Mistweaver Battle For Azeroth Guide
Welcome to PeakOfSerenity’s MIstweaver Monk Guide for Battle for Azeroth! This guide is meant to give a basic understanding of MIstweavers, with just enough information to get you started. For more in-depth information, follow the links listed in the “Further Reading” sections. Navigate between each section using the Table of Contents bar to the right of the main guide.
This guide has been updated for patch 8.1.0 and is updated regularly when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing gives new information.
Healing has no defined rotation or priority system. It requires you to understand your spells and how best to use them to keep your group alive. Below are the three distinct healing styles available to Mistweaver and how to use your spells.
- Renewing Mist will be use as close to on cooldown as possible.
- Vivify will be your main heal.
- To heal a single target taking sustained damage, Soothing Mist and Enveloping Mist are your best tools.
- Essence Font should only be used to get the HoT effect out in order to quickly burst single targets through the double Gust of Mist hits. Cancelling a cast of it when your party has the HoT effect rolling on all of them will allow you to use Mastery-proccing spells faster for burst healing on any target that needs it. However, continuing the channel can be the right call in specific situations, normally when you need group healing while you yourself are moving. It depends on the situation at hand.
- If you’re the only Monk, make sure Mystic Touch is applied to whatever is being damaged.
- If talented:
- Soothing Mist most single target damage.
- Enveloping Mist when damage starts to pick up.
- Renewing Mist as much as you can.
- Fully channel Essence Font during raid-wide damage.
- Vivify any group damage when Essence Font is on cooldown or fewer people are injured.
- Thunder Focus Tea usage can be varied.
- Mystic Touch should be applied to any target taking damage.
- Essence Font whenever there’s enough injured targets within range.
- Rising Sun Kick after every Essence Font.
- Use Thunder Focus Tea on Rising Sun Kick to chain them together for Rising Mist healing.
- Tiger Palm and Blackout Kick for filler as a way to regain mana.
- Renewing Mist can be weaved in between the above, but the charge system gives you more breathing room to delay it.
- Vivify to burn mana and heal some targets while Essence Font is on cooldown.
Intellect > Haste > Mastery > Versatility = Critical Strike
intellect > Critical Strike > Versatility > Haste > Mastery
These stat priorities help to get a rough idea of what gear to go for, but the most important thing to get as soon as possible is your stat weights. Stat weights help you zero in on which stat is the most effective at increasing your healing. However, healers have no grand simulator, as there are a lot more variables that can affect your overall performance than there are for DPS specs. In light of that, healers use fight analysis tools like WoWAnalyzer and the Teachings of the Red Crane spreadsheet that takes logs from WarcraftLogs and gives you accurate weights that would improve your output.
The Teachings of the Raid Crane spreadsheet is the best resource for determining your best Azerite traits. As a rule of thumb, the best traits will be ones that either increase the healing of your most-used spells, or traits that give you your best stats.
Each character race is within a small margin of power for throughput. However, it should be noted that the Blood Elf active racial ability, Arcane Torrent, is very useful as both an offensive dispell, as well as a mana recovery tool, especially with its quick cooldown. Its mana adds up over the duration of a fight.
Gems, Enchants, and Other Consumables
- Gems: Follow your stat weights/priority
- Enchants: Follow your stat weights/priority for ring enchants. Use Coastal Surge for weapons.
- Flask: Flask of the Endless Fathoms
- Food: Use the Bountiful Captain’s Feast laid out by your group, otherwise follow your stat weights.
- Potion: Battle Potion of Intellect as a pre-pot, then either a mana potion (Coastal Mana Potion or Potion of Replenishment) or another Battle Potion of Intellect while in combat.
- 05 July 2018 – Guide created
- 08 July 2018 – In-Depth Talents link added to Talents’s Further Reading section.
- 10 July 2018 – Added Renewing Mist Ability Spotlight
- 15 July 2018 – Fixed wording in the Tankysitting section. Added missing “>” in stat priorities.
- 05 August 2018 – Added forgotten links to WeakAuras.
- 13 August 2018 – Removed Legion items, added Azerite.
- 04 September 2018 – Recommending Coastal Surge in light of undocumented hotfixes.
- 08 September 2018 – Added Talent Builds to Talents Section’s further reading.
- 11 December 2018 – Updated patch number as all info is still correct.
- 3 February 2019 – Updated wording in Azerite section and removed generalized lists.