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Windwalker Monk PvP Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Mar 03, 2017 at 08:37 by Mysticall 1 comment

Table of Contents

Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Windwalker Monk in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, artifacts, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2300 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta

Windwalker Monks are one of the best melee specializations in the game right now. They not only have some of the best spread pressure as a melee, they have almost unmatched single-target burst. All it takes is one coordinated set-up for a Windwalker Monk to quickly kill an enemy.

2. Gear

With regards to gear, the biggest change in Legion is that there is no more PvP gear. Your strength in PvP will be determined based on the average item level of your gear (as displayed on your character sheet). For example, the base item level at level 110 is 800, so your stats in PvP will be adjusted accordingly. For every 10 item levels you gain, your stats are increased by 1%.

The implication is that it does not matter where your gear comes from, and all that matters is its item level. Gear from quests or PvE content is just as good as gear you get as a reward from PvP (which, in fact, will be very similar to PvE gear; there are no more PvP stats on gear).

Practically, you will simply look to collect gear with the highest item levels possible, and the stat distribution on the gear will not matter.

3. Artifact Traits

Below, we will explain what the recommended order for artifact traits is, if you wish to maximise your PvP potential. It is quite possible that your artifact path (at the time of reading this guide) differs from our suggestions. If this is the case, do not worry, and use the information below to help you understand your traits and guide your future choices.

If you have suddenly decided that you want to turn to PvP, the best thing to do in your artifact progression is continue to your closest Golden trait, and then follow the recommendations below. Picking up the most useful traits ( Icon Good Karma,  Icon Rising Winds,  Icon Healing Winds, and  Icon Transfer the Power) along the way is a great way to boost your potential.

3.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you want to reach is  Icon Crosswinds.

  1. Take  Icon Dark Skies.
  2. Take  Icon Rising Winds. Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick is one of our hardest hitting abilities and increasing its damage makes it even more powerful.
  3. Take  Icon Good Karma. This helps with Windwalker survivability.
  4. Take  Icon Power of a Thousand Cranes.
  5. Take  Icon Strength of Xuen. You will often be switching between Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm and Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick when your abilities are on cooldown. Making Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick free also lets you spend that Chi on a different ability.
  6. Take  Icon Healing Winds. This heals you every time you use Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer. This is a great defensive trait to have, as it is a good heal and Transcendence has a short cooldown.
  7. Take  Icon Crosswinds. This ability adds even more damage to your burst by putting images on the targets being hit by Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury. Be careful, however, as this can break crowd control the enemy team might be in.

3.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to go for is  Icon Tornado Kicks.

  1. Take  Icon Tiger Claws. Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm is one of the most used abilities in our rotation. Windwalker damage benefits greatly from this trait.
  2. Take  Icon Transfer the Power. It is a great damage increase when using Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick often. Always try to keep the stacks on this buff at 10, increasing damage done by Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury by 30%.
  3. Take  Icon Inner Peace. Windwalker abilities cost quite a bit of Energy. By increasing the total Energy, we can keep up our fast-paced damage without feeling Energy-starved.
  4. Take  Icon Tornado Kicks. As stated before, Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick is one of our hardest hitting abilities, so this adds to Windwalker single target burst.

3.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should head for your last Golden trait,  Icon Gale Burst, picking up any remaining traits after that. There is no particular order that we recommend here.

4. Relics

Relics are disabled in PvP, so they are not a concern to you.

5. Talent Choices

Regular talents work in both PvP and PvE content (although they may sometimes work differently in the two environments, which is indicated by their tooltips). In other words, they are always active.

On the other hand, Honor talents are inactive outside of a PvP environment.

5.1. Regular Talents

5.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is the best choice in this tier. This talent is best because it helps apply some damage and healing.

5.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is the best choice in this tier. This is important to have because it breaks all roots and snares and gives you a 70% movement speed increase. This helps Monks when they are being kited.

5.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir is the best choice in this tier. This talent is best because it gives us on-demand Chi and is great for on-demand burst.

5.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is the best choice in this tier. A 5-second stun is strong against any team.

5.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is the best talent in this tier. This is an overall great talent and a charge is used when stunned or in other crowd control, helping with survivability.

