The final raid of Legion, Antorus, the Burning Throne, opens next week, and with it, the final tier set for the foreseeable future, along with two new legendaries that are tied to the final boss, scaling trinkets, and a host of other fun stuff.
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Tier 21 Bonuses
- Tier 21 2 Piece Bonus – Healing a player with a Mastery: Gust of Mists proccing spell also leaves a Heal over Time effect (Tranquil Mist) on the target, lasting for 12 seconds and healing every 2 seconds. This heal can Critically Strike, gains ticks with Haste, and scales with Versatility. Double Mastery: Gust of Mists hits from Essence Font‘s effect immediately pandemics the HoT, taking it to its max duration of 15 seconds.
- Tier 21 4 Piece Bonus – Casting Renewing Mist will send out a Chi Bolt to each target that has Tranquil Mist currently active, healing for a respectable amount. The player that you targeted for Renewing Mist will not be healed with a Chi Bolt. This heal can Critically Strike and scales with Versatility.
Healing Playstyle Changes
With the 4 piece bonus, Renewing Mist has the potential to be a fairly competent burst healing tool, doubly so if you use Thunder Focus Tea with it. However, that is still a very niche circumstance that likely won’t see a lot of play because of the drain to mana.
Effuse (and Sheilun’s Gift, thanks to Effusive Mists) will be the main spell(s) to build Tranquil Mist HoTs in preparation for burst. However, this does present an issue with mana, since GCDs would have to be taken away from Spirit of the Crane regeneration for this build up. There are benefits to either, so it ultimately lies to the player to make their choice. Whether that means to talent away from Refreshing Jade Wind and to Invoke Chi’Ji, the Red Crane, or to not do massive ramp up and instead opt for more mana through Spirit of the Crane.
The Mistweaver Boss Guides will go into detail further.
There are no changes to stat priority. Critical Strike and Versatility still reign supreme, but Haste picks up a bit thanks to another HoT being added to our overall healing breakdown. Due to more non-Mastery healing being added to said breakdown, Mastery gets relatively weaker.
Tier 21 Priority
Each Tier Bonus is worth approximately 50 iLvLs a piece, making this the strongest Mistweaver tier in Legion. Just the 2 piece will replace Tier 20’s 4 piece, and we will not be running 2 piece Tier 20/ 4 piece Tier 21. You’ll see why in the “Legendaries” tab.
Below is the ranking of each piece of tier gear, compared to the non-tier available in Antorus:
- Douli of Chi-Ji
- Cloak of Chi-Ji
- Meditation Spheres of Chi-Ji
- Grips of Chi-Ji
- Leggings of Chi-Ji
- Tunic of Chi-Ji
Antorus, the Burning Throne Recommended Gearing
With Best in Slot lists being a thing of the past thanks to the randomness of Warforging and tertiary stats, the following list is just looking at the best possible gear available from just Antorus. Trinkets are discussed in their own tab.
- Head – Douli of Chi-Ji
- Neck – Vulcanarcore Pendant
- Shoulder – Meditation Spheres of Chi-Ji
- Back – Cloak of Chi-Ji
- Chest – Vest of Waning Life
- Wrist – Fiendish Logistician’s Wristwraps
- Hands – Grips of Chi-Ji
- Waits – Belt of Fractured Sanity
- Legs – Breach-Blocker Legguards
- Feet – Depraved Machinist’s Footpads
- Ring 1 – Seal of the Portal Master
- Ring 2 – Zealous Tormentor’s Ring
- Frost – Frigid Gloomstone
- Life – Root of the Lifebinder
- Storm – Conch of the Thunderer
Trinket Rankings (Susceptible to Changes via Hotfixes During Initial Weeks)
- Eonar’s Compassion
- Highfather’s Machinations
- Ishkar’s Felshield Emitter *
- Vitality Resonator *°
- Tarratus Keystone *
- Garothi Feedback Conduit
- Carafe of Searing Light
- Vitality Resonator *°
* – Must be used on cooldown (or as close to possible) for this rank.
