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Windwalker Monk PvP Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 03, 2018 at 15:18 by Mysticall 1 comment

Table of Contents

Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play a Windwalker Monk 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 Windwalker Monks

Windwalker Monks are one of the best melee specializations in the game right now. They not only have some of the best spread pressure as a melee, they have almost unmatched single-target burst. All it takes is one coordinated set-up for a Windwalker Monk to quickly kill an enemy.

1.1. Strengths of Windwalker Monks

  • Great mobility
  • Strong team utility
  • Strong self-healing

1.2. Weaknesses of Windwalker Monks

  • Weak sustained damage
  • No defensive abilities when stunned
  • Difficult for newer players

2. Talent Choices for Windwalker Monks

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 Windwalker Monks

2.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave is the best choice in this tier. This talent is best because it helps apply some damage and healing.

2.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust is the best choice in this tier. This is important to have because it breaks all roots and snares and gives you a 70% movement speed increase. This helps Monks or your teammates when they are being kited.

2.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir is the best choice in this tier. This talent is best because it gives us on-demand Chi and is great for on-demand burst.

2.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep is the best choice in this tier. A 5-second stun is strong against any team.

2.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir is the best talent in this tier. This is an overall great talent and a charge is used when stunned or in other crowd control, helping with survivability.

2.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo is the best choice in this tier. This helps with both consistent and burst damage.

2.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

If the enemy team has a Mage on it, Serenity Icon Serenity is the best choice in this tier. This gives you a very strong burst cooldown that can be used often.

Against any other team, Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch is the best choice in this tier. This gives your team strong single target and spread pressure with a very short cooldown.

2.2. Honor Talents for Windwalker Monks

2.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is the standard PvP trinket effect with a 2-minute cooldown.

2.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

Reinforced Armor Icon Reinforced Armor is the best choice in this tier. This will increase the heal from Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir, and helps with survivability.

2.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

We recommend taking Eminence Icon Eminence in this tier. This talent not only allows you to Transcendence Icon Transcendence away from enemies quicker, but with the trait  Icon Healing Winds, your survivability will increase.

2.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is the best choice in this tier. This is an important cooldown because it is a flat 20% damage decrease and increases your health. Using this ability will increase the healing you receive when using Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir.

2.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

Tiger Style Icon Tiger Style is the best choice in this tier. Being able to control Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick drastically helps when being kited or when you need to get behind a pillar.

If your team lacks a slow and you feel like you are being kited too often, Disabling Reach Icon Disabling Reach is also a good choice. This will help you slow down enemies that you won't to attack, or slow down enemies that might be killing your healer.

If you are playing against a team that will focus your healer, Ride the Wind Icon Ride the Wind is the best choice in this tier. This will help your teammates survive much easier when being focused.

2.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

Heavy-Handed Strikes Icon Heavy-Handed Strikes is the best choice in this tier. Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury is your main damaging ability. Being able to stun your target while doing damage to them makes it hard for them to counter your damage.

3. Racial Bonuses for Windwalker Monks

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

3.1. Horde

The passive Orc racial bonus (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) is great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.

The Blood Elf Silence (Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent) is really strong as well. This adds to the crowd control you can bring to the table.

3.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns.

4. Playstyle for Windwalker Monks

The main role for a Windwalker Monk is simple: use your mobility to relentlessly attack a target and use your strong single-target cooldowns to burst your enemies down. You have very minimal crowd control for the enemy healer, in the form of Paralysis Icon Paralysis. It is because of this that you will use the large amount of damage output you have to make the enemy team use their defensive cooldowns. By managing your damaging buffs, a Windwalker can unleash a devastating amount of damage in a short amount of time. Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury is one of the scariest abilities in the game.

4.1. Before Gates Open

Know exactly where to put your Transcendence Icon Transcendence portal. Although it does not seem like it, using your Transcendence effectively is crucial in Windwalker survivability.

4.2. 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. Windwalkers have Paralysis Icon Paralysis (an incapacitate effect with diminishing return) and Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep (a stun with diminishing returns). Always use Paralysis on the enemy healer and, if the enemy team is grouped up, try to Leg Sweep the healer.

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

  1. Use Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave to generate a stack of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo.
  2. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi.
  3. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  4. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  5. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer.
  6. Use your burst rotation.
  7. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.

4.2.1. Burst Damage

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

  1. Before using burst cooldowns you want to have the strongest Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury. To achieve this, you want to use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick and Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick to generate stacks of  Icon Transfer the Power.
  2. You also want to make sure you have 6 stacks of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo. Do this by rotating abilities.
  3. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on your target if you already have crowd control on the enemy healer.
  4. Use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death.
  5. Use Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep.
  6. Use Serenity Icon Serenity or Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  7. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  8. Use Strike of the Windlord Icon Strike of the Windlord.
  9. Use Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir if you are talented into Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  10. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  11. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  12. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  13. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi if you are using Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.

4.2.2. Sustained damage

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

  1. Use Chi Wave Icon Chi Wave to maintain stacks of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo.
  2. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi.
  3. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  4. Use Strike of the Windlord Icon Strike of the Windlord.
  5. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury when you have 7+ stacks of  Icon Transfer the Power.
  6. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick as a filler ability between cooldowns.
  7. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  8. Use Energizing Elixir Icon Energizing Elixir if you need to instantly generate Chi.

