New Alpha Build – New Zone and Brewmaster

A new alpha build has hit the servers! The zone Azsuna is now available, and so is the Brewmaster spec. Mistweavers had a few nerfs and changes, our Class Hall has updated UI and new models have been introduced. A small spoiler tag for Brewmaster acquisition quest is in order for this post.

Mistweaver Changes

  • Reawaken is now learned at level 44, up from level 14.
  • Rising Sun Kick now costs 3% mana, up from 2%.
  • Refreshing Jade Wind now heals for 225% of Spell Power, down from 355.5%.
  • Refreshing Jade Wind now also increases the healing of Essence Font by 20% while active.
  • Spirit of the Crane now causes Tiger Palm to make Blackout Kick or Rising Sun Kick refund 0.75% mana, down from 1%.
  • Fortune Turned no longer increases the effectiveness of Gusts of Mists and periodic healing of the initial target of Renewing Mist. It has been reworked to:
    • Your Effuse applies Fortune Turned to the target, increasing the healing received by your next Effuse by 15% for 6 sec. Stacks up to 3 times.
  • Provoke is now available to all Monk specs.

It’s sad to see the heavy mana nerf to the fistweaving build; it reduces its viability and can potentially hurt talent diversity in the long run. But it’s only alpha and a long way till launch, we will have to see how the build performs in raid testing as well!

Monk Hall UI Updates
Monk Hall UI

ClassHall ButtonThe Monk Class Hall has got a UI update where you can see your followers and available quest. Class Hall campaigns has also been unlocked (haven’t tried it personally though). So far, listed Monk champions are: Chen Stormsout (BM), Aegira (BM), Angus Ironfist (BM), Li Li Stormstout (MW), Hiro (MW), Sylara Steelsong (MW), Taran Zhu (WW) and The Monkey King (WW).

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The Feel of Legion Mistweaver – Part 1

The most commonly asked question to anyone who has access to Legion alpha is: how does the new Mistweaver feel like? While I haven’t done extensive testing due to not having access on my personal account (but I have borrowed access), I’ve still done some Proving Grounds and dungeons on alpha. Here’s a lowdown on my first impressions, and I’ll be focusing more on the feeling rather than numbers here.

The Base Healing Toolkit

Mistweaver’s base healing tookit has changed quite drastically in Legion. Gone is our Soothing Mist/Surging Mist/Enveloping Mist chaining and the Renewing Mist/Uplift mechanism. Instead, Uplift has been split into AoE heal Essence Font (18 target heal) and the cleave heal Vivify (3 target heal). Surging Mist has been replaced by Effuse, a short and quick cast that anchors the new passive Soothing Mist to targets. Renewing Mist and Enveloping Mist are both very strong HoTs for single target; ReM being a little bit weaker but jumps target when it starts overhealing instead.

It is a very different feeling to play Mistweaver in Legion, part because the change of the toolkit but also part because the healing focus has changed in Legion. Single target healing and its various forms has much greater importance, taking the spotlight from our very heavy Uplift-spamming rotation that we have today. But is it good, is it bad? Is it more or less complicated and interactive?

I would say the new Mistweaver is much more adaptable, and you definitely has to change your rotation based on the situation. You are more likely to work with several different spells rather than spamming a few chosen ones. The Legion Mistweaver may look simple at first glance, but there are several ways that the spells interact with each other:

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Monks are now Grammatically Correct

An alpha build was deployed yesterday and though the patch notes were quite long, most of it were corrections of the tooltip text. It seems that Blizzard is taking the fight against subject-verb agreement and other mishaps to generally tighten up the language. I have done a treasure hunt through the notes to see if there were actually any changes to be seen.

And I do find some interesting stuff! In addition to alpha notes, there are some interesting developer feedback that I have summarized at the end of the post as well. Have a look!

Mistweaver Changes

PvP Changes

  • Ancient Mistweaver Arts now requires Honor level 40, up from level 6.
  • Chrysalis now reduces the cooldown of Life Cocoon by 90 sec, up from 30 sec.
  • Dome of Mist now also makes the target receive 30% extra healing by the Monk for 6 sec.
  • Healing Spheres now heals for 400% of spell power, up from 260%.
  • Zen Focus now requires Honor level 34, up from level 22.
  • REMOVED: Dematerialize.
  • NEW: Surge of Mist – Enveloping Mist is now an instant cast, but has a 6 sec cooldown.
  • NEW: Way of the Crane – Increases your damage by 50%, you become immune to all snare and root effects and you heal up to 3 nearest allies for 200% of the damage done. Lasts 15 seconds.

