Fury Warrior PvP Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 09, 2018 at 06:18 by Mysticall 16 comments

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This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Fury Warrior 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 2500 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 for Fury Warriors

Fury Warriors are a very unique melee specialization. They lack crowd control and have very little utility. However, they have very strong single-target cooldowns. What makes them scary is how quickly they can deal damage and how short their cooldowns are. Combine their strong damage and short cooldowns with a class with crowd control and they are unstoppable.

1.1. Strengths of Fury Warriors

  • Very high burst damage
  • Easy to swap targets
  • Good mobility

1.2. Weaknesses of Fury Warriors

  • Damage can be unpredicatable
  • Very little cleave damage
  • Very few defensive cooldowns

2. Talent Choices for Fury Warriors

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.

2.1. Regular Talents for Fury Warriors

2.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Endless Rage Icon Endless Rage is the best choice in this tier.This talent allows you to generate Rage faster. Most damage done by Fury Warriors is when you are at 100 Rage or trying to get rid of all your Rage. This allows you to deal damage in a shorter amount of time.

2.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

When you are playing against a team with casters, Stormbolt is the best choice in this tier. This is a great way for you or your teammates to catch up to a ranged DPS that is running away.

When you are playing against a team with two melee, Shockwave Icon Shockwave is the best choice in this tier. This is a very strong stun when enemy teams are grouped up. Having a stun that hits multiple targets can help peel for your teammates or apply pressure to teams that are grouped together.

2.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Avatar Icon Avatar is the best choice in this tier. This is a short burst cooldown, which is great for putting pressure on the enemy team or trying to secure a kill.

2.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Warpaint Icon Warpaint is the best choice in this tier. By taking 15% less damage while Enraged, you do not have to play so defensively. You can continue to push into the enemy team and stay aggressive.

Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride is the best choice in this tier if you want mobility when playing against casters.

2.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Frothing Berserker Icon Frothing Berserker is the best choice in this tier. Most damage as a Fury Warrior comes from burst damage. You will be at 100 Rage very often in an Arena match.

2.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Inner Rage Icon Inner Rage is the best choice in this tier. This talent will increase your overall damage. By removing the Enrage requirement, it allows you to use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow more often.

2.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Reckless Abandon Icon Reckless Abandon is the best choice in this tier. This talent increases the duration of one of your strongest burst cooldowns, Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry, and works well with the talent Frothing Berserker Icon Frothing Berserker.

2.2. Honor Talents for Fury Warriors

2.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

If you are an Orc, Relentless Icon Relentless is the best choice in this tier. This will help with getting out of stuns and all crowd control much quicker.

If you are any other race and you are facing a team with a lot of crowd control, Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. This is the standard PvP trinket. Adaptation Icon Adaptation is the best non-Orc choice against teams with very little crowd control.

2.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

If you are playing against a team with a caster on it, we recommend Reinforced Armor Icon Reinforced Armor in this tier.

If you are playing against a team with two melee on it, we recommend Sparring Icon Sparring. Both of these talents improve survivability, you just have to switch them based on the team you are playing against.

2.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

If you are playing against a team with melee, Disarm Icon Disarm is the best choice in this tier. This ability has a short cooldown and can negate an enemy players burst cooldowns.

If you are playing against a team with a casters on it, Death Sentence Icon Death Sentence is the best choice in this tier. This ability helps with securing a kill on a caster that would otherwise be out of range of Execute Icon Execute.

2.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

If you are playing against a team that casts crowd control, Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection is the best choice in this tier. A few examples of castable crowd control are Fear Icon Fear, Polymorph Icon Polymorph, and Cyclone Icon Cyclone.

If you are playing against a team with very little castable crowd control, Master and Commander Icon Master and Commander is the best choice in this tier. This talent will help with overall survivability for you and your teammates.

2.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

Battle Trance Icon Battle Trance is the best choice in this tier. This talent increases your overall survivability. It is also a good talent because you can heal yourself if you are being focused and still deal damage.

If you are playing against a team with multiple snare abilities, Thirst for Battle Icon Thirst for Battle is the best choice in this tier. This increases your overall mobility versus these teams.

