As I’m pretty bored these days I decided to send an email to Ryan and ask if I can write a warrior guide for Hydramist. By the looks of it there is already a PvP one up in the guide section so I’ll be writing a PvE guide instead ^^ hope that you find it rather useful.
Let’s start off with the basics shall we?
A fury warrior’s role in a raid is pretty simple: Rotate abilities for maximized DPS while moving out of AoE. Warriors are melee DPS meaning that unlike ranged we need to watch our position closely, for example to NOT stand in front of a boss. By doing that we’ll get ourselves cleaved, and most likely get 1-shot. Best way of not fucking up is to keep your eyes open at all time and pay attention to what’s going on around you. This is where the PvP multitasking skills get to shine!
This is the standard fury warrior spec for raiding.
To PvE at a higher level of game play you’ll have to bind everything. By doing so you can easily rotate your abilities without hovering your mouse over different abilities. It also makes it easier for you to play while having everything key bound. So yeah! Better start key binding the abilities you are likely to use :)
There are also a few macros that I’ve found to be rather useful in PvE. Not only are they useful but also easy and retard friendly.
/equipslot 16 weapon1
/equipslot 17 weapon2
/cast Berserker Stance
/cast Shield Wall
/cast Blood Fury
/use Golemblood Potion
/cast Death Wish
(I use #showtooltip blood fury as I am an orc, but feel free to change it with Death Wish or w/e you’d like)
(The following ones are start-attack macros to prevent you from right clicking your target, or when you don’t have enough rage to start rotating abilities by using an ability)
#showtooltip Whirlwind (my favorite when AoEing)
#showtooltip Colossus Smash
/cast Colossus Smash
#showooltip Pummel (same macro I use for arms PvP, didn't bother making a new one)
#showtooltip Enraged Regeneration
/cast Enraged Regeneration
(A lot of people like combining rallying cry with this macro, but you can’t do it as sometimes there’s only need for one of them at a time. On bosses like Baleroc HC you can only pop self-heal when you soak a crystal; otherwise you’ll fuck up for the tank.)
The reason I didn’t include Raging blow and Slam is because the tooltip gets fucked sideways when you macro them.
That’s it for the macros you need (some are optional though).
There’s been a lot of theory craft behind fury warriors since cataclysm, and it turns out that the best rotation is:
Bloodthirst -> Raging Blow (use Berserker Rage to activate if necessary) -> Bloodthirst -> Free GCD. Colossus Smash between Bloodthirsts, delaying Raging Blow if necessary. Use Slam only when you have a Bloodsurge proc during a free GCD. Heroic Strike should only be used at 90+ rage with a threat of capping and should be lined up with Colossus Smash as much as possible. (Use sunders when you have a free GCD and the rage for it though.)
Just spam Whirlwind and Bloodthirst when AoEing. Cleave if you have the rage for it.
This is the rotation posted on Elitist Jerks. If you want to try SMF or Arms feel free to check their rotation @ http://elitistjerks.com/f81/t110350-cataclysm_warrior_faq_4_2_read_while_patching_before_posting/
What’s good for a fury warrior? (Also from EJ)
First get 8% hit, follow up with expertise cap (26 / 26) and then go for STR > Crit > Hit > Mastery > Haste. And yeah… even with the soft expertise cap there is still 7% ish chance for bosses to parry your attacks. Regardless, don’t get more then 26/26 expertise.
Arcanum of the Highlands (60 STR + 35 Mastery) Reputation faction in Twilight Highlands
Greater inscription of Jagged Stone (50 STR + 25 Crit) Reputation faction in Deepholm (Therazane)
Greater Critical Strike (65 Crit)
Peerless Stats (20 All stats)
Major Strength (50 STR)
Landslide (1000 AP on proc)
Landslide (Quite obvious ^^)
Mighty Strength (50 STR)
Dragonscale Leg Armor (190 AP + 55 Crit)
Lavawalker (35 Mastery + Minor Movement Speed)
How to gem is based on socket color and socket bonus. Your main goal when gemming is to optain as much strength as possible, and some crit if needed in order to get the socket bonus. Say if there’s a blue socket giving 10 STR then you might as well go for 40 STR gem instead of 20 STR + 20 Hit since you’ll be losing 10 STR vs gaining 20 Hit. If there’s a yellow socket giving 10 STR feel free to go with 20 STR + 20 Crit gem. A perfect example of this is the T12 chest with two yellow sockets & 20 STR socket bonus. In this case you REALLY want to go for 20 STR & 20 Crit gem in both the sockets. Same goes for T12 gloves. Iirc the T11 chest has a red and blue socket with 20 STR from socket bonus. In this case you want to go for 20 STR & 20 Hit + 40 STR gem because you won’t be losing strength anyway, and at the same time gain 20 hit rating.
