Thanks for writing! I really enjoyed both this and your Resto Druid article. Mistweaver has been my main since WoD, with Legion being my favourite incarnation, and you've really hit all the major issues on the head. I'm not much of a theorycrafter so this comment is mostly focused on gameplay.I can't, for the life of me, play Mistweaver in raids. The RM>Vivify interaction works well enough in dungeons but it just isn't fun to play with in raids, and other than that your main role is to spam Essence Font as much as you can. The MW healing rotation comes down to:
Honestly, I think MW would benefit a lot from having chi again. I really enjoyed having to play around with combo points on MW, made the spec a lot more interesting.
From a flavour perspective, it's really problematic that Monks keep getting abilities keyed to the Celestials from Pandaria, when the Monks we have in our parties aren't from Pandaria, they're from the Wandering Isle and haven't even heard of a Celestial for centuries. It's completely the wrong culture.
Casters in general will always feel the most of the power loss at the start of a new expansion. I love my MW -- so whyyyyyy must we make all the healer classes so &*!@ty at the start ugh
Sadly I doubt anything will change for MW. Haven't seen any feedback about poor secondary stat scaling from Blizzard at all, no feedback about mana issues, and nothing about giving us at least 1 more utility spell. Overall MW is a great m+ healer, just because of how great ring of peace is, but it's just 1 ability, when some others have plenty of those. I just wish madskillz is wrong and they are not going this "healer needs to dps" way, I'd prefer to have 2 good builds, instead of being forced to be only dpsing healer like paladins in BfA. I have plenty of friends that just changed mains due to being forced to glimmer only.
I don't understand the general idea of this post that WV are bad healers, that seems to be what I took away from reading parts of the article. They are god tier healers now if you ask me, they're just under represented because "monk" and nobody plays that class. Am I missing something here?
That's a bummer I was hoping to roll a healer monk.
I enjoy all the monk's specs. I think mistweavers should be able to have a small cloud serpent healing buddy (or twin cloud serpents), who zip and float around helping out with heals. not a cooldown but an actual companion.
Are we in beta now? When did that happen?
One thing that is worth to mention (and was somehow skipped in this arcticle) is that you have a chance to reset Fealine Stomp cd (and looking at videos it procs pretty frequently), which means you can kind of spam, and with no mana costs it might at the end work great for MW.
It feels completely ass-backwards to me that they refuse to make every base spec feel GOOD to play on its own and instead every expansion scramble to tack on some stuff everyone desperately needs, take it away and repeat the entire process all over again! I hate feeling like whatever I'm playing is ruined every pre-patch.. It's the worst feeling.