Patch 7.1.5 is upon us! It's chock full of delayed events, from the micro-holidays to the Mistweaver Timewalking weekly event being added to the weekly rotation. The rest of the new year is sure to be full of fun, outside of raiding, of course. However, we're here today to discuss the tweaks to our class.
Right off the bat, you're going to notice that all of your items (especially rings and necklaces) give more secondary stats than they did before 7.1.5, but your stat percents (except Mastery, but we're getting to that in a second) are all roughly the same. That's because our secondary stat scaling has changed. Haste and Critical Strike had their rating needed for 1% stat bumped up by 50 rating (350 and 400, respectively), whereas Versatility was bumped up by 75 rating (to 475).
Our mastery received an overall buff, where 1 Mastery Point (now 400 Mastery rating) gives us 13% Spellpower added onto Mastery: Gust of Mists, instead of 10%. This is still an overall buff. You can check out how the scaling changed the 30% buff to be less so at the spreadsheet here.
Overall, though, this is a sizable nerf to both Versatilty and Gem Sockets on gear, as the gems give relatively less stats compared to 7.1 numbers.
Overall Monk Changes
Crackling Jade Lightning has its base damage double. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, the Mistweaver monk passive had its buff to Mistweaver Crackling Jade Lightning go from a 900% buff to a 400% buff, resulting in an overall damage loss from Crackling Jade Lightning.
Ring of Peace has been reworked. You are now able to place it nearby, forcing all enemies outside of it, no matter if they're casting something or not. Just immediately jettisoned. It will definitely see some use in fights where the positioning of adds matters.
Diffuse Magic has its cooldown reduced to 1:30. Definitely nice to have in magic intensive fights
Dampen Harm has been reworked into a flat damage reduction for its now much shorter duration. However, it still scales up its damage reduction depending on the size of the incoming hit. An incredible alternative to Healing Elixir; when you can use this ability before telegraphed damage, the damage reduction will greatly outweigh the burst healing you can do to yourself with Healing Elixir.
Mistweaver Specific Changes
The biggest change to us this patch for our baseline kit is the Mastery: Gust of Mists buff. All the other changes are minor.
Rising Sun Kick had its mana cost reduced by 0.25% mana. This change ultimately means very little, unless you're making extensive use of Rising Sun Kick.
Zen Pulse had a cap of 6 enemies placed on its healing count in a hotfix during 7.1, but the buff to its healing per enemy hit is sorely needed, as it will no longer scale ridiculously.
Mistwalk had its healing increased to 420% spellpower, up from 350%. Not enough to lose out on Chi Burst in raids, or Zen Pulse in M+. However, in the few fights it can see some use, the buff is welcome.
Song of Chi-Ji is an interesting change. It's cooldown is now lower than both its duration as well as the disorient diminishing returns threshold, meaning you can indefinitely disorient a pack of mobs, as long as you're able to hit them with this slow moving ability.
The Soothing Mist change in the patch notes is just a tooltip correction. It had already been changed to 64% spellpower per tick sometime in 7.1.
Three legendaries that we had been able to equip are getting changed in some way, with two more being added to the game.
Ei'thas, Lunar Glides of Eramas had its duration given to HoTs increased to 5 seconds, making this legendary very helpful whenever you're tank healing with Enveloping Mist.
Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is being changed to give a massive amounts of stats, while also greatly improving passive survivability.
Sephuz's Secret gives more Haste on successful loss of control effects (Leg Sweep, Song of Chi-Ji, Paralysis), as well on successful dispells.
Shelter of Rin is one of the two new legendary items introduced to the legendary item pool in 7.1.5. 15% of Sheilun's Gift's total healing (including overhealing and boosts from outside sources) is replicated on every person with Renewing Mist on them. This can turn Thunder Focus Tea Renewing Mist into a potent group burst heal, if you let Sheilun's Gift stack high enough.
Velen's Future Sight is a very powerful trinket added in 7.1.5. An on demand 15% boost to healing, that emulates the MoP legendary cloak's effect. Using this with a Chi Burst in a raid will result in ridiculous healing just in that one cast, let alone for the rest of its duration.