Brewmaster Monk Dragonflight 10.0.5 guide

Patch 10.0.5 Last Updated: 29th Jan, 2023
Kian Brewmaster Monk Author
Kian

Introduction

Stagger, yeah, let's start there.

If you spec into Brewmaster, you might notice that we have significantly less health than all other tanks, which might look scary at first. There is a solution to that called Stagger.

Stagger works by reducing the initial damage of a hit while delaying the rest of it as a dot. You can then cleanse some of that to take even less damage.

Brewmaster is excellent for progression because it generally allows healers to focus more on the raid rather than babysitting you like other tanks.

On top of Stagger, Brewmaster has always been a reliable way to get Mystic Touch in a raid.

While Brewmaster's weakness lies in the lack of self-healing, Celestial Fortune makes up for it in a raid environment where you generally have hots and beacon healing rolling on you.

What has changed

Patch 10.0.5 Changes

Resonant Fists got a big damage nerf, but the nerf is compensated by a lot of our other abilities getting buffed, essentially moving our damage profile from a lot of passive damage into having our abilities mean more damage-wise.

We also get a new talent on the Brewmaster-specific tree called Spirit of the Ox, giving our Rising Sun Kick and Blackout Kick a chance to summon Healing Spheres(8ppm hasted).
This gives us a much-welcomed extra self-healing boost.

Down below are the official blue post changes:

  • New Ability: Spirit of the Ox – Your Rising Sun Kick and Blackout Kick have a chance to summon a Healing Sphere
  • Stagger is now a baseline ability
  • Resonant Fists damage reduced by 45%
  • Keg Smash damage increased by 10%
  • Tiger Palm damage increased by 20%
  • Blackout Kick damage increased by 20%
  • Spinning Crane Kick increased by 20%
  • Breath of Fire damage increased by 25%
  • Quick Sip now purifies 5% of damage delayed by Stagger (was 2%)
  • Gift of the Ox is now a 1 rank talent (was 2)
  • Graceful Exit is now a 1 rank talent (was 2)
  • Quick Sip is now a 1 rank talent (was 2)
  • Staggering Strikes is now a 1 rank talent (was 2)

First Impressions

We have gotten a bunch of nice things in Dragonflight, and regarding damage, it seems alright.

We have also gained some more defensive abilities, such as Diffuse Magic and “Improved Zen Med.” While those sound nice, with so much of everything doing a lot of magic damage currently, Brewmaster feels squishy compared to what we’re used to.