Gems you are likely to use:
Bold Inferno Ruby (40 STR)
Inscribed Ember Topaz (20 STR + 20 Crit)
Etched Demonseye (20 STR + 20 Hit)
Now keep in mind that the ONLY time you will use this gem is when you don’t lose strength from gemming it. An example is the T11 chest.
Right… so as a warrior you can go with anything but mining, herbalism and skinning.
BS – 2 extra sockets
LW – Improved shoulder enchants, almost equivalent to BS
JC – Improved gems (67 STR instead of 40)
Engineering – Enchants on gloves (on-use), almost equivalent to a Landslide proc.
JC / BS will probably be the best combination next patch if JCs get improved JC gems :) we’ll see. Anyway the 3 professions above are certainly the best, and definitely worth skilling up for the bonuses. If you don’t have a lot of gold then go with Skinning / Herbalism / Mining. Even though they can’t compare to BS / JC / LW / Engi the small benefits are still better than no benefits at all!
3+ expertise with sword and mace + a PvP trinket if you were to get CCd in PvE (yes it is possible). Decent race because you can drop some expertise for crit if you were to use an axe or a sword in main-hand. An alright race, but nothing special besides the expertise bonus.
Can definitely help out the healers a bit when the raid is taking massive AoE damage, not a very good race for PvE though.
Cute and fluffy, but useless.
Only positive thing about nelf in PvE is that you can shadowmeld when you’re about to wipe and then mass-ress. In other words, pretty fucking useless unless you intend on wiping nonstop. OR! If you are broke and can’t afford repair bills feel free to stick with night elf.
1%+ hit chance and an ability to heal a friendly target. Certainly not a bad race for PvE, though you are most likely going to have a draenei in your raid anyway so doesn’t really matter (unless they changed the racial), and the heal isn’t really that amazing. All in all it’s an alright race for PvE.
They have 3%+ crit in worgen form (iirc?) which is quite decent. They also have an ability that increases movement speed by 40%, definitely good for legging it when you have to kite during a boss encounter.
If you play alliance I highly recommend that you go with worgen. Shit looking imo but their racials are godlike for warriors.
the racial gives 1100 attack power which is better than a Landslide proc and a 3+ expertise if you wear an axe. Definitely a good race for PvE.
Racial gives like 20% haste and that’s actually pretty badass if you combine it with your CDs. The haste will significantly increase your rage, meaning that you can pull a lot more DPS when CDs are up!
Does have the stun to interrupt trash mobs but all in all a shit race for PvE unless you tank.
A silence that gives you 20 rage. Decent for certain boss fights (like Alysrazor), or when you’re having a hard time getting the rotation going due to lack of rage. It will give you the rage you need to start your rotation. Nothing special compared to Troll / Orc.
They have a rocket jump that’s decent for getting away from adds you need to kite, and there’s also the rocket gloves for a bit more DPS. Goblins aren’t that amazing in PvE imo.
So yeah if you play horde I highly recommend that you play either troll or orc. Their racials are pretty badass and it will help your raid DPS by a little. Keep in mind that every little helps :)
If you don’t have a priest in the raid (10-man situation) but you do have a DK, get the commanding shout glyph and spam it while the DK spams Horn of Winters. A tip is to always keep a dozen of Dust of Disappearance (Can be bought off an inscription vendor in any major city) in your bags.
You are very likely to rage starve at some point whether it’s sooner or later. The best thing to do when it happens on a boss encounter is to use battle / commanding shout to get 30 rage, and slowly work on your rotation. If you have already used your shout, stand still and auto attack for about 2 – 4 seconds until you hit 45 – 60 rage and then start with the standard rotation: Bloodthirst -> Raging Blow -> Bloodthirst etc.
Honestly as a warrior you don’t need many addons. I only use Recount to keep track of my DPS, and Deadly Boss Mods to keep track of CDs on different boss encounters.
There are optional addons you can use as well. Bartender, CD-tracker etc is definitely used in PvE. It all goes down to personal preferences. All the addons can be downloaded at www.curse.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJCfe6YJ6Rc(Fury PoV by Klinda)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLQEXOXObTA(Fury PoV by Klinda @ level 80s)
HM footage & the end
I’ll be frapsing some hardmodes as soon as I get my ssd HD. It’s actually tons easier to show how to perform semi decently in PvE rather than writing it all down. If you found this guide somehow useful and interesting feel free to give feedback. Criticism is welcome as well. If you have any questions poke me in-game (Gingerz @ Outland).
With best regards, I hope that you found this guide useful.