Mistweaver PvE Quick Guide

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This guide is designed to a one-stop-shop to cover all bases for Mistweaver with just the information you need. For more in-depth, advanced information follow the “Advanced” section in the menu above. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.

This guide is a work in progress and is being updated for Dragonflight. The overhaul of the earlier mentioned advanced guides is in the works. In general this guide will be regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yield new information.

 

Talent Builds

Mistweavers are surprisingly flexible in builds between raiding and m+.

While raiding itself usually has a default setup that leaves only little room for good alternatives, you still get to change things up for a few specific bosses like The Primal Council.

In m+ you can decide between a lot of talents even in the third section of the Mistweaver tree, only Faeline Stomp and the two nodes right below it are pretty much set in stone.

General information

Mistweaver Tree

  • Overflowing Mists is VERY underwhelming unless you use Enveloping Mist a LOT on your tank. It basically never triggers on any other party member, because it requires a direct physical hit. And no, Melandrus Maelstrom doesn’t trigger it, unfortunately. This is the first point to use if you want to change things in the second section.
  • You can always flex the point(s) I used for Spirit of the Crane or Mana Tea. Taking both talents for mana might seem like overkill, but on Tyrannical weeks some bosses can take a very long time.
  • Gift of the Celestials or Jade Bond comes down to the dungeon you’re running and your confidence how you can handle the different CD timers.
  • Zen Pulse and its follow up talent can be easily accessed, but even if this spell provides good numbers I prefer the value other nodes give me (such as better mana economy)

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Personal Preference Changes:

Class Tree

*** As of now, Bounce Back triggers on very few abilities in raids, even on mythic difficulty. We suspect that the damage calculation for the trigger is not correct. Please check in your logs if you even get the buff during the fight you’re currently progressing on.

Mistweaver Tree

  • Mana Tea is a completely optional node in the mid section of the tree, you can move it freely – but usually it is the best contender for this freely available point.
  • Gift of the Celestials (1min celestial) can be changed into Jade Bond (~2:15min celestial only if you use Chi-Ji) if your timers favor it. Gift is more flexible in general, so it is the default.

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This build for m+ is just one variant of many that all serve a slightly different purpose or have a different focus. The class tree is a mix of solid defensives, healing throughput and handy utilities. The Mistweaver tree focuses on a similar playstyle as you experienced in Shadowlands for m+ with the addition of Faeline Stomp.

 

Personal Preference Changes:

Class Tree

  • Improved Touch of Death gives you better opportunities to use Touch of Death, but makes it harder to make proper execute snipes. We also don’t get the 10% increased damage anymore. So if you’re looking for a point to move somewhere else, this is my first suggestion.
  • I’m personally not too fond of Close to Heart in m+, because you need to 3 points total to trigger the 8% increase due to pathing. Also the range is just 10y for the buff, which helps for fights like Hyrja (Halls of Valor) but not on more spread fights.
  • Fortifying Brew is always just 2 points away (or 3 with the follow up talent for 2min less cooldown).

Mistweaver Tree

  • The 8% stat increase from Secret Infusion is solid, but you can flex this point.

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The class tree of this setup focuses on providing you a total of three defensive cooldowns. This comes at the cost of losing Close to Heart and Paralysis.

It also takes Upwelling, which you will combine with Thunder Focus Tea plus Yu’lon’s Whisper for pretty good group healing while being able to move as well as better coverage for the healing over time effect of Essence Font. The rationale is, if you have to press Essence Font anyways (maybe because you cannot hit your ranged partymembers with Faeline Stomp), let’s make it a button worth to press.

 

Personal Preference Changes:

Class Tree

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Okay, so this is a hot one. But hear me out. As the Setup 2, the class tree of this setup focuses on providing you a total of three defensive cooldowns. This comes at the cost of losing Close to Heart and Paralysis.

It also takes Upwelling, which you will combine with Thunder Focus Tea plus Yu’lon’s Whisper for pretty good group healing while being able to move as well as better coverage for the healing over time effect of Essence Font. The rationale is, if you have to press Essence Font anyways (maybe because you cannot hit your ranged partymembers with Faeline Stomp), let’s make it a button worth to press.

It also abandons Rising Mist, which many consider the absolute bread and butter of Mistweaver. And I 100% agree with this in terms of raiding. But here comes my hot take: Upwelling already helps you a bit with the healing over time effect of Essence Font. And from a bit of testing, I could maintain the required or comfortable amount of Renewing Mist buffs on my party members through the regular two charges and Rapid Diffusion. The peaks are obviously shorter, but you can still easily reach 5 out of 5.
Instead I took Tear of Morning to increase the healing of Invigorating Mists. Vivify took a big hit going into Dragonflight and heals significantly less compared to before, which is hit even harder by the change of increasing HP gain and damage taken by 40% without increasing healing done. This is my attempt to make Vivify a button that fills up my party’s HP bars again.

