So you’re looking to play a warrior? To become a literal god who can delete poor mages in a matter of seconds. Someone who charges into battle, face rolls your keyboard, and sees big numbers popping up across your UI.

While a nice thought — it’s important to remember it’s not Vanilla World of Warcraft anymore. Being a successful PVP warrior in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight requires strategy, tactics, and the right talents.

The good news is warriors remain a solid class that performs reasonably well in all forms of PVP.

So, what options do warriors have today?

  • Fury: Currently outperforming all other specs in arenas and BGs.
  • Arms: On the up and up after receiving buffs in the most recent patch
  • Protection: More of a PVE-style build, but it can be viable in niche PVP situations.

Most importantly, make sure to choose the spec you enjoy most. But if you’re looking to be effective out there on the battlefield, keep reading.

Fury Warrior Build

Think of fury warriors as barbarian fighters who strike their enemies with two weapons at a time. They are rage-filled killing machines. Best of all, since fury warriors only have two buttons to press — it’s one of the easiest specs to play.

Core Fury Talents

The main concept of this build is centred around the talent Annihilator, which makes your auto attacks hit harder and generate more rage.

As a fury warrior, you have many talents which provide reliable boosts to your attack speed, allowing these attacks to generate considerable amounts of rage. This rage should be spent mainly on Rampage, which costs a lot of Rage.

Talents: Levels 10 to 29

Starting from the top of the fury talent tree, select Raging Blow. While we will not use it in our rotation, we must apply points toaccess other talents we will need.

Next, select Improved Enrage from the third row. This talent increases your haste. Pick Enraged Regeneration, too, which provides additional sustain. You should also choose Improved Execute and Sudden Death later in the tree as they work perfectly with Annihilator by making Execute cost no rage, generate 20 rage, and give our auto attacks a chance to use Execute regardless of an enemy’s health.

From the fourth row, apply points to everything but Improved Raging Blow, since we don’t use it. Fresh Meat enrages us when we use Bloodthirst on a target, while Warpaint and Invigorating Fury help to improve our defence.

Talents: Levels 29 to 45

The fifth row is very important to fury warriors. This is where you’ll find key talents like Focus in Chaos (auto attacks never miss when enraged), Rampage (an essential part of our rotation), and Cruelty (makes Annihilator deal even more damage).

In the following two rows, we will move to the left side of the tree and apply points into Cold Steel and Hot Blood. This talent gives Bloodthirst critical strikes an additional Gashing Wound effect, causing our target to bleed. Bloodborne is the icing on the cake since it provides more damage from bleeding.

The next talent we are going to invest points in is Vicious Contempt. This talent makes Bloodthirst hit 50% harder if our enemies are below 35% health.

There’s another nice bonus below, too — in the form of Bloodcraze — which makes our first Bloodthirst empower the second.

Frenzy is another talent to grab because it both opens the way to Recklessness and improves our haste when we use Rampage. Recklessness is a must-have talent as it provides excellent rage generation and a critical strike boost.

Talents: Levels 45 to 69

Both Swift Strikes and Deft Experience are worth investing in because they grant access to juicer talents at the end of the tree like Reckless Abandon (causes Reckless to instantly generate 50 Rage and modifies your Rampage), which improves your next Bloodthirst when you activate Rampage.

Odyn’s Fury offers strong AoE, which, with the talent Dancing Blades buffs the damage and speed of auto attacks by 30%.

Storm of Swords greatly increases the damage output of Whirlwind and Slam, although the cooldowns of these abilities become longer. This addition complicates our rotation a bit as we have to include Whirlwind, Slam and Odyn’s Fury for damage and speed buffs in our rotation.

The last two points we will apply to Annihiliator because the whole build is centered around combining this talent and Unbridled Ferocity to make our Rampage even stronger.

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Core Warrior Talents

Talents: Levels 10 to 34

The first row automatically includes Berserker Stance. This ability increases your damage by 15% and makes us less vulnerable to control effects.

