The Fistweaving Compendium – Mythic+
Warning: Some of the below information is for patch 9.0.5. While the playstyle advice might still be useful, you should head to the Gearing article for updated legendary & gearing advice.
The following guide was written by Sweggles from Vesper on Area 52. He plays at an incredibly high level and is a premier contributor to the Mistweaving community. This is the dungeon version of the guide. It’s recommended that you start with the raid version which covers a lot of the basics of the playstyle. This guide is more heavily focused on which aspects can change in a dungeon environment.
Fistweaving is kind of a must in high level Mythic+ dungeons. While Upwelling is occasionally competitive in raid, that’s not the case in the heavily damage-focused dungeon format. Rising Mist offers valuable HoT extension and the ability to better prep for dangerous damage windows which can be clutch when healing is difficult. It also provides a lot of effectively free damage by reducing the number of GCDs you spend on pure healing spells.
How to Play
Make sure you read through the how to play section in the raid version of the guide first. Your rotation in dungeons is very similar.
Keys to success
- Keep Renewing Mist on cooldown.
- Keep Rising Sun Kick on cooldown.
- Anticipate incoming burst damage and use Vivify for heavy damage or Essence Font for moderate damage.
- If you are playing Ancient Teachings of the Monastery then aim to keep up the buff any time there is damage going out.
Remember that you are a proactive healer with Rising Mist, not a reactive one. You need to be ready for damage before it hits or you’ll be playing from behind. For Prideful for example you will want 4-5 Renewing Mists up before the damage starts to ramp up. This puts you in a great position to be able to spam large party-wide Vivifies.
When do I include Spinning Crane Kick instead of my single target rotation?
Refreshing Jade Wind is not optimal in a dungeon environment. Jade Serpent Statue is too slow and takes too many GCD’s. Chi-ji is the way, regardless of key level.
There are two very good Mythic+ legendaries, and two others that can see some niche use.
Ancient Teachings of the Monastery
S tier. Craft on: Hands. Recommended Stats: Any two of Haste / Crit / Versatility. Acronym: AtotM
This is the gold standard, just like it is in raid. It provides consistent, high HPS and great DPS. It’s everything you loved about the old Way of the Crane talent but in a cheaper, more enjoyable form. It does begin to run into trouble in very high keys where legendaries with a higher burst ceiling can start to compete closely.
Tear of Morning
S tier. Craft on: Helm. Recommended Stats: Any two of Haste / Crit / Versatility. Acronym: ToM
Tear of Morning is extremely good in high keys and affixes that are difficult to heal. There is nothing quite like blasting vivifies on the group with 4-5 Renewing Mist active. I’d recommend this if you’re pushing 17s and higher.
A tier. Craft on: Helm. Recommended Stats: Any two of Haste / Crit / Versatility. Acronym: ID
Invokers + Jade Bond + Chi-ji might just be the most burst DPS you can do on a pull. You’ll sit at 4-6k for its duration. Not bad, but not enough to recommend it as a core choice. It also provides insane burst healing and you’ll feel next to unkillable while Chi-ji is active. Not bad.
B- tier. Craft on: Helm. Recommended Stats: Any two of Haste / Crit / Versatility.
This one is purely for DPS, mostly on low keys. Eliminating a mob on each pack with a 30-40k Touch of Death is a reasonably solid contribution. You probably won’t find yourself equipping this now but if we’re ever able to wear two legendaries at once then it might slide back into the picture.
Quick Fire Questions
What Conduits do I play?
Resplendent Mists 90% of the time. You can play Jade Bond on lower keys with Invoker’s Delight but I recommend Resplendent Mists. If you are Night Fae and want more DPS you can play Way of the Fae. If you have double potency just play whatever is the highest item level, either Jade Bond or Rising Sun Revival, the difference is minimal.
What is the best Covenant if I care only about Mythic+?
Probably Kyrian or Night Fae but the gap here is very small. Venthyr can be a common pick purely for dungeon buffs in Halls of Atonement and Sanguine Depths since most DPS go with other covenants. If you’re already Necrolord then it probably isn’t worth swapping.
What are my stat priorities?
Item level & Intellect are still by far your most powerful stats and no secondary stat is bad in Mythic+. If you’re dealing with a lot of equal item level pieces, grab 10% Haste, ~70% mastery and then focus on Crit and Versatility. If you’re finding healing to be easy then drop mastery in favor of stats that give you more DPS. Don’t drop item level for different secondary distributions. You can find tune your gear with QE Live.
Rising Mist is one of the most fun, dynamic and challenging playstyles in the game. If you’ve not tried it yet you should because there is little else like it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you should bring that same attitude to your gameplay. Put yourself in a mindset where you’re always improving, always looking for little bits and pieces you can do better. Check out the raid guide for an in-depth section on improving your gameplay.
If you want to watch Sweggles Fistweave live, you can follow him on Twitch (https://twitch.tv/SwegglesQT), or on Discord (sweggles#0001). You can also leave a comment below if you have a question that wasn’t answered above.