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Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mistweaver Monk

I think I’ve done it.

I think I’ve discovered the key to Mistweaver healing.  And it only took me like… a week to figure it out.  -headdesk-

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So, I made the shocking revelation (which may or may not be shocking to anyone else) this past weekend while I was doing an alt raid of Normal Blackrock Foundry.  I was doing well on the healing charts-pulling between 20-22k heals per fight, which is good, considering I was ilvl 626 (yes, they still brought me.)  But I was still having the mana issues I had been having since I got Yanshui (my Mistweaver) to 100.  And I couldn’t figure out why until we got to Hanz’gar and Franzok (I think we did him third, after Gruul and Beastlord Darmac, so we were a good 45 minutes into the raid at this point.)  Up until now, i had been doing my ususal- put Renewing Mist out on 3 people and let it get around, channel Soothing Mist on the tanks, and cast Enveloping and Surging over it as needed (I was trying to keep Enveloping up on the tanks as much as possible), then Uplift/ Rushing Jade Wind/ Detonate Chi (if I had Healing Spheres in the vicinity) to AoE heal as needed.  Revival on demand, Life Cocoon either before massive tank damage or to save a tank’s life… you know, it seemed pretty standard (all of this taking place while I had my Jade Serpent Statue down.)  I was blowing through my CD’s of Chi Brew just to make sure I had enough mana to stay int he fight.  But then the presses started dropping, and I couldn’t stand there and channel Soothing Mist anymore so I just started spamming Renewing Mist on CD.

And I watched myself go from 3 Mana Tea to 20 during that phase.  And I was like…

mindblown

Things went back to normal.  Hanz’gar jumped back into the fray, and I could start using the other rotation.  And I did.  And I blew through that stack of Mana Tea and ended up right back where I started- next to no mana and very little ways to get it back because I got myself stuck in the “mana cost chi generator- chi cost Mana Tea generator- drink to to regain mana but I can’t because I messed up” circle.  Chugged a mana potion and just… said screw it.  Thunder Focus Tea and Renewing Mist on all the things and Uplift when I had the chi for it.  When I was waiting for Renewing Mists to come off of CD- so I could put it out again and gain more chi to spend on Uplift- THEN I would cast Soothing/Enveloping/Surging Mist.  And then I had mana.  And Mana Tea.

And the heals were good.

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Yay!

 

And suddenly, I didn’t feel like a total screw up when it came to Mistweaving.  I felt like a productive member of the raid.  And a whole new world of possibilities opened up to me!

I will admit, I am not the greatest healer in the world- people have not been reluctant to remind me of it, either- but I am a better healer than I am a DPS (except for maybe Hunter DPS, I’m pretty good at the whole Focus gain/ Focus dump cycle) and I’m a MUCH better healer than I am a tank (I can’t tank.  I just can’t.)  And I am always learning.  And it feels good to know that, through my own work and my own experiences, I have improved myself.  I know there is still a lot of room for me to grow- as a Discipline Priest, as a Mistweaver Monk, and as a healer in general as I continue to level ALL THE HEALING CLASSES.  But…

…. it’s so nice to see progress.  And to go willingly into the PuG raids and LFRs and knowing I can succeed and still learn newer and better ways of doing things makes me very happy.

Also, Mistweaving is ridiculously fun.  I like the mega absorption power of the Discipline Priest, but I am happier playing a class that actually spends most of their time actually healing.

Well, that is it from me for now.  Stand by to stand by, there will be more videos this week.  Before we go, I’m bringing (sexy- no, not really) back something I used to have on all of my blog posts a while ago- the Blogosphere!  The Blogosphere is where I feature and link some articles written by fellow WoW bloggers!  SUPPORT ALL THE BLOGS!

1. Over at Restokin, Alame breaks down the Boomkin for Patch 6.1- hey!  THAT’S TODAY!

2. Over at World of Matticus (also a member of the d20crit network!), Matticus ponders what’s going on with Mythic?

3. And finally, over at Misty Teahouse, Ashleah talks in-depth about Mistweaver Monk’s T17 2-piece set bonus!

Go forth, keep cool, and stay angry, healers!

~Aura

The Angry Healers’ Guides: Imperator Mar’gok (N/H)

And finally,  after so many weeks, we have REACHED THE END OF HIGHMAUL!!!!  -cheer-  Here it is, folks!  The final video in the Angry Healers’ Guides to Highmaul- Imperator Mar’gok, the Sorcerer King!