2.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

Endless Rage Icon Endless Rage is the best choice in this tier. By increasing your Enraged duration, it is an overall increase to overall damage.

3. Racial Bonuses for Fury Warriors

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

3.1. Horde

Orc is the best race for Fury Warriors, thanks to the passive Orcs have(Hardiness Icon Hardiness), reducing all stuns greatly improves survivability.

3.2. Alliance

The Human bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to escape stuns.

4. Playstyle for Fury Warriors

The Fury Warrior has one role when in an Arena: do damage. Fury Warriors lack crowd control and the ability to peel for teammates. Players should focus on maximizing their damage as much as they can. Warriors lack mobility, that is why when you get to the enemy you should deal as much damage as you can to them. Warriors have the ability to single-handedly force cooldowns (trinkets and defensive spells) from enemy players. They have great sustained damage and very short burst cooldowns.

4.1. Before Gates Open

Have a plan for who you will be mainly using your crowd control on. Although Fury Warriors do lack crowd control, they still have Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout.

4.2. Offensive Rotation

4.2.1. 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. In the opener, Fury Warriors should focus on sticking to an enemy and dealing large amounts of damage to the target.

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

  1. Use Charge Icon Charge to close the gap between you and the target.
  2. Use Rampage Icon Rampage if Enrage Icon Enrage is not active or you are at 100 Rage.
  3. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst to gain Enrage Icon Enrage.
  4. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  5. If the enemy team is stacked, use Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind.
  6. If the enemy team is not stacked, use Furious Slash Icon Furious Slash.
  7. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst even if Enrage Icon Enrage is active.
  8. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  9. Get crowd control on the enemy healer (you can use Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout, Stormbolt, or have a teammate do this).
  10. Use your burst rotation.

4.2.2. Burst Damage

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

Try to be at 100 Rage before using your burst cooldowns. It is not necessary, but for maximum damage, it is recommended.

  1. Use Charge Icon Charge to close the gap between you and the enemy.
  2. Use Rampage Icon Rampage.
  3. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  4. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.
  5. Use Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry.
  6. Use Avatar Icon Avatar.
  7. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  8. Use  Icon Odyn's Fury.
  9. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.
  10. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  11. Use Rampage Icon Rampage.
  12. Use Execute Icon Execute if your enemy is at low health.

4.2.3. Sustained damage

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

  1. Use Rampage Icon Rampage if Enrage Icon Enrage is not active or if you are at 100 Rage.
  2. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst if Enrage Icon Enrage is not active.
  3. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow off cooldown.
  4. Use  Icon Odyn's Fury with your offensive cooldowns.
  5. If the enemy team is stacked, use Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind.
  6. If the enemy team is not stacked, use Furious Slash Icon Furious Slash.
  7. Use Execute Icon Execute on targets that are low on health.

4.3. Defensive Techniques

Enraged Regeneration Icon Enraged Regeneration is your main defensive ability. Use this when you are low on health and your healer is in crowd control. The Honor Talent Slaughterhouse Icon Slaughterhouse works well with this ability. If you are being focused and you are attacking an enemy at low health, use this and start using Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst to quickly heal yourself.

Commanding Shout Icon Commanding Shout is another great defensive ability. If you or a teammate is in trouble and your healer is out of cooldowns, Commanding Shout is a great defensive to help your team stay alive.

Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout is one of the strongest Warrior cooldowns that does not deal damage. This ability should be usually used on a healer to try to get a kill on an enemy. The other use for this is to peel for yourself or your teammates. This is a strong AoE fear that can easily help your team stabilize when under pressure.

Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap will mostly be used to run down enemies. However, there will be times where having to survive is more important than getting a kill. If you are being focused, you can use Heroic Leap to leap to your healer and away from the enemy team.

5. Best Team Compositions for Fury Warriors

Now that you have the correct talents and understand your damage rotation, it is time to step into the Arena with your team. Fury Warriors want to stay aggressive with their passive ability, Enrage Icon Enrage. You have more mobility than Arms Warriors and can stay connected to a target much easier.

