If you choose to play a Warrior, take this as your warning: you are going to be slowed/immobilised/rooted/Cycloned/stun etc. a whole lot! And yeah, this sucks dick but remember that the people you are playing with aren’t the people you’re playing against; don’t take your frustrations out on them. No matter how much you shout for dispels, they won’t come any faster and I assure you that your team are trying their best to get you out of that CC. So as much as you want to rage, DON’T!
With that: Welcome to Warrior!
(Prot PvP is for fags!)
I’m not going to pretend to be all-knowing about professions so I’ll give 3 examples for Professions you can take, in order of how much time/money they take to achieve max level with.
So you have hit the final ding, grats on 85! What now? Well the first thing you want to do (if you haven’t already) is get to the Crucible of Carnage in Twilight Highlands and get yourself an Oversized Oblique Ogre Obliterator. Not the most amazing weapon, but it will do. After that look for the Bloodied Pyrium set; this is the crafted blue PvP plate set. You can buy it off the AH or else collect the mats and craft it yourself. Again, it’s not gonna knock your socks off, but you have just dinged so what do you expect. With this in hand, hit the BGs; I’ll see you in 2 weeks when you’re done with the honour farm. Hit Tol Barad whenever it’s up, and make sure to get your Conquest points cap every week. The one thing to note while farming Honour gear is to always get the gloves first; reduced cost on Hamstring is godly! Get it as soon as you can and you will notice the difference. Below are links to what you should be looking at getting for each part of the gearing up process:
Pre-BGs- Just after you ding, make sure you do Twilight Highlands and get the best greens you can:
BGs- Finished the honour grind and done a couple of weeks of arena for the weapon:
As you’re gearing up, you’re gonna want to make some changes with Reforging. The stat you are going to want to reforge to is Hit. Before anything else you want to make sure you have the 5% Hit you need for a PvP target. Nothing sucks more than missing in PvP, so make sure you don’t.
Gemming; Resilience is king. When you first start out and even later on you always want to be trying to max your resilience. The 3 major gems you want to look at using are: Resplendent Ember Topaz, (red) Mystic Amberjewel (yellow) and Steady Dream Emerald (blue). These 3 gem types are going to maximise your Resilience, which is going to help keep you alive during PvP. The only time you would want to use a different gem is if you are lacking Hit, at which pointing a Etched Demoneye (blue) is the way to go.
Enchanting is quite simple. For weapons, use Hurricane and then Landslide if you’re rich. Boots; Stam/speed or Mastery/speed. If you’re unsure check the armoury or the Chardev profiles above.
34/7/0 with Improved Slam is a really nice arena build, but make sure you remember to actually use Slam. It will help you dish out the damage and maximise you Reck.
32/6/3 is an older build without Improved Slam but I have 1 point in Blitz which is a great talent. If you find yourself not getting enough use out of Slam, try swapping to this build. If you’re fresh to warrior and fancy something simple this is probably the better of the two.
Warrior glyphs are quite black and white; there are the ones you use and the ones you don’t.
Add-ons and UI are completely individual. What works for someone might not work for someone else. I’ll list the ones that I use myself, but for an extensive guide, check out syeren’s guide in the Guides section!
This isn’t a full list of every warrior macro out there because there are just far too many and quite frankly, I think some are useless. The major problem with the overuse of macros is having too many bloody binds; if you have Pummel on “1″ then you can use that single bind to hit anyone with Pummel. If you have a Focus Pummel Macro on “1″, then you lose this bind and have to use another bind if you ever want to pummel your target. So my personal suggestion would always be to learn to use Mouseover macros rather than Focus ones. You can set up a Mouseover macro so that it will cast on your main target unless you are mousing over someone, which frees up your binds. Alternatively, you can just learn to tab target really fast.
The following is a list of the macros I personally use, followed by some you might find useful:
/cast Mortal Strike
#showtooltip Enraged Regeneration
/cast Enraged Regeneration
#showtooltip Deadly Calm
/cancelaura Inner rage
/use Bloodthirsty Gladiator's Badge of Victory
/cast Deadly Calm
Intervene Healer: (I would recommend having this on a completely separate bind which you can smash in any stance for a quick Intervene. I would also recommend having a separate Intervene which is not macrod in any way.)
/cast Defensive Stance
/cast [target=playername] Intervene
Shield Reflect: (For this to work you want to set up a gear set called “Shield”, which is your normal PvP set but with a 1H and Shield. Also make sure you have your 2H on a bind so you can quickly swap back.)
#showtooltip Spell Reflection
/cast [stance:3] Battle Stance
/cast Spell Reflection
Shield Wall: (For this to work you want to set up a gear set called “Shield”, which is your normal PvP set but with a 1H and Shield. Also make sure you have your 2H on a bind so you can quickly swap back.)
#showtooltip shield wall
/cast shield block
/cast shield wall
/cast [nostance:2] defensive stance
Pummel: (The reason to have the “/stopcasting” in the macro is that if you are not using a spec with Improved Slam, and you want to interrupt, you can without having to wait for your Slam cast to finish)
That’s the end of the list of macros that I personally use; here are some ones I could recommend you to try and see if you like them:
Pummel, mouseover: (As I mentioned above this is a macro that will Pummel your main target unless you have a target on mouseover; then it will pummel that target)
/cast [target=mouseover,harm] Pummel; [harm] Pummel; Pummel
Shield Reflect: (This is exactly the same as the one I use except that it also cancels your Reck if you have it up. I prefer not to use it as I use Reflect when I’m being aggressive such as reflecting a cyclone that it meant to stop my damage and at times like that, I don’t want to lose my Reck. However this macro is perfect for a novice and would be my suggestion as it’s safer)
#showtooltip Spell Reflection
/cast [stance:3] Battle Stance
/cast Spell Reflection
So what to play as a Warrior? I’m only going to look at 3v3 because unfortunately 5v5 is dead.