We should also apply a point to Defensive Stance, which is useful against rogues. Defensive Stance opens the way to much stronger talents, like Intervene and Rallying Cry.

With Intervene, you will be able to charge your teammates and save them if they are in danger while Rallying Cry gives your party a 15% boost to health for 10 seconds.

Moving to the left side, select Berserker Rage and make your first choice between Berserker Shout and Piercing Howl. Although the AoE snare effect of the Piercing Howl makes this talent super popular, we suggest picking Berskerker Shout. This ability gives you both fear and sap immunity for 6 seconds and provides a fear break for the whole party.

This can make the difference between life and death, allowing you to save your healer by breaking crowd control effects or disrupting your opponent’s burst cycles.

Impending Victory is another must-have since it’s a very good self-heal ability. War Machine is also essential because it helps you with rage generation and opens the way to Spell Reflect (an amazing tool for evading damage and reflecting it back at the caster) and Heroic Leap (an ability that lets you fly through the battlefield).

You should also grab Leeching Strikes and Furious Blows. Both of these talents have perfect synergy with Annihilator’s mechanics.

Moving to the left side of the tree, grab Frothing Berserker. This provides our Rampage with a rage refund effect.

Talents: Levels 34 to 48

The sixth row contains abilities like Shattering and Wrecking Throws. Take Shattering if you face a mage or paladin as it destroys both a paladin’s bubble and a mage’s ice block.

Wrecking Throw is useful when fighting priests, hunters, or warlocks with shields that absorb damage.

Grab Storm Bolt, too. This ability is one of your main control tools.

The next important talent provides a choice between Sidearm and Concussive Blows. We recommend taking Sidearm because of its synergy with Annihilator. However, Concussive Blows does increase your damage after interrupts, which is useful. There’s no wrong choice, so pick what you like most.

In the next row, apply a point to Reinforced Plate, which is mandatory since it connects with Armored to Teeth. This one increases your strength by 10% of your total armor. It offers a huge strength boost for your character.

The second talent to grab is Bounding Stride, which gives you a movement speed buff after using Heroic Leap. Moving down the tree, take Honed Reflexes to reduce the cooldown of Pummel and Double Time, which allows you to use Charge twice.

Talents: Level 48 to 70

For the lowest three rows, start by grabbing Wild Strikes for the attack speed increase it grants after a critical strike. This adds yet another bonus to Annihilator.

Next, choose Dual Wield specialization followed by Cruel Strikes to boost the damage of Execute critical strikes.

Finally, apply four points into Avatar, Titan’s Torment, Thunderous Roar, and Thunderous Words. Avatar provides a 20% percent damage increase and 10% damage reduction while also removing all snares.

Meanwhile, Titan’s Torment links Odyn’s Fury from our specialization tree to Avatar by activating a mini Avatar whenever we cast Odyn’s Fury. When it comes to Thunderous Roar and Thunderous Words, these two talents make the bleeding effects of our abilities very powerful.

Fury PVP Talents

When it comes to PVP talents, we must take Slaughterhouse. This passive provides the Mortal Strike effect to Rampage. We will also choose Enduring Rage to drastically improve the uptime of our Enrage effect, making it almost constant.

Depending on the situation, we should consider grabbing Disarm because it may completely prevent the damage burst of melee classes. Other great options include Battle Trance and Barbarian. Battle Trance passively improves our self-heal while Barbarian gives us the opportunity to use Heroic Leap whenever we want.

