Wow monk: Windwalker
Windwalker Monk is melee dps class. It uses two types of resources Energy and Chi.
Monk is similar to Rogue with its Energy and Combo Points, Monk’s finishers consume Chi the same way Rogue’s finishers consume combo points.
Wow Monk builds his Chi through using Jab and other Windwalker abilities:
For wow monk Jab is a kind of Rouge’s Sinister Strike ability, it has no CD and consumes 40 energy.
WoW Monk Guide: Finishers
Tiger Palm cheap finisher, brings self buff to ignore enemy’s armour, no cooldown
Blackout Kick wow Monk’s version of rogue’s Backstab, with self healing option. no CD, can proc Dot for 4 sec on enemy, it deals +20% damage from behind, ( Combat Conditioning)… or heals the monk if this ability was used in front of the target
Rising Sun Kick The finisher that debuffs enemy for 15 seconds to recieve 10% increased damage from windwalker.
Fists of Fury
other important Windwalker DPS abilities, ( possible dps monk rotation fillers).
Brewing: Tigereye Brew – stacking self buff, stacks up to 10 times
Path of Blossoms hunter style “trap”
Crackling Jade Lightning knock back and Chi regeneration
Spinning Fire Blossom melee damage and ranged root all in one
Combo Breaker: This is proc based passive ability, when the monk uses Jab, there is a chance to proc either or both of Combo Breaker: Blackout Kick, or/ and Combo Breaker: Tiger Palm so these finishers become free of cost.
WoW Monk Guide: Windwalker pvp Burst damage
Windwalker burst damage comes from finisher chains, mastery procs and proper cooldown usage. For example:
Blackout( Combo Breaker: Blackout Kick-> Rising Sun Kick -> Tiger Palm ( Combo Breaker: Tiger Palm)->Tiger Palm->Tiger Palm->Chi Brew->Tiger Palm->Jab->Blackout->Rising Sun->Tiger Palm
This is a windwalker burst chain with 9 finishers, all landed within 11 seconds.
WoW Monk Guide: Windwalker Rotation
Windwalker pve rotation is yet unknown, any pve rotation is basically the most effective dps sequence, but monk class itself and monk abilities are still rapidly evolving and subject to change. However it is safe to assume that monk pve rotation will be built on utilizing certain key monk abilities, watching procs, cooldowns and managing Chi.
So Windwalker pve rotation could look like:
1) Rising Sun Kick use this monk ability to debuff the target up for 15 sec
2) Use Tigereye Brew if there are 10 stacks
3) Combo Breaker using the procs: Tiger Palm or/and Blackout
4) Use Blackout Kick to consume Chi
5) Use Jab to build Chi
6) Use Flying Serpent Kick if there is no energy
WoW Monk Guide: Interrupts, CC, Survival and Utility spells
These are other Monk spells utility, survival, great pvp abilities and interrupts
Sparring front parry stacking buff
Touch of Karma
Zen Pilgrimage: Return
Transcendence – monk’s version of demonic circle
Crackling Jade Lightning knockback and chi regeneration
Fortifying Brew – Monk defensive CD
Paralysis Monk CC, melee range ability, the duration is doubled from behind
Roll Monk version of Blink
Spear Hand Strike This is coolest pvp interrupt, look at the tooltip!
Resuscitate 10 sec cast res
Grapple Weapon Monk’s disarm
Disable root and snare
WoW Monk Guide: Windwalker Talents
It is too early to have proven monk cookie cutter pvp or pve builds, the following selection of windwalker talents could be one of the options for pve
Tier 2: Zen Sphere: Zen sphere at this moment is extremely OP, I would expect the nerfs (yes Monk is OP as it is now, let’s hope Blizzard will let us enjoy monk overpowerness and will nerf the class later as it was with DK xD).
Tier 3: Ascension Power Strikes Power Strikes is great talent for windwalker monks, you can use the 3 chi you get for Fists of Fury. Ascension is for having larger resource pool – good for fights with a lot of movements and broken rotation cycles. The decision on which talent of both to go for depends on how the boss fights will be designed and implemented.
Tier 4: Leg Sweep Seems to be the best option.
Tier 5: Healing Elixirs Since drinking teas or brews are pretty common, this talent seems like a most useful option.
WoW Monk Guide: Gems
In Mists of Pandaria stats on gems are changed: stamina: 0.75 the amount of a secondary stats; other secondary stats: double the amount of primary stats. At this moment stats weights are not yet researched and known. This table shows possible winwalker game choices.
|+80 Agility||+160 Expertise||+160 Haste||+160 Mastery||+160 Critical Strike||+160 Hit|
|+80 Agility||Perfect Delicate Pandarian Garnet|
|+160 Expertise||Perfect Precise Pandarian Garnet|
|+160 Haste||Perfect Deft Tiger Opal||Perfect Wicked Tiger Opal||Perfect Quick Sunstone|
|+160 Mastery||Perfect Adept Tiger Opal||Perfect Keen Tiger Opal||Perfect Fractured Sunstone|
|+160 Critical Strike||Perfect Deadly Tiger Opal||Perfect Crafty Tiger Opal||Perfect Smooth Sunstone|
|+160 Hit||Perfect Glinting Roguestone||Perfect Accurate Roguestone||Perfect Lightning Alexandrite||Perfect Sensei’s Alexandrite||Perfect Piercing Alexandrite||Perfect Rigid Lapis Lazuli|
Wow Monk Guide: Windwalker Enchants
There is no head enchants in Mists of Pandaria. Head enchants are gone! Windwalker enchants are listed below:
Shoulder: Greater Tiger Claw Inscription, Inscription: Secret Tiger Claw Inscription
Chest: Glorious Stats
Back: Superior Critical Strike, Accuracy, Tailoring: Swordguard Embroidery (in fact +8000 AP proc)
Wrist: Greater Agility, Mastery, Blacksmithing: Socket Bracer, Leatherworking: Fur Lining – Agility
Hands: Greater Haste, Superior Expertise, Superior Mastery; Blacksmithing Socket Gloves, Engineering: Synapse Springs +490 agi on avarage
Legs: Shadowleather Leg Armor, Leatherworking: Primal Leg Reinforcements
Waist: Living Steel Buckle
Feet: Greater Haste, Greater Precision, Blurred Speed or Pandaren’s Step
Rings, Enchanting: Greater Agility
Weapons: Dancing Steel, Windsong or Elemental Force
WoW Monk Guide: Windwalker Professions
As you see from above Engineering provides + 490 average agility buff, and huge burst
Tailoring provides random burst +8000 Ap proc, which could be nice at the beginning of expansion however it will not scale as gear and stats improve
Leatherworking provides 330 extra agility
Monk leveling gear:
Heirloom gear recommended for Levelling the monk
Shadowcraft gear: Stained Shadowcraft Cap, Spaulders, Stained Shadowcraft Tunic, Inherited Cape of the Black Baron
Ring: Dread Pirate Ring
Trinkets: Swift Hand of Justice x2