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PvP in Alpha – Developer Notes

Since the latest deployed alpha build, PvP has been enabled on the new level 110 PvP realm. Players are able to test out the honor talents and get a feel for the new progression system. Due to weird time zones, queue times have been horrible when I’ve tried, so no luck for me yet. However, Brian Holinka has shared some developer thoughts on the new system! 

Here’s a few quick facts to refresh your memory about Legion PvP:

  • Players will have a separate, additional, talent tree for PvP.
  • To unlock the talents, you must gain Honor first, which works more like PvP experience.
  • To unlock the respective talents, you must earn:
    • Levels 1-10: 750 honor
    • Levels 11-20: 875 honor
    • Levels 21-30: 1000 honor
    • Levels 31-40: 1125 honor
    • Levels 41-50: 1250 honor
  • Once on max honor level, you can reset your honor level to gain a Prestige level. Prestige levels can unlock cosmetic rewards.
  • Your gear has less impact in Legion PvP. You have predesignated stats when entering PvP battle, meaning that all stats from your gear, set-bonuses and trinkets are disabled in PvP.
  • Item level can boost your predesignated stats, but only a little. 25 ilvls difference means a 2.5% increase in stats, as opposed to in Warlords of Draenor where it would have meant a 25% increase.
  • Since stats are predesignated, developers can tweak individual specs in a way they haven’t before, making PvP balancing easier.

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Alpha Build Vignette

When we least expected it, a new alpha build struck. Mistweavers have been granted a few minor buffs, but other than that, not much new. Frost Mage and Assassination Rogue have been unlocked and a new map of Azeroth has been introduced. Take a look!

Updated Map of Azeroth

Broken Isle

Broken Isles have been granted a place on the grand map, and shuffled the Maelstrom and the Eastern Kingdoms to the sides. Fancy!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Rising Sun Kick now has 10 sec recharge time, changed from 8 sec cooldown.
  • Spinning Crane Kick now deals 159.8% of attack power damage, up from 133% of attack power.
  • Zen Pulse now deals 240% of spell power damage, up from 200% of spell power.
  • Celestial Breath now ticks 3 times, down from 5.
  • Chi Burst now deals 330% of attack power damage and healing, up from 275% of attack power.

Monk Icons

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The majority of the icons seem to be designated for the Mistweaver PvP talent tree, and aren’t they pretty?


I’m so used to having the alpha build being deployed 4 in the morning my local time, I was a bit unprepared for the update. But here it is, and I must say that I greatly appreciate new icons. Could we have some more, please?

 

 

Mistweaver Animations Video

Good evening, my fellow Mistweavers!
Today I finished my little project of recording a video of the new Mistweaver animations. Not all abilities have been recorded, but I’ve included those with notable spell effects, especially the new ones. Since it’s alpha, they might be changed, maybe even as early as the next build. But for now, this is how the spells, talents and artifact traits look. Enjoy!

List of Spells Shown

Abilities:

ability_monk_effuseEffuse
1.8% Mana, 40 yd range, 1 sec cast
A fast and efficient spell, healing the target for [200% of Spell Power].

ability_monk_vivifyVivify
4.0% Mana, 40 yd range, 1.5 sec cast
Cause a surge of invigorating mists around the target, healing them and their 2 nearest injured allies for [225% of Spell Power].

ability_monk_essencefontEssence Font
8.0% Mana, 40 yd range, 3 sec channel
Unleash a rapid twirl of healing bolts at up to 6 allies within 25 yds, every 1 sec for 3 sec. Each bolt heals the target for [110% of Spell Power], plus an additional [36% of Spell Power] over 6 sec.

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New Legion Alpha Build – Artifact Changes

In today’s alpha build Mistweaver’s will a lot of tweaks to the artifact tree, including a new effect to our initial trait Sheilun’s Gift. An alpha realm with level 110 characters and fully upgraded artifacts has also been launched.

