I want to ask about experience or just opinions if it is possible to soak the “titan sparks” of Rages and Strength as with a Brewmaster. We have found that a moonkin which was guardian speced (with heavy stamina gear) have done that. We would favour such a “HP-soaking” tactic, because we have no hunter/roque or other good soaking class (beside WW Monk) and can deal with the additional healing required. In addition we only raid 2 times a week and would prefer not to train (in our case maybe a “strange”) soaking rotation.
Yesterday we made some tries with our moonkin going heavy stamina gear and guardian spec. He soaked rages and some strength sparks and we made promising progress. We just died before the first transition phase. We used a Ret. Paladin on strength adds and no melee on boss, so we can handle the adds. It seems that our DPS and our HPS output is just about ok. But me, as a Windwalker, gets some extra damage from rages while focusing adds. So we thought that it will maybe better that I soak sparks as Brewmaster and the moonkin makes damage. In addition I will be able to heal with statue and ChiWave, to help with healing. I calculated roughly that I will be able to get up to 700k+ HP as Brewmaster (have iLvl ~ 504 | iLvL 501 with T14 set bonus).
What do other monks (I only play Brewmaster as 2nd Spec) think about “HP-soaking” as Brewmaster? Is it a viable option or do you see some drawbacks compared to a “heavy stamina” guardian druid? In my view as a cooldown I have Guard, Fortifying Brew, Zen Meditation and Diffuse Magic which is quite solid. Anybody has tips if I try this next week?