4.3. Defensive Techniques

Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma is the our main defensive cooldown. Use this when the enemy team is focusing you down and your healer cannot heal you through it or is stuck in crowd control. It absorbs 50% of your health pool and heals you.

Fortifying Brew Icon Fortifying Brew is a very strong defensive cooldown. This not only decreases the amount of damage you take, but it increases your health. This affects how much health you get back when using Healing Elixir Icon Healing Elixir.

Finally, use Monk mobility as a defensive technique.

  1. Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick can be useful if you have taken the Tiger Style Icon Tiger Style honor talent, which allows you to control your character while flying. This helps with getting around pillars to get away from enemies.
  2. Transcendence Icon Transcendence, if you have the  Icon Healing Winds artifact trait, will place a HoT on you every time you use Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer.
  3. Roll Icon Roll, if using the Yu'lon's Gift Icon Yu'lon's Gift honor talent, also removes snares from you. This helps when being kited or stuck in the middle of the map.

5. Best Team Compositions for Windwalker Monks

Now that you have the correct talents and understand your damage rotation, it is time to step into the Arena with your team. With spells like Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury, Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch, and Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire, Windwalker Monks excel at dealing consistent cleave damage to enemy teams. Your goal is to land a full Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep on an enemy without a trinket and use your burst rotation with Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death to secure a kill.

5.1. 2v2 Arena

In 2v2 Arena, you will primarily be playing with a healer. Your goal is to relentlessly attack the enemy healer until they have no cooldowns left. Every time you use Serenity Icon Serenity or Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire, you will want to Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep the enemy healer. The goal of this is to always have consistent damage that the enemy healer will have to heal. It is important to note that Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick applies a debuff on the target that reduces the healing the enemy gets healed for.

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

  • Windwalker + Discipline Priest
  • Windwalker + Restoration Druid
  • Windwalker + Holy Paladin

5.2. 3v3 Arena

Your role in 3v3 is slightly different than 2v2 arena. You will likely be playing Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch and focusing on cleave damage. When your team has damage, you will want to use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer and then Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep your kill target. There is always potential for a kill on a target if they do not have trinket and you can use Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep/Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death with your burst rotation.

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

  • Walking Dead (Windwalker Monk + Frost Death Knight + Holy Paladin)
  • Windwalker Monk + Havoc Demon Hunter + Restoration Druid/Holy Paladin
  • Windwalker Monk + Elemental Shaman + Discipline Priest/Holy Paladin
  • Windwalker Monk + Arcane Mage + Holy Paladin/Discipline Priest/Restoration Druid

6. Useful Macros for Windwalker Monks

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 Windwalker Monks can benefit from.

6.1. Paralysis 123 Macro

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

Using this macro will cast Paralysis Icon Paralysis 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. Detox Party Macro

  • #showtooltip Detox
  • /cast [target=party1] Detox

Using this macro will cast Detox Icon Detox on party player 1. This makes it easier to dispel a teammate while staying focused on your target. If you want a macro to dispel the second party member, change the party1 to party2.

6.3. Tiger's Lust Party Macro

  • #showtooltip Tiger's Lust
  • /cast [target=party1] Tiger's Lust

Using this macro will cast Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust on party player 1. This makes it easier to help your teammates while staying focused on your target. If you want a macro to use Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust on the second party member, change the party1 to party2.

6.4. Touch of Death Macro

  • #showtooltip Touch of Death
  • /use [@target,exists] Touch of Death

This macro will use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death on an enemy without auto-attacking them. This is important because most Windwalker Monk setups start with a Paralysis Icon Paralysis that you do not want to break from damage.

7. Gear for Windwalker Monks

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 Windwalker Monks

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 Good Karma,  Icon Rising Winds,  Icon Healing Winds, and  Icon Transfer the Power) 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 Crosswinds.

  1. Take  Icon Dark Skies.
  2. Take  Icon Rising Winds.
  3. Take  Icon Good Karma.
  4. Take  Icon Strength of Xuen.
  5. Take  Icon Healing Winds.
  6. Take  Icon Crosswinds.

8.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to go for is  Icon Tornado Kicks.

  1. Take  Icon Tiger Claws.
  2. Take  Icon Transfer the Power.
  3. Take  Icon Inner Peace.
  4. Take  Icon Tornado Kicks.

8.3. Remaining Traits

After this, you should head for your last Golden trait,  Icon Gale Burst, picking up any remaining traits after that. There is no particular order that we recommend here.

9. Relics for Windwalker Monks

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

10. ChangeLog

  • 03 May 2018: Added an Arena Compositions section.
  • 16 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 Tier 7 regular talent, tier 2 honor talent, and Burst Damage section.
  • 21 Jan. 2018: No major changes needed for patch 7.3.5.
  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated guide for Patch 7.3.2.
    • Updated "About The Author".
    • Updated recommended tier 7 regular talent.
    • Updated recommended tier 5 honor talent.
    • Updated "Burst Damage" rotation.
  • 05 Sep. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 2 and 6 regular talents, as well as burst and sustained damage rotations.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 7 regular talent and burst rotation.
  • 05 Apr. 2017: Updated recommended Tier 3 honor talent.
  • 03 Mar. 2017: Guide added.
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