n theory, yes, you would get a higher HPM out of Soothing > Enveloping. In practice, this requires that Enveloping not result in high amounts of overheal. Heals are too strong and 90% of the fight your raid will be getting topped off consistently makes EM hard to use effectively. There are still times that you get enough of the effect to be worthwhile, but it's hard to have that consistently without it being mostly overheal. You would probably get more effective healing by using the chi generated with an uplift.
If you were actually doing difficult content that required big heals on the tank you wouldn't say stuff like this. Yes, Enveloping Mists isn't very useful in an LFR group with 3 Disc Priests and no one taking any damage. If your tank just got smashed by adds on Shek'zeer or is getting mangled (again by adds) on Wind Lord, for instance, you'll be much happier with Enveloping Mists. Overhealing is operator error.
These are problems. You shouldn't be SOL at any standard healing situation which is my whole point. To ignore these problems is a huge deal and that's all the problem of monk healing design. When you put so much emphasis on specific spells, it causes these gaps.
Yes, the spec isn't perfect. This is the only problem I see and it isn't a very big one (sometimes ReM timing doesn't line up in our favor, but most of the time it does, and when it doesn't we have SCK, Revival and also other healers). Just because there's one problem I would like to see fixed doesn't mean the sky is falling.
Superhero, despite your last line it sounds like you just don't like how the class plays (your comments about ReM and TFT). I didn't like how Priests heal, so I swapped to Monk, and I'm a lot happier. Maybe the class just isn't for you?
Do you think that fistweaving should be a standalone healing style?
Or do you think it's role is only to be a secondary to a straight casted healing style?
Since its inclusion, Blizzard has been pretty clear that DPS-healing (like Atonement or Fistweaving) should be secondary. I think it should stay that way, or you're just really playing a DPS that happens to have healing meters instead of DPS meters out.
Chi generation is incredibly unreliable.Chi gen is fine. You're supposed to generate it preemptively and use it when it would be most effective, not sit around casting Healing Sphere and then complain you can't use your Chi spells when the big damage goes out. If you need more or screwed up, there's always Jab.
Regarding Chi Torpedo, I have the same feeling that I do with casted healing spheres, I don't know how anyone in their right mind can see this is a well designed heal. It really feels like healing on a monk is somehow making novelty spells into core mechanics when it comes to using these as a core part of the arsenal. The simple fact that people are choosing these abilities over things like our tier 30 abilities is further to my point.
Chi torpedo is probably a lot better in 25 mans. Its. Free. Healing. That is amazing, full stop. One awesome thing about Healing Spheres is they only fire off when someone actually needs the healing.
Renewing Mist is probably one of the most powerful tools in the game. You can disagree with me all you want, but it won't make you right. I have -yet- to find a situation where I couldn't get an RM to go where I wanted it to (disregarding when RM was bugged. That was hell.)
This is my experience as well, for the most part. There's just been a few times that for whatever reason, the time where my TFT'd ReMs start falling off (or ReM never spread thanks to the raid being spread out too far). For instance, for whatever reason, on Elegon our kills of the adds (and thus, annihilations) always ended up happening when I only had 4 or 5 ReMs out, even though I had been casting ReM on CD the whole fight. I tried moving TFT around but didn't have much success. There's been a few other times that has happened. Not many, but a few.