This page gives you a brief overview of the Mistweaver Monk artifact weapon, Sheilun, Staff of the Mists, with a focus on what paths you should take when starting out. Feedback is appreciated, you can leave comments at the bottom of the page or tweet @Daemagor.
Initial Path (First 6 Traits): Grabbing The Mists of Sheilun adds some extra healing to Enveloping Mists and Renewing Mists which will help in dungeons and raids. Grabbing Mists of Life will add very good burst healing to a huge defensive cooldown.
Continued Path (Trais 7-10): Grabbing Extended Healing will add even more healing to your Renewing Mist, but giving you more chances for Uplifting Trance to proc. Getting Dancing Mists works relatively the same to Extended Healing.
Finishing Your Artifact: I recommend getting Blessings of Yu'lon first as your second Gold Trait as I like having the extra free healing on Revival. If you have your Life Cocoon in a tank external rotation Protection of Shaohao can add even more protection to your tank and let the HoT healing buff last longer.
This is my recommended trait order after empowering your artifact weapon. After the first 6, you can really go in any order you feel suits you best. The new gold trait for Mistweavers is not good at all and why I prioritize it very late and could honestly get it even later. Whispers of Shaohao will heal anyone within 10 yards of the cloud itself, not the monk, and other players can’t see the mists. This trait will be bad in dungeons and on raid fights with lots of movement. If the raid can stay stacked around the monk the trait can find some use but otherwise it’s not that good of a trait.
Most of the time you will want to get relics with the highest Item Level as the extra Intellect and base weapon stats will be better. The exception to that is relics for Extended Healing, even if the relic is 5-10 Item Levels lower it will still be a better option.
I use the CrucibleWeight addon to figure out which relics are better overall. To import the string, go to the Netherlight Crucible, click on the sidebar (gray bar with several arrows), click on import, and then copy paste the string below.
November 27, 2017 (Artifact Weapon and Relics) - Added Netherlight Crucible information.
June 15, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - -Reworded AoE tips, tier, and talents.
June 11, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Reviewed guide for patch 7.2.5. Updated BiS lists, stat weights, legendary items, and talent builds.
April 27, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Drape of Shame spreadsheet.
April 20, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Added the addons page with WeakAura information.
April 02, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Added Tomb of Sargeras gear and new trinket simulations to the stats and gearing page; updated the empowered artifact traits paths.
March 28, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Added Pawn Import Codes for stat weights.
March 27, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Reviewed and updated the guide for patch 7.2, including talent and legendary changes, and empowered artifact paths.
March 27, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Tweaked "Top legendaries" lists.
February 25, 2017 (Mistweaver Monk Guide) - Updated BiS gear list with minor changes to waist, boots, and chest, along with adding legendary items to the list itself, and major updates to the trinket section.