Brewmaster Battle for Azeroth Guide

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Welcome to PeakofSerenity's Brewmaster Monk PvE Guide. This guide is designed to be a basic, quick guide for Brewmaster Monks with just the information you need. For more in-depth, advanced, information follow the links to those pages in the "Further Reading" sections or in the "Advanced" section in the menu above. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.

This guide has been updated for Patch 8.0.1 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.

Talents

War Mode Talents

The only impactful War Mode talent for solo content is the Incendiary Breath talent when combined with the Spitfire talent.

Further Reading

 

Ability Priority

Brewmasters operate on a priority system. This means that you use whatever ability is available that’s highest up in the priority. With certain talent combinations, following this priority will result in a fixed rotation. For more information on how priorities are generated, read Babylonius’s Understanding Priorities article (This article was originally written for Windwalker monks, however the methodology holds true for all specs).

Single Target

  1. Black Ox Brew (if talented and <1 Brew charge)
  2. Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox (If talented)
  3. Keg Smash
  4. Blackout Strike
  5. Tiger Palm (If the Blackout Combo buff is active or about to cap energy)
  6. Breath of Fire
  7. Rushing Jade Wind (If talented and not active)
  8. Chi Burst (if talented)
  9. Chi Wave (if talented)
  10. Tiger Palm (If energy > 55)
  11. Rushing Jade Wind (If talented)

3+ Targets

  1. Black Ox Brew (if talented and <1 Brew charge)
  2. Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox (If talented)
  3. Keg Smash
  4. Breath of Fire
  5. Rushing Jade Wind (If talented and not active)
  6. Chi Burst (if talented)
  7. Tiger Palm (If the Blackout Combo buff is active or about to cap energy)
  8. Blackout Strike
  9. Chi Wave (if talented)
  10. Tiger Palm (If energy > 55)
  11. Rushing Jade Wind (If talented)

Brew Charge Usage

  • Ironskin Brew – Keep this ability active 100% of the time when actively taking damage. Use only enough to maintain the debuff without wasting duration. Multiple uses of Ironskin Brew stack duration up to 21s, for this reason you should avoid using this ability if more than 14s remains on your buff.
  • Purifying Brew – Use any remaining charges after maintaining Ironskin Brew on this ability. Purify timing is most of the nuance with BrM and knowing when to use it will largely come with experience. You should use this ability to control your damage intake and keep it to a manageable level for your healer or healers. This ability should never be used at the expense of Ironskin Brew uptime.

Further Reading

  • Maximizing Brewmaster DPS (Coming Soon!)
  • Stagger in Battle for Azeroth and You (Coming Soon!)

 

Gearing

Defensive Stat Priority

Agility > Versatility = Mastery = Critical Strike > Haste

Defensive stat priority for Brewmaster is extremely encounter dependent and can change for your character depending on your current gear and stats. For these reasons, we generally advise a balance of Versatility, Mastery and Crit. Due in part to the scaling nature of Stagger in Battle for Azeroth, you will always want to use the highest item level piece in any non-jewelry slot, regardless of secondary stats.

Offensive Stat Priority

Coming soon!

Offensive stat priority for Brewmaster will be updated as soon as SimCraft is updated for Brewmaster in Battle for Azeroth.

Further Reading

 

Tier Bonuses

  • Tier 21 2pc: Breath of Fire has a 100% chance to generate a stack of Elusive Brawler for each target hit.
  • Tier 21 4pc: Every time you dodge an attack, the remaining cooldown of Breath of Fire is reduced by 2.0 sec.

Both the 2pc and 4pc set bonus are very low value. As a general rule, the set bonus is not worth dropping any item levels for offensively or defensively, but will be more impactful than a difference in stat distribution between two equal-item-level pieces.

 

Legendaries

These rankings are based on current tier and gearsets. They do not reflect all situations or all gearsets. For best information, use tools  like SimCraft or Raidbots.

Offensive Legendaries

The top 4 legendaries in this list will fluctuate in value significantly based on situation and gear they are replacing, however they are a significant cut above the rest of the legendaries for damage.

  1. Stormstout’s Last Gasp
  2. Sal’Salabim’s Lost Tunic
  3. Archimonde’s Hatred Reborn
  4. Soul of the Grandmaster (with Blackout Combo as the second talent)
  5. Other legendaries based on gear being replaced

Defensive Legendaries

Defensive legendary choice will depend very heavily upon encounter and current situation. As a general rule, if you are in need of additional defensive CDs you will use Fundamental ObservationArchimonde’s Hatred Reborn, or Soul of the Grandmaster (with Guard as the second talent). If you’re in need of additional Purifying Brew charges (especially in a M+ dungeon), you will use Anvil-Hardened Wristwraps. If you’re in need of general survivability or are missing any of the previous legendaries, Jewel of the Lost Abbey is our strongest general purposes defensive legendary. Other legendaries will have situational uses in addition to these listed, but these will be your most commonly used.

 

Offensive Trinkets

In Antorus, Aggramar’s Conviction or Aman’thul’s Vision will always be one of your two trinkets used due to the large raid benefit they provide. Your second offensive trinket should be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than as a whole, using tools like SimCraft or Raidbots.

Defensive Trinkets

In Antorus, Aggramar’s Conviction or Aman’thul’s Vision will always be one of your two trinkets used due to the large raid benefit they provide. Defensive trinket choice, like defensive legendary choice, will depend heavily upon the encounter and current situation. For a more in depth look at which trinkets are desirable and the situations in which they shine, see Macrologia’s Defensive Trinket Guide. Note that while this guide is written for 7.3.2, the relative strengths of the trinkets and the situations in which they are strongest have not changed for 8.0.1.

“Best-in-Slot”

The concept of “Best-in-slot” lists is mostly obsolete with the advent of War/Titanforging and sockets. Gear should be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than as a whole, using tools like SimCraft or Raidbots.

Gems/Enchants

Consumables

Miscellaneous

Racials

Race selection will have negligible impact with the exception of a few specific racial abilities. The Blood Elf racial Arcane Torrent and the Dwarf racial Stoneform are the most impactful utility racials. In general however, pick whatever race you prefer. The difference between the races will be largely negligible.

WeakAuras

There are very few required WeakAuras for Brewmaster. The most commonly used are to track Ironskin Brew duration and current Stagger damage. The items below will be updated with Wago.io links once the relevant auras are updated for 8.0.

  • Normalized Stagger
  • ISB tracker

Macros

AoE Taunt on Black Ox Statue with modifier

#showtooltip Provoke

/tar [mod:shift] Black Ox Statue
/cast Provoke
/targetlasttarget [mod:shift]

This macro will taunt your target or if shift is held (or any other specified modifer) will AoE taunt around your statue.

 

Dismiss Black Ox Statue

/click TotemFrameTotem1 RightButton

This macro can be used to dismiss the Statue from Summon Black Ox Statue

 

Changelog

  • July 15th, 2018 – Talent guide added to Further Reading
  • July 9th, 2018 – Guide Created