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[7.1] - Arms - Pointing Your Weapon In The Right Direction

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     First off, welcome! I am Sajakain and my main class has always been a warrior with the very first one being a Night Elf on the EU realms. I started toward the end of Vanilla and the start of Burning Crusade. Primarily I fancy the DPS side of the Warrior and it's what I feel I do best. From time to time I have dabbled in tanking but we'll leave that aspect to Estarriol.

     This guide is written by me, obviously. It really is a single collection of multiple sources that include, but are not limited to, Blizzard patch notes, other guides, forum discussions, in-game theorycrafting and testing, using SimulationCraft, reviewing logs. . . a whole slew of resources. Hopefully this guide will be able to present relevant information to you, separated by self-titled sections, in an easy-to-understand fashion. It is worth noting that, as you progress with your Warrior or conduct your own research you may find something in this guide that doesn't make sense or... may actually be wrong. That's completely acceptable by me and, with such questioning, I'd be glad to sit down with you and discuss your findings and questions over a mug of whatever the Brew of the Month is at the time while we figure out what's right.

     With all this being said, let's get to the guide! I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed composing it.

 

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     Before we get knee deep into things, I'd like to make you aware of some other resources at your disposal. It is only fitting that I provide these up front as these resources are what I use to improve my performance in game and, ultimately, compose this very guide. If you should have any questions about these resources, don't hesitate to ask!

 

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1. Which does more damage: Arms or Fury?
 
     This discussion is pretty heated more often than not and, frankly, comes down to results compiled by SimulationCraft. As such, people generally take these results and use it to determine which spec they'll play.

     I cannot give this question justice better than that of what Azortharion has said. In relation to the question of "Does anyone have a class/spec DPS comparison sim?" he said this:
 
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Any class DPS Sims on the Internet are essentially flawed by design. Single target DPS does not often make a spec good in its own right in a progression setting, and choosing spec or class based on these sims is simply misinformed. In short, the answer is "yes, but none that are correct". Additionally, all simulations currently out there have other significant flaws even if we were to pretend that they actually matter.

 
 
2. What kind of weapon should I use?
 
     The bottom line is use the 2H weapon that has the most damage. This means the 2H weapon that has the highest item level. It does not make a difference as to whether or not it's a 2H Axe, Sword, or Mace or whether it is a Polearm. Under no circumstance should an Arms Warrior use a 1H weapon of any kind.
 

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Alliance:

Horde:

Neutral:


     The objective of Blizzard making these changes was to (hopefully) level the playing field between the races. As you can tell there are some that may seem more beneficial than others (such as the guaranteed bonus damage that comes from the Dwarf and Tauren Racials). The end result is simply to pick whichever race you really enjoy whether it be a dwarf of the Alliance or an orc of the Horde. It's really up to you!

 

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     Talents, in 7.0.3, have moved closer to Blizzard's goal of personal choice. Each choice you make can be beneficial in respective situations. Use your best judgement of your needs (or your raid's needs) and select the appropriate talent. Listed here are my observations of each tier.

     Speculation Note: It is advisable to run simulations as you obtain gear for talent choices. As always - select the talent that is most appropriate for the encounter you are facing and your raid team's needs. These choices are based off current simulations and a "Patchwerk" style fight. They can change very quickly with hotfixes and class changes implemented by Blizzard. Finally, it is very important to realize that my recommendations come with a Focused Rage oriented build. Again, other circumstances can make another talent more viable (such as constant AoE, dungeon runs vs raid progression, etc.)

 

Tier 1 / Level 15:

  • DauntlessDauntless: Your abilities cost 20% less Rage.
  • OverpowerOverpower: Overpowers the enemy, causing 375% Physical damage. Cannot be blocked, dodged or parried, and has a 60% increased chance to critically strike. All your melee attacks have a chance to activate Overpower.
  • Sweeping StrikesSweeping Strikes: Mortal Strike and Execute hit a second nearby target.

     After recent updated information, Dauntless is seems to be the go-to option here. Sweeping Strikes, if the adds are able to be stacked and you're dealing with 2 targets, specifically.

 

Tier 2 / Level 30:

  • ShockwaveShockwave: Sends a wave of force in a frontal cone, causing [(125% of Attack Power) * 1.25] damage and stunning all enemies within 10 yards for 4 sec. Cooldown reduced by 20 sec if it strikes at least 3 targets.
  • Storm BoltStorm Bolt: Hurls your weapon at an emey, causing 60% Physical damage and stunning for 4 sec. Deals quadruple damage to targets permanently immune to stuns.
  • Double TimeDouble Time: You can use Charge twice in a row, but it can only grant Rage once every 12 sec. Each use has a 20 sec recharge time.

     Double Time is the go-to here as Storm Bolt appears to no longer quadruple the damage done to permanently immune mobs. If a mob needs to be stunned then Storm Bolt may be viable while Shockwave is generally used for massive AoE control situations.
 

