List of 7.2.5 Brewmaster changes

 

 

Summary of Celestalons blueposts about philosophy and thinking behind BrM changes

 

  • “Net value” of changes are supposed to be neutral: They dont want to nerf the general tanking strength of BrM, but deny them cheesing ability. This means less damage reduction coming from stagger, and more damage reduction coming passively from armor. [post]
  • Brewmaster rotation feels clunky and will be updated: BoS and BoF will get a direct defensive benefit by granting you Elusive Brawler stacks. Mastery numbers will be tweaked if this turns out to make mastery too strong.[post] BoS might get longer base CD and get cooldown reduced by TP. [post] (note: as we know, this has been scrapped.)
  • They arent happy with BrM ability to cheese stuff like fort brew +stagger pause surviving enraged bosses for prolonged periods. For this reason, the amount of stagger you can have in your stagger pool will be capped, early suggestions of 100% and 200% have been scrapped, and current suggestion is a cap of 1000% of your max health. [post]
  • BrM is too strong at mitigating big oneshots like Fel Scythes with their regular AM set. Pala surviving oneshots once per Divine shield/spellwarding CD is ok, BrM doing it every 30 sec with two PB (which are made available by buffering long periods of ISB) is not. [post]
  • BrM with MV is looked upon as “extremely strong” bordering to OP for magic mitigation, along with guardian druids. Druids just got Mark of Ursol removed, BrM might get looked at as well. [post]
  • To reduce BrM strength at reducing/ignoring oneshots, ISB and fort brew stagger % will be lowered. To compensate for this, base armor will be buffed, and the Staggering Around trait will be reworked, possibly upping Purifying brew percentage. [post]
  • It is currently too easy for BrM to stock up on large durations of ISB when offtanking or in low damage phases, and use brews only for purifies in more hectic phases. To counteract this, ISB will get a duration cap. Current suggestion being 3x ISB duration (including traits). [post]
  • They feel that monks reaching 100% ISB uptime is unproblematic, and are not looking to change that. The only problem they have is with the huge buffers they can build, like going into Botanist p3 with 2m+ of ISB. Nerfing ISB uptime is not a goal with these changes. [post] 
  • Other tanks can use AM resources for damage while offtanking or in periods with low incoming damage; Think warriors using rage on Revenge rather than Ignore Pain. They want BrM to also have this option rather than just spending brews on stacking ISB. [post]
  • Special Delivery will fill this role, and will be more reliable. [post]