I’ve played World of Warcraft since day one of release, which in retrospect must’ve been a truly dreadful experience to go 8 years without my precious Monk. I have played every class in the game to a top 100 rank in my career and earned Cutting Edge in every role for a single tier multiple times. Most recently on my Monk, I was the rank 2 world (rank 1 US) Brewmaster on WCL for Nighthold. I’ve been an active part of the tanking community for almost a decade now, but only began contributing to Peak of Serenity at the end of Legion.
Come Battle for Azeroth, I’ll be returning to my Monk after my brief Antorus foray into the world of Shadow Priest. I hope to help guide the Brewmaster section of Peak of Serenity to an era of excellence.
Moving into Battle for Azeroth, I’ll still be continuing to play Brewmaster, swapping to Windwalker when a friend wants to tank instead in mythic plus, and Mistweaving in PvP. I also fully intend to keep raiding at the high level and continue getting every Cutting Edge (or maybe even Hall of Fame).
My UI contains a large number of addons, with the most pertinent ones being:
- Elvui — profile can be found on my wago.io page
- Exorsus Raid Tools
- Threat Plates
- Weakauras2 — my auras can be found on my wago.io page
- XIV Databar
In action, it all looks something like:
Hello, I’m emallson, a main tank for The Exiled on US-Arthas. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft on-and-off since the end of The Burning Crusade, but only began raiding at the beginning of Legion. Beginning as a hunter in Emerald Nightmare, I switched to Brewmaster mid-Nighthold to fill a tank slot in my heroic guild’s roster and have been playing Brewmaster ever since.
Shortly after Antorus launched, I picked up the then-unmaintained Brewmaster modules on WoWAnalyzer. Through this, I became involved in the Brewmaster community on Discord, and have since become a contributing theorycrafter.
As we enter BFA, I will be continuing to play BrM as a raid tank with the goal of knocking out Cutting Edge: Uldir relatively early in the tier. Aside from that, I’ll be playing a mixture of Monk and Paladin in Mythic+ depending on how my interests sway and how my guild’s roster pans out.
I started writing for Mistweaver during the tail end of the Legion beta, on a blog called Crane Style Healing (which is now no longer up to date) because of the lack of up to date resources available to the spec at the time. Since then, I’ve become the Mistweaver admin of the Monk discord server, and write and maintain the Mistweaver guides on Peak and on Wowhead. I also created and maintain the Teachings of the Red Crane spreadsheet for raiding Mistweavers.
Disappointed with the Mistweaver rework in Legion, I decided to play Disc Priest for all of that expansion as it was new and an interesting challenge to figure out how it worked. With many positive changes in BfA, I am returning to Monk and played Mistweaver extensively in beta. Going into BfA I plan on playing Mistweaver for raids and some M+, Windwalker for any solo content or Islands, and Brewmaster for M+ when I can’t find a tank.
I have gotten Cutting Edge achievements for as long as they have existed, raiding consistently in top 500 world guilds. I also created and run the general healer role discord.
I started playing WoW in 2007 and have been playing my Monk consistently since a few weeks before Throne of Thunder was released. During that time I have maintained high overall rankings and raided within and around the US100 level on a very minimal raid schedule.
I am the former moderator on MMOChampion Monk forums for over two years where much of the Monk theorycrafting and discussion took place, and now administrator of the PeakofSerenity Discord. I also post frequently to answer questions on Reddit’s /r/wow, managing the weekly Firepower Fridays DPS thread. I stream all my raids to Twitch, upload kill videos to YouTube, occasionally Tweet, and answer questions in-game and on Discord.
I have played WoW since Mists of Pandaria, but didn’t start raiding until late in Warlords of Draenor, and have been playing Windwalker since the start of legion. I maintain the Windwalker module on WoWAnalyzer and have also done some work with the Windwalker profile in SimulationCraft.
You don’t want to copy my UI 😀
I contribute to the Monk class module for SimCraft along with several other members of the community as well as actively participate in discussions on the World of Warcraft game forums as a member of Blizzards MVP program.