Windwalker Monk PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands / 9.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 29, 2020 at 22:57 by Mysticall 9 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilises your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Windwalker Monk, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Windwalker Monk PvP Guide.

1.

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 some crowd control for the enemy healer, in the forms of Paralysis Icon Paralysis and Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep. 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.

1.1.

Before Gates Open

Know exactly where to put your Transcendence Icon Transcendence portal. Although it does not seem like it, using your Transcendence Icon Transcendence effectively is crucial in Windwalker survivability. The best place to put it is behind a pillar and communicate to your healer where it is. This way, when you do use Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer, they will not be confused about where you are.

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 Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer and, if the enemy team is grouped up, try to Leg Sweep the healer.

Managing your Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo and Mastery: Combo Strikes Icon Mastery: Combo Strikes is crucial to the Windwalker Monk rotation. This will increase your sustained and burst damage.

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 Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm to generate Chi and heal yourself.
  4. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  5. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick.
  6. If you are talented into Dance of Chi-Ji Icon Dance of Chi-Ji and get a free Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick, use it.
  7. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick when you get a Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick proc.
  8. Use Paralysis Icon Paralysis on the enemy healer.
  9. Use your burst rotation.
  10. After your burst, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst cooldowns are available.
3.

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 you use your burst rotation, generate 2-3 Chi.
  2. You want to make sure you have 6 stacks of Hit Combo Icon Hit Combo. Do this by rotating abilities and not repeating the same ability twice.
  3. Use Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger Icon Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger.
  4. Use Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire.
  5. Use Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep.
  6. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  7. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  8. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  9. Use Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm to generate Chi.
  10. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  11. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick when you get a Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick proc.
  12. Use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death if the enemy drops below 15% health.
4.

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 Spinning Crane Kick Icon Spinning Crane Kick when you get a Dance of Chi-Ji Icon Dance of Chi-Ji proc.
  3. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick when you get a Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick proc.
  4. Use Tiger Palm Icon Tiger Palm to generate Chi.
  5. Use Expel Harm Icon Expel Harm to generate Chi and heal yourself.
  6. Use Rising Sun Kick Icon Rising Sun Kick.
  7. Use Fists of Fury Icon Fists of Fury.
  8. Use Whirling Dragon Punch Icon Whirling Dragon Punch.
  9. Use Blackout Kick Icon Blackout Kick as a filler ability between cooldowns.
  10. Use Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death if the enemy drops below 15% health.
5.

Defensive Techniques

Touch of Karma Icon Touch of Karma is 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 a Healthstone Icon Healthstone.

Finally, use Monk mobility as a defensive technique.

  1. Flying Serpent Kick Icon Flying Serpent Kick can be useful if you have taken the Ride the Wind Icon Ride the Wind PvP talent. This helps with getting around pillars to get away from enemies.
  2. Transcendence Icon Transcendence and Transcendence: Transfer Icon Transcendence: Transfer all you to port away from incoming damage and reposition yourself with your healer.
  3. Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust removes snares from you. This helps when being kited or stuck in the middle of the map.
6.

Macros

It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.

7.

Changelog

  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed outdated Traits and Essences.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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