Hello, and happy Tuesday! Hope your long weekend was long enough (mine wasn’t, but it never is) and that you’re ready to kick off this short week with a bit of a rant.
Having just recently gotten mu Mistweaver Monk to 100, I would like to take some time to talk about my impressions of it.
DISCLAIMER: (I will keep putting these in here until people start reading them.) This is not a strat, a guide, or anything of that nature. This is just a post on my impressions of Mistweaver healing from the perspective of a MW monk who has done LFR. Do not read more into this than there is.
Allrighty then. Let’s see how many people actually pay attention to that.
Mistweaving: My Impressions
First, I would like to start out by stating that I have had a long standing fascination with Mistweaving. When MoP dropped, I was like, hell yeah I want to try that and just never got around to getting enough gear to make it work (I started MoP a little late because I was actually out of town for the entire month of September 2012- and had no access to my PC.) It wasn’t until ToES was released that I got suckered back into raiding, and even then I was DPS (as an ele!shaman.) Then we had a healer leave for an extended period of time and I offered to heal in his place- which may or may not have been a mistake, because now my raid won’t let me do anything but heal (nah. I love healing. Its better than constantly having to worry about my spot on the DPS chart.) When I started this blog back up, my husband suggested that I level one of each healing class to 100 so that I could be a good, well-rounded healer and have at least some idea of how the other healing classes do their thing (and I swear, I will eventually get around to that. I’m trying to have one of each healing class to 100 by the time we finish BRF, but I keep getting distracted by RP…) My first project in that “level-all-the-healers” plan was the Mistweaver. Why?
People told me it was fun. They said “if your raid healers can make up for the overall lack of heals from the MW Monk, then bring one because they are a blast.”
They were so right- on both counts. Mistweaving is engaging in ways I didn’t think would be possible since Discipline’s Atonement nerfs. There is always something for me to be doing and I can do things while doing other things. I am in love with the fact that I can cast Enveloping Mist and Surging Mist while channeling Soothing Mist. Revival makes me very happy as a healer (coming from Discipline, who has no huge healing CDs- please note I said “healing” not “absorption.” Yes, I realize absorbs are counted as “heals” on the meters now, but they will not save a raid who has just taken massive AoE damage and are about to take more) because not only is it a HUGE heal, but it removes most bad shit on all players within range. LOVE IT. Life Cocoon is a tank saver (well, its an anyone saver, but I usually save it for tanks.) And the Renewing Mist + Uplift combo makes for some great direct heals.
Here’s where we start running into problems, though. People have also been proven right that Mistweavers just aren’t as strong as they used to be. I do fine in instances/ heroic instances. I even do well in LFR. But I would get my ass stomped in Normal raids. It just does not seem that Mistweavers heals heal enough. Being a primarily HoT based class (Soothing Mist, Enveloping Mist, Renewing Mist, Rushing Jade Wind), their HoTs just don’t seem to do enough. As far as I can tell, they have only two direct healing spells- Surging Mist and Uplift. Admittedly, Surging Mist is instant cast over Soothing Mist (and reduces the mana cost of your next Surging Mist by 20%) and a Chi generator. Their HoTs just need to do… more. Also, there is the delicate (very delicate) balance between mana and Chi- it is so easy to not watch your mana and run out- which means you can’t generate Chi because some of the abilities that do generate Chi (Surging Mist and Expel Harm) cost mana. For every four Chi you spend, you gain a stack of Mana Tea, which replenishes 4% of your mana every .5 seconds per stack you have and I just never seem to generate more than 4 stacks of Tea before I’m forced to use it. This may be because I don’t have a lot of Critical Strike (which increases the chance of generating more Mana Tea), but it never seems to be enough (also, I have shit luck with gear.)
All of this being said, I would switch to a Mistweaver Monk in a heartbeat if it were buffed. It’s such an engaging style of healing and I am absolutely in love with it.
Well, that is it from me for now. Stay tuned later this week, I should have another Add-On Sanctum video out, as well as Beastlord Darmac, How to RP an Orc, and possibly the first in my Chronicles of Azeroth series! Until Friday (or when I post my vidjas here) keep cool, and Stay Angry, healers!