Fury Warrior PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)
Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Fury Warrior and gives you the best combinations you can take.
This page is part of our Fury Warrior PvP Guide.
Changes to the build in Patch 9.1
Because of Slaughterhouse, the build has shifted towards attempting to build up as much Rage as fast as possible.
Talent Choices for Fury Warriors
|15||✘ War Machine||✔ Sudden Death||✔ Fresh Meat|
|25||✘ Double Time||✘ Impending Victory||✔ Storm Bolt|
|30||✔ Massacre||✘ Frenzy||✔ Onslaught|
|35||✘ Furious Charge||? Bounding Stride||✔ Warpaint|
|40||✘ Seethe||✘ Frothing Berserker||✔ Cruelty|
|45||✘ Meat Cleaver||✔ Dragon Roar||✔ Bladestorm|
|50||✘ Anger Management||✘ Reckless Abandon||✔ Siegebreaker|
While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
Sudden Death provides you the most pressure in this row.
Fresh Meat makes it easier to stay enraged and allows you a stronger opener.
War Machine does not benefit you unless enemies are dying.
Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents
Storm Bolt gives warrior a much needed on-demand ranged stun, which is incredibly powerful both offensively and defensively. Storm Bolt is a big win condition for the Warrior's team offensively, and is ideal for stopping enemy attempts to kill you or your teammates. This talent is mandatory for competitive PvP.
Double Time is a very niche talent, which should only be used vs casters that are very difficult to catch up to in 2v2. A good example is Affliction Warlock with the permanent slow Legendary, where it can be more beneficial to play with extra mobility, should you lack spells like Blessing of Freedom on your team.
Impending Victory provides decent self-healing for Fury Warrior, but cannot compare to the power of having an on-demand stun. When used well, Storm Bolt can prevent more damage than Impending Victory can heal back, and also has its offensive value.
Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents
Onslaught is a good option as well, giving you good sustained damage. We recommend picking up this talent if you are a non-Venthyr Fury Warrior.
Frenzy has too big of a ramp-up and provides you no benefit if you swap target, which you will be doing often as Fury Warrior.
Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents
Bounding Stride is a niche talent, which you can consider picking up against targets that can easily kite you, such as Affliction Warlock.
Furious Charge is mostly a fun ability that you can use in battlegrounds for self-healing. Do not use this talent for rated PvP.
Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents
Cruelty is the best talent for overall pressure.
Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents
Bladestorm is efficient for its burst damage and versatility. The ability is multifunctional, being good offensively and defensively to block or break abilities such as Kidney Shot and Frost Nova. The ability also works great with effects such as Unhinged.
Dragon Roar is powerful with its low cooldown and 3x Critical Damage modifier. Generally, this talent falls short because critical strike is not a desired stat in PvP for Fury Warrior. If you are, however, running Kyrian with the Elysian Might legendary, critical strike becomes a lot more attractive. Picking this talent will make you lose out on the CC-immunity provided by Bladestorm, and you should therefore only pick up Dragon Roar if you are not facing compositions where CC is their win condition.
Meat Cleaver does not compete with the other choices in burst nor sustained damage.
Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents
Siegebreaker gives you the most sustained damage and amplifies your burst damage, very similar to Colossus Smash from an Arms Warrior. This ability can be spread with Whirlwind, and lines up both Dragon Roar and Bladestorm.
PvP Talents for Fury Warriors
You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. As Fury Warrior, your choices are limited as you will be running the mandatory PvP talent almost every match.
Mandatory PvP Talents
Bloodrage lets you have higher uptime on enemies than most other melee specializations. This ability will give you a much easier time sticking to targets, with only a small negative effect tied to it.
Slaughterhouse gives Fury Warrior its own healing reduction effect. It can be difficult to stack up the effect 8 times without the usage of cooldowns, but once stacked up it is very difficult for the enemy team to heal through your damage output. This effect is overwritten by Mortal Wounds and Wound Poison from other classes.
Situational PvP Talents
Battle Trance is a near mandatory talent. Your primary goal as Fury Warrior is to be ahead on pressure, and more Rage and sustained healing helps you with that. However, you may find yourself in situations where you need to trade in this ability for more defensive options.
Disarm has a short cooldown and can completely ruin the damage of weapon based classes like Retribution Paladins or Subtlety Rogue. This ability can even be used offensively vs specializations that require weapons for their defensives, such as stopping an Arms Warrior from using Die by the Sword or a Death Knight from using Death Strike.
- 03 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 19 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 25 Jan. 2021: Rewritten by Karanze for Shadowlands season 1.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tier 5 Regular Talent.
- 22 Oct. 2020: Updated Talent Table.
- Updated Tiers 1, 3, 5 and 7 Regular talents.
- Updated PvP talents.
- 17 Feb. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
- 27 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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