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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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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Rebuffing Forum Negativity

Dear Mr and Miss Foruma-Activa (can I call you that?). I address you after hearing the alarming news that the Sha of Negativity has gate-crashed the forums after the launch of 6.0. While he’s always been a bit of clingy bugger, he is now blooming like a teenager on her sweet sixteen (it’s an American custom, I’ve heard). According to the forums there is not a class that isn’t broken, boring or bonkers. The developers haven’t kept their promises and they surely doesn’t want their players to have fun! …Or so we are told to believe. It’s a bit of an orgy in cynicism and negativity.

This is of course a bothersome occurrence that result in people, including you Mr and Miss Foruma, disgorging bull’s feces in every direction without a single notion of soundness of argument or information scrutinization. But don’t worry, it happens all of us from time to time and thankfully it’s curable.

In fact, the best cure for Sha of Negativity is to look at the problem from all angles. Maybe you have missed something? Maybe your class isn’t broken, just different from what you have expected? Maybe you just have to re-familiarize yourself with it and see how it blooms at the endgame of Wod? Truly, do not judge a class in an environment that suits it ill, which almost all classes do in SoO at the moment. Especially Mistweavers.

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Mythic SoO – First Impression

Starting the Mythic Raid
Starting the Mythic Raid

Yesterday my guild and I had a go at Mythic SoO. We scraped up 20 players (we’re originally a 10-man guild), our pots and flasks and threw ourselves into the new raid design without having any idea what to expect. Turns out, it was incredibly easy. I don’t know if it was an effect of the tuning, or the transition to 20-man from 10-man that did it, but we’ve never had it so easy! Encounter wise, that is. Class wise? Crap. Crap on toast.

In all its essence though, SoO still is a Mists healing encounter. Absorbs are still overpowered and the fights are designed for people who can run and cast amazing AoE heals at the same time. It was bound to be a bit awkward. But I hadn’t expected that much awkwardness though.

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Happy Patch Day!

New character model and new transmog to celebrate!
New character model and new transmog to celebrate!

6.0 has finally launched and it feels like early Christmas! I’ve already sunk my teeth into the new dungeon (easy peasy) and lolled around in Crane Stance (while admiring my new character model). Mostly of it feels pretty comfortable for me since I’ve already gotten accustomed to the changes by playing Beta. Not so for everyone though. Many questions has been raised in Trade Chat about what’s happening. Most of the answers can be found in the patch notes, so why won’t we go through them?

This is a list of changes I have shamelessly copied from MMO;

  • New Character Models– Often requested, finally here!
  • Stat Changes– The stat squish is finally here. Yes, you can still solo old raids.
  • Item Changes– Reforging, Hit, Expertise, Dodge, Parry, all gone!
  • Auction House Changes– The Alliance, Horde, and Neutral auction houses have all been merged. The BMAH has moved to Draenor.
  • Currency Changes– Justice and Valor? Gone! You can still buy most items (other than Heirlooms) for gold.
  • Toy Box– The toy box is here to hold your novelty items and free up some bag space.
  • Reagent Bank– More storage space for profession reagents has been added. Most also stack up to 200 now as well.
  • Void Storage Size Increase– Another Void Storage tab has been added. Try not to fill it up in a week.
  • Guild Changes– Guild levels? Gone! Most perks? Gone!
  • Group Finder– The Raid Browser is gone and the much improved Group Finder is here.
  • Siege of Orgrimmar Changes– SoO is giving out Heirloom weapons and now uses the new Warlords raid size system.
  • Level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire– You can grab some item level 550 gear and preview this dungeon for the next month.
  • Blasted Lands Quests– The Iron Horde have invaded the Blasted Lands and have a short quest line for you.
  • New Login Screen– The Dark Portal is back in this new login screen.
  • Arena Skirmishes– Proving that persistence pays off, the ongoing request for skirmishes has been granted.
  • UI Improvements– The default UI has received several upgrades, including Raid and Battleground specific graphical settings.
  • Darker Nights– A few areas such as Redridge and and Elwynn Forest are now actually dark at night.
  • Old World Dungeon Revamps– Blackfathom Deeps, Razorfen Downs, and Razorfen Kraul have been updated.
  • Undelete Character Feature– You can now restore characters above level 50 forever.
  • Server Responsiveness Improvements– The sever now processes events much faster, which should make gameplay feel even more responsive.
  • Anti-Aliasing– MSAA had to go away to move the client technology forward, so we only have FXAA and CMAA now.
  • Addons– As always, we need your help collecting data from in game by installing the WoWDB addon. Many other addons are also already updated for Patch 6.0.2.

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WoD Mistweaver Changes; Part 1 – Abilities

Warming up for the upcoming pre-patch to one of the most long-awaited (and long overdue!) expansion, I will be discussing the changes the Mistweaver spec will be undergoing.

Like every expansion, there are a whole set of revamps and roller-coaster-rides of tuning and changes. The following segment of WoD-know-how is entirely subject to change and I will not profess any sort of certainty. We know Blizzard, they are queen of decision anxiety. And so we smile and nod every patch only to expect another revamp the next month. But maybe that is what keeps the game interesting?

First off, and rather excitingly, I present to you a whole new stance for Mistweavers; the Crane Stance of the Spirited CraneStance! This is our brand new stance, wholly dedicated to fistweaving (for those who like this rotation, it’s like Christmas, right?). Stance of the Spirited Crane replaces our old and unused Stance of the Fierce Tiger. MWs have a total of 2 stances then, and to actually make the stance-changing a worthwhile and tactical decision, some spells are restricted to either stance. The following spells have stance restrictions;

Stance of Wise Serpent
Renewing MistRenewing Mist
UpliftUplift
Soothing MistSoothing Mist
Enveloping MistEnveloping Mist

Stance of the Spirited Crane
JabJab
Blackout KickBlackout Kick
Tiger PalmTiger Palm
Rising Sun KickRising Sun Kick

Serpent Stance and Crane Stance, respectively
Serpent Stance and Crane Stance, respectively

Serpent Stance is our traditional healing stance (and most likely, the one we’ll use for progression raids where heavy healing is called upon). Crane Stance is our hybrid, hybrid stance where we gain Eminence, or healing through DPS. Eminence is entirely restricted to Crane Stance, accompanied by our set of DPS abilities. As far as Beta has gone, Crane Stance does inferior healing compared to Serpent Stance. But most likely, as with all fistweaving, it is intended to be used during the downtimes of healing. Strategic choices, remember?

To change stance it costs one GCD and you lose all chi. This is to hinder willy-nilly stance changing and preserve it as a strategic and tactical decision. But it does suit our slightly uh, frenetic style of healing. Downtime means DPS time. Furthermore, fistweaving seems to more mana efficient this time around, so it is definitely a suitable option.

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