Protection Warrior PvP Best Protection Compositions (Dragonflight / 10.0.7)
Team composition in 2v2 or 3v3 Arena is very important, because not all classes work well together. Here, we give you the best compositions you can have for your Protection Warrior (i.e., the best classes to pair with it).
This page is part of our Protection Warrior PvP Guide.
Playing 2v2 as Protection Warrior is tough to win with. Your goal as Protection Warrior is to protect your team and reduce the enemy's pressure long enough for you to win on Mana or dampening. Because you do not have access to abilities such as Word of Glory, like a Protection Paladin has; you cannot sustain another DPS for long. It is also not worth pairing up with a hybrid class and trying to play the long game that way. They generally need more healing power to sustain both of you, even with your damage reductions and disruptions.
Generally, we recommend you not play 2v2 as Protection Warrior. Instead, stick to 3v3, where you can use your toolkit more effectively.
Here is a list of the best team compositions for 2v2:
- Protection Warrior + Restoration Shaman
- Protection Warrior + Restoration Druid
- Protection Warrior + Holy Paladin
Protection Warrior in arena tries to play the long game. Your job is to constantly disrupt the enemy team from getting any pressure on your team by utilizing your damage reductions and CC. You need to play together with a high-damage output specialization that does not get shut down by the enemy too quickly. If played correctly, your team will eventually run the enemy team over, with your team being high on Mana and theirs being low.
Remember to apply as much damage as you can while you play defensively. A single DPS is not enough to apply pressure, and as a Protection Warrior, you can do significant damage as well, especially if you can cleave area of effect abilities.
We strongly recommend you learn every offensive and defensive cooldown for all specializations and get addons like Flyplatebuffs, BigDebuffs, and Gladius, so you have an easier time knowing when and how you should react. Alternatively, WeakAuras are a good way to customize your UI and alerts. These addons will give you an easier time identifying when an enemy uses cooldowns that can be difficult to spot visually, like Icy Veins and Vendetta. See our Protection Warrior PvP Macros page for more information on the subject.
This will also help you understand when you should break off from your target, and peel for your healer with Intervene, Disarm, Rallying Cry, etc.
It is important to make use of cross-CC, meaning you should try to time CC with your healer onto the enemy healer and DPS to not only stop their healing output, but also stop them from disabling your damage output with abilities such as Disarm, Mortal Coil, Polymorph, etc. Mastering this strategy is key to closing out games, but you should not focus solely on it, as it can be equally good to stun an opponent out of line of sight of his teammate, or to ruin major cooldowns like Avenging Wrath.
Here is a list of the best team compositions for 3v3:
- Protection Warrior + Havoc Demon Hunter + Restoration Shaman / Restoration Druid
- WLS (Protection Warrior + Demonology Warlock + Restoration Shaman / Holy Paladin / Holy Priest)
- WMX(Protection Warrior + Fire Mage + Holy Priest / Restoration Druid
- Man Cleave (Protection Warrior + Arms Warrior / Fury Warrior + Restoration Shaman)
Protection + Havoc
Havoc Demon Hunter gives your team Mortal Wounds and deals an unreal amount of damage. Use your defensive toolkit to safeguard the Demon Hunter and aid in the offense with your damage output. Straight forward composition that mostly relies on higher levels of dampening and raw damage to score kills.
Warlocks of any kind have enough damage and control to end games on their own. Given enough time, they can either eat through enemy teams with rot pressure or overwhelm them with incredible burst damage and instant crowd control.
Since you lack Mortal Wounds, you can play with a Demonology Warlock to get it that way.
Combustion is the strongest burst cooldown in the game and can single-handedly finish the game. Because of this, you do not need a crazy amount of damage to drain the enemy healer's Mana; just enough Combustion kill attempts to land the kill eventually. You have to bodyguard the Mage for as long as possible so he can get as long as possible to close out the game.
Double the warrior for double the success, notoriously a rank 1 viable composition in the past, this one plays very similarly to most other melee cleave compositions. You do not have a lot of CC to throw around, but you have a lot of combined interrupting abilities and damage, especially cleave damage. If you can bring dampening to high enough levels, the enemy team will crumble before yours.
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