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Arms Warrior DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Jan 06, 2018 at 10:31 by Wordup 266 comments

Table of Contents

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics of Arms Warrior

Arms is a very mechanically oriented spec that has a penchant for RNG aspects that need to be managed. Talents can drastically increase this, so in this section I have opted toward the most ease of use options to reduce the burden on playstyle and provide the easiest avenue to entry for a new player.

The core mechanic of Arms that needs to be grasped when learning the spec is the dichotomy between the Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash effect and the Tactician Icon Tactician passive, the first of which increases all damage dealt to a target in a short window whilst the debuff is active, and the latter allowing for resets on both Colossus Smash casts and your Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike ability. Mortal Strike is the core strike to capitalise upon, so making effective use of these ability resets in tandem based on your Rage state is imperative.

2. Talent Choices for Arms Warriors

The talents listed below are selected predominantly for ease of use and to mitigate more complex decisions when it comes to resource management. Whilst in a number of cases there are alternatives on the tree that will provide more if played well and selected at the right time in a given situation, they can cause a large performance drop if taken at the wrong time; so this should be taken as an introduction to Arms get a grasp of the specialization.

3. Stat Choices for Arms Warriors

The current Arms stat priority is as follows when using this build:

  1. Mastery;
  2. Haste;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Strength.

Mastery is exceptionally powerful for Arms, empowering your Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash effect, fuelling the core of the Arms rotation. Haste is further behind, but still very powerful as it allows for additional Rage generation and ability uses within during the Colossus Smash effect. Strength is a stock increase, and Versatility/Critical Strike are both weak but significantly below your alternate stat options.

4. Basic Rotation for Arms Warriors

Due to increased Artifact catch up mechanics in Patch 7.2, this assumes all rotationally impactful Artifact Traits have been picked up.

Lastly, take note that wasting uptime on the Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash effect is fine by overwriting it due to the damage the ability deals with no Rage cost. Wasting potential resets from waiting is far more costly, especially when considering  Icon Shattered Defenses so you should be using it aggressively; just make sure not to cast it back to back without consuming Shattered Defenses procs.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

5. ChangeLog

  • 06 Jan. 2017: Altered Mortal Strike priority.
  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated for Antorus release.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Fully updated for new Arms talent choices and 7.2.5 information.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated for Titanic Might change in 7.1.5.
  • 27 Nov. 2016: Added section for easier playstyle.
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