Eonar’s Compassion is a bit more complicated than other proc trinkets. It drops from the final boss, Argus the Unmaker, only ever at 940 iLvL. However, each week, when you defeat Argus, you get an upgrade item (Pantheon’s Blessing) that you can use on a Pantheon Trinket to upgrade it by 5 iLvLs, up to 1000 iLvL. It’s baseline proc spawns a small, green crystalline flower (Emerald Blossom) that heals your allies around it. If 4 unique Pantheon procs are active at the same time in the group, the four players trigger another effect. Having this trinket equipped with the Pantheon proc causes your next 4 Vivifys to also shield a target.
While a majority of its value is in the fire-and-forget procs, the Pantheon proc causes a bit of a ripple for Mistweavers. Due to Vivify‘s relatively high mana cost, don’t feel as though it’s necessary to use all charges of the Pantheon proc immediately. Just use Vivify normally, otherwise you’re needlessly burning mana.
Highfather’s Machinations, while having Mastery on it, is one of the best trinkets thanks to its effect. However, since it only trigger when a player drops below 50% health, it’s susceptible to large bursts of healing from other classes preventing it from going off. If the procs reliably trigger, however, this trinket is very strong.
Ishkar’s Felshield Emitter is simple. Place a shield on any ally that explodes, dealing damage to enemies when it expires. The absorb shield is fairly beefy, and the damage is a decent perk.
Vitality Resonator has two rankings, depending on the enemy’s health when you use it, since the health decides how much Intellect you get. The first rank is when you can reliably use it on a 100% health mob every time it’s available, while the second rank is for when you use it on cooldown against a single target.
Tarratus Keystone is an AoE heal split amongst a group of players. Since it splits, you can reliably heal a stacked group of players for a moderate amount each, or a lone player for a decent chunk of health.
Garothis Feedback Conduit gives a chance at a stacking buff for Haste whenever you heal a target. Supposedly it has a higher chance to proc on from healing lower-healthed targets, but testing has been ambiguous.
Carafe of Searing Light is the token mana trinket this tier, with an added twist of returning mana whenever its DoT ticks on the target. It’s ranked low because it returns so little Mana per Second, compared to other comparable trinkets.
Raid Upgrade Priority
- Velen’s Future Sight
- Doorway to Nowhere
- Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus
- Leggings of the Black Flame
- Ei’thas, Lunar Glides of Eramas
This list looks shocking from what’s been said the past few months for Tomb of Sargeras priority. However, Antorus introduces new gear that is perfectly itemized for Mistweaver raid healing (being Critical Strike and Versatility heavy). Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus is one such casualty. The BiS necklace, Vulcanarcore Pendant, is perfect, providing considerably more overall healing through its stats than both the stats of Prydaz, as well as its effect.
Yes, this means Doorway to Nowhere is now no longer swapping places for second place. It will be our go to second legendary.
Dungeon Upgrade Priority
- Velen’s Future Sight
- Ovyd’s Winter Wrap
- Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus
- Ei’thas, Lunar Glides of Eramas
- Sephuz’s Secret
No substantial changes from 7.2.5’s upgrade priority.
Insignia of the Grand Army – Increases the effects of the Light and Shadow traits from the second row of the Netherlight Crucible by 50%. A free legendary from quests in Antorus, it’s solidly in the middle of the pack, depending on your choices from the Crucible.
Aman’Thul’s Vision is a bit of a wild card. It only drops from Argus the Unmaker and is another Pantheon trinket, along with Eonar’s Compassion, but drops baseline at iLvL 1000 and doesn’t count towards the 2 legendary cap that we’ve had since early Legion. However, it is unique with the other Pantheon trinkets, meaning you can’t have Eonar’s Compassion equipped along with this trinket.
Its baseline proc is very strong since it both prevents incoming damage with Avoidance, while also restoring health thanks to Leech. It can complete any group of Pantheon buffs, with a fairly substantial primary stat buff waiting. That is its main strength, completing your group’s Pantheon procs. It falls into the same pitfalls as Unstable Arcanocrystal does for Mistweavers; undesirable stats, having it fall in the middle of the pack, especially when compared to other trinkets available to us.
Doorway to nowhere means using a high mastery tier piece. This is worth it?
and I have two rings, 915/925 that are crit/verse with a socket. At what ilvl do you think the two rings listed above will beat out my rings?
