Work in Progress: Blog Extreme Makeover

Due to sickness I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as I like, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t done any work on other projects! To give you some insight, here’s a short mini-series of what I’ve been up to the past months. First up, blog update!

Dithering is not okay!

So I have been wanting to do an aesthetic update to my blog for a very long time, but it takes a lot of work to produce something that I’m 100% satisfied with. I’m a stickler for details. Like, really nitpicking. If I choose a color on a main element of the blog and I see it dither on a screen dump, I get allergic reactions. I’m not kidding.

But my main reason for changing aesthetics (apart from needing a fresh look) is that I want to tone down the contrasts. The current look on the blog uses very high contrast which hurts my eyes if I concentrate too much on it (look at the blog background, then look at the main body, then look back again. Ouch!). 

The idea is that the new look will use a Jade theme, a dark/night look if you will. Something that doesn’t blind you while you play in your dark gamer cave. I always knew that Jade would be the color, but oh boy, getting the details right has been a rollercoaster ride. And I’m still on that rollercoaster.

This is how it looks like so far:

Current WIP

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Mistweaver News and Vectis Guide

I haven’t had the chance to catch up on some PTR news yet, so I though I’d do a quick summary of the mistweaver changes so far, including an updated summary of the patch 8.1 features. In addition, I’ve added the mythic Vectis guide as well!

Mistweaver PTR Changes (So Far)

Tides of Vengeance Features (Updated)

  • War Campaign continues!
  • Incursions are added (think Legion invasions).
  • New World Quests!
  • New azerite traits!
  • New profession recipes!
  • More storylines are added for both Alliance and Horde (Xal’atath, Proudmoore, Saurfang, Tyrande, Vol’jin).
  • New Heritage Armor: Blood Elves and Dwarves
  • New Warfront: The Battle for Darkshore
  • New Island Expeditions: Jorundall and Havenswood
  • New Raids: Battle for Dazar’alor and Crucible of Storms
  • Azerite Armor Changes:
    • Azerite Armor will no longer drop from the weekly chest. Instead a currency will drop with which we can buy azerite tokens (head, shoulders, chest) or specific azerite armor.
    • Disenchanting/scrapping azerite armor will also reward this currency.
    • A second class-specific ring is added to patch 8.1 azerite armor. A.k.a. we can choose 2 spec specific azerite traits per item.
  • Other:
    • Legion LFR Queue
    • Reputation achivements account-wide
    • Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon
    • Updated spell effects for Paladins
    • New mount models (sabers, hello!)

Mistweaver Guide for Mythic Vectis

New guide added! Check out my Mythic Vectis guide for mistweavers by clicking on the image below:


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Teahouse Cleaning and Legacy

I’ve been doing some housecleaning in the teahouse and I’ve realized that some pages must be canned due to irrelevance. The Legion pages doesn’t have any bearing on today’s game. But instead of throwing them out the window, I’ve decided to keep them in a new Legacy tab, where I also archived my old Warlords of Draenor pages.

Legacy

> Legion

> Warlords of Draenor

My blog is a constant work in progress, and I have a whole list of things I want to go through. For example, I want to update every single page for BFA, but also sort out the outdated pages. The standard procedure is that I remove the expansion-specific pages by changing their status from published page to a draft, and then they rest in my archive forever. But now I thought, maybe some people could still have use of all that content, so I’m gonna let it stay published.

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BFA Alchemy Prep

I have a weird obsession with alchemy and herbalism. It might have to do with all the colorful icons and fun effects you can play around with, but on occasion alchemy can be a real lifesaver. And I’m not talking about saving money on battle potions and flasks, but on all the great utility potions you can create. So I’ve made a list of my favourite potions I’m gonna stack for the BFA launch!

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Teahouse Final Landing and Updates

June is over and I’m home from my latest and last trip. In July, I’m gonna go full cave woman and you’ll have to ply me with a crowbar to get me out of my chair now. I’m here, and I’m gonna be here for a while. So now, let me update you on all that has been going on while I’ve been away!

Mistweaver Updates

Build 26926 (June 26)

Build 26936 (June 27)

  • Chi Burst now deals damage equal to 46% of attack power, down from 65.52%.

