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 Surging Mist has been replaced by Effuse, a short and quick cast that anchors the new passive Soothing Mist to targets.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:
- The new mastery Gust of Mists powers up Effuse, Renewing Mist, Enveloping Mist and Vivify, adding another heal on top (strength depending on how much mastery you have). Vivify only procs Gusts on the primary target, so you have to carefully choose who you target with the spell.
- Renewing Mist can proc Uplifting Trance, which causes your next Vivify to do 50% increased healing.
- Enveloping Mist will make the target take 30% increased healing from the Monk.
- Soothing Mist can be anchored to a target with the following spells: Effuse (best choice for a speedy anchoring), Enveloping Mist, Vivify and Life Cocoon.
Another spotlight is how much more important Thunder Focus Tea has become. Instead of making Renewing Mist spread a little more, or doubling the healing of Surging Mist, Thunder Focus Tea has new functions to choose from:
- Renewing Mist does not trigger its cooldown – for increased HPS and more Uplifting Trance procs.
- Effuse healing is increased by 150% – for increased HPS.
- Enveloping Mist is an instant cast – for emergency heals.
- Essence Font is castable while moving – for mobility.
- Vivify costs no mana – for mana saving.
As you can see, TFT can do a lot more different things now, depending on what the Monk will need at every given situation. With a 30 sec cooldown and several interactive talents and traits, it has a huge impact on our gameplay. I often find myself thinking ahead of what spells I will empower next time it comes off cooldown. Sometimes, that decision changes within a split moment because something unexpected happened, like the tank taking a huge hit and needs emergency healing.
What I love most about the new toolkit is Vivify (though TFT is a great favorite as well). It is good both in a 5-man setting and a raid setting. In 5-man, the primary still takes a bigger heal due to the mastery, so it feels fine to use it on the tank and then see the dps take a lot of healing as well. In a raid setting there will always be situations when only a few people have taken damage and the AoE healing feels wasted and single target healing would not be enough. Vivify fills that need – not to mention that it has a much greater range than expected (it heals the primary target plus 2 “nearby” allies, and nearby seems to be something like 30 yards).
Essence Font still keeps the great spread like Uplift had, but you don’t feel forced to use it in the same way. Its mana cost is definitely significant, not to mention that Vivify is a better choice if there’s only a few people that need healing. It is less likely to be spammed, and cause a lot of unnecessary overhealing, but when it is used you will see a great firework of mist across the whole raid. Since AoE healing has been reduced for all healers in Legion this is in line with the new healing philosophy.
So far so good. Renewing Mist has had a makeover and now works as a standalone HoT that actually does healing (*gasp* I know, right?). It doesn’t spread and you will most likely not have that many ReMs out at the same time. But more ReMs means more Vivify procs, so it should be used on cooldown! Its stronger counterpart Enveloping Mist still reigns as the number one single target heal though. Enveloping is incredibly strong but it has a mana cost to compare, so be careful.
As for Soothing Mist, I’m not over the moon of its baseline function. I see myself interrupt it with other casts and movement very often – to actually channeling it to fill out GCDs and save mana happens precious few times. I really love it with Jade Statue talent though, since I can pre-anchor it to a player that I anticipate will take damage, and also let it slowly work on the health of a player while I deal with more urgent problems. The Mist Wrap talent that makes it channable while moving also makes it more feasible to use. But both the statue talent and Mist Wrap talent are focused on 5-man settings, in raid I don’t think it will fill any primary role. But that can be okay as well, at least it does healing while we regen mana.
To summarize my thoughts a little, I think the new Mistweaver is more adaptable in Legion while still maintaining depth in the baseline kit. I do strategic choices the whole time and it feels like I can handle every situation thrown at me. I love that single target and cleave healing is more in focus rather than just spamming AoE, mostly due to that I play around with a bigger repertoire of spells and my targeted heals has more strategic impact. Soothing Mist is not a personal favorite as a baseline spell, but it’s not a great travesty either. It’s good for saving mana and combo-ing with Enveloping Mist!
I think for players who don’t like change will find it a little challenging with the transition for Mistweaver. I love change, so I’m very happy with the more versatile toolkit, but it took me awhile to get into it. Proving Grounds definitely helped a lot! My recommendation is to give Mistweavers the same treatment as when you first started: learn the basics and try to understand how the depth of the spec works.
It is different, so it will only be natural that some old Mistweavers will seek other specs to play and while a score of new players will be attracted to the new version of the spec – such is the nature of change. Either way, the new Mistweaver spec will require equal passion and devotion to learn and master, just like the old version did.
I still have loads to talk about: talents and traits, resource management and utility. I will continue to write about Mistweaver in Legion the coming days!