I am also wondering the same about the rings. I have 925 & 915 with socket; both are crit/vers. I have in bags both rings in the recommended gear list above (Seal of Portalmaster at 950 and Zealous Tormentor’s Ring at 955). If I replace the lower ilevel, better statted ones with the higher ilevel ones my total crit drops from 43% to 34%, which I really don’t think is a good idea….. or is it?
For the two rings, use the spreadsheet posted in the menu bar above to determine when items outscale others. For sockets, just had the gem’s value into the secondary stat in the tool on the “Setup, Results, and Tools” page of the sheet.
With Vulcanarcore Pendant’s itemization, much of value of Prydaz is made up (health absorb being translated into outgoing healing through Crit/Vers), leaving Doorway to Nowhere being the second best, based on a combination of equip effect and stats. An iLvL 1000 cloak is more impressive than a neckpiece that has Mastery as 1/3 of its stat budget.
Thanks for this news. The raid legendaries priority is for the RJW build but would it be possible to have the same for the Chi-Ji with effuse-SG build?
I guess it would be Velen>Prydaz>Sephuz>Legging of the black flame>Doorway to nowhere
Raid legendaries wouldn’t heavily change, as you’d still be wanting to press Essence Font as often as damage patterns and its cooldown allows, which is how Doorway attains its value.
I’m not at all familiar with the Effuse/SG build, as that is meant for light healing during downtime, not an entire way of healing to hinge a fight on.
Why Vulcanarcore Pendant and not for example XForged Stabilized Energy Pendant? Why now and not before?
Because getting Forged Stabilized Energy Pendant on high ilvl was mission impossible. Now everyone will have a chance of getting high ilvl proc of that neck, meaning prydaz will fall off. And I am glad !
that’s the best question imo.
i was surprised too,maybe cause he compared 970 ilvl legendary with 960ilvl crit vers neck ? the ilvl is close
Because it literally says “best possible gear available from just Antorus”. Naturally, if you have a high XForged Stabilized Energy Pendant, by all means – use it.
The Recommended Gearing List only compares items found in Antorus. Could a high enough iLvL Stabilized Energy win out? Possibly, but the Vulcanarcore neck piece is perfectly itemized, and 5% mana isn’t that huge of a boon over the length of a fight, as Spirit of the Crane, base regen, or even Wisdom don’t scale with the new cap.
“Having this trinket equipped with the Pantheon proc causes your next 4 Vivifys to also shield a target.”
Since its direct heals cant u also trigger the shield with effuse and GoS ?
If the Doorway to nowhere is new 2nd best leggo then you are gonna have to replace the 4th tier piece with the pants.
I noticed in the section about mana trinkets you mention that [Carafe of Searing Light] Is the mana trinket for this raid tier but it is not on par with other mana trinkets, what other mana trinket would you suggest taking instead without sacrificing too much in the ilv with stats department?
Out of curiosity, if using the 4pc and going with TFT, wouldn’t the Leggings of the black flame’ legendary have priority over the cloak as that would give us a bit more crit.
“The BiS necklace, Vulcanarcore Pendant, is perfect, providing considerably more overall healing through its stats than both the stats of Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus, as well as its effect.”
With the 970 Prydaz this is right but not with the 1000 ilvl.
Doorway with mastery/haste is not as good als Prydaz with crit/haste/mastery in Terms of scaling.
The effect of Prydaz is roughly double of Doorway.
So why ist Doorway better? The comparison with Vulcanarcore Pendant is Logical but the please compare it with Prydaz ilvl1000.
I’m running velens trink and sea mother with drape of shame, the leggo wrists and t20. Ive got stupid vers around 20s and depending on what i switch out (maybe doorway to nowhere or prydaz or sephuz as my only other options) between 4-500 master, 14-19 haste 27-30 crit. What’s your opinion on best HPS and effectiveness in raid while I’m working with t20?
We will never know.
had a guildy who was running 22% crit, 22% haste, 557% mastery, and 2% vers during our heroic antorus clear and he was just killing it. his top healing spell every fight was gusts of mists. can a mastery focused build work well? or am i looking too much into this