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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A Teasplosion of Goodness – Hello Legion!

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Hello again! What…? What do you mean I’ve been AFK? I have no idea what you’re talking about…

Okay, I admit it, I’ve been a little bit distracted and haven’t maintained my blog as I should. Apologies. But now I’m here and super excited over the latest WoW announcements! I will also try to catch up on all the comments I’ve got, so working on that.

But let’s  get to the point. New expansion announced – Legion. By the looks of it, it’s a second Burning Legion expansion, but actually as you go through the content they’ve shown it’s much more of a Night elf expansion. A lot of old Night elf cities and lore. So, no more random spikes and fires. Why, thank you. It was getting a little bit old to be honest.

The brunt of the new content is;

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

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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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Advanced Mistweaving Strategy Guide is up!

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*Deep breath* Okay, it’s finally complete. To tell you the truth I’m a little bit scared. I really hope you guys like it, and if you have any feedback that would also be welcome!

So, my dear readers, I’ve finally done with the very long and big project of writing a more advanced guide for Mistweavers. I’ve also redone the old Strategy guide a little bit and dubbed it “Basic Mistweaving Strategy”.

The old “Strategy” page is now –>

Basic Mistweaving Strategy

and

Advanced Mistweaving Strategy

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Heroic Dungeon Progression and Advanced Crane Stance Healing

After reaching the 610 ilvl benchmark, the heroic dungeons finally open up. From a healer perspective, these are very challenging. In my opinion it’s a very fun sort of challenge, the kind that test your abilities to the limits. I haven’t gotten around to trying all the dungeons, but those I’ve tried have been difficult to heal, and fun! The tanking role seems the easiest and the DPS role have had to relearn to use their CCs and interrupts more, an ability that had become obsolete in endgame MoP. But I’ve never used Paralysis as much as I do now.

The last boss in the dungeons seems to be the hardest ones (usually). We’ve actually had to stop several times, and think out a sound strategy to manage the boss mechanics. I’ve scouted the internet after some good dungeon guides, and I found Dayani’s on Wowhead (you can check them out here). But I’ve felt that I always needed something a little more specific to Mistweaver healing in heroic, so for the future I’ll be working on some encounter guides. The goal is that they cover everything you need to think of when healing as a Mistweaver, both in Serpent stance and Crane stance. It will take a while to write them though, so be patient.

I’ve also experienced that some bosses are just simpler to do completely in Crane stance. Like Roltall in Bloodmaul Slag Mines. As a melee it is much easier to counter the mechanics, but the damage pattern also put higher demands on Crane stance healing. Because of this I’ve added an “Advanced Crane stance healing” section to the Strategy guide, where I explain different ways to maximise your healing in Crane stance. Take a look!

ADVANCED CRANE STANCE HEALING

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Make Chi-Ji proud!

 

Blizzcon Day 1 – Announcement and News

hämtaFirst day of Blizzcon, and in celebration I’ve corked up my Mohawk Blizzard beer (probably the best porter there is) and watched the whole show online. Today there weren’t too many surprises WoW-wise, but I’ll summarize a little of what was brought up on the WoW panels.

There was one panel about the Warcraft Movie, which we still don’t know much about other than the story will be 50% about the Horde and 50% about the Alliance. We saw some of the actors and they talked a little about the work and characters (Durotan and Orgrim amongst others). Still no trailers though.

On the WoW panel we got a small summary of a lot of things we already knew, but some new things as well. Reduction in CC, ability pruning, item squish and healing gameplay were among the topics that were brought up.

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Mistweaver Strategy Guide Updated!

Finally done with the first updates.
These pages are updated for Mistweavers 6.0 and beyond, so take a look!

– For a list of all MW abilites go to —-> Spellbook
– If you’re interested in the new talents go to —-> Talents
– If you want to know about stats and glyphs go to —-> Build
– If you need help with rotation and strategies go to —-> Strategy

Since the tuning keep changing the spell coefficients I have simply put in [X%] or [X% of Spell Power] where the spell equation is supposed to go. I will be updating them when Warlords of Draenor hits. Hopefully Blizzard has made up their mind by then.

In the meantime, take a look at the guides. Hopefully you’ll learn something new. I’ll keep working on the Proving Grounds guide for now. I’ll just might get it up before the next century (damn, it got immense).

Take care!

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