Welcome to the Mistweaver monk guide written by Cutencuddly, an ex-raider in Method. I spent the entire Shadowlands expansion in Method helping with the rebuild. I played Balance Druid / Resto Druid / Shaman in the first tier (whilst also maintaining the Mistweaver), then focusing more on Mistweaver / Resto Druid in Sanctum of Domination and then playing Resto Shaman / Mistweaver / Priest in Sepulcher.
Mistweaver Monk is something even when it's not my main character, I try to maintain and keep up with as much as possible and it is my favourite and most played spec.
What has changed
Patch 10.1.7 Mistweaver Monk Changes
Mistweaver had some small but quite significant changes heading into Patch 10.1.7. The biggest being our change to Mana Tea. For every 25K mana (at level 70) you spend you will gain a stack of mana tea, with a chance equal to your critical strike chance to generate 1 extra stack. When you activate Mana Tea you’ll consume 1 stack every 0.5 seconds to restore 3K mana and will additionally reduce the cost of your spells by 50% for 1 second per stack consumed after drinking. You can cast this whilst moving, but you’ll be slowed by 40%.
Additionally the Lifecycles talent has been reworked and now your vivify has a 25% chance to cause your next rising sun kick or enveloping mist to generate 1 stack of Mana Tea. This talent shares a node with the newly added talent, Energizing Brew, which when talented causes your mana tea to channel 50% faster and generates 20% more mana.
Which talent you’ll take between these two is still to be decided, and I’ll update the talent builds a week or so into the patch when things have settled.
Some interesting things to note with the new Mana Tea are:
- It does work with our tier set bonus but it has a 10 second ICD.
- Mana Tea is hasted which means the channel time is decreased depending on your haste.
- Mana spent whilst buffed by innervate contributes towards the stack gaining.
- Your stacks persist through death.
- The max stacks on Mana Tea is 20.
Patch 10.1.5 Changes
Not a lot has changed for Mistweavers in 10.1.5. The only notable changes are the defensive choice nodes for the diffuse magic/dampen harm line, which will be situational at best; for now I would just stick to diffuse magic/dampen harm and go from there.
Dragonflight Expansion Changes
Mistweaver had quite a few changes heading into the Dragonflight expansion, and in general are looking really strong in almost all content you have access to.
With changes to Refreshing Jade Wind, nerfing its cooldown to be 45 seconds, and being able to make Vivify instant, whilst also having more access to spreading our HoT effect (Renewing Mist), we are much more reliant on maintaining and spreading HoT’s to set up for big Vivify cleaves.
Other note worthy changes are the fact Invoke Yu’lon, the Jade Serpent, now causes our Enveloping Mists to cost 33% less mana whilst active. There are a few other nice perks we have access to this expansion and I will dive deeper into them further down in the class/talent trees.