per-wing, part because that’s not how you progress in BRF and part because the Misty Teahouse does not like sense and order. A little chaos once in a while will not hurt!

Gruul Encounter Guide

Hans’gar & Franzok Encounter Guide

Beastlord Darmac Guide

New for these guides is a small Mistweaver discussion about which talents and glyphs can suit that particular fight. Hopefully this will help you make strategic choices for each fight and optimize yourself as best as you can!

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Youtube uploads – BRF and Crane Stance PG

For you who have missed it, I’ve uploaded some new videos on Youtube. My Heroic Gruul and Flamebender Ka’graz kill, with vids of me doing Proving Grounds completely in Crane stance. Just for the fun of it.

In a typical Misty Teahouse fashion, it’s sporadic and never in order. But they’re here now, so enjoy!

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Perfecting Your Opener

Crane stance openerThe beauty of Crane stance is the ability to easily stack some Mana Tea at the beginning of every fight. This extra mana is very valuable for later parts of the fight and if you want to play a hundred percent optimal, you should always try to do it. There might be some fights where the mechanics are a bit antagonistic to switching between melee and ranged positions, but usually you can find a way to jump back and forward.

If you want to perfect your opener, there are several things you should think about. The first one I think is mandatory for anyone who want to optimise themselves; always use the best food and flasks in any raid encounter. That means the +100 multistrike rating food either from Savage Feast or a Fiery Calamari, and +250 intellect from Greater Draenic Intellect Flask. Don’t be cheap on this!

Before the pull you should already have placed your Jade Statue properly and don’t have any spells on cooldown. Start by stacking up some Chi with Surging Mist. Chi degrades one per ten seconds out of combat, so keep stacking it until you are ten seconds from a pull. You should always have 4 chi when you enter a fight and a full mana pool. Remember not to use Chi Brew before the pull, all Mana Tea stacks it generates will be wiped as soon as the boss is pulled.

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Talent Tree Revisited

Chi Explosion

I know I said I wouldn’t write about talents until 6.1 and that I actually should sit and write about BRF encounters. But then I needed to take a break from it, so I just started to write a little about the talents and then lo and behold; I’ve done the whole talent tree. Now with a short version of what talents to pick and a long version that describes exactly why you should pick a specific talent. And I’ve added some illustrations of scrolls again. What? I’m not obsessed the Avatar-series, bending scrolls or anything like that. It’s just aesthetically logical.

Mistweaver Talents

So take a look and read all about the Mistweaver talents. You may learn something you didn’t know!

Teahouse is Getting Love

Pandaria shaohaoParallel to working on my Blackrock Foundry encounter guides, I’ve also been updating the whole blog here and there. It was time the Teahouse got some love and had every page up to date!

It’s mostly a cosmetic makeover, but I’ve also updated some texts, most notably the Introduction page and the Talent page. The talent page is going to get another makeover in the future, something in the style of the Advanced Mistweaving Strategy page. I have much to say about talent choice which I could cram in there, but first I need to do the BRF encounter guide.

I’ve added illustrations here and there and all the existing encounter pages have had their ability icons doubled in size. You may notice that I seldom write a text without attaching illustrations to it, and with the ability list I do it partly because it looks nice and partly because it’s easier if you can memorize the abilities with your visual memory as well. Some of them are also very pretty, like Imperator Mar’gok’s ability icons.

But take a look around. Read about the Mistweaver’s Role in the Introduction page and check the change on the encounter guides. There are many small changes all over the blog, see if you can notice them all!