Warrior smash! But warrior confused, because warrior worried way warrior smash change in new patch. Now warrior scratch head. How does a Fury warrior play in patch 4.3? Well, if you’re that warrior, don’t worry – we’ve got the basics – talent spec, glyphs, rotation and reforging / gemming – covered here so you can stop scratching you head and get smashing stuff. Before you do them the wrong way round, ‘cos that might hurt.
Updated Nov 29th 2011 for Patch 4.3
Fury Warrior Changes In Patch 4.3
Very little has changed about Fury in Patch 4.3. We’ve benefitted from the 10% attack power buff to melee, and Furious Attacks now does a 25% healing debuff. Aside from that, we’ve lost 5% physical damage from Dual Wield Specialisation, but that’s about it.
Our play style remains the same as 4.2.
Fury warrior rotation:
Unlike nearly every other class in Cataclysm, Fury warriors do still have a rotation. Kinda. In actual fact, the “rotation” is a priority system, but it’s one that naturally fits into a rotation.
The Fury priority system is: Colossus Smash > Bloodthirst > Raging Blow > Slam with a Bloodsurge procced.
Because Bloodthirst has such a short cooldown, this means you’ll be Bloodthirsting every other GDC. As a result, you end up with a rotation like:
Bloodthirst -> Raging Blow / Colossus Smash (SEE BELOW) -> Bloodthirst -> Free (SEE BELOW) -> Bloodthirst -> Raging Blow -> Bloodthirst -> Free ->
and so on. Use Heroic Strike whenever you’re above 90 rage.
Colossus Smash: If Colossus Smash is available, use it after your next Bloodthirst. This may mean you don’t use Raging Blow – in that case, use Raging Blow in your next free slot.
Free Slot: Use Colossus Smash if it’s available. If it isn’t, use Raging Blow if that’s available. If THAT isn’t, use Slam if you’ve had a Bloodsurge proc. If none of those are available, wait for Bloodthirst and carry on the rotation, or use Execute if the boss is below 20%.
Execute: When the boss goes below 20%, use Execute until you have 5 stacks of the Executioner buff. From then, only use it if you have an empty Free slot, or to refresh your Executioner stack so it doesn’t drop off.
Single Minded Fury? If you’re using Single Minded Fury (2 1-Handed weapons) rather than Titan’s Grip (2 2-Handed weapons), treat Slam/Bloodsurge procs like Colossus Strike – use them in preference to Raging Blow and delay Raging Blow if necessary. Don’t delay Colossus Smash, though. See our more detailed Single-Minded Fury rotation guide
Heroic Strike: Heroic Strike at 90 Rage is a conservative approach. Once you’re more experienced with your rotation, you can start to use it more frequently – see reader Nick’s comment below .
Multi target: Use the same rotation as above, but treat Whirlwind as even more important than Colossus Smash – delay everything except Bloodthirst for it. Cleave as often as your Rage allows – don’t worry about not having enough Rage for Raging Blow or Slam.
Cooldowns: Use Death Wish and Recklessness together if possible.
Buffs: Remember to use Battle Shout, and you need to be in Berserker Stance.
Fury talent specs:
- You can swap Titan’s Grip for Single Minded Fury, but you can’t have both. Use whichever you prefer.
Hit to 8%(601 unless you’re a Draenai, in which case it’s 481) > Expertise > Strength > Critical Strike Rating > Hit > Mastery and Haste
- Reforge haste and Mastery to hit until capped, then to expertise. If you are over the expertise cap, reforge to hit again.
- Gem for strength. In blue sockets gem for strength and hit.
Fury Warrior Enchants
Remember to check if your profession offers better enhancement options for a slot!
|Head||Arcanum of the Wildhammer (Alliance) or Dragonmaw (Horde)|
|Shoulders||Greater Inscription of Jagged Stone|
|Back||Enchant Cloak – Greater Critical Strike|
|Chest||Enchant Chest – Peerless Stats|
|Wrist||Enchant Bracer – Major Strength|
|Hands||Enchant Gloves – Mighty Strength|
|Belt||Ebonsteel Belt Buckle|
|Legs||Dragonscale Leg Armor|
|Feet||Enchant Boots – Precision or Mastery|
|Weapon||Enchant Weapon – Landslide|
Primes: Glyph of Bloodthirst, Glyph of Raging Blow, Glyph of Slam
_Major:_Glyph of Cleaving, Glyph of Colossus Smash, Glyph of Death Wish
Minor: Glyph of Berserker Rage
- The always awesome Matthew Rossi covers Fury in his WoW Insider column.
- Elitist Jerks have a quick guide to 4.2 which is worth a read.
- The Melting Pot’s World of Warcraft page – the best posts from the WoW blog sphere, every day.
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