Monk

Brewmaster monk with mage tower challenge appearance
Zen Meditation: Patch 7.2.5 gives Monks the good, the bad, and the ugly {PB} With the arrival of patch 7.2.5, I’m sure many a Monk is stressing out. Should I be excited? Should I repec? Should I keep doing what I’m doing? The start of a patch with major class changes can be filled with decisions on whether to re-gem or re-enchant, and whether or not you want...

Zen Meditation: Mastering the wind in PVP With the focus on new tiers coming out every other day, I admittedly haven’t gotten to do nearly as much PVP as normal. Legion‘s been pretty exciting overall — tons of new content, new instances, new everything. Heck, our entire class is also pretty new! However, we haven’t really discussed PVP. It’s like this entire...




A monk in Stormstout Brewery
Zen Meditation: Brewmaster secondary stats and when to use them Which Brewmaster stats are the most useful? Which ones should you be searching for? And which stats end up being the most useful in any given situation? Generally speaking, the answer lies in our secondary stats — Versatility, Mastery, Critical Strike, and Haste. But some discussion of Agility and Stamina always comes into this conversation...

Love is in the air for monks
Zen Meditation: A love for Monks When considering what I wanted to write for this month, I had a few options. I knew I wanted to do something Valentine’s Day themed for this week, and considered discussing all the wonderful things our monks can heal, DPS, or tank. However, after putting some thought into it, I realized that you, my readers,...

Zen Meditation: Brewmaster in patch 7.1.5 It’s been some time since we’ve met, fellow monks. I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season, with friends and family alike. This raid tier has nearly ended, and on the horizon, the Nighthold looms with the promises of 7.1.5. It seems that for what we’ve experienced in Legion, Brewmasters in particular have...

A monk in Stormstout Brewery
Zen Meditation: Monks in patch 7.1 Patch 7.1 has arrived. Not only do we get to hit up Trial of Valor, but we even get to have a nice nostalgia trip in Karazhan! But wait — what about our monks? Are there any class changes or other changes we need to be aware of? We’ve got you covered here!




A meditating mistweaver
Watcher provides a class balance update During last week’s Legion Q&A, Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas mentioned a number of balance hotfixes would be coming down the pipe this week, but most of those balance changes have been put on hold. The developers have decided it would be premature to make sweeping balance changes before the full breadth of endgame content is available...

Calligraphy on US-Stormreaver using Storm, Earth, and Fire
Zen Meditation: The many Windwalker identities This week Monks received the idea of a new iteration of Storm, Earth, and Fire, and the general area-of-effect (AoE) abilities for Windwalker. The reactions in the feedback thread were pretty wild, but let’s take a breath. Breathe. Meditate. Now let’s discuss the iterations of the Windwalker’s identity, and how that identity changes in the...



Pushing the limit of the Endless Proving Grounds Fragnance, a Swedish player hailing from the EU guild <Serenity>, decided to pit himself against one of the most unique challenges that the game had to offer: the Endless Proving Grounds for DPS. As of Sunday he managed to pull off 429 waves of Proving Grounds on an Unholy Death Knight, before eventually wiping. Let’s...

legion shaman casting a lightning spell
More iconic abilities returning in Legion Blizzard’s approach to class design in Legion centers around the “distinctive identity” of a class and its specializations. While past expansions have pruned abilities from classes, Legion looks to diversify a class’s specs with spec-unique skills and talent options. That has heralded the return of many iconic abilities, some of which are radically different from their original versions....

Pandaren Monk
Zen Meditation: Where are the champions of Monk lore? In the lull before Legion, the class hasn’t undergone terrible many iterations. Frankly, we aren’t expecting to see more changes to the live game, and one can only write so many posts about how to use Tigereye Brew. So what should we be talking about while we wait for more Monk news from the alpha? I asked you...

Christmas Perky Pug
Zen Meditation: Monk New Year resolutions It’s that time of year again. We’ve gotten done visiting our families, we’re reflecting on how the year’s come and gone, and maybe we’re even making plans for what we’re going to do in the new year. We might’ve even told ourselves we’ll cut back on the sugar, or maybe we want to do just a...

Diablo 3 Season 4 turns the tables on metagame and class popularity Analysis of Diablo 3 Season 4 started as early as a month in with a piechart graphic from Monstrous, a Diablo 3 forum MVP, that tracked class popularity in the leaderboards in 4-player, 3-player, 2-player, and solo groups across all seasons, using data from DiabloRank. Season 4 was already a blatant switch of class popularity trends, particularly...

Pandaren Monk
Zen Meditation: Monk class fantasy from the tavern brawler to the martial artist Sitting in the audience of the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon 2011, I found myself absolutely mesmerized by the idea of the Monk class to be introduced in Mists of Pandaria. After maining a Shaman for over eight years, I knew prior to even trying out the alpha of Monk this was the class for me. As a...

Leoric release date July 21 in North America Leoric’s release date in Heroes of the Storm has been revealed by the game’s official Polish Facebook page. The translation states Leoric is coming Wednesday — in North America, Europe’s Wednesday happenings come on Tuesday. Leoric will therefore become playable in North America on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22 in Europe. The Heroes of...

Breakfast Topic: Sometimes being strong is really fun Consider this a rebuttal to my earlier Breakfast Topic, because I just decided to take the Monk, slap heirlooms on it and really cut loose. Keep in mind, I did the entire leveling stream sans heirlooms. No XP boost, no constantly upgrading gear, just whatever greens and blues I could cobble together. So I figured,...