Mistweaver Monk PvP Guide | 8.3 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // June 16, 2020

This guide was produced with:

  • 17+ Rank 1
  • Winner of the 2014 World Championship


Best race:

  • Human is usually required when playing Alliance as Relentless is a must to survive in matchups where you’re trained and constantly put into stuns – you’ll also get Every Man for Himself to break out of any deadly stuns every 3 minutes

Alternative race:

  • Night Elf is a decent alternative pick as it allows you to drop combat on demand with Shadowmeld and go for a drink


Best race:

  • Orc is both the best Horde race and the best overall race as you get a passive reduction to stuns via Hardiness which is needed to survive frequent kill attempts while still being able to play with Gladiator’s Medallion – you also get Blood Fury which can be used to increase your healing when needed


Tiger’s Lust can be considered when playing with a melee that needs assistance in maintaining up time on their target

Song of Chi-Ji is a decent pick when playing comps that have limited crowd control to assist your team in setting up kills


  • Gladiator’s Medallion should be used in matchups where you need to break out of important crowd control, such as Blind against rogues
  • Relentless is usually a great pick when playing as a human and you expect to frequently be put into stuns or if the opposing team has lots of short duration crowd control, for example against destruction warlocks


  • Chrysalis
  • Zen Focus Tea
  • Counteract Magic is extremely useful when facing casters that with some form of damage over time debuff (ele shamans, balance druids, shadow priests, fire mages and warlocks)



  • Vitality Conduit – incredibly strong major essence for all healers that should be used when you need additional healing output or simply an extra defensive cooldown to help your team survive against opposing crowd control chains
  • Conflict and Strife – isn’t used too often but can be considered if you need the additional versatility to help you survive when being stunned against high burst comps, such as rogue mage
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams – best pick for sustaining your mana in longer dampening games against comps without high burst damage, such as shadowplay
  • The Crucible of Flame – not frequently selected but can be used to increase your damage in 2s




  1. Versatile – your best choice for the passive increase to your favored stat
  2. Surging Vitality – alternate pick to proc your best stat

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Crit

/cast [target=focus] Paralysis

Required to fake cast when rooted:

/cancelaura Roll

  • 0
    17 months ago
    I'm leveling a MW monk to do PvP Are there any significant differences in arena and random bgs?
  • 3
    17 months ago
    Is all this still current with new changes to god bubble cd? Having 3xBurst of life for a 1.4 min cd seems wrong. Now that its not a 50 sec cd, it doesn't line up with everyone's offensive cds. Would running 3xSecret Infusion be more usefull for a 30 sec cd for 2300 vers/crit/haste?
  • 0
    19 months ago
    Hey there, i would ask which corruption level is cap for mw in pvp?
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