Both Brewmaster and Vengeance!
I love both classes, and for entirely different reasons. I get very excited about Brewmaster’s ironskin/purify gameplay and the artifact Fu Zan. And I can’t wait to leap around and play with talent builds as Vengeance. There’s a lot to look forward to!
True, if we’re being realistic I have to prioritize one over the other. The first few weeks of an expansion are a rush, and with my full time job and other obligations, it’s going to be difficult to level and gear two characters in time for raids.
So here are my plans:
I will be leveling my demon hunter first. But don’t think of this as a betrayal! Or seeing the “writing on the wall” or picking what I think will be the best tank for mythic raids (because I don’t care about that). There’s two reasons for this:
- I want to do the new cool thing first.
- I want to try out Vengeance in raids.
I know Brewmasters well. They’re intuitive for me. And they got that way because I’ve played one so long, so I want to give Vengeance a chance to catch up. I haven’t raided much as Vengeance, whereas I’ve raided years as Brewmaster. I want tanking as a Demon Hunter to become as second-nature as tanking on a Monk.
Once I get my demon hunter to 110, I’ll split my time between gearing her up and leveling my monk. Probably slightly favoring the DH, but the goal here is to get both studying artifact knowledge asap.
After things settle down, I can start gearing my brewmaster. My GM/cotank and I have mutual goals of playing two tank specs each, allowing me to raid as both Brewmaster and Vengeance (and he will play druid and paladin). I’m lucky to be in that situation, and I’m taking full advantage of it. I’ll probably be favoring demon hunter for the first raid, then once drops become commonplace I’ll pull in the monk.
My biggest concern is doing reputations. In my beta experience, gearing for raids wasn’t too bad, I just need to do world quests and dungeons and I enjoy those. Artifact power was a little rough at first, but it got easy with lots of artifact knowledge, and you can bet that I’ll have both characters studying artifact knowledge side-by-side. But reputations, specifically Nightfallen, are a slow grind that doesn’t speed up much on the second character. As there are two dungeons locked behind Nightfallen rep, it’s fairly important.
It’s also true that playing both will probably mean I won’t be as optimal. That’s a hit I’m willing to take, since tanks depend a little less on being Best In Slot. I’d rather be able to deeply understand the two classes I’m playing than to have the very highest gear and artifact traits on just one.
Anyway, I’m eager to jump into Legion and experience what’s to come! I think two characters will be a lot to handle for a little ol’ casual like myself, but I’m excited to play both classes that I adore.