The Brewmaster class is a very unique tank; instead of playing around big damage reduction cooldowns or self-healing, you delay all the damage you take with Stagger. Because of that, your biggest strength is that you can deal with large damage intake, only taking a small initial hit and then distributing the rest into lots of ticking damage. This is easier to heal than the big hits and spiky health that you would experience on a Vengeance Demon Hunter. You also have a good deal of mobility and bring Mystic Touch to the raid.
Your weakness is a higher/longer dependency on the healers keeping you alive.
What has changed
- Stamina bonus reduced to 30% (was 35%).
- Fixed a bug causing Gift of the Ox orbs to spawn too often for players with high amounts of Stamina.
- High Tolerance Stagger is 5% more effective at delaying damage (was 8%).
These changes are all nerfs to Brewmasters, but they are still one of the strongest, if not the strongest, for most situations. They also do not affect how Brewmaster is played.
There are new essences available in patch 8.3, and the corruption system allows you to stack more stats but those are covered later in the guide.