Tier 3 / Level 45:

  • Fervor of BattleFervor of Battle: Whirlwind deals 30% increased damage to your primary target.
  • RendRend: Wounds the target, causing (540% of Attack power) Bleed damage over 15 sec.
  • AvatarAvatar: Transform into a colossus for 20 sec, causing you to deal 20% increased damage and removing all roots and snares.

     Avatar is the go-to choice here. Depending on AoE situations, Fervor of Battle can be useful if you're in such a situation to continuously spam AoE.


Tier 4 / Level 60:

  • Second WindSecond Wind: Restores 6% health every 1 sec when you have not taken damage for 5 sec.
  • Bounding StrideBounding Stride: Reduces the cooldown on Heroic Leap by 15 sec, and Heroic Leap now also increases your run speed by 70% for 3 sec.
  • Defensive StanceDefensive Stance: A defensive combat state that reduces all damage you take by 20%, and all damage you deal by 10%. Lasts until cancelled.

     Bounding Stride should be your default choice here. Second Wind is great for leveling, maybe, and Defensive Stance (aside from being really weird as a talent) is only to be used if you seem to have a problem surviving heavy-hitting mechanics that are unavoidable otherwise.


Tier 5 / Level 75:

  • In For The KillIn For The Kill: Mortal Strike generates 20 Rage when used against targets that are below 20% health.
  • Mortal ComboMortal Combo: Mortal Strike now has a maximum of 2 charges.
  • Focused RageFocused Rage: Focus your rage on your next Mortal Strike, increasing its damage by 50%, stacking up to 3 times. Unaffected by the global cooldown.

     Ah... the Mortal Strike tier. Considering my recommendations are centered around Focused Rage, it should be obvious that this it the talent of choice.


Tier 6 / Level 90:

  • Deadly CalmDeadly Calm: Battle Cry also reduces the Rage cost of your abilities by 100% for the duration.
  • TraumaTrauma: Slam and Whirlwind now cause the target to bleed for 20% additional damage over 6 sec. Multiple uses accumulate increased damage.
  • Titanic MightTitanic Might: Increases the duration of Colossus Smash by 16 sec, but reduces its effectiveness by 20%.

     Deadly Calm is the choice here as it vital to the rotation and necessary for the use of a Focused Rage + Hamstring macro to proc Tactician during Battle Cry.


Tier 7 / Level 100:

Anger ManagementAnger Management: Every 10 Rage you spend reduces the remaining cooldown on Battle Cry by 1 sec.
Opportunity StrikesOpportunity Strikes: Your melee abilities have up to a 60% chance, based on the target's missing health, to trigger an extra attack that deals 160% Physical damage.
RavagerRavager: Throws a whirling weapon at the target location that inflicts [7 * (250% of Attack power)] damage to all enemies with in yards over 7 sec.

     Of the three here, Anger Management is the go-to choice. Ravager can be taken for AoE situations. It's worth noting that the over time effect of Ravager is affected by your haste.

    

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     This is one of the most discussed topics I come across. I considered putting this in the "F.A.Q." section but, in my opinion, it is so important that I gave it it's own section. Stat weights are pretty straight forward for an Arms Warrior. Before I get to that, however, let's look at the stats and how they directly affect our warrior, shall we?

  • Strength: This is our main stat. All your pieces, save trinkets, will have this stat on it.
  • Critical Strike: This stat increases our chance to make our attacks critically hit which means more damage. We love doing more damage!
  • Haste: This stat directly affects attack speed.
  • Mastery: Our mastery buff is Mastery: Colossal Might. It increases the damage of your Colossus Smash by %, and causes it to increase damage you deal to the target by an additional % (% is based on the amount of mastery you have.)
  • Versatility: Versatility increases damage done and decreases all damage taken.

     Now that we know what our stats are - what are their weights? As stated, it's pretty straight forward. Initially it is Mastery -> Versatility -> Haste -> Critical Strike. Pretty simple, right?

     Important Note: Stat weights change constantly based on your gear. It is highly recommended that you download and use the latest version of Simulation Craft to gauge your personal stat weights as you obtain new gear. Over time you may see a need to gear toward one stat over another as you approach certain percentages. This is a somewhat complicated concept and the above priority is for general knowledge and purpose. The best way to get the most out of your warrior is to, again, use Simulation Craft to determine your stat weights.

 

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Single Target Rotation

     The single target rotation is influenced based on your talent choices. In the Arms specialization you can have two types of builds - one that is leaned toward passive play (Dauntless, Fervor, In For The Kill, etc) or you can have an active one (Overpower, Rend, etc) The below priority is assuming you have the selected talents, however, which is centered around the Focused Rage build.

  1. Colossus SmashColossus Smash
  2. ExecuteExecute (Sub 20% HP / Proc off Ayala's Stone HeartAyala's Stone Heart)
  3. Mortal StrikeMortal Strike (Regardless of Focused Rage stacks in the presence of Tactician Procs)
  4. Focused RageFocused Rage (To a maximum of 3 stacks)
  5. SlamSlam

     WarbreakerWarbreaker is to be used to either extend Colossus Smash or apply it to gain the benefits of Shattered Defenses (Artifact Trait). It is especially useful when you are AoEing mobs as it applies your Colossus Smash debuff to all targets hit.

