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So, after I played WW a lot (and WW is still my main spec) I gathered some starter healer gear and got MW as my secondary spec.
I always loved to heal (have a shaman and a druid healer) but found MW a lot different then the other healer classes. If play the classic standing back and heal my mana runs out like hell and I do not get enough chi to restore mana so effective from mana tea.
If I hit the mobs/bosses and healing with dmg it seems too strange for me as I always want to target my party members and heal them.
As you can see my gear is a bit low now, I'm on to upgrade it. And I can read icy-veins :) So I would rather need some tips that how do you use your monk to heal. Do you think that once the monk can be a 'stand back' healer too?
while leveling my monk up i sat back and healed normally the first run through an instance/first mobs to see how tank did, then if i felt comfortable id run in and start bashin faces in, always kept renewing mist on entire group. I use Mana tea/renewing mist glyphs atm, to make sure it spreads and instant mana restore instead of channeled.
Between uplift and my attacks my mana tea stacks up relatively quickly.
Using Power strikes instead of ascension for chi generation instead of larger pool of chi.
Have mouseover macro's for my heals and Grid to watch if anyones taking extra damage and quickly heal them if I cant uplift
And yes melee healing is an odd thing to get used to, but pretty neat :)
Remember this is from a non level capped MW, so take whatever I have said with a grain of salt since I havnt played since WOTLK and not sure of current mechanics
Thank you for your response :)
from 1-85 I've also used MW and enjoyed it. After I reached 90 I tried it but wasn't fit to my playstyle or I was very low geared. Don't know but I couldn't heal out hc's.
I know that
is not the best choice for tier3 talent, however I thought the +15% mana would be helpful until I don't have the amount of spirit with I feel myself comfortable. After that I will change that talent.
I'd also heppy if some1 with MW raid experience could write a few sentences. Mainly LFR experiences as I do LFR raids only. Thanks ;-)
The transition from dungeon healer to raid healer is extremely jarring for a Mistweaver. I leveled from 1-90 with a Druid who was Guardian spec'd. There was no point from 1-90 that I had to stop DPSing, stand back, and heal the group. I ran the Mana Tea/Renewing Mist/Spinning Crane Kick glyph combination, picked up Chi Wave as a dump, went to town, and my group lived while I topped the damage for the group. For 90 levels I had zero requirement to learn the other half of my healing style, and once I got to raids the one I'd been using was effectively useless. Now that they've put long cooldowns on Chi Wave and Chi Burst and reduced healing from damage by half, the fistweaving style does less healing and more damage, but it's still a very complete healing package for heroics.
Then you get to raids. Generally speaking, you won't be fistweaving in raids. Only on specific fights will portions of your damage come from your physical attacks (Garalon comes to mind, since a Mistweaver can spin-to-win and spend his Chi on attacks and keep the melee group up doing it). In raid finder you can fistweave and get away with it because the encounters are so incredibly easy that your healing from damage actually keeps up with the raid's intake pretty well. For a real raid, you'll be a hindrance to your group, filling neither a healing role nor a DPS role, and your raid leader will wonder why you're eating a spot that a dedicated role could be filling. That said, when you get to 90 and have some heroic gear, the transition will look like this:
Step 1: get into a raid (not raid finder, a real raid) and realize you can't even use your current hotkey setup. You pull Soothing Mist and Enveloping Mist begrudgingly out of your spellbook, you glyph Mana Tea if you haven't already, etc.
Step 2: realize you have no idea what you're doing when someone lists the healing meters and you're below the Death Knight tank in healing. Panic. Start spamming heals during the next fight to boost numbers. Go OOM halfway through, meaning your numbers got even worse. Seriously panic.
Step 3: do some research, glyph Mana Tea and find some way to make sure you're using it on cooldown religiously. Glyph Renewing Mist and learn how to maximize its uptime before large raid-wise damage spikes for Uplift spammage. Now that Chi Burst and Chi wave have both been nerfed with large cooldowns, you can learn to utilize Zen Sphere predictively for those large damage spikes when your raid is clumped up, or on the tank as an emergency heal if they dip low. You hotkey Jade Serpent Statue somewhere very accessible and keep it with your group. Your Chi dumps become Enveloping Mist and Uplift, while you build your Chi with the oh-so-unreliable Soothing Mist. Your numbers climb as you make the transition to a traditional healer.
Step 4: realize you haven't punched anything so hard that heals came out of it in three weeks and that your mastery relies entirely on the awareness of your raid. Try to remind them constantly while not sounding like a Priest with a 'CLICK THE MOTHERFU**ING LIGHTWELL RETARDS' macro. Fail. Resort to making a macro that explicitly asks every member of your raid to grab your balls. Read your macro. Cry.
After all that, you'll still be putting out less heals than Priests and Paladins in most situations, and with more overhealing due to the nature of their absorbs. You bring some nice options to the table heal-wise. Revive is an especially nice raid cooldown, making extremely tight mechanics a little more manageable, or making up for a Wind Bomb here and there, but more due to its raid-wide dispel. It means you can get off a critical heal or dispel when out of range of the target, or save your healers a lot of globals by cleansing poisons or diseases off your entire raid in one go (Horridon makes this spell really shine).
Eventually you'll wind up with a mental checklist to follow. For single target or few target healing, you'll be using Soothing Mist/Enveloping Mist. For a moderate number of heal targets, or a large number that are spread out, you'll be using Renewing Mist/Uplift, with your Chi fueled by Soothing Mist. For AoE heals where you're grouped up, Spinning Crane Kick is insanely efficient and effective. And every now and then you'll queue Raid Finder just to fistweave for nostalgia.
Thank you for this post. I laughed at some parts :)
It seems to me that Blizzard calculated something wrong with MW then. It used to be a good healer by dealing dmg, but as you wrote on raids that doesn't work...
Anyway I give a shot to MW. If I dont like it I go back to BM as offspec.
Awesome summary--especially like the "grab my balls" idea for raid macro!
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