5.1. 2v2 Arena

In 2v2 Arena you will be focusing on single target damage. If the enemy healer is playing Vim and Vigor Icon Vim and Vigor, you will want to focus on them so they do not get the additional healing when above 80% health. If they are not playing Vim and Vigor Icon Vim and Vigor, you can focus any target you can hit. If you want to make swaps to the healer, you should be playing Stormbolt. Because your damage is somewhat unpredicatable, healers will struggle to rotate cooldowns properly against Fury Warriors.

Here is a list of the best team compositions for 2v2:

  • Fury Warrior + Discipline Priest
  • Fury Warrior + Restoration Druid
  • Fury Warrior + Holy Paladin

5.2. 3v3 Arena

Your role in 3v3 is similar to 2v2 Arena. You will likely be focusing on maximizing your single target damage. When your team has damage, you will want to use Shockwave Icon Shockwave if the enemy team is stacked and use your burst rotation. If you are not using Shockwave Icon Shockwave, use Stormbolt on the enemy healer. Be careful while Enrage Icon Enrage is active because you are taking additional damage. Save some of your mobility to run away from damage if the enemy team is focusing you.

Here is a list of the best team compositions for 3v3:

  • Fury Warrior + Frost Death Knight + Holy Paladin/Restoration Druid
  • Fury Warrior + Outlaw Rogue/Assassination Rogue + Discipline Priest/Restoration Druid
  • Fury Warrior + Enhancement Shaman + Restoration Druid
  • Fury Warrior + Ret Paladin + Holy Paladin/Restoration Druid

6. Useful Macros for Fury Warriors

Macros are crucial to be successful in PvP. They allow players to use abilities on enemies without having to target them. This helps increase overall damage/healing and general awareness in the arena. Here are a few macros that all Fury Warriors can benefit from.

6.1. Stormbolt 123 Macro

  • #showtooltip Stormbolt
  • /cast [target=arena1] Stormbolt

Using this macro will use Stormbolt on arena enemy 1. This makes it easier to crowd control an enemy while staying focused on your target. If you want macros for the second and third enemies, simply change the arena1 to arena2 or arena3.

6.2. Disarm Focus Macro

  • #showtooltip Disarm
  • /cast [target=focus] Disarm

Put an enemy on focus and this macro will use Disarm Icon Disarm on that player while you are still focused on your target.

7. Gear for Fury Warriors

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.

8. Artifact Traits for Fury Warriors

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 Helya's Wrath,  Icon Unrivaled Strength,  Icon Wrath and Fury, or Bloodcraze Icon Bloodcraze) along the way is a great way to boost your potential.

8.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you want to reach is  Icon Rage of the Valarjar.

  1. Take  Icon Thirst for Battle.
  2. Take  Icon Unstoppable.
  3. Take  Icon Unrivaled Strength.
  4. Take  Icon Battle Scars.
  5. Take  Icon Rage of the Valarjar.

8.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to go for is  Icon Odyn's Champion.

  1. Take  Icon Raging Berserker.
  2. Take  Icon Focus In Chaos.
  3. Take  Icon Wrath and Fury.
  4. Take  Icon Odyn's Champion.

8.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should head for your last Golden trait,  Icon Juggernaut, picking up any remaining traits after that. Although there is no particular order to go, taking  Icon Helya's Wrath is highly recommended.

9. Relics for Fury Warriors

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

10. Changelog

  • 09 May 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 28 Mar. 2018: Made several updates to the guide and its structure.
    • Added sections for Macros, Strengths, and Weaknesses.
    • Moved Gear, Artifact Traits, and Relics sections to the end, since they are not that important.
    • Updated recommended Tier 5 honor talent.
  • 24 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.5.
  • 16 Dec. 2017: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.2.
  • 22 Sep. 2017: Very few changes needed for Patch 7.3
    • Removed Artifact Trait descriptions.
    • Updated description for tier 4 honor talents.
    • Updated burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 22 May 2017: Updated the links for Master and Commander and Endless Rage (Honor talent) to correctly reflect the Honor talents discussed in the guide.
  • 24 Apr. 2017: Updated recommended talents for Tier 1 regular talents and Tier 6 honor talent.
  • 23 Mar. 2017: Guide added.
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