    You have one cooldown to consider as well, as an Arms Warrior. That cooldown is Battle Cry. For the Arms specialization, it allows the use of abilities for free with Deadly Calm talented for 5 seconds. In addition to this, your Artifact allows (with Corrupted Blood) all damage done during Battle Cry to be additional shadow damage over 6 seconds.

     The biggest problem you'll come across is using Focused Rage when you already have 3 stacks of it. Make sure you're monitoring your stacks. Mortal Strike is to be used when it's available, regardless of the amount of stacks you have. If Focused Rage comes up to 3 stacks and Mortal Strike is not available to spend them, go to your next prioritized ability.


Multiple Target Rotation

     It's important to note that if you are doing a multiple target rotation you should have changed talents from the ones recommend above if the targets are able to be stacked together. You will change the Tier 1 / Level 15 talent from DauntlessDauntless to Sweeping StrikesSweeping Strikes. If the targets are spread out or cannot be stacked for a duration of time then Dauntless will still be your talent of choice.

     Depending on the amount of time the multiple targets live depends on how much you deviate from the single target rotation as well as if they're stacked or not. Assuming that you have 2 - 3 mobs that are stacked you would use the following AoE abilities:

  1. BladestormBladestorm
  2. CleaveCleave
  3. WhirlwindWhirlwind

     Take note of the improved Cleave. For each add you hit with it, up to 5 maximum, it'll increase your damage of your next Whirlwind by 20%. (5 adds hit = 100% increased Whirlwind Damage).

     Lastly, while your abilities are on CD in the AoE situation you can prioritize your single target rotation. Use a little forethought - if an add is not going to last for 15 seconds or more do not use Rend; use other priorities. Additionally, I would not take the GCDs to apply rend to more than 3 targets - prioritizing those of most importance.

 

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     Below you will find the recommend path of leveling up your Artifact weapon. It's a pretty straight forward process with each step being colorized for convenience. Below the image you will find a numbered list as well. Keep in mind that this is a path to get the most out of your weapon in a raiding environment. Ultimately the Artifact is going to be maxed out anyway, so feel free to level it how you see fit.


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It should be self-explanatory that your Artifact weapon will be unlocked with WarbreakerWarbreaker. You should proceed to spec your artifact as such:

1. Shattered DefensesShattered Defenses: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 3,250

2. Corrupted Blood of ZakajzCorrupted Blood of Zakajz: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 30,200

3. Focus in BattleFocus in Battle: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 87,620

4. Unending RageUnending Rage: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 155,200

5. One Against ManyOne Against Many: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 326,430

6.  DeathblowDeathblow: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 739,170

7. Void CleaveVoid Cleave: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 417,560

8. Touch of ZakajzTouch of Zakajz: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 2,210,860

9. Defensive MeasuresDefensive Measures: (Wowhead Link): Total AP: 1,245,840


Once this path is completed, the rest of your AP traits will go into Unbreakable Steel.

 

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1. Focused Rage + Hamstring:

     This macro is used to fish Tactician procs during Battle Cry. Thanks to the patch on 10/25/2016, Hamstring once again can proc Tactician.

#showtooltip
/cast Battle Cry
/cast Focused Rage
/cast Hamstring


 

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     The only addon that I really deem significant is TellMeWhen. This addon, in a nutshell, is a simpler version of Weak Auras. It can track just about anything, is customizable based on current spec, and is useful for tracking important buffs, debuffs, dots, etc. I use this for every single one of my characters and all specs.

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Change Log:

7/17/2016: Original Post
7/19/2016: Updated Post to reflect similarities in IV's Guide on Talents and Stat weights where needed.

7/31/2016: Updated for recent simulation results in talent choices and stat priority. Also updated Addons.
8/27/2016: Added Artifact path information.
9/4/2016: Updated Stat Priorities, Rotation, Artifact Path, and Macros.
9/18/20126: Updated Links of Interest, Stat Priorities, & Rotation Priority sections.
9/27/2016: Updated FAQ and Macros sections.

10/26/2016: Updated Macros section.
 

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What gives Versatility to the player? I mean, Haste gives more DPS and more Rage Spending and benefits the Mastery through Tactician. Mastery gives more DPS than this two. Crit only gives more rage (50% of 25). But what gives Versatility? Excepting less DPS.

 

Sorry for my bad english.

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On 14.9.2016 at 2:03 AM, Svanir said:

What gives Versatility to the player?

Versatility is a basic stat that gives:

  • More damage dealt
  • Less damage taken
  • More healing given

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On 16/9/2016 at 6:22 PM, Blainie said:

Versatility is a basic stat that gives:

  • More damage dealt
  • Less damage taken
  • More healing given

It's ok, more damage dealt. Haste can give more %, and damage anticipated is more DPS.

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