General Fury PVP Rotation

The fury rotation is fairly simple. Here is a basic breakdown of what your fury PVP rotation will look like:

  • Open with Charge or Heroic Leap to quickly close the gap to the enemy.
  • Maintain Enraged as long as possible. This can be done by using our two main abilities: Bloodthirst and Rampage. Also, the PVP talent Enduring Rage significantly helps with this process.
  • Hamstring should be on your target at all times.
  • Press Rampage when it’s available. Rampage costs around 80 rage. However, the fury tree offers many talents that improve our rage generation. The debuff from PVP talent Slaughterhouse can be applied by using Rampage.
  • Bloodthirst is our main rage-generation ability. It can be empowered by Rampage if we use Bloodthirst after Rampage. And thanks to the Cold Steel and Hot Blood talents — Bloodthirst can make our enemies bleed.
  • Thunderous Roar and Odyn’s Fury should be used on cooldown.
  • Use Execute when you’re under the effect of Sudden Death proc or the enemy’s health is lower than 20%.
  • You should use Whirlwind and Slam if you have nothing else to press.
  • Recklessness and Avatar are some of the most important cooldowns we have. You should only use them when you and your teammate are going to burst.
  • Stormbolt is a great control tool. Use it on your kill target or enemy healer.
  • Use Defensive Stance before incoming CC chains from the opposing team.
  • Use Intervene to save your teammate. Remember that the effect of redirecting damage can only be used on physical attacks.
  • Cautiously use Intimidating Shout. It’s an AoE fear, so try to use it on the entire enemy team to start the CC chain or on classes like Monks when they are under the effect of Storm, Earth and Fire. This can completely shut down a Monk’s burst, but make sure not to accidentally break fear with damage.
  • Press Shattering Throw in order to destroy the precious paladin’s Divine Shield or mage’s Ice Block.
  • Press Rallying Cry when you or your teammate need to survive enemy burst cycles.
  • Do not use Shield Block. You don’t have enough rage for it.
  • Use Taunt for controlling and killing enemy pets.
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Stat Priority for Fury

Fury warriors should prioritize the following stats: Strength>Versatility>Haste>
Mastery=Critical Strikes.

Arms Warrior Build

The arms spec is definitely old and a classic playstyle for the warrior class. The core playstyle of this spec hasn’t changed much since Vanilla. And yet, like good wine, it continues to get better with age.

Core Arms Talents

The main concept of the build centers around the Unhinged talent. This talent makes your character use Mortal Strikes on random enemies while under the effect of Bladestorm.

Given that Bladestorm and Mortal Strike hit like trucks, thanks to the many modifiers they receive from other talents — and it’s clear why Bladestorm is one of the strongest spells in the game.

Talents: Levels 11 to 27

This build starts with the most iconic arms abilities since Vanilla, including fan favorites like Mortal Strike and Overpower.

Mortal Strike provides us with healing reduction while Overpower ensures attacks can’t be blocked or parried.

Next comes Die by the Sword, which is an arms-specific defensive cooldown that increases our parry chance to 100% and reduces damage dealt to us by 30%. Die by the Sword becomes a powerful self-healing ability when combined with another talent: Storm Wall, which grants 10% health when we parry.

We must also apply a point to Fueled by Violence to add healing to our Deep Wounds effect.

Returning to the third row, we should select Martial Prowess and Improved Execution. Martial Prowess makes our Mortal Strike and Cleave abilities hit harder after using Overpower. The damage can be increased by up to 60%.

Meanwhile, the Improved Execute and Sudden Death talents improve Execute, allowing it to be used regardless of an enemy’s health while also making it cost no rage, with the potential to even refund rage.

Talents: Levels 27 to 45

Next comes Tactician, Colossus Smash, and Impale.

With the Tactician effect and Exhilarating Blows, we will forget that Overpower and Mortal Strike have cooldowns.

Colossus Smash is another classic arms warrior ability that offers decent damage and leaves a debuff on the target, which increases our damage on the target by 30%.

Impale and Improved Mortal Strike are just straight damage increases.

Massacre makes our Execute even easier to use while Sweeping Strikes is the icing on the cake because it provides an AoE for our single target abilities.