~Aura

 

Add-On Sanctum: GTFO

Greetings and happy Sunday!  I know everyone’s getting ready to head back to class tomorrow (my first one is at 7am.  -shudder-), but I wanted to show you the first episode of a new video series I’m doing- the WoW Add-On Sanctum!  These are quick, 3-4 minute showcases of mods you need in WoW, and the first one I talked about was GTFO by Zensumin!  Go check it out!

Don’t worry, as soon as I remember to film Imperator Mar’guk, I’ll have the last Angry Healers’ Guides to Highmaul up and ready to go (should be doing that tonight, so hang on!)  Also, keep your eyes peeled- I’m going to be doing a few more videos, as well: the Transmog Sanctuary and How To RP in WoW, each of which should have an episode out sometime in the next week!  Until then, keep cool, and stay angry, healers!

~Aura

State of the (Healing) Union Address: Pre-Patch 6.1

Greetings and Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful three-day weekend!  I am happy to report that as of Sunday, my raid finally got Imperator Mar’guk down (Normal only- we ARE casual, after all.)  To commemorate (not really), today I will be discussing my overall thoughts on healing so far in Warlords of Draenor (Normal and Heroic instances as well as Normal and Heroic Highmaul.)

State of the (Healing) Union Address- Pre-Patch 6.1

And, so far healers… we’re looking good.

DISCLAIMER:  Again I say (as it seems I have to say this every time I make a post like this), my word is not the law.  All of this is based on my PERSONAL experiences, and may not be the case for every healer on the planet, so before you come barking to me on reddit or Facebook or Twitter (or wherever you may find me) about “oh, well, you didn’t mention ‘this,'” please note that I did warn you that this is an article that is strictly my opinions on how things seem to be pre-Blackrock Foundry.  Anyone who chooses to ignore this disclaimer will be mocked publicly.  Also, cherry picking my posts to me will result in a verbal bitchslap that will sound something like, “Maybe you should include the rest of my post instead of the parts you wanted.”  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  (If I need to put stars and sparkly shit around these Disclaimers to get people to read them I will.  Don’t test me.)

Anyone who’s seen any of my Angry Healers’ Guides to Highmaul knows my standard raid healer composition, but for those of you not in the know, I will enlighten you: I run with a Restoration Shaman, a Restoration Druid, a Holy Paladin, and a Discipline Priest (me!) so I can give you a fair assessment of their strengths as of right now and how they work in a raid (please keep in mind I am coming off of maining a Resto!Shaman myself in MoP.)  As the healing lead for my raid team, I make sure I understand how my healers do their jobs and what, exactly, they have in their arsenal that I can call on to save our collective butts.  And my team is pretty damn strong- we’re not perfect, not by a long shot, but the fights we know, we have down to an art.

First, lemme talk about mana regen (which is a topic I first started out discussing when I revived this site.)  We all know it took a significant hit at the beginning of WoD- it made healing Heroic instances and absolute nightmare of a task, but has been minimized by both player skill and overall gear scores.  Healers have a much better grasp of what heals are needed when.  We have gear that has Spirit on it (now that we finally have weapons worth spending three Temporal Crystals and five Sorcerous Fire on for Mark of Shadowmoon!) and we are balancing around it.  We have a better understanding of how our classes work and boss mechanics that require us to think outside of the box.

Second, lemme talk to you about mechanics.  Other people (being non-healers) have started understanding that THEY CAN’T STAND IN THE FIRE.  (OK, not everyone has figured this out, but hey.  It’s a start.  I’ll take it.)  Those non-healer types have realized that they can help their healers conserve mana by using personal defensive cooldowns, potions, and lock rocks.  And we can tell!  And, gods above, do we appreciate it!  Healers love running with people who understand their classes- not just how to maximize their DPS rotations, but how to survive and encounter as long as possible.  People now know that healers cannot- and will not!- heal them through avoidable damage anymore.

Let’s bring this thing to a close with healing niches- yes, they still exist, but YE GODS try outhealing a Shaman on Brackenspore.  It can’t be done!   Just because you are a niche healer doesn’t mean you can’t blow the healing charts up!  Discipline is amazingly strong right now, with the ability to heal with their shields, and holy Pallies and their double Beacon make them amazing tank healers.  Druids can literally spec to be the perfect tank or raid heals.  And nothing- NOTHING- I’ve seen so far beats the Monk on sheer all out raid healing CD with Revival.  Niches are there, and we are rocking them.

Healing right now is looking fan-tabulous.  We took the nerfs in stride and we are proving that nothing can keep a good healer down.

Well, that’s it outta me for now.  Come back later on this week, I’ll be talking about something, I’m sure.  Until then, keep cool and stay angry, healers!

~Aura

 

 

Angry Healers’ Guide to Tectus (N/H)

So, as promised, Tectus is up and ready for your enjoyment!

~Aura