In recent weeks, I have noticed a gap in knowledge in many Mistweavers I’ve come to talk to. More specifically, how to heal the first phase of avatar when the whole raid is spread out (particularly in mythic). It seems to me to be a perfect opportunity to expound on Mistweavers’ toolkit when it comes to stack versus spread healing. So I’ve brewed a pot of tea and am ready to flex my nerd muscles when it comes to Mistweaving.
To illustrate how Mistweavers should adapt to spread versus stack healing, the Avatar fight is a prime example. In the first phase in mythic mode the whole raid is spread out in designated positions, which means you can only reach a few players at a time. You’re movements are limited since you have your designated place and if you move out of it, you can potentially endanger your allies with chaos puddles or blades. Most of the fight, your reach to other players is awful.
In the second phase, you start spread out to soak the rain and then as platforms are destroyed, you quickly huddle the raid together. In this phase you have ample opportunity for stack healing. In other words, the Avatar fight forces you to adapt to different types of healing – spread and then stack. Luckily, Mistweavers have the tools for the job.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and I’ve been playing World of Warcraft like crazy. Enough to forget to update the blog as I should. But I will try to rectify that now! Here is the first batch of updates, concerning weakauras and transmog.
Weakaura HUDs for all three Monk specs
New and updated HUDs for all three specs are available here:
Patch 7.2 has launched and oh boy, don’t we have a lot to do in the game? I haven’t been bored this expansion, that’s for sure. Tomb is coming up soon and so does the mini-patch 7.2.5. where we will get more class changes. Here are a few blizzard posts on the subject.
Patch 7.2.5 Mistweaver Blue Posts
On the initial 7.2.5 PTR, we are trying out a version of Essence Font that is even stronger, but has a cooldown. In addition to some combination of a healing increase and mana cost reduction, the duration of the HoT will be increased.
Essence Font having no cooldown has held back the spell and the spec in a few ways. It essentially says that three relatively heavy heals (Essence Font, Enveloping Mist, Vivify) have to compete with each other at all times. The texture of using a heavy spell on a short cooldown, then falling back to the decision between spammable spells (selecting based on cost, number of targets, etc.) is common among healers for good reason. And Essence Font‘s HoT mechanic that improves mastery is meant to specifically enhance that sort of gameplay, and will be more effective on a spell with a cooldown.
As already mentioned, the first change that comes along with it is buffing Essence Font itself. It no longer has to be held back by “if it gets too much stronger than e.g. Vivify, people will only use Essence Font“, and can simply be a high-priority spell. We will made other adjustments as needed for gameplay or tuning.
A lot of changes for Mistweavers has been filtered through the PTR notes, but in bits and pieces. I try to summarize some of the latest changes and news regarding everything Mistweaver in this post. Take a look at what’s in store for patch 7.2 for Mistweaver Monks!
Vivify heals an additional ally (was 3 targets, now 4).
Has been reported by MMO Champion’s datamining, but not Wowhead’s yet.
This was a primarily PvP-focused change. It wasn’t getting much use in PvE (and when it was, that was almost always the wrong choice), and it was giving Mistweavers far too much mobility in PvP, especially in RBGs where it was highly problematic.
We’re obviously aware that this change has balance implications, and are prepared to make any additional changes necessary for Mistweaver PvP performance.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this for a long time. The past month I’ve been working on some new free UIs and textures for Monks. This is of course part of the update for my blog, which still has a few outdated pages (but a few less now!). These UIs are very simple Elvui profiles with some extra custom art and textures, and I hope you’ll like them!
It’s all for free, but some links lead to my Gumroad store. Just type in 0$ to download the art packages for free, or add a few dollars to show support for my work. Thanks! :)
I’m stuck in PvP swamp. Which is incredibly fun as a Mistweaver! I’ve set my eyes on high prestige levels to get all the artifact looks and mounts, which resulted in a lot of battleground popping. Since there is very little out there about PvP, I thought I’d write down the little knowledge I have (hence the ‘Basic’ in the name). Hopefully, it’ll help you get started!
Admittedly, there are tremendously many great Mistweavers out there that are so much better at me at PvP. However, not much knowledge is written down to easy-to-read guides. For the ones that just need a basic overview, this guide is a great start!
I know it took forever for me to update the Advanced Mistweaving Strategy guide, but in my defense I had no idea what to write until now and didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out. This is why vacations are awesome!
This time I expound more on the different styles of healing in Mythic+ vs raiding and how you can improve on both accounts. I also give a more detailed account of mana management, since that is usually a big topic in raid settings. The section of ‘What is a good healer’ from the old guide still has valid principles that can be applied to any healer class, and is therefore still in the guide.
As for my own adventures in a Mistweaving world, my guild is currently progressing Nighthold Mythic. I must say, I infinitely prefer the encounters in Nighthold to those in Emerald Nightmare and Trial of Valor and this may or may not have to do with more opportunity for stack healing. And that I got the Legendary trinket. But just maybe!
Yesterday, my guild finally took down the last boss of the Emerald Nightmare, mythic. And I actually remembered to record this time! Hallelujah! So, if you’re interested in seeing the kill or having a look at my current healer UI, it’s now at your disposal here or at YouTube.
The Emerald Nightmare Journey
Emerald Nightmare has definitely been fast-paced and, from the context of things, rather brief. Part, because EM seems to be a soft start to Legion (it has been indicated that it’ll be a rather long expansion), and hasn’t been the most challenging raid. Probably because tiers doesn’t drop from the raid and no one started with a fully fleshed-out Artifact. I have a feeling that Nighthold might give us more to chew on.
Patch 7.1 has made a rapid launch to live servers and we can already enjoy new content. Class changes, new quests and campaigns, and not to mentioned Karazhan are among the new content. My schedule is not cooperating with me though so it will be a while before I can enjoy all of it. I’m getting there though!
Before I dig into it, I just wanted to thank everyone for your well-wishes since the last post. I’m glad to have you as my readers!
Chi-Ji Crane Heal now heals for 135% of spell power (was 150%).
Soothing Mist now heals for 64% of spell power per tick (was 55%).
Effuse now heals for 250% of attack power (was 200%).
Not too many changes for Mistweavers, at least not ones that has an impact on our rotation. That Sheilun’s Gift activates Soothing Mist is very nice, we’ve been clamoring for it since alpha. The buff to Soothing Mist is also very welcome, especially for me who have the ring Legendary. Otherwise, nothing groundbreaking, Mistweavers are fairly steady.
Only half a month to go before Legion – it’s high time to make sure that your UI is on point! I have a string of updates I need to do before launch, and today I can tick on of them off: the Mistweaver Icon Aura Library. I’ve got you covered!
In my Icon Aura library you can find export strings for all kinds of auras. I have nearly all abilities (shows cooldown of Renewing Mist, Revival, Life Cocoon, etc), good auras for fistweaving (Teachings of the Monastery, Rising Sun Kick), talents (Lifecycles, Mana Tea, etc.) and trackers that shows how many people in your group are affected by ReM and the Essence Font buff. I recommend skinning the icons with the addon Masque and a few extension addons!