First my creds are for anyone to see, just click Gonins picture on the left and check out what I have done. They are not immensely impressive as of yet, but they are working forward in the right direction. I have been healing as a mistweaver since 85 and I would hope have a fairly good gasp on how they work. If anyone with more experience or higher tier raiding or pvp experience has something to add or disclaim please feel free to do so.
Disclaimer: Everything in this guide is my opinion, and my opinion alone, these are things I have done, and the method that is best for me as of now. I will be editing as things change, as my opinion changes, and as new opinions are made obvious.
-Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ-
Note this section is about the questions I have answered or have seen and can answer as to mistweaving on this site, they might not be exactly the same question, but they are the general gist and are still asked quite a bit.
Q: Can Mistweavers heal in raids or high end PVE/PVP in melee?
A: it is really two different questions. The first is easy, yes, mistweavers right now can heal in melee. (commonly called Fist Weaving, BTW) They can actually heal for quite a big chunk at that.
The second part is healing value, vs mana cost vs damage you are assuredly going to take in melee. Wether or not fist weaving is better than casting is debatable for me, regardless whether or not I think its more fun. I wont get into the specifics, simply because I intend to later in the guide, but right now, I see fist weaving almost as a near functional novelty somewhat similar to atonement healing, without the benefit of being at ranged.
Q: Do I wear cloth or leather? Do I stack int and spirit like other healers or AGI?
A: First, always wear your maximum armor tier you can, I know of no class that doesn't get a bonus for wearing all its max armor in all slots. This is true for mistweavers as well. The second question is just as simple, Mistweavers are healers and use mana, always stack int and spirit in those cases. In fact, Mistweavers get almost -no- bonus for AGI at all.
Q: Int VS spirit? What stats should I reforge?
A: This is actually a interesting question at the beginning, but in the end, has the same basic logic as any other healer. The reason its a bit more interesting is because unlike any other healer I am aware of, mistweavers spell power translates into attack power point for point, which translates into more damage, which translates into more eminence healing. INT, provides both spellpower and crit chance, which would make it a bit more useful to stack.
That said, there is no doubt in my mind that without allot of spirit and focusing on it with your food and your flask buff, your going to have issues in raids and heroics. That as a aside, I have yet to see my spirit come close enough to my intellect to pose any real major threat to my crit and spellpower.
Second question is a preference choice, but the way I stack up if I need to reforge is Spirit> Int > Haste (until the soft cap) > Crit > Mastery > Haste (after the soft cap)
Fereveralone had this to say: The whole flasking and eating spirit is kinda not that great. Spirit is best gained through reforging and gemming, due to the 2:1 nature of gems and lack of losing intellect from reforging.
Intellect in general is better than spirit (for flasks and food at least) unless you're like, below 470 item level.
I actually need to check this out! Thanks Fereveralone.