There are many new changes and additions in Battle for Azeroth besides the ones happening to mistweavers (I know, right?!). I haven’t had much time to comment on the general changes rolling in, so I though I’d sit down and drink too much tea and have too many opinions on the GCD, personal loot and more. Yasmine tea, anyone?
Before I start, I have a confession to make. I basically never, ever enter forums and read what people write. I used to, like two years ago. Then I was an avid reader of everything, as long as it was about mistweavers. But after a while I noticed that I got serious rashes and was sneezing relentlessly. So I realised that I must be allergic to forum discussions.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that forums exist to give people a chance to interact with each other and have a dialogue with the developers. It’s just that forums usually have a very negative worldview and when I read too much in the same vein, I basically soak up all that negativity like osmosis and then I turn green and want to steal all the presents from Whoville. So no, I don’t read forums anymore, it messes up my zen.
My main point is that I have no idea what the general opinion is about the changes (except that everything is shit, and blizzard is destroying the game; but that’s a given). All my opinions are based on own experiences, from my tiny happy corner of the internet. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
In recent weeks, I have noticed a gap in knowledge in many Mistweavers I’ve come to talk to. More specifically, how to heal the first phase of avatar when the whole raid is spread out (particularly in mythic). It seems to me to be a perfect opportunity to expound on Mistweavers’ toolkit when it comes to stack versus spread healing. So I’ve brewed a pot of tea and am ready to flex my nerd muscles when it comes to Mistweaving.
To illustrate how Mistweavers should adapt to spread versus stack healing, the Avatar fight is a prime example. In the first phase in mythic mode the whole raid is spread out in designated positions, which means you can only reach a few players at a time. You’re movements are limited since you have your designated place and if you move out of it, you can potentially endanger your allies with chaos puddles or blades. Most of the fight, your reach to other players is awful.
In the second phase, you start spread out to soak the rain and then as platforms are destroyed, you quickly huddle the raid together. In this phase you have ample opportunity for stack healing. In other words, the Avatar fight forces you to adapt to different types of healing – spread and then stack. Luckily, Mistweavers have the tools for the job.
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?