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 10.2.0 Monk Changes
The only change Brewmaster received in this patch is the talent Escape from Reality now being a 1-rank talent rather than 2.
Brewmaster’s new tier bonus is as follows:
- (2) Set Bonus: Breath of Fire deals 20% bonus damage as Shadowflame and causes you to heal for 50% of your Fire damage dealt.
- (4) Set Bonus: Your attacks against targets afflicted by Breath of Fire have a chance to deal 10% extra damage as Shadowflame, and each Celestial Brew also grants a Stagger absorb for 100% of the Shadowflame damage you have dealt, causing damage delayed by Stagger to instead be prevented.