How To Improve As Fury Warrior — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 13:56 by Archimtiros 55 comments

On this page, you will find out how you can improve at playing Fury Warrior in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. We list the common mistakes that you should try to avoid and the small details that can greatly improve your performance.

1. Downtime

Applicable to most classes, though particularly relevant to Fury Warriors, due to the reliance on autoattacking for both Rage generation and damage. Any time spent off target is lost damage, with minimal means to recoup lost resources, unlike energy based classes which will continue regenerating their resource up to its cap. Due to the high mobility innate to the Warrior class, it is possible to play around boss mechanics and minimize downtime. If the boss is casting an area effect which requires players to run a certain distance away, a Warrior can instead continue attacking until the last few seconds, Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap away and immediately Charge Icon Charge back as soon as the danger has passed.

As a Haste driven specialization, ensuring you are always casting abilities as close to the global cooldown as possible is paramount to maximizing Fury Warrior damage. Even when only an autoattack away from being able to use Rampage Icon Rampage, it is better to fill the global cooldown with something, rather than letting that time go to waste.

2. Overcapping Rage

Because Rage can be generated quite quickly, particularly during Recklessness Icon Recklessness, it is important to be aware of how much Rage you have, and how much each ability will generate, as well as the impact of autoattacks, which can come quite quickly while under the effects of Enrage Icon Enrage. For example, if you currently have 75 Rage and are trying to build up to 85 Rage to cast Rampage Icon Rampage, it may be a good idea to cast Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow, pushing you up to 87 Rage. On the other hand, if you are under the effects of Recklessness, casting that Raging Blow would instead generates 24 Rage, which has a much higher likelihood of an autoattack swing pushing you beyond 100 and wasting rage. Due to the emphasis on Rampage damage, being cognizant of your Rage cap will help minimize waste, maximize Rampage casts, and increase your DPS over the course of an encounter.

That said, being able to cast Rampage sooner is more important than wasting single digit amounts of Rage. Being too fearful of overcapping and taking two global cooldowns to build enough rage to cast Rampage instead of one can be just as, if not more, detrimental.

3. Not Knowing How To Sim Yourself

Even with the most knowledge, it is difficult to assess small statistical changes in gear, or the mathematical impact of different talent choices on your own; there are simply too many variables involved. Using Raidbots to sim your own character is therefore highly recommended to ensure that you're making the most of your options. Generally speaking, the simulation will be able to tell you the correct gear, talents, and choices to make based on what you have available, rather than the theoretical best stat combination on items you might not yet own. This is particularly important due to Warforging promoting high ilevel pieces of gear that you might not otherwise have thought to use because of their poor itemization.

Along with this, simming is now much more accessible with little need to understand SimulationCraft syntax or manual installation. All you will need is the in-game SimulationCraft AddOn and the Raidbots website. Below you can find a video on how to sim your own character using the website.

4. Analyzing Your Own Mistakes

When it comes to identifying and improving your mistakes, we strongly recommend the website WoWAnalyzer - it will analyze your logs and give you a report detailing how you did on the problems above and more.

5. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
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