Battle for Azeroth Launch!

The world launch of Battle for Azeroth is here in a few minutes! I won’t rant on for long, I just wanted to give you a few helpful links and wish you luck on your levelling!

Battle for Azeroth Mistweaver Changes

Basic Mistweaving Strategy

Mistweaver Talents

Monk Icon HUDs

There will be BFA dungeon guides up on the blog in the coming days (knock on wood) as well. Otherwise, I’ll be preoccupied with levelling. I wish you good luck and all the best, see you on the other side! ♥

BFA Alchemy Prep

I have a weird obsession with alchemy and herbalism. It might have to do with all the colorful icons and fun effects you can play around with, but on occasion alchemy can be a real lifesaver. And I’m not talking about saving money on battle potions and flasks, but on all the great utility potions you can create. So I’ve made a list of my favourite potions I’m gonna stack for the BFA launch!

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Teahouse Pre-Patch Updates!

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.

Mistweaver Changes

  • Mistweaver Monk aura changed from -20% to 0% (affecting Rising Sun Kick).
  • Renewing Mist now has a recharge time of 9 sec, up from 8 sec.
  • 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!

Patch 8.0 Teahouse Updates

Here are the so far updated pages:

Basic Mistweaving Guide
Talents
Icon Weakauras

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!

Teahouse Final Landing and Updates

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!

Mistweaver Updates

Build 26926 (June 26)

Build 26936 (June 27)

  • Chi Burst now deals damage equal to 46% of attack power, down from 65.52%.

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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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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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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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