I confess, I started the day by nicking my boyfriend’s alpha account to see the major artifact traits of Sheilun. Celestial Breath has a completely new animation we’ve never seen, and Blessing of Yu’lon actually spawns Yu’lon, though they haven’t made her do anything yet than just to appear. So far. She is a lot less scary than Chi-Ji at least (his jumps still freak me out), even though she looks a bit like a ghost.

Spell Changes

  • Essence Font‘s direct healing now heals for 110% of Spell Power, up from 90%. The HoT effect now heals for 36% of Spell Power, down from 60% of Spell Power.
  • Renewing Mist now costs 2.5% of base mana, down from 2.8%.

Artifact Changes

  • Celestial Breath can now only activate once every 30 seconds when talented to Rising Thunder.
  • Harmony and Focus has been renamed to Essence of Mist and no longer make Thunder Focus Tea empower 1 additional spell, but instead increases the healing of Essence Font.
  • Light on Your Feet‘s tooltip now spells Essence Font correctly.
  • NEW: Mists of Wisdom
    • Increases the healing of Enveloping Mist by 10%.
  • NEW: Mistweaving
    • Sheilun’s power over the mists, almost overwhelming at first, has become second-nature over time, allowing you even greater mastery of your powers. Increases healing done by 0.5% (Rank 1) – 10% (Rank 20).
  • REMOVED: Shaohao’s Mists of Wisdom.
  • Sheilun’s Gift no longer works as a simple, direct healing spell. New version of Sheilun’s Gift:
    • Draw in all nearby clouds of mist to heal an ally for (150% of Spell Power). Each cloud of mist absorbed increases the healing amount by (Spell Power * 1.5)
  • Shroud of Mist now reduces damage taken only when channelling Soothing Mist.
  • The Mists of Sheilun is now a major trait in the artifact tree, previously a passive ability by Sheilun, in place of the old trait Shaohao’s Mists of Wisdom.

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Alpha Dungeon Videos

It is fairly quiet in the World of Warcraft – alpha builds has been more focused on adjusting the classes after feedback, rather than overarching changes. New dungeons have opened though, and FatbossTV has been kind enough to share their experience. Here are the new dungeons:

The Arcway

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Dev Feedback and Patreon Sneak peek

The discussion about the new incarnation of Fistweaving is still raging across the forums. Some people argue that the talent (Rising Thunder) is too overpowered, and now the Developers have joined the discussion. Also, I’m getting closer to the Patreon deadline and wanted to show you a small sneak peek of the new UI! So much excitement!

I must say, alpha has been way more fun than any beta I’ve ever participated in (actively or as a spectator). The developers go completely bananas with experimenting on abilities and talents, in a way they couldn’t have done in a closer-to-release beta environment. It’s really an opportunity to weigh in on the future of our classes.

The latest development from the mad scientists is the new incarnation of Fistweaving, in the form of two talents: Rising Thunder and Spirit of the Crane. There has been some concern about Rising Thunder being too overpowered against the other available level 100 talents, and a few question marks regarding Essence Font. The developers have now joined the Mistweaver discussion:

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Legion Alpha Build – Minor Updates!

This will be short and sweet guys, because Mistweavers were barely touched in this build. Considering that they shut down the alpha servers last night, just when I was about to stream alpha, I had hoped for something more. Can’t get it every time though. Hope’s up for next build!

Mistweaver Abilities

Monk Class Hall – New Loading Screen

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Fancy that, art for our Class Hall loading screen up and about already. Considering how long it took for Garrisons to get their own loading screens, I’m impressed. On the same note, equally glad that they were quick with the new icons for our core spells (Effuse, Vivify and Essence Font). Now I’m only hoping for a few more icons to our spells. The goal, I would say, is to have all our icons made for Monks. Some of our icons are from other classes (Mistwalk uses an icon that has been around forever). But that might just be my artistic side that craves more Monk icons. Possibly.

Would you say new spell animations are too much to hope for? I guess it costs a lot of time and money to update them, and the current Legion spells use a patchwork of old animations that wouldn’t had been used otherwise (their previous spells were removed, *cough* uplift, zen sphere, chi wave for mistweavers, surging mist *cough*). I’d still like to see some new fancy ways to hurl jade on our allies’ faces. Variety has never hurt! What do you think?