My poor monk hasn’t been getting a lot of played time this week thanks to the Timeless Isle being a tad too fascinating for my main to want to tear herself away. Though she did make it over to Ordos and the Celestials right after restart this week. She was super lucky and picked up tier gloves off the great Niuzao which sort of made up for her many deaths at his hooves.
She started life as a human brewmaster and I had a great time levelling her as a tank right up until I hit the Blackrock Mountain dgn level; those places are mazes and I realised I hated people standing around waiting for me as I peered at the map or actually more accurately not waiting and going off and doing their own thing leaving me with the feeling that I was trying to herd cats through a cave.
So she pretty quickly had a spec change and I picked up healing. I found that while levelling as a healer I had access to a number of attacks and every attack I did passively healed me so she very rarely ever died. It did feel strange to be gearing int and spirit and whacking mobs with my fists and feet. But it was fun and got me through the levels with fairly little deaths; always a good thing.
At 90 I’m playing her as main spec Mistweaver because I really like the idea of trying out a monk healer and her healing style is so different to my druid in that I have two energy sources to manage – chi and mana.I have spells that operate off both energy sources and I also need to spend mana to make chi which I then spend to make a tea to drink to get mana. One thing I really love about monk is their really pretty spell animations.
But I have a massive issue in that I really struggle to manage her mana. She typically drops to about 10% mana within the first minute of healing and despite trying to generate mana tea and drink it on cd, her mana just doesn’t seem to move. I’ve heard that monks can supposedly live on a tiny spirit build but I haven’t figured out how that works yet. I have found this podcast; Monk Meditation which is all about monking, so hopefully if I listen to it enough I might start to understand how she is meant to work. I’ll stick with her as I’d love to have a really well-played monk but until I figure out how to manage her mana I don’t think I’ll super enjoy her.