Surging Mist being the replacement for Healing Spheres is a little bit more concerning. BM have EH as emergency heal. But I loved playing with the Spheres in certain encounters. Having to hardcast a 1.5 sec heal is not really a good thing as a tank. But we will see how it will turn out in practice. Maybe starting the cast before the big nuke hits. At least the scaling should be better.
Yep, I agree. In the Immerseus fight I liked placing 3 beside me and just use them +EH after the Corrosive Blast instead of using Guard. I also used them alot to heal raid members while offtanking or for myself inbetween Iron Juggernaut mines (pre casting them airborne). While healing the raid members is still possible with Surging Mist, the other things I mentioned aren't.
I am afraid I'll lose interest in playing the BrewMaster without beeing able to do such things.
It seems they got the initial scaling issues of Chi Explosion under control. But I am still very interested in the actual numbers. For BM it still will be of low interest as it replaces BOK as Shuffle builder while not allowing chi pooling for PB or Guard. Especially with the 2 charges managing resources to optimally use Guard will be very important at the start of the xpac. Chi Explosion can be quite powerful, but it will not be easy to use properly.
They are going way too crazy with this Button Bloat thing. I'll announce now that I'll NEVER use Chi Explosion if it completely replaces BoK(atleast not as WW/BrM - maybe as MW). Unless I could choose this talent and still be able to use either BoK or ChiEx. It completely destroys the point of chi management.. I just can't believe someone suggested ChiEx to replace BoK via twitter and Blizzard really thought "Hey that would be a great idea - Brewmaster don't need to pool chi for guards anyway..." It is just dumb. Chi Serenity, the 100 talent on the right side, is a spell on its own. If people want to use Chi Serenity they still need to have a free button for it anyways. And as people can't have Chi Serenity and Chi Explosion at the same time - why not give ChiEx its own button(could share buttons with Chi Serenity like the mage bombs use to), without replacing BoK?
In the case of an WindWalker you could atleast argue: 'Well, the damage from ChiEx outshines Fists of Fury AND is instant.' (ignoring the fact that you may want to Tiger Palm after the ChiEx to refresh TigerPower, but have no Chi).
Okay, it depends on the encounter design in WoD, but in my opinion one of the worst things is the uncontrolled cleave.
The legendary procs wiped us more than once at Garrosh, because we wanted to kite the last add wave but random cleave aoe snowballed hard there. But as I said, it depends on the encounter. If Blizzard takes note of that and makes it so, that cleave is NEVER bad, then it could turn out ok.
I already see wipes caused by Chi Explosion because some derp monk did AoE damage to the wrong target.(because they happen to be uncapable of doing singletarget damage, if they have to too much chi)
I really do hope Blizzard stumbles over this and overthinks, whether it would be a good ida for ChiEx to replace BoK or not.
Sorry for the little rant, but I really do hate if the game TAKES AWAY control over my charakter. (backwards teleport after frostnova for mages would be such an example also)
edit// I accidentally some words. I make way too many grammar mistakes :S
Also I forgot to add above: Using up 4 Chi with Chi Explosion only gives 10 seconds of shuffle compared to 2*BoK's 12 seconds. If damage is irrelevant and only the defensive value of shuffle counts, then 2 BoK's are better.
Edited by Nevernite, 07 April 2014 - 10:39 PM.