Tea Talk: Spread vs Stack Healing

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.

This pot of tea, yo

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.

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News from the Misty Cave

Long time, no see! I have been a little absent from, well, pretty much any social media for a few weeks now. So, I thought it was time to write a little update on what I’m up to.

First, I’m alive and well! I’m still playing ferociously, going between World of Warcraft and Zelda, thinking seriously about giving the new Mass Effect a chance too. In WoW I’m still progress raiding as Mistweaver. I’ve poked and prodded a little at my alts (I have one of each class), but the more I play other the classes the more I realize how much I prefer Monks. In all specs. That’s not going to change any time soon.

I’ve kept an eye out for Mistweavers news for 7.2.5, though I might have probably missed a few tidbits. I have been playing more than researching on Mistweavers lately. But what I’ve picked up on, mostly the Essence Font and Refreshing Jade Wind changes, looks interesting (but we won’t see how it works out until it’s live). Here’s one of the latest blue posts on the subject:

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Back from Vacation!

I’ve had a very relaxing and nice vacation skiing the past week and a half – with no broken legs to boot! Will miracles never cease? But it seems like I’m late to the party; patch 7.1.5. is already out and I’ve just gotten home and scraped the snow off of me. Well, better late than never as they say!

The past week I’ve been in one of four modes: sleeping, skiing, baking in the sauna or reading in front of a fire. The only thing missing was a strong choke hold on the notifications on my phone. Tried having it muted, but people were so upset that I never got back to them. Why is it so wrong that I take three days to get back to people? I mean, I can no longer give a pertinent reply to the question “Where R U now?” three days later, but the thought counts, right?

Mistweaver Changes

  • Dampen Harm now reduces all damage you take by 20% to 50% for 10 seconds, based on the size of the attack, with a 2 minute cooldown.
  • Ring of Peace now forms a Ring of Peace at the target location for 8 seconds. Enemies that enter will be ejected from the ring.
  • Mastery: Gust of Mists healing increased by 30%.
  • Rising Sun Kick mana cost is now 2% of base mana (was 2.25%).
  • Song of Chi-Ji cooldown reduced to 15 seconds (was 30 seconds).
  • Diffuse Magic cooldown is now 90 seconds (was 120 seconds).
  • Zen Pulse damage and healing increased to 220% of spell power (was 200%).
  • Mistwalk healing increased to 420% of spell power (was 350%).

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Misty Teahouse took a trip to Limbo

If you have tried to access my blog the past three days, you might have noticed that my blog was nowhere to be found. Through a series of unfortunate events, the Misty Teahouse took a trip to the dark side of the internet. Thankfully, I got it back in one piece through my vast powers of technology… I’m kidding, I called tech-support.

Long story short, a less than a year ago I switched my blog through self-hosted instead of WordPress premium. The subscription for the premium ran out three days ago, which would have been all fine and dandy unless my domain had been part of that otherwise useless package deal. So yes, the domain was deleted, I called support and instead of paying for the whole premium package, I payed only for the domain and they fished it back from techno-limbo. Happy ending!

In more mistweaver-related news, patch 7.1.5 is coming ever closer to release. Here’s a summary of the Mistweaver changes:

Patch 7.1.5 – Mistweaver Notes

The good stuff:

  • Rising Sun Kick costs 2% of base mana, down from 2.3%.
  • Crackling Jade Lightning now deals 140% of attack power damage, up from 70%.
  • Mistwalk (Talent) now heals for 420% of spell power, up from 350%.
  • Song of Chi-Ji (Talent) now has a 15 sec cooldown, down from 30 sec.
  • Zen Pulse (Talent) now heals and deals damage for 220% of spell power, up from 200%.
  • Dampen Harm (Talent) now reduces the damage of incoming attacks by 20-50% (depending on how hard attack) for 10 sec. Previously reduced the next three incoming attacks by 30% if they damage 15% of your health or more.
  • Diffuse Magic (Talent) now has a 1.5 min cooldown, down from 2 min cooldown.
  • Ring of Peace (Talent) now forms at target location and ejects all enemies out of the ring. Previously formed around a friendly target and knocked back enemies who used harmful spells or abilities.
  • Healing Sphere (PvP) now has a 15 sec recharge time, down from 45 sec.
  • Way of the Crane (PvP) now also make you immune to stun effects.

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Tealiscious Transmog and Artifact Auras

Hello, fellow monks! In this fine evening, I’ve managed to get the time to do smaller updates on my blog. Some minor tweaks on the Basic Mistweaving Guide, added weakauras for the Artifact in my Icon Aura Library and added four new looks for the Custom Transmog page. I still have many things I want to update, but small steps, people. 

Mistweaver Artifact Auras

sheilun

There are two auras pertinent for our new artifact: the stacks for Sheilun’s Gift and the duration of the buff Mists of Sheilun. I’ve added those to the Icon Aura Library if you want specific trackers for them. As for the two other major traits; they’re rather self-evident so there’s no need for auras for them.

If you’re missing any icon auras in my library, just give me a shout and I’ll see if I can whip something up when I have time. But I think I’ve covered most of a Mistweaver’s need.

Monk Customized Transmog

transmog-collection

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First Week of a New Mistweaving World

With the risk of breaking out into song about “A whole new Woooooooorld” after the latest week of the new Mistweaver, I thought it was tea time! In other words, pour yourself a large cup of tea and let’s have a talk about everything new in the World of Warcraft… Who am I kidding, I’m just going to talk about Mistweavers – hold the door!

