Mistweaver Monk T16 2pc and 4pc bonuses have been announced, and introduces an absorb for mistweavers.
- Item – Monk T16 Mistweaver 2P Bonus (New) When Gift of the Serpent spheres heal a player, they gain an absorb for 20% of the amount healed.
- Item – Monk T16 Mistweaver 4P Bonus (New) When your Renewing Mist heals a target, you have a 20% chance to cast a Chi Wave healing bolt that will not bounce at a nearby low health friendly target.
Blizzard is bringing another absorb to a class without one currently, perhaps to test how well monk mastery interacts as an absorb. Unfortunately, it is tied to Gift of the Serpent which is bound to make some Mistweavers pretty unhappy. With the exception of high end raiders pushing progression content, healing spheres aren’t very often deliberately run over by players to heal, it is more likely a player moves for something else and just happens to have a sphere in his or her path that heals.
For those confused about the wording on the 4pc, it essentially means that it is a single targeted extra Chi Wave healing bolt, not once that is bounced from another person. In theory, this should mean it would be a slightly “smarter” heal compared to a bounce.
With the 2pc bonus, it could end up being that mastery becomes a better stat for mistweavers than it has been this entire expansion. Or they are perhaps putting it upon mistweavers to nag their raiders to run over the healing spheres since they have an added absorb because spheres have been very underused. And it could be baby steps to making mastery into a real absorb for mistweavers not tied to a tier bonus.
Remember this is the PTR, so things could vastly change and get updated before 5.4 hits.