The next talent to invest a point in is Anger Management. This passive is a great tool for decreasing the cooldowns of our key abilities like Bladestorm and Colossus Smash. Going deeper to the center of the tree, take Warbreaker to transform Colossus Smash into an AoE ability, and In for the Kill to make our Warbreaker (Colossus Smash) even more powerful.

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Talents: Levels 45 to 70

Near the end of the tree — grab Deft Experience and Battlelord.

Deft Experience increases our mastery and the passive effect of Tactician a bit. Overpower will do even more damage with Battlelord and can even reset the cooldown of Mortal Strike.

Critical Thinking and Sharpened Blade are on the right side of the tree. These talents are all about increasing the critical chance and damage of our key abilities: Mortal Strike and Execute. Without the infamous ability Bladestorm, our life as an arms warrior would be incomplete, so we are taking it immediately. Finally, Unhinged makes our Bladestorm even deadlier.

Core Warrior Talents

Here are some changes we have made in the warrior tree. Instead of applying two points into Cruel Strikes as our Fury counterparts do. Instead, we take Pain and Gain because arms self-heal is not as good as the Fury specialization and Uproar because it reduces the cooldown of Thunderous Roar.

Arms PVP Talents

When it comes to the PVP talents for this build, start by grabbing Storm of Destruction. This talent synergizes very well with the Unhinged. Storm of Destruction reduces the cooldown of our Bladestorm and makes it apply Mortal Wounds to everyone who stands in our way.

Another must-have talent is Sharpen Blade. It increases Mortal Strike’s healing reduction effect to 50%. However, we must carefully use this ability, activating it only when the enemy is going to use big heals on the kill target.

Moving to the situational talents, we should consider choosing between Disarm, which works perfectly against melee and Duel, which could be a perfect tool against classes that have good resistance to CC.

Another good option is War Banner. This ability works as a support tool for the whole group as it decreases all incoming crowd control effects by 50%.

Stat Priority

Arms warriors should prioritize the following stats: Strength>Versatility>Critical Strike>Haste>Mastery.

Arms PVP Rotation

Arms has a pretty straightforward rotation. Here is a basic breakdown of what your arms PVP rotation will look like:

  • Use Overpower for damage and to empower your next Mortal Strike.
  • Mortal Strike should be used on cooldown. 
  • Keep Hamstring on the enemy target at all times.
  • Stormbolt is a great control tool. Use it on your kill target or enemy healer.
  • Use Execute when Sudden Death procs or an enemy target’s health is less than 35%.
  • Sharpen Blade is useful when enemy healers use cooldowns to save a teammate.
  • Use Avatar before your burst cycle.
  • Use Warbreaker and Thunderous Roar for burst damage.
  • Bladestorm is the bread and butter for your burst rotation. 
  • Press Defensive Stance before the enemy team’s CC chain arrives.
  • Use Intervene to save your teammate. Remember, the effect of redirecting damage can only be used on physical attacks.
  • Cautiously use an Intimidating Shout. This ability is an AoE fear, so try and use it on as many targets as possible or against specific classes like monks when they are under the effect of Storm, Earth and Fire. Don’t break fear with damage. 
  • Press Shattering Throw to destroy the precious paladin’s Divine Shield or mage’s Ice Block
  • Use Charge or a Heroic Leap to close the gap on enemies quickly
  • Press Rallying Cry when you or your teammate need to survive the burst from the enemy team. 
  • Shield Block can be used to counter physical attacks. You need a shield to press it. 
  • Use Impending Victory for self-healing.
  • If you’re facing melee opponents, Die by the Sword is your most powerful defensive cooldown, which provides both damage reduction and self-healing.
  • Use Taunt for controlling and killing enemy pets.

Final Tips from an Old Warrior

Whether you prefer fury or arms, you should know that you play literally the best and the most complicated class in the game.

Remember this when you use your two-button rotation or when the cowardly mage queues up Polymorph. Remember that and be strong! Be a champion of your faction! Be Asmongold! 

Happy PVPing my friends. Lok’tar Ogar!

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