 

Personal Preference Changes:

Class Tree

Mistweaver Tree

 

Ability Priority

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. In general, any downtime should be used to DPS, which is also incentivised by a few talents. You’ll find rough guidelines below to deal with healing in different environments.

This guideline expects you to run one of the suggested builds above. The exact priority can always shift a bit!

 

This guideline expects you to run the suggested default raid build above.

 

 

Ability Usage Notes

 

Gearing

 

Stats

Dungeon Priority:

Pure Healing: Intellect > Mastery > Haste = Versatility = Critical Strike
Damage Focus: Intellect > Haste = Versatility = Critical Strike > Mastery

In general, taking higher item level pieces will be the standard course of action. All of the secondaries are either very close in terms of healing output or provide other benefits as faster GCDs or survivability. So the optimizations will be based on your specific group composition, level of ability, and dungeon.

Raid Priority:

If Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane: Intellect > Haste > Mastery = Crit > Versatility

If Invoke Yu’lon, the Jade Serpent: Intellect > Haste >  Crit > Versatility >> Mastery

These stat priorities should give you a rough idea of what gear to go for, but you should use the QE Live tool to compare gear, especially for raiding. The value of each stat might shift so much that Mastery can end up being a clear second best stat or even rival Haste in a few edge cases in terms of pure HPS.

One thing to note here, is the greatest impact you can make in your output is improving your play over improving your gear. While higher item level gear will have an impact, proper play will always outpace “perfect” gear optimization. – Abelito75

 

One Handed vs Two Handed Weapons

It doesn’t matter. Autohits are normalized, Weapon damage is nowhere utilized for us and everything uses Attack Power, which is simply Spellpower x 1.04.

 

Gems

Always use double stat gems. Unless you use Elemental Lariat, take Keen Ysemerald or Crafty Ysemerald. If you use Elemental Lariat, you can mix the type of gems to get the according proccs.

Earth = Mastery

Air = Haste

Fire = Crit

Frost = Vers

 

Enchants

 

Trinkets

You should use QE Live to compare all your gear including trinkets.

Some notable trinkets are:

 

“Best-in-Slot”

The concept of “Best-in-slot” lists is mostly obsolete, thanks to the Tertiary stat Leech being very strong, sockets (especially on non-intellect slots like rings) and the Creation Catalyst, which was introduced late in Shadowlands and is supposed to make a return in Dragonflight. Gear should be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than as a whole, using QE Live.

 

Miscellaneous

Consumables

 

Racials

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 dispel, as well as a mana recovery tool, especially with its quick cooldown. Its mana adds up over the duration of a fight.

 

Professions

Professions have no bearing on your ability to perform your role. Pick whatever will make your playing time easier and more enjoyable.

 

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WeakAuras

WeakAuras are ways to show things on your screen in a customized and personalized way. The best WeakAuras are the ones that you set up for yourself specific to your style and needs. However, many people have already made ones for themselves to share, so check them out and use them as bases to customize your own.

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No WeakAuras are “required” but some are very useful:

For full WA Packs for MW, please check out Wago.io. Some highlighted ones are listed below:

Macros

Mouseover Macro Example:

#showtooltip /cast [@mouseover,nodead,help] [] Vivify

 

Talent Swapping Macro Example (Uses Revival / Restoral):

#showtooltip [known:Revival] Revival; [known:Restoral] Restoral

/cast [known:Revival] Revival; [known:Restoral] Restoral

If you don’t use the english client, you will have to use the spell id for the [known:] conditional, like this:

#showtooltip [known:325197]Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane; [known:322118]Invoke Yu’lon, the Jade Serpent

/cast [known:325197]Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane; [known:322118]Invoke Yu’lon, the Jade Serpent

 

Zen Pulse Macro

#showtooltip Zen Pulse

/cleartarget

/cast [@mouseover, exists] [] Zen Pulse

/targetlasttarget

 

Stopcasting Macro for Rising Mist

#showtooltip

/stopmacro [channeling: Essence Font]

/cast Rising Sun Kick

This macro allows you to cast Rising Sun Kick when you want, GCDs permitting, except when you’re channeling Essence Font.

 

Changelog

  • Jan 1, 2023 – New Year, New Me: This Guide was taken over by Mymiro and updated for Dragonflight
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