After having tried both the more traditional Lifecycles build and the new fistweaving build as a raiding Mistweaver, my first thought that struck me was how much freedom I suddenly got. Freedom from having my spells locked by Chi, freedom from the statue, freedom from stances. I had never really considered these as limitations until I just realized that I could pretty much cast any spell I wanted, at any time and any place now instead. “There’s so much room for activites!”

I have had so much fun trying both the builds – though I have a certain love for the new fistweaving build. It is very fast-paced and demands quite a deal from the Mistweaver. But if you get it just right, you are rewarded by doing BOTH great damage and healing. Isn’t that the best of both worlds?

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Staving off Boredom with Ferocious Tea Drinking

Oh, thy mistiness, Legion will not commence until the last day of summer. Or you know, next-to-last month of summer if you’re American. But I can guarantee you, there’s not a smudge of summer left in Sweden in September. Point being, Legion will launch in a little over four months, and it is such a long, long, long time until then. How does a poor WoW gamer keep herself entertained meanwhile? 

Well, to be technical, the fun will start a little earlier than last of August. The pre-patch will launch a few weeks before launch, and anyone who has experienced a pre-patch knows that it is absolute chaos. Like, fun chaos. The kind of chaos where you get all your delicious new spells and abilities, the wardrobe, demon hunters and everything like that. Then you grab a bag of popcorn, sit back and watch all the salty shalings whine about the spells that are tuned for level 110 being horrendously broken at level 100. Because nothing will work as it is intended at level 100, and it’s not supposed to either. I mean, we will basically be stuck in Legacy content for a short month. It’ll be mayhem.

So we will have to wait about 2½-3 months before things liven up again. What does one do in the meanwhile? Well, there’s of course plenty of stuff you can do. My shenanigans are almost entirely made up by gold farming, alt raising (oh yes, 14 level 100 alts is not enough for me), and my Patreon work which is creating new and cool UIs. My guild raid a few times a week still, though only one day is main raid now, when we down Mythic Manno and Archie. Them cheeky buggers cannot be allowed to live, even for a week.

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The Mistier Side of the Misty Mists

It is said that you should play WoW in a cyclical manner, a.k.a. take a break from it sometime and then come back refreshed. I am notoriously bad at doing just that, even though my guild have farmed Mythic HFC for what feels like forever, and the alpha is quiet. I work on my Patreon UI, collect transmog, level some new alts, collect garrison gold on the max-level alts, and generally mess around on the Alpha. Recently I have been reflecting on the new abilities and traits in Legion, and can’t help but feel it needs some iteration on name choice.

“I’ve heard you like mists, so I put some more mists in your mists”
– Blizzard, Legion alpha.

No okay, they haven’t said that (with words, but they think it, I just know it), but let’s just say that Mistweavers’ mist have been buffed with 400% in Legion. And I don’t talk about spell strength here, I’m talking about the myriad of new “mist” spells, traits and talents we have. While I think it is fantastic with mist, there comes a point when you’re up to your neck with mist that you can’t tell the spells and traits apart anymore. E v e r y t h i n g has the word “mist” in it, it feels like. Don’t believe me? Have a look at the following spells:

  • Soothing Mist
  • Renewing Mist
  • Enveloping Mist
  • Mistwalk
  • Mist Wrap
  • The Mists of Sheilun
  • Mists of Wisdom
  • Shroud of Mist
  • Coalescing Mist
  • Dancing Mists
  • Way of the Mistweaver
  • Mists of Life
  • Essence of Mists
  • Surge of Mist
  • Ancient Mistweaver Arts
  • Dome of Mist

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Green Tea Repose

It has been a while since I did one of my tea-posts, where I give you an update of all my shenanigans and philosophize about a range of different things. While the alpha has its ups and downs on the news front, I work on a few things in the background.

Before I take off, I just want to inform you that I’ve taken a short break from streaming. In great part due to that I only do farm content at this point, and it’s a bit of a nag to stream that over and over, even for me. Also, I work so much on the Patreon rewards and other blog projects that there’s less time to stream. But I will make a return however when I find new and exciting stuff to show you!

I don’t know why, but I have trouble writing without a cup of tea in my hand. And since today I’ve bought several new teas (kalahari, green masala chai and aloe vera), I had a great urge to write. So, what have I been up to during this period of HFC-farming, alpha-bugging and news writing? Well, apart from everything of the above, I always work on a few side projects. Some are going great, but one transmog project I tried to do went to pot.

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Tea Talk and Healer Exploration

My latest insanity project have consisted of levelling all the healer classes to level 100. This is technically not a new project since it has been an obsession since – wait, I’m going to need some tea for this.

Okay, one earl grey ready for drinking. So, ever since I started out as a Mistweaver I have loved the spec to bits and pieces. But back in the panda days, or more precisely 5.4 in this case, you were sort of a crazy person to main a fist-tornadoing melee healer. It was a new spec that had trouble finding its niche in the healer rooster, other than simply being able to throw some punches. Meanwhile, the Disc Priest were buffed beyond reason coupled with being the best-suited type of healer for the boss mechanics. Our health pools were relatively small back then and our heals relatively large. The raid’s health whiplashed back and forth in the matter of seconds. Disc’s shields were always used to full effect while throughput healers had to have reflexes quick as lightning to be able to heal anything at all.

Mistweaver healing was seldom used efficiently because of this, and I would argue that Shamans suffered somewhat of the same problem. Paladins still had shields and Druids HoT’s went into effect as soon as anyone’s health dropped. Holy Priests had their mana regen broken beyond repair and was incredibly hard to handle without going OoM (except the starshine that solo healed Garrosh!)

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