It’s time to show the world your Drunken Mastery! OK, that sounded bad – but as a Brewmaster Monk in Mists of Pandaria (Patch 5.4 – the Garrosh Finally Went Loony edition), you will indeed be tanking with the power of drink. New classes are always confusing, and the Monk’s no exception – but the Melting Pot is here to help you out with a quick, no-nonsense guide to the basics of Brewmaster tanking from level 1 to level 90, including your stat weights, reforging and gems, glyphs, talent choices, and of course ability rotations from the starting zone to the end of MoP. Let’s get going!
Updated 17th September 2013 for World of Warcraft Patch 5.4
Like all tank classes in Mists of Pandaria, as a Brewmaster you’ll be using abilities to damage and aggro monsters, and then another set of abilities to mitigate the damage they cause you. Your damage/aggro abilities also build up Chi energy, which is what you use for most of your damage-reduction abilities, making the Monk play rather like a tanking Rogue.
At level 90 (we cover levelling Brewmasters below), you’ll use the following priorities to aggro monsters onto you:
You can pull at range using Dizzying Haze or Provoke. After the pull, use Tiger Palm.
Your taunt is called Provoke – use it to pull or otherwise as a standard tanking taunt ability. You can also Provoke your Black Ox Statue to make it cast an AoE taunt.
It’s unlikely to happen, but if your Tiger Power buff drops, use Tiger Palm immediately.
Pull with Dizzying Haze.
Use your single-target rotation for up to 2 enemies.
For more than 2 enemies, use your single target rotation, but in addition, use Rushing Jade Wind whenever possible, and use Breath Of Fire when you have spare Chi.
Your Stagger ability transforms a lot of the damage you take into a Damage Over Time effect, which you can remove with the ability Purifying Brew.
Use Purifying Brew after you have taken heavy damage, and you have the Stagger DoT ticking on you. It will remove the DoT and effectively mean you didn’t take that damage.
Brewmasters are highly mobile even for tanks, with a number of fast-movement abilities:
Cast Black Ox Statue before any boss or other significant fight. Make sure you’re in Stance of the Sturdy Ox.
In general, it’s recommended you level as Windwalker if you’re going to be questing or you want to level fast. Brewmaster is not a particularly good questing spec.
However, of course, it will let you tank leveling dungeons. Here’s how tanking as a Brewmaster changes through the levels:
Like all Mists of Pandaria classes, Brewmasters have flexible talents, and you should definitely experiment to find the best build in each situation. However, here’s a good general-purpose loadout to get you going. Note that when in doubt, we’ve chosen talents that require as little management as possible:
Tier 5 is very, very situational. Healing Elixirs is the easiest ability to use, but the other two are very powerful against raid bosses of various types, and you’ll almost certainly end up swapping this tier a lot.
The basic stat priority for Brewmasters goes Hit and Expertise to 7.5% each (2550 rating) > Mastery > Agility > Crit > Haste > Parry > Dodge.
Glyphs are a very personal choice in MoP – there aren’t many automatic must-haves. Having said that, here’s a good selection:Major: Glyph of Leer of the Ox , Glyph of Fortuitous Spheres and Glyph of Fortifying Brew.
Minor: Your choice – they don’t affect your tanking.
Use whichever enchantment works better with your level of reforging – in other words, don’t use Hit enchants if you’re over hit cap already! If a profession enchant gives you useful stats, it’s probably better than the equivalent generic enchant.
If you want to get more in-depth about your abilities, talent choices and so on, here are some excellent options for more information.
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