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Mistweaver Updates Recap

I’ve done my next-to-last journey for this month (one to go!) and I’ve got a few days at home to catch up on the news. There’s been a few updates in the mistweaver front that I’d like to go through, not to mention a few nerfs (sigh).

Mistweaver Updates

Build 26871 (June 19)

  • Vivify
    • Direct healing is now 105% of spell power, down from 120%.
    • Cleave healing is now 70% of spell power, down from 80%.
  • Renewing Mist
    • Now heals for 140% of spell power, down from 175%.
  • Soothing Mist
    • Now heals for 320% of spell power, down from 360%.

Build 26903 (June 22)

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Patreon May Complete – Shaman UI

After a hiatus from Patreon work, I’m finally back and done with the Shaman UI! The art for this UI is sent out to all my eligible patreons, and here is a post with all the elvui profiles and weakaura export codes to help you get started!

Creating your own Shaman UI

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New Beta Build and Azerite Interface

A new build has been dropped on the beta! It’s a bit light on mistweaver changes, but the azerite armor has finally gotten its spanking new interface. Here are the relevant changes for any curious mistweavers!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Surging Mist (Honor Talent) now heals for 200% of attack power, up from 32.76%.

Azerite Traits

  • NEW Font of Life 
  • Misty Peaks now has a chance to grant haste based on ticks rather than jumps. It also has increased duration of 10 sec, up from 8 sec.
  • Tier 1 – Monk – Mistweaver – Vivify <DNT> has been name changed to Uplifted Spirits.

Azerite Armor Interface

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The Big Mistweaver Feedback Post 3.0

Before I start, I just want to say that I think mistweavers are turning out great for Battle for Azeroth. We have active Soothing Mist back which contributes to a much smoother 5-man rotation, we got new and interesting talents on our talent tree and we’ve become more well-rounded. Nonetheless, there are a few areas that need polishing, which is why I’ve written this post! Let’s go through them together.

Soothing Mist Discussion

Changes since we last discussed it:

  • Soothing Mist  – Each tick of SooM now has a chance to cause a Gust of Mist heal on the target.
  • Undocumented: Soothing Mist has reduced GCD to 1 sec.
  • Undocumented: Thunder Focus Tea is castable while channeling Soothing Mist.

I was going to start this post by appealing to Blizzard to implement a more WoD-style Soothing Mist, but they beat me to the punch. I logged into beta, and lo and behold! You can use Thunder Focus Tea without breaking the Soothing Mist channel AND Soothing Mist has reduced GCD to 1 sec instead of 1.5 sec. That had passed me by completely.

But the new rotation feel so smoooooth, and the added proc of Gust of Mist  was a welcome addition. It’s nice to see our mastery interact with Soothing Mist. I really hope that it has a higher proc chance on lower-health targets!

As I was testing the changes by healing dungeons, I noticed a serious issue though; Mana Tea is a major hassle to use, and here’s why.

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New Beta Build – Mistweaver Buffs and Changes!

A new beta build came last night and there are new mistweaver changes implemented based on recent feedback! I’m glad to see that there’s a fruitful discussion between developers and mistweavers. Or at least, I assume so, looking at the changes that keep rolling in. I don’t visit forums very often, I like my happy corner here, but I don’t doubt that there’s lots of good mistweaver feedback from all corners of the internet!

Mistweaver Changes

  • Revival now heals for 200% of spell power, up from 180%.
  • Soothing Mist  – Each tick of SooM now has a chance to cause a Gust of Mist heal on the target.
  • Thunder Focus Tea
    • Renewing Mist: Changed to ‘Increases duration by 10 sec’ from ‘Not triggering the cooldown’ of the next Renewing Mist cast.
    • Enveloping Mist: The extra heal now heals for 250% of spell power, up from 130% (instant EvM aspect removed).
    • Removed Essence Font: Channels 100% faster.
    • NEW Rising Sun Kick: Reduces the cooldown of your next Rising Sun Kick by 9 sec.
  • The cleave heal of Vivify now heals for 60% of spell power, up from 45%.
  • Lifecycles now has 25% reduced mana cost of the next Vivify/Enveloping Mist cast, up from 20%.
  • Rising Mist now heals for 15% of spell power, down from 20%.

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