5.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger is the best choice in this tier. Although a 3 minute cooldown, it provides a large amount of burst damage

5.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch is the best choice in this tier. This provides a good amount of spread and single target pressure to the enemy team. This ability fills the gap between the cooldowns of Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick and Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.

5.2. Honor Talents

5.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is the standard PvP trinket effect with a 2-minute cooldown.

5.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

If you are playing against a caster, Reinforced Armor Icon Reinforced Armor is the best choice in this tier. This will increase the heal from Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir, and helps with survivability.

If you are playing against two melee classes, Sparring Icon Sparring is the best choice in this tier. It helps with survivability and could save your if you are in a stun with no way out.

5.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

We recommend taking Yu'lon's Gift Icon Yu'lon's Gift in this tier. Many classes have a snare, this helps you get out of them and helps us when being kited.

5.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is the best choice in this tier. This is an important cooldown because it is a flat 20% damage decrease and increases your health. Using this ability will increase the healing you receive when using Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir.

5.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

In this tier, we recommend taking either Chrysalis Icon Chrysalis or Counteract Magic Icon Counteract Magic.

Tiger Style Icon Tiger Style is the best choice in this tier. Being able to control Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick drastically helps when being kited or when you need to get behind a pillar.

If your team lacks a slow and you feel like you are being kited too often, Disabling Reach Icon Disabling Reach is also a good choice. This will help you slow down enemies that you won't to attack, or slow down enemies that might be killing your healer.

5.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

Heavy-Handed Strikes Icon Heavy-Handed Strikes is the best choice in this tier. Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury is your main damaging ability. Being able to stun your target while doing damage to them makes it hard for them to counter your damage.

6. Racial Bonuses

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

The passive Orc racial bonus (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) is great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.

The Blood Elf Silence (Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent) is really strong as well. This adds to the crowd control you can bring to the table.

6.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.

7. Playstyle

The main role for a Windwalker Monk is simple: use your mobility to relentlessly attack a target and use your strong single-target cooldowns to burst your enemies down. You have very minimal crowd control for the enemy healer, in the form of Paralysis Icon Paralysis. It is because of this that you will use the large amount of damage output you have to make the enemy team use their defensive cooldowns. By managing your damaging buffs, a Windwalker can unleash a devastating amount of damage in a short amount of time. Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury is one of the scariest abilities in the game.

7.1. Before Gates Open

Know exactly where to put your Transcendence Icon Transcendence portal. Although it does not seem like it, using your Transcendence effectively is crucial in Windwalker survivability.

7.2. The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns. If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. Windwalkers have Paralysis Icon Paralysis (an incapacitate effect with diminishing return) and Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep (a stun with diminishing returns). Always use Paralysis on the enemy healer and, if the enemy team is grouped up, try to Leg Sweep the healer.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game.

  1. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm.
  2. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  3. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer.
  4. Use your burst rotation.
  5. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.

7.2.1. Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

  1. Make sure you have 6 Chi before using your burst cooldowns.
  2. Use Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.
  3. Use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death.
  4. Use Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep.
  5. Use Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  6. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  7. Use Strike of the Windlord Icon Strike of the Windlord.
  8. Use Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir.
  9. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  10. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  11. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.

7.2.2. Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi.
  2. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  3. Use Strike of the Windlord Icon Strike of the Windlord.
  4. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  5. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick as a filler ability between cooldowns.

7.3. Defensive Techniques

Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma is the our main defensive cooldown. Use this when the enemy team is focusing you down and your healer cannot heal you through it or is stuck in crowd control. It absorbs 50% of your health pool and heals you.

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is a very strong defensive cooldown. This not only decreases the amount of damage you take, but it increases your health. This affects how much health you get back when using Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir.

Finally, use Monk mobility as a defensive technique.

  1. Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick can be useful if you have taken the Tiger Style Icon Tiger Style honor talent, which allows you to control your character while flying. This helps with getting around pillars to get away from enemies.
  2. Transcendence Icon Transcendence, if you have the  Icon Healing Winds artifact trait, will place a HoT on you every time you use Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer.
  3. Roll Icon Roll, if using the Yu'lon's Gift Icon Yu'lon's Gift honor talent, also removes snares from you. This helps when being kited or stuck in the middle of the map.

8. ChangeLog

  • 03 Mar. 2017: Guide added.
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