So you have geared up, got your spec, sorted your glyphs and you have got your teammates. What now? Well it’s time to get the most awesome achievement of them all: “Step into the Arena”.
If you’re doing arena, you need Voice communication and I don’t mean the in-game stuff. Ventrilo and Teamspeak are both great if you have them but my personal suggestion is to simply use Skype. It’s free to download and use and it’s really simple.
Ok, Warrior in arena; what are you aiming to do? Well the primary role of a Warrior in arena is damage, obviously. As well as damage, you also have some pretty nifty debuffs to play with: Hamstring, Mortal Strike, Demo. Shout, Thunder Clap. It’s all good stuff. However, you want to bring the hurt, so number 1 priority – after staying alive – is to do damage. If you’re unsure of the best way to DPS as an Arms Warrior then head over to Elitist Jerks. Go to their warrior forums and read up on how to smack stuff really hard. That aside, you want to remember 3 main things: always have Rend up, always have Hamstring up and always use Colossal Smash if it’s up.
When picking a target to go on, you have to think about two things. Number 1, how much damage are you going to do to them? If you’re focused on a mage, your damage on them isn’t going to be too great and you’re gonna be snared and slowed a lot, so you can’t really train them all that well. However you also have to consider what you are preventing if you do go on them. If you’re on the mage you’re going to prevent a lot of his casts; both damage and CC, which is very important and if you choose to ignore him then you are going to allow him to free cast. Some examples of good targets are:
There isn’t a right or wrong answer and it all depends on the setup you play. The best way to learn is to learn from your mistakes, leave someone and see what the consequences are. Don’t be afraid to evolve your tactics and target mid-fight either; if something is obviously not working, switch it up and try something new.
So you have your target set and you have gotten your Charge off; smack on the Hamstring, get the Rend up and whack on a Colossal Smash! What now? Well you train the target, run after them and watch the big numbers. However this is the most important time to not get “tunnel vision”. Laying into a target is great, it creates pressure and can force mistakes. However, it’s all too easy to fall back into grind mode and not be aware of what’s happening around you. Don’t! Look as much as you can, keep the Hamstrings rolling but always be looking around and talk. TALK, TALK, TALK! When you’re training a target, or just in general, always be talking. Look for CDs being used by your opponents, if the Druid uses Tree Form, yell it out! If someone uses their trinket, yell it out! If a Mage Ice Blocks, yell it out! If your dog starts licking his balls, yell it out!
So you’re running around after the Lock and you notice that the Druid is stood in the middle of Nagrand Arena with no HOTs on himself and he has used his Tree Form. Talk to your team; tell them what you see and ask for a swap to the Druid. However, don’t go right that second; remember your team are only human so it’s gonna take a few seconds. Let them move a bit, maybe get some casts going and as you see the first frost bolts in the air or see the DOTs landing on the Druid, CHARGE! As always whip up the Hamstring and Rend, then start laying into them. If you have your Deadly Calm and Reck up, pop ‘em and bring the pain!
You got snared and slowed and rooted and Cycloned, and he got away. Chill. Look around for a new target and go smack ‘em. If you’re stuck in a Nova and all you can hit is a Warlock pet, do it! Damage on a pet is better than no damage. Look for your previous target before the swap and get back onto them as before; again work for maximum damage and force that Druid back out into the open.
So they have swapped to you, your healer is in a Deep Freeze and the frost bolts are coming your way, swap into Defensive and get Demo. Shout up, get a TC up as well and look at the mage’s cast. Wait for the frost bolt to almost be done and hit the shield reflect! Look at where your healer is, talk to them let them know where you are going and look to LOS any incoming damage from the ranged. Disarm a melee if you can and use your abilities to get the hell out of the there and back to safety. If your dipping really low pop Shield Wall and Enraged Regen, if you have a Health Stone now is the time to use it. Always remember to look for your healer and see where he is.
So the Druid’s back and this time you have your Trinket off CD, so when he roots you, trinket it and keep laying into him. The Druid is dropping fast; he’s down to 10% but his warrior has come to peel and he’s going to Charge stun you and the Druid’s going to get away…or you pop your Bladestorm, you’re immune to all his crap and your spinning around killing the druid. The druid is on 4%; keep spinning! It’s always tempting to cancel the Storm and go for the Execute, but the glory days when Execute actually executed people are over. Keep spinning and trust that the Bladestorm will finish him.
Yell it out! Let your team know the target is dead and that the match is almost yours! If you’re low, turtle; pop your Shield Wall! Don’t skimp on a CD now and lose it in the last minutes. Look for a new target, get healed up if you’re low and go again and finish them off! GG.
The best way to learn is to play. However, if you’re burned out on BGs and Arena or if you’re eating your dinner watch some movies or streams. My personal suggestions are:
Hoodrych: (yeah they are TBC and Wrath but they’re still awesome!)
Obviously a lot of the movies are old but I have to say I’m yet to see anything really good come out from warriors in Caty’ :(
If you got this far, thanks for reading the guide and I hope it has proved useful to you. Enjoy your Warrior and remember not too rage to hard. Hardware is expensive and throwing your mouse across the room won’t remove that Nova.