With the risk of breaking out into song about “A whole new Woooooooorld” after the latest week of the new Mistweaver, I thought it was tea time! In other words, pour yourself a large cup of tea and let’s have a talk about everything new in the World of Warcraft… Who am I kidding, I’m just going to talk about Mistweavers – hold the door!
After having tried both the more traditional Lifecycles build and the new fistweaving build as a raiding Mistweaver, my first thought that struck me was how much freedom I suddenly got. Freedom from having my spells locked by Chi, freedom from the statue, freedom from stances. I had never really considered these as limitations until I just realized that I could pretty much cast any spell I wanted, at any time and any place now instead. “There’s so much room for activites!”
I have had so much fun trying both the builds – though I have a certain love for the new fistweaving build. It is very fast-paced and demands quite a deal from the Mistweaver. But if you get it just right, you are rewarded by doing BOTH great damage and healing. Isn’t that the best of both worlds?
The mana regen has been quite insane at this level (I distinctly remember crying rivers about my mana when I played beta), which has given me the opportunity to shamelessly spend it all to create massive bursts of healing. The whole Refreshing Jade Wind, Essence Font and then go bananas with Vivify thing Mistweaver have going on right now is just ridiculous. And I can do it in the middle of my fistweaving rotation – I am really loving this! Though it does require some skill and practice until you get it right, and I’m not quite there yet, but I will be!
However, I’m still struggling with my weakaura set-up for Mistweavers. That and keybinds, but let’s start with the auras. Thunder Focus Tea is a given, together with Renewing Mist since I mostly spend the charges on that spell. Then I also track a host of different talents, Rising Sun Kick, Teachings of the Monastery and all major cooldowns. Frankly, I’m mostly bothered about how I can track all these spells while at the same time being conservative with space. Most likely, I have to prune it down to the essentials and go from there. Just got to figure out what the “essentials” is first. I have an idea now, I just need to experiment a little.
Keybinds though – I have a feeling that Mistweavers is one of the few classes left that still struggle with binding all the spells to feasible keybinds. Or that is just me, since I’m a notorious hotkey raider. No clicks for me here, no sirree. But the new Legion skill set has thoroughly upset my previous set-up. I have changed around my spells on the bars so many times to get it right that I’m practically spell dyslectic now (oh I cast Chi Burst? I meant Essence Font!).
This is my set-up as of this moment that will likely have changed tomorrow, if not the next minute;
1 – Tiger Palm
2 – Blackout Kick
3 – Rising Sun Kick
1 (Mouseover) – Renewing Mist
2 (Mouseover) – Effuse
4 – Detox
E – Vivify
F – Essence Font
G – Refreshing Jade Wind
Q – Enveloping Mist
T – Life Cocoon
§ – Chi Burst
Shift-F – Spinning Crane Kick
V – Crackling Jade Lightning
Macro Button 1 – Revival
Mouse Button 1 – Roll / Chi Torpedo
And for those who wonder “how do you strafe!?” – don’t worry, I strafe just fine with the normal movement buttons and camera angle. And no, I haven’t bound 5,6,7 to anything useful because my hands are small and I fail at finger gymnastics, okay?
I will probably remake the above binds a little and work more with mouseover spells. I use the wonderful addon Clique to quickly bind mouseaover abilites. It’s fast and works on all unit frame addons, just like macros, so I dearly recommend it.
On a tangent note, I am basically done with this months UI for Patreon (Royal), so I’ll soon begin the next month’s work. I have in mind to do a UI that will fit my Mistweaver now that the new toolkit has launched (I was actually waiting for it until I begun the work of redoing the UI for my main). It will however not be a “mistweaver” interface, since I do interface art for a broader audience who might want it on other classes. But it will fit mistweavers, among others. I’m really looking forward to start working on it. So many ideas floating around in my head.
That’s it for tonight, folks. Let me know how your first week has been in the comments! Until next time~