Hey, I’m J-Funk. I have been playing Windwalker Monk since MoP and have been raiding in Humble since Legion, which in SoD was US 28th. In BfA I was consistently one of the higher-rated WW Monks in M+ and have been a Windwalker Monk theorycrafter/guide maker for several years.
Windwalker Monk is a melee DPS spec that boasts some of the highest AoE burst damage in the game and has flexible cooldowns, great utility, and excellent mobility. It is not without its drawbacks as it does suffer from average to mediocre single target damage and an increasing reliance on RNG thanks to Dance of Chi-Ji. Overall, Windwalker Monk is a fun and a semi-difficult spec that has had a reliable roster slot in Shadowlands.
What has changed
9.1.5 Windwalker Monk Changes
Mark of the Crane has been increased to 18% per target, but the maximum amount of stacks has been reduced to 5.
Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now spawns an equal amount of off-spec Adepts (was random), and Adepts now apply Mystic Touch to their targets.
Ox Adepts now throw a Fallen Brew at the Monk after spawning, granting the Monk an absorb shield for 10% of the Monk's maximum health for 8 seconds.
Tiger Adept's Tiger Palm damage increased by 200%.
Tiger Adepts now cast Spinning Crane Kick if there are more than 1 enemy within range.
While Tiger Adepts are active, the Monk and their allies gain 5% movement speed, stacking with other movement speed increasing effects such as the Monk's Windwalking.
Way of the Fae (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 100%.
The biggest change for Windwalker was the uncapping of Spinning Crane Kick which significantly increases our damage in M+. The Venthyr changes are largely inconsequential, and the covenant situation remains unchanged.
9.1 Windwalker Monk Changes
Fixed an issue that prevented the damage and healing of Bonedust Brew (Necrolord Ability) from critically striking.
These two changes have resulted in Necrolord becoming the new best covenant for Windwalker Monk, significantly improving the damage of Bonedust Brew.