The beauty of Crane stance is the ability to easily stack some Mana Tea at the beginning of every fight. This extra mana is very valuable for later parts of the fight and if you want to play a hundred percent optimal, you should always try to do it. There might be some fights where the mechanics are a bit antagonistic to switching between melee and ranged positions, but usually you can find a way to jump back and forward.
If you want to perfect your opener, there are several things you should think about. The first one I think is mandatory for anyone who want to optimise themselves; always use the best food and flasks in any raid encounter. That means the +100 multistrike rating food either from Savage Feast or a Fiery Calamari, and +250 intellect from Greater Draenic Intellect Flask. Don’t be cheap on this!
Before the pull you should already have placed your Jade Statue properly and don’t have any spells on cooldown. Start by stacking up some Chi with Surging Mist. Chi degrades one per ten seconds out of combat, so keep stacking it until you are ten seconds from a pull. You should always have 4 chi when you enter a fight and a full mana pool. Remember not to use Chi Brew before the pull, all Mana Tea stacks it generates will be wiped as soon as the boss is pulled.
After reaching the 610 ilvl benchmark, the heroic dungeons finally open up. From a healer perspective, these are very challenging. In my opinion it’s a very fun sort of challenge, the kind that test your abilities to the limits. I haven’t gotten around to trying all the dungeons, but those I’ve tried have been difficult to heal, and fun! The tanking role seems the easiest and the DPS role have had to relearn to use their CCs and interrupts more, an ability that had become obsolete in endgame MoP. But I’ve never used Paralysis as much as I do now.
The last boss in the dungeons seems to be the hardest ones (usually). We’ve actually had to stop several times, and think out a sound strategy to manage the boss mechanics. I’ve scouted the internet after some good dungeon guides, and I found Dayani’s on Wowhead (you can check them out here). But I’ve felt that I always needed something a little more specific to Mistweaver healing in heroic, so for the future I’ll be working on some encounter guides. The goal is that they cover everything you need to think of when healing as a Mistweaver, both in Serpent stance and Crane stance. It will take a while to write them though, so be patient.
I’ve also experienced that some bosses are just simpler to do completely in Crane stance. Like Roltall in Bloodmaul Slag Mines. As a melee it is much easier to counter the mechanics, but the damage pattern also put higher demands on Crane stance healing. Because of this I’ve added an “Advanced Crane stance healing” section to the Strategy guide, where I explain different ways to maximise your healing in Crane stance. Take a look!
I have noticed that there is a severe lack of WeakAura trackers for Crane stance on the internet. So I thought, why won’t I try to create some then? How hard can it be?
Well, it wasn’t easy but it could be done. WeakAuras can be quite complicated but once you get the gist, it’s easy to produce several trackers in a row. I have updated my addon section with these, but I’ll paste them here as well!
WeakAuras for Stance of the Spirited Crane
Also known as fistweaving!
WeakAura string for Tiger Strikes here.
WeakAura string for Vital Mists here.
WeakAura string for Crane’s Zeal here.
WeakAura string for Tiger Power here.
WeakAura string for Rising Sun Kick Debuff here.
If you’re wondering what the hell these little buggers are, head over to the strategy section to do your Crane stance studies.
Note that the Tiger Strikes is a buff you get from auto attacks (far left). The Rising Sun Kick symbol (far right) refers to the debuff the spell of the same name applies on enemies. It is is programmed to be activated when your target has the debuff (otherwise it’s shiny and grey).
Also note that these trackers are only visible in Crane stance! When you enter Serpent stance these will magically vanish only to reappear again when you re-enter Crane stance. Handy right?