Mistweaver Azerite Traits Guide

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Welcome to PeakofSerenity’s Mistweaver Azerite Traits Guide! This guide is meant to introduce you to the basics of Azerite gear, while also providing rankings of Azerite traits for different healing scenarios.

This guide is updated for patch 8.1.5 and is updated regularly when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing gives new information.

Basics of Azerite

Azerite is a new system in Battle for Azeroth. At the beginning of the expansion, you receive the Heart of Azeroth, an artifact-quality necklace that powers up as you collect Azerite, which can be found while completing various activities. Each time you increase its rank, it increases in item level. At certain ranks, you can unlock traits in Azerite gear, which will be in your Head, Shoulder, and Chest slots. Different items have different combinations of Azerite traits, of which only one trait can be selected on each ring at a time.

On epic-quality Azerite gear, there are four rings, with a fifth trait in the center of the item that allows you to increase its item level by 5. The outermost 2 rings will be the main deciding factor on whether you equip a piece of gear, with the inner two rings being role specific or having such a low overall impact on your throughput that they’re largely meaningless compared to the outermost ring.

The outer ring has 6 traits, 2 for each specilization, and the next inner right has 4, one that is exclusive to the zone or content the item drops in, and one for each specialization your class has.

 

 

Mistweaver Azerite Traits

The strength of the Azerite Traits available to Mistweavers can vary wildly depending on if you’re healing in dungeons or healing in raids, as your spell breakdown will be wildly different between the two. For example, Font of Life isn’t good in dungeons because Essence Font is rarely cast. And even when it is, it’s not for its healing.

Each trait below will have a score associated with it for both Dungeon and Raid healing.

 

Burst of Life

When Life Cocoon expires, whether through the absorb running out or the duration expiring, there is an explosion of healing around the shielded target, splitting healing between that target and any other injured target within range.

 

Font of Life

This trait has two effects. The first is that it increases the healing of each Essence Font bolt. The second is that each bolt of Essence Font has a separate chance to reduce the cooldown of Thunder Focus Tea by 1 second. The latter effect does not increase in power if you have more than one of this trait. Having more than one of this trait only increases the healing that is added to Essence Font, which is still really good.

 

Misty Peaks

Whenever Renewing Mist heals someone, there is a chance to gain a lot of Haste for 10 seconds. This is a fairly safe trait to have, as it can shine in either dungeons or raids.

 

Overflowing Mists

When an ally with Enveloping Mist is attacked, they are healed instantly. Unfortunately, there is a 1 second internal cooldown (ICD) to this ability, so there’s nothing that can be used to make this overpowered.

 

Secret Infusion

Replacing Invigorating Brew, this trait grants you a temporary boost to a secondary stat depending on which spell you buffed with Thunder Focus Tea. This spell has anti-synergy with Focused Thunder, as it currently does not give a buff for the second Thunder Focus Tea empowered spell. A small technical aspect of this spell is that it grants its stat rating before the triggering spell actually fires off, meaning that each of the following spells is fully affected by the increase to its respective secondary stat. Enveloping Mist grants Critical Strike, Renewing Mist grants Haste, Rising Sun Kick grants Versatility, and Vivify grants Mastery.

 

Uplifted Spirits

This trait has two effects. The first is that Vivify‘s healing is increased on all targets. The second is that, for each Vivify heal that is a Critical Heal, Revival‘s cooldown is lowered by one second. The latter effect does not increase in power if you have more than one of this trait. The latter effect works on all heal events of Vivify, meaning the targeted heal and all the Renewing Mist cleave heals can contribute to the cooldown reduction.

 

Mistweaver Azerite Traits

The strength of the Azerite Traits available to Mistweavers can vary wildly depending on if you’re healing in dungeons or healing in raids, as your spell breakdown will be wildly different between the two. For example, Font of Life isn’t good in dungeons because Essence Font is rarely cast. And even when it is, it’s not for its healing.

Each trait below will have a score associated with it for both Dungeon and Raid healing.

Top Tier:

  • Font of Life – One of the best raiding Azerite traits. Essence Font will be a majority of your healing, so increasing that is always a good thing. The Thunder Focus Tea effect of this trait is also strong, allowing for more uses of the skill throughout an encounter. Only the healing increase stacks, the cooldown reduction does not stack.
  • Secret Infusion – A top tier trait, that allows for a targeted stat boost depending on the usage. With Vivify being the primary raid usage, you expect a large mastery buff. However, as times line up, leveraging the other spells with Thunder Focus Tea allows for some interesting interactions such as using Rising Sun Kick for the versatility buff right before Revival to increase the overall healing of the spell.
  • Uplifted Spirits – As an increase to your main filler spell, this is a solid trait. It applied to both the main Vivify target and any cleave targets that have Renewing Mist on them. As with any cooldown reduction, its hard to quantify the benefit, but have 1 of these traits is never a bad thing. The healing increase stacks but the cooldown reduction does not.

