New Alpha Build and I Got in!

After killing Argus Mythic, I finally got access to the Battle for Azeroth alpha! Now I can check out all the changes by myself, and keep you freshly updated. Speaking of changes, a new build rolled out and it seems that Blizzard has turned its eye to healers. Down below are all the changes they’ve made to Mistweavers.

Mistweaver Changes

  • Effuse has been removed.
  • Mastery: Gust of Mists is no longer activated by Effuse.
  • Soothing Mist  is now an active ability:
    • Heals the target for (360% of Spell power) over 8 sec. While channeling, Enveloping Mist and Vivify may be cast instantly on the target.
  • Rising Sun Kick  now deals 115% of attack power damage, up from 106.86%.
  • Spinning Crane Kick  now deals 10% of attack power damage, down from 16.38%.
  • Thunder Focus Tea
    • No longer empowers Effuse.
    • Enveloping Mist: Instant cast and immediately heals for (130% of Spell power).
  • Vivify Causes a surge of invigorating mists, around the target, healing them and their 2 nearest injured allies for (75%) healing the target for (100% of Spell power) and all allies with your Renewing Mist active for (60% of Spell power).
    • Cost changed from 4.0% of base mana to 3.2% of base mana.
  • Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane now heals for 30% of attack power, up from 22.113%.
  • Mana Tea duration has increased to 12 sec, up from 10 sec.
  • Summon Jade Serpent Statue now heals for 16% of spell power, changed from 50% of the Mistweaver’s Soothing Mist.
  • Way of the Crane no longer removes stun effects.
  • Paralysis now has a cooldown of 45 sec, down from 1 min.

New Monk Azerite Traits

I have currently only tried one dungeon – Atal’Dazar – after the changes. I must say, it had a very different feel to it. Soothing Mist as an active ability and EvM instant while channeling it felt very old school Mistweaver. But although Vivify had a whiff of our old spell Uplift, it wasn’t entirely the same. Here are my very initial reactions to the changes:

  • Soothing Mist as an active ability felt much better than spamming Effuse (won’t miss that spell!).
  • Being able to cast Enveloping Mist instantly while channeling SooM felt very smooth (oh, I have missed thee).
  • Vivify had a very, very strange change. It’s definitely ramps up the difficulty degree on Mistweavers.
    • When having ReM on several targets it felt great (Focused Thunder was a blessing here).
    • I could easily push out a lot of AoE healing on my dungeon group when I had 3+ ReMs active (Soothing Mist + spam Vivify).
    • When I got distracted and didn’t push ReM on cooldown, it was punishing for my AoE.
    • Essence Font is still the stronger AoE heal, but Vivify has better HPM value on lower amount of targets (say you have 3 ReM active, then EF doesn’t have better HPM value than Vivify until it hits 6 targets even though its heal is stronger). Gust of Mist can somewhat complicate this calculation.
  • Even though I could run while channeling Soothing Mist with the Mist Wrap talent, I couldn’t cast EvM or Vivify while moving (despite being instant casts). I’m assuming this is a bug!
  • I have no idea how this will play out in raids, but using Renewing Mist on cooldown has always been a must, so that’s nothing new.
  • The changes might interact in strange ways with our talents, but I haven’t really had time to wrap my head around how that would look like, yet.

All in all, I’m intrigued about the changes although it obviously needs some polishing. This is their first pass and it’s high time to send feedback and explain how you feel about the changes (both good and bad). Personally, I think Thunder Focus Tea needs some inspection. The ReM empowerment eclipses all the other options, so it needs some revamp to make the other spell options equally compelling.

Anyway, I’m gonna continue test the changes on Alpha and get a better idea about it.

Toodles!

3 thoughts on “New Alpha Build and I Got in!”

  1. Personally… I’m glad it reverted. I do wish we still healed with damage but that’s a pipe dream now. I’ll take this alpha variant over legion any day (For whatever reason they gave me access).

    1. I should clarify, this new alpha MW feels like a good mixture of what Legion changed but what was good about the MW from Mists/Warlords. I do agree that TFT other options need some adjusting since triple renewing mists is difficult to not want to cast even in a 5 man setting. The only clear boost that’s of course situational is the additional heal Enveloping now does once empowered on top of it being instant cast.

  2. Sounds super exciting! I’m really happy with the return of ReM interactions and for soothing mist not to be a passive! Oh golly I just can’t wait!

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