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This Talent Guide is for warriors and warrior talents. The warrior is a great class for players that like to have a lot of interaction with the characters. Warriors require a lot of macros and keybinds. I would say that warriors depend more on keybinds and macros than any other class in world of warcraft.
If you enjoy high burst mobility with down time in between, then you will like the warrior joust style play. Many of the warrior specs are based around burst damage and staying out your target for windows of opportunity. Warriors do not offer my defence tho, so you will usually need a healer. A fury speced warrior will usually do higher burst damage and will die a little faster. When you get good resilience, the warriors weakness is mended a bit.
Since warriors rely on healers so much, you will find that solo play is not as great as some other classes. Warriors fair O.K. now due to buffs to their survivability through self healing, but the warrior specs are still so relient on burst damage that, in some of the specs, you are not able to pick up all of the dps and healing talent, and are forced to chose between more damage or self healing talents.
I will go over all of the warrior talents and do a quick breakdown for you on them.
The first fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Blood Craze. After taking any damage, you have a 10% chance to regenerate 1.0% of your total health over 5 sec. This will produce a good amount of healing for 3 points. This is almost always on and you should see about 1% of your health per second when this is active. Currently this is ticking for 1100 on my warrior. This is a great talent for pvp, but I usually do not take it in pve.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Battle Trance. Your Bloodthirst, Mortal Strike and Shield Slam hits have a 5% chance to make your next special attack that costs more than 5 rage consume no rage. This is better for blood thirst than it is for mortal strike because of the 3 second cooldown on blood thirst. For fury pvp, I usually do not take this, but in pve it is great. I do not take this talent in most of my arms builds.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Cruelty. Increases the critical strike chance of Bloodthirst, Mortal Strike and Shield Slam by 5%. You will use BT every cooldown in pvp and pve, so this is a good damage bonus to an attack that will be every other ability you use.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Executioner. Your Execute hits have a 50% chance to improve your melee attack speed by 5% for 9 sec. This effect stacks up to 5 times. This will give you a good haste bonus if you use execute, only problem is that right now, execute is only worth it at min rage levels, and even then its not as good as a standard rotation. I personally do not take this is pve and in pvp this has no use at all.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Booming Voice. Reduces the cooldown of your Battle Shout and Commanding Shout by 15 sec and causes those abilities to generate 5 additional Rage. This will give you a 30 rage ability on a 30 sec cooldown, or 1 RPS if used on cooldown. In pvp this is pretty good if you just have some extra points laying around in you spec (which you wont) and in pve you wont have the global cooldowns open for it once you start reaching 20% hit and above. This is usually a no go for every spec just because of where it is in the tree.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Rude Interruption. Successfully interrupting a spell with Shield Bash or Pummel increases your damage by 5% for 15 sec. This is actually very useful in pve and pvp. I personally use it in my pvp build ½ and none in my pve build, but I could see this being good if you are on spell duty in a certain encounter.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Piercing Howl. Causes all enemies within 10 yards to be Dazed, reducing movement speed by 50% for 6 sec. This use to be great with drums of war for pvp, but now I just use it when really needed. This is still great in battlegrounds.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Flurry. Increases your attack speed by 8% for your next 3 swings after dealing a melee critical strike. This will increase your rage generation when you crit, so if you are running with a good bit of crit, this will keep a constant swing speed increase up.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Death Wish. When activated you become Enraged, increasing your physical damage by 20% but increasing all damage taken by 5%. Lasts 30 sec. With my mastery, im sitting at a 34% damage increase, and I love it in pvp. You will be able to use this every 140 seconds, and it last forever. This is such a good talent with mastery affecting it.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Enrage. Your melee hits have a 3% chance to Enrage you, giving you a 3% damage bonus for 9 sec. The reason this is not on more is because raging blow is usable while this is active and they want RB to be slightly proc based. You can really tell when this is on tho, and I try to time my cooldowns around an enrage proc.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Die by the Sword. Increases your parry chance by 100% for 4 sec whenever you are brought to 20% health or less. This effect cannot occur more often than once every 2 min. In pve this is just enough time to survive until a taunt. In pvp this will save your life very often. I find that this talent has saved me more than once, but is not as good as it could be for pvp.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Raging Blow. A mighty blow that deals 120% weapon damage from both melee weapons. Can only be used while Enraged. This thing hits hard, really hard, and when it double crits, you will really see some spikes in recount. In pvp, this used with a colossal smash will take half of a bar off of someone if it crits.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Rampage. Increases the critical strike chance of all party and raid members within 100 yds by 5%. In addition, improves your critical strike chance by an additional 2%. This is 7% crit to you and a 5% increase to everyone with you. This also buffs magic attacks and is a must have in pvp and pve. With crit rates so low at this gear level, this will double your crit.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Heroic Fury. Removes any Immobilization effects and refreshes the cooldown of your Intercept ability. This talent is very useful, but kinda sticks you because it should make your next intercept not use the cooldown. I llike this talent, but it could be redesigned as its own gap closer so it doesn’t kinda share a CD with intercept.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Furious Attacks. Your autoattacks have a chance to reduce all healing done to the target by 10% for 10 sec. MS is so bad now that I have debated not even getting this. This is a passive MS, but it just OK in pvp and not worth it in pve.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Meat Cleaver. Dealing damage with Cleave or Whirlwind increases the damage of Cleave and Whirlwind by 5% for 10 sec. This effect stacks up to 3 times. I don’t really use this because trash in pve is just Epeen, and in pvp you will never use either of these.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Intensify Rage. Reduces the cooldown of your Berserker Rage, Recklessness and Death Wish abilities by 10%. You will use each of these on cooldown, and this is a great reduction in pve and in pvp.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Bloodsurge. Your Bloodthirst hits have a 10% chance of making your next Slam instant, free, and deal 20% more damage for 10 sec. Slam has got buffed a good bit, and this will make it hit even harder, and it is free. I just wish bloodsurge procs would stack so you didn’t waste one.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Skirmisher. Reduces the cooldown of your Intercept by 5 sec and your Heroic Leap by 10 sec. In a perfect world, this would be 3 ranks to get a 15 sec intercept back and a 30 second HL, but I will take as much mobility as I can get.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Titans Grip. Allows you to equip two-handed axes, maces and swords in one hand. This is my choice of the two. Two handers have a ton more stats, and on top of that you will hit very hard raging blows.
The next fury level 85 warrior talent we will go over is Single-Minded Fury. When you dual-wield one-handed weapons, you deal 20% additional damage and Slam hits with both weapons. This is looking very tempting with slam and BT getting buffed, but I think raging blow still equals the damage out. Really, this is better all around besides raging blow and auto attacking. TG will get you some 15k auto crits, which you will miss. With HS getting nerfed, this took a bit of a blow.
-Brandon C. aka. Darksun22