So WW Monks are perfectly viable with Staves while levelling? I bought the Heirloom Staff on a whim yesterday, forgetting that Monks could also dual wield. After the fact I realized that maybe Staves/Polearms were for tanking monks.
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For 2h vs 1h you lose 5 agility via enchants. If you really care about min maxing while leveling, you'd have a staff with fiery or life stealing for the first 10 levels.
DW maces with proc enchants for the next 10 then either set with passive agility until level 71. Followed by 2 axes from level 71-80.
That said, if you aren't rafing, then you probably aren't one of those people who are trying to rush out and get full bis pre raid by the end of the first week.
As for leveling spec. Brewmaster (in tiger stance) in my opinion is much much stronger than windwalker. You gain so much survivability for a very small amount of damage. Which if you're aoe pulling is completely negated through vengeance. Even the mastery for windwalker spec isn't strong. The only way it is somewhat useful leveling atm is for the extra healing you occasionally get from blackout kick, and if you're relying on random procs like that when leveling then you're going to HATE how often you die once you reach mop zones (specifically bunny caves in valley)
So for that i will go staff/polearm seeing how only druids will want them and as far as DW you got to fight rogues and shamans for them on top of need 2 of them.
I wouldn't bother getting the axe if you don't have it yet. This quest Continue Your Training: Master Hsu is the level 80 monk training quest. Yeah, the reward is a 2 hander, but it's pretty good for level 80. Those 3 are actually among the top polearms for level 80 now. It's basically on par with the polearm that BQL drops in 25N ICC. Easier to do that than spend time doing arch for something you might not get, and would replace quickly in hyjal anyways.
the axe is level 71... so that is 9 levels of OPness...
that mastery expertise one looks a bit nicer then the crit one TBH... expertise when leveling is never bad.
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Did they up the chance to get rares with archy??? i did 5 solves on the Vrykul and got both the horn that makes you big and the axe
Last edited by Nemesis003; 2012-09-01 at 03:43 AM.
Well if DW or 2H pull similar numbers, then you could make a decision based on which (Two maces or Staff) has more stats at any given level.
But thank you for mentioning the staff now, as I am going to purchase it briefly.