Spoiler alert: Mistweavers aren't gonna be happy.
- Stance of the Fierce Tiger now increases the Monk's movement speed by 10% in addition to its other effects. This movement speed increase stacks with other effects.
- The energy costs of Legacy of the Emperor, and Legacy of the White Tiger have been reduced to 20, down from 50.
- The Healing Elixirs talent now grants the Healing Elixirs effect every 18 seconds, which causes the next Brew or Tea consumed to heal the Monk for 10% of maximum health.
- Ascension now increases energy regen by 15% and your maximum mana by 15%, as well as increasing maximum Chi by 1.
- Power Strikes can now proc off of Soothing Mist or Crackling Jade Lightning, as well as Jab.
The Healing Elixirs change is fairly minor; the talent itself is mostly a leveling talent, as any endgame monk should be taking Diffuse Magic anyway. More interesting is the undocumented buff to Ascension. In Patch 5.0, it was universally considered to be a weak talent (because it provided no throughput gains), but now it's much more competitive with the others. I may dedicate a post to looking at Ascension more in detail. Finally, Power Strikes is also now much more helpful for mistweavers who stay at range.
- The healing provided by Chi Burst and Chi Wave has been reduced by 25%.
- The healing provided when detonating Zen Sphere has been reduced by 25%.
Ouch. This nerf pretty much ensure mistweavers will no longer use these, possibly excepting Chi Burst. That said, it doesn't really change their role any; Chi Wave and Zen Sphere are still decent self-healing options for a windwalker/brewmaster, and Chi Burst is still useful for stacking situations.
- The Tiger Power (and Power Guard for brewmasters) provided by Tiger Palm now reduces the target's armor by 30% for your attacks (and increases your next Guard by 15%) with a single application. No longer stacks.
Yes! This is a very nice change for questing and just ramp-up time in general. This doesn't affect brewmasters all too much, who typically had plenty of free global cooldowns to use Tiger Palm anyway, but windwalkers love it, and mistweavers can even use it for Eminence healing.Brewmaster/Windwalker
- Spear Hand Strike now costs 10 energy (was 30).
- The energy cost of Healing Sphere has been reduced to 40, down from 60, and the healing provided has been increased by 20%.
- All healing spells which cost mana have had their mana cost increased by 10%.
- The mana costs of Jab, Spinning Crane Kick, Soothing Mist, Crackling Jade Lightning, and Renewing Mist have been increased by 30%. (hotfix change)
- Renewing Mist now travels to 2 additional targets (was 3 targets).
This DOES mean that the Renewing Mist haste breakpoints have changed; they are now 154 and 3145 (if you can rely on the 5% haste buff from a moonkin or spriest) and 1578/4719 without. This gets you to 10/11 ticks on RM; I'd recommend this in most cases. (Note: these are unbuffed numbers for reforging purposes, so make sure you switch out of serpent stance.)
- You now have a chance equal to your crit chance to generate double the amount of Mana Tea charges.
- Enveloping Mist's healing has been reduced by 32%.
- The chance to generate 1 Chi while channeling Soothing Mist and Crackling Jade Lightning has increased to 30%, up from 25%. (was 35% initially, hotfixed down to 30%)
- The absorption effect of Life Cocoon has been increased by 100%.
It's pretty clear that mistweavers got whacked with the nerf bat. Did they need to? Yes; they were grossly overpowered in any fight that featured constant raid damage (see Garalon) and otherwise just overpowered. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that mistweaver mechanics were built around having a throughput advantage to some extent; when placed on an even footing with other healers, they struggle due to their inability to target their AoE heals effectively. They're certainly viable healers, but much like resto druids, you're going to have to be very aware of upcoming raid damage in order to heal well.
Finally, if you're a windwalker or brewmaster, enjoy your buffs and try not to lord it over your healing cousins. Until next time, keep on kicking!
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