Mid Tier:

  • Misty Peaks – The increase to Haste this provides is nothing to look down on but its not amazing either. Just an overall solid stat increase trait.

Bottom Tier:

  • Burst of Life – The trait is overall just outclassed by other traits across the board. The additional healing does stack, while the cooldown reduction does not.
  • Overflowing Mists – This trait has a 1 second ICD and with the general fact that Enveloping Mist is not used a lot in a raiding environment, this trait drops off in usefulness.

Top Tier:

  • Uplifted Spirits – Solid trait in any type of content and with Vivify being used more in Mythic+ to cover group damage, this becomes an excellent trait. It applied to both the main Vivify target and any cleave targets that have Renewing Mist on them. As with any cooldown reduction, its hard to quantify the benefit, but have 1 of these traits is never a bad thing. The healing increase stacks but the cooldown reduction does not
  • Secret Infusion – A top tier trait, that allows for a targeted stat boost depending on the usage. You can buff pretty much any stat and look towards a healing or damage increase from that buff. With greater flexibility in Mythic+, this is one of the best mistweaver specific traits.

Mid Tier:

  • Misty Peaks – The increase to Haste this provides is nothing to look down on but its not amazing either. Just an overall solid stat increase trait.
  • Burst of Life – While slightly better in Mythic + over raiding, the trait is still not anything to write home about. There are better options available to select. The additional healing does stack, while the cooldown reduction does not.

Bottom Tier:

  • Font of Life – With Essence Font generally only being used for the HoT buff, this trait loses most of its power in a Mythic+ environment. Only the healing increase stacks, the cooldown reduction does not stack.
  • Overflowing Mists – This trait has a 1 second ICD which hurts it in the Mythic+ environment. The healing is just no there with this trait.

 

Azerite Trait Comparisons

While the above provides a general ranking of the Mistweaver specific traits, if you are going to compare gear you can leverage this as a guideline.

For most specific suggestions, you should use the QE Live tool to directly compare Azerite pieces for the best item and selection of traits.

 

Interesting Zone Traits

Each zone has two traits associated with it, but some of these traits are purely damage oriented, making it so only one trait from the zone is worthwhile for healers.

There isn’t a whole lot of variance to the zone traits that they require separate scorings for raid healing and dungeons healing, as they’re largely secondary stat procs, but some unique traits will be highlighted below.

 

Battle of Dazar’alor Traits

  • Bonded Souls – Your spells and abilities have a chance to trigger a Soulbond for 15 sec. During Soulbond, every 5 sec you and your nearest ally are both healed for X and gain X Haste for 5 sec.
    • This trait had it’s healing component reduced by 40% in 8.1.5. It is still,however, an extremely solid trait. While not in a class all its own before, you will still want to run 1 of these traits. The need to stack multiple though is no longer the play, as the nerf brings it more in line with Treacherous Covenant.
  • Seductive Power – Your spells and abilities have a chance to conjure Bwonsamdi’s spectral visage, beckoning you closer. If you approach him, gain X to all stats for 5 min, stacking up to 5 times. If you fail to heed his call, lose 1 stacks.
    • Avoid this trait entirely. The stat increase is just to Stamia and Intellect, and beyond that, because this is 1 proc per minute, you will have to wait up to 5 minutes for the full stack. It does not clear when you enter combat, but keep this up on boss fights will be basically impossible.
  • Treacherous Covenant – Your primary stat is increased by X while you are above 50% health. You take 15% increased damage while below 20% health.
    • This is another great trait. The stat increase is consistent and the increased damage should be limited to only a small portion of your time in a raid. Also, the damage increase does not stack and only triggers when you are below 20%, not on attacks that bring you below 20%.

 

Rankings

 

 

UIdir Traits

Note: There is not longer a need to run any Uldir Azerite. The main draw, Reorigination Array down not work outside of the raid instance.

While you have one of either of these traits active while you’re zoned into Uldir, you will also gain the benefit of Reorigination Array. Wowhead has a great speculative write up about it here. This will likely be powerful enough to warrant one trait

Archive of the Titans

While in combat, you’ll receive a stacking buff of Intellect every 5 second that caps out at 20 stacks. The longer you’re in combat, the more powerful this trait is, as it allows a higher average increase in Intellect. While out of combat, the stacks you have decay, so this trait will be more relevant in raid fights than it would be in dungeons.


 

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