Mistweaver Monk BiS 5.4

T16 - MonkIt is that time again – time for another Tier, another raid dungeon, and another BiS list.  Okie, okie, so it is past due time, but I have been BUSY!

Mistweaver Monk BiS – Siege of Orgrimmar

It is my second tier as a Mistweaver, and so I am once more putting together the list to plan my set.  This is to help me figure out where to spend extra rolls and EP in raids.

Bosses in Siege of Orgrimmar

First, a quick rundown of the bosses, and a glance at where the tier pieces drop.

Wing 1 – Vale of Eternal Sorrows

  • Immersius
  • The Fallen Protectors
  • Norushen
  • Sha of Pride – Tier (Chest)

Wing 2 – Gates of Retribution

  • Galakras
  • Iron Juggernaut
  • Kor’kron Dark Shaman
  • General Nazgrim – Tier (Hands)

Wing 3 – The Underhold

  • Malkorok
  • Spoils of Pandaria
  • Thok the Bloodthirsty – Tier (Head)

Wing 4 – Downfall

  • Siegecrafter Blackfuse – Tier (Shoulders)
  • Paragons of the Klaxxi – Tier (Legs)
  • Garrosh Hellscream

Tier 16 Set Bonuses – Mistweaver Monk

2-Piece: When Gift of the Serpent spheres heal a player, they gain an absorb for 45% of the amount healed.

4-Piece: When your Renewing Mist heals a target, you have a 4% chance to cast a Mist Wave healing bolt at a nearby low health friendly target.

Siege of Orgrimmar Drops

Next, here are all of the BiS items for the Mistweaver Monk this tier.  They are in order of best to worst.  This time around, I mostly just used Guild Ox.

Note: For some reason, even though I set the option, Guild Ox did not want to list the crafted items.  So I added those at the end of their respectful slot.

* – Denotes an item without Haste

# – Denotes an item without Spirit

We will start with the tier piece slots…

Head

Shoulders

Chest

Hands

Legs

Then, the rest of the armor…

Wrists

Waist

Feet

Jewelry and stuff…

Back

Neck

Rings

Trinkets

And lastly, weapons…

Main Hand

Off Hand

My BiS List

  • Head – TIER (Thok the Bloodthirsty)
  • √ Shoulders – TIER (Siegecrafter Blackfuse)
  • √ Chest – TIER (Sha of Pride)
  • √ Wrists – Bracers of Averted Fatality (Malkorok)
  • √ Hands – TIER (General Nazgrim)
  • Waist – Pennyroyal Belt (Leatherworking)
  • Legs – Pennyroyal Leggings (Leatherworking)
  • √ Feet – Saltwater Sandals (Immersius)
  • √ Back – Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji (Legendary)
  • Neck – Rising New Moon Talisman (Ordos)
  • √ Ring 1 – Laser-Slice Signet (Iron Juggernaut)
  • Ring 2 – Seal of Sullen Fury (Malkorok)
  • √ Trinket 1 – Dysmorphic Samophlange of Discontinuity (Siegemaster Blackfuse)
  • Trinket 2 – Prismatic Prison of Pride (Sha of Pride)
  • Weapon – Horned Mace of the Old Ones (Garrosh Hellscream)
  • √ Off Hand – Purehearted Cricket Cage (The Fallen Protectors)

The trinket slot decision is tough without testing them all… and there are so many…  I might just stick with the two I have (Nazgrim’s Burnished Insignia and Dysmorphic Samophalnge of Discontinuity) for now.  I suppose it depends on how kind drops and bonus rolls are.  We shall see.

Consider this list a work in progress.

Using My Warforged Seals

My biggest question now is where to use my Warforged Seals.  I think my current priority bosses are:

  1. Ordos
  2. The Fallen Protectors
  3. Sha of Pride
  4. Malkorok
  5. Siegecrafter Blackfuse
  6. Thok the Bloodthirsty
  7. Garrosh Hellscream

This is also a work in progress, and subject to change.

~ Effy

The Better Mistweaver BiS List 5.3

Better BiS

Eugene approves of this message.

I have been playing with some different combinations of stats on my Monk throughout the tier.  Mistweaver Mastery is sill meh and although I was letting my Crit climb in lieu of Mastery and to keep my Haste at 3145 for the longest time, I saw no real benefit to Crit.  I have come to realize I am most impressed with just beefing up my Haste.

So I have been reforging every piece to Haste, and looking at pieces carrying a large amount of Haste natively.  This is somewhat contrary to my original BiS List, which focused on pure amount of stats, simply because I really had no idea what was best for my Monk.  (Even now I am still kind of guessing, since there is so little on Mistweavers still.  If only I could Theorycraft!)

If reforging everything to Haste is good, then dumping all my other stats for pure Haste is better, right?  😀  Well, that is the plan, anyway!

My logic?  More ticks for Renewing Mist.  Also, faster casting of Soothing Mist, which I use quite often to “fill in” while waiting for Renewing Mist to come off cooldown and to build Chi for Uplift.  Quicker casting of Crackling Jade Lightning is another nice bonus, as I have noticed it to be good damage and healing.  A kind commenter on my original BiS list mentioned a higher Renewing Mist tick at 6145, making it 12 ticks, which I am currently past and loving.

The biggest hurdle will be keeping my Spirit up to speed with my Haste.  I have several pieces without Haste currently.  Replacing those pieces with Haste/Spirit pieces this should logically continue to balance out my casting speed and mana regen.  So far, my mana regen is very manageable, but I fear tipping the scale too much in either direction will cause me some problems as we push further through Heroics.

At this point, though, my gear is good enough that I am only focusing on pieces with more Haste and Spirit if they are either Thunderforged or Heroic (or both!).

So here is my “better” BiS list, now with more Haste!  (Except in slots I could not find a piece with Haste, which made me sad.)

BiS Normal

My list includes only 3 Tier pieces, because I cannot bring myself to get excited about the 4-piece bonus.  The 2-piece seems to work nicely, though.

BiS Heroic

After a good hard look at Heroic and Ra-den drops, I really see very little changes in my gear list, except Ra-den’s ring and a possible swap of trinkets, since I cannot get the Shado-Pan trinket in Heroic.  😛  Honestly, I am quite fond of my Shado-Pan trinket, and might not even upgrade that!  I am not yet sold on the proc from the Chalice.  I suppose I would have to see it in action.

Ra-den’s drops appear to be guaranteed Heroic Thunderforged items, which is interesting, but it also means with some luck from other bosses, unnecessary.  I am okie with this since I was not thrilled with the stat distribution of most of Ra-den’s drops upon a second glance.

Definitely

Maybe

With Ra-den’s ring, that would put me with Haste and Spirit in every slot except my helm.  I can deal with that!

I did see a Heroic Thunderforged version of the Deeproot Treads on WoWHead, but I am unsure of where/how they drop, since the normal version drops from trash. Random boss drop maybe?

Closing Thoughts

Next on my list is improving my playstyle more.  I always have more room for improvement.

The Haste has made a notable difference in my performance so far, but I am sure my technique could use some tweaking.  It is really hard to gauge most of the time, since we tend to run heavy on healers and my Monk’s particular healing cooldown, Revival, is more of an “Oh shit!” button for when things get messy.  This means I usually go several attempts, or even several bosses, without using Revival, which is certainly affecting my overall performance.

But I would rather save lives and brez’s than blow Revival just to make my numbers pretty.

~ Effy

Better BiS - Eugene