Warrior smash! But warrior confused, because new patch notes long and scary. Don’t worry! We’ve got everything to get you back up and running in WoW Patch 5.4, whether you’re Single Minded Fury or Titan’s Grip – from glyphs and talents to stats, reforging and gemming to MoP’s ability priorities and rotation. It’s covered here – quickly – so you can stop scratching you head and get smashing stuff. Before you do them the wrong way round, ‘cos that might hurt.
Updated 17th September 2013 for World of Warcraft Patch 5.4
Fury Warrior Changes in Patch 5.4
No significant changes to Fury in this patch.
Fury Warrior “Rotation” and Priorities
The Fury warrior rotation is mostly unchanged from Cataclysm.
Start by Charging. Follow this priority tree for ability use:
- Top Priority: Use Bloodthirst if that’s available. If not, use Colossus Smash if it’s available.
- Second Priority: Use Execute if it’s available. If it’s not, use Raging Blow .
- Third Priority: If Bloodsurge is active, use Wild Strike. If you have too much Rage, use Heroic Strike.
Keep Battle Shout up through all this – you’ll only need to use it once per minute. If you’re low on rage, use Battle Shout and Charge wherever possible.
Note: this is a simplified rotation. See the Links section at the bottom for a much more complex rotation that will give you higher DPS once you master it.
If you’re facing multiple enemies, use Cleave instead of Heroic Strike. If you’re facing three or more opponents, use Whirlwind instead of or as well as Cleave.
Use Heroic Leap against multiple opponents instead of Charge.
- Recklessness, Berserker Rage – use these whenever possible.
- Skull Banner – Use when your party needs a DPS boost, or in a raid when your raid leader tells you to.
- Rallying Cry – powerful raid/party-wide defensive ability. Use when your raid leader tells you to, or when people look like they’re about to die in a dungeon!
Stay in Battle Stance unless you will take heavy damage, when you should use Berserker Stance. As mentioned before, keep Battle Shout (or Commanding Shout if your raid leader tells you to use that) up.
Fury Warrior Talent Choices
Here’s a good basic setup to get out and killing things with:
- Tier 1: Double Time
- Tier 2: Impending Victory – gives you a minor heal.
- Tier 3: Disrupting Shout – AoE spell interrupt ability.
- Tier 4: Bladestorm – another powerful DPS cooldown. Use whenever it’s available.
- Tier 5: Vigilance
- Tier 6: Storm Bolt – a short-cooldown DPS ability. Use as often as possible.
Stats, reforging and gemming for fury Warrior
Hit and Expertise are really important in 5.1, and their caps have changed. Note that Strength is NOT our most important stat.
Priorities: Hit and Expertise to cap (both 7.5% / 2550 rating) > Critical Strike > Strength > Mastery > Haste
Reforging: Reforge to the Hit and Expertise caps first, then reforge to Crit. Reforge from excess Hit and Expertise first, then Haste.
Gems: Use Inscribed (Crit/Str) gems in Red sockets, Smooth (Crit) in Yellow sockets, and Piercing (Crit/Hit) in Blue sockets.
Meta Gem: Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond
Like talents, you should experiment to find your preferred Glyphs – but here is a good basic selection with no downsides:
Major: Glyph of Unending Rage, Glyph of Recklessness, Glyph of Bull Rush.
Minor: Glyph of Intimidating Shout is good. Others are your choice!
Fury Warrior enchants and item enhancements
You should almost always use a profession enhancement item if it provides appropriate stats instead of a general enchant.
- Shoulder – Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
- Back – Enchant Cloak – Accuracy or Enchant Cloak – Superior Critical Strike
- Chest – Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats
- Bracers – Enchant Bracers – Exceptional Strength
- Gloves – Enchant Gloves – Super Strength
- Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
- Legs – Angerhide Leg Armor
- Feet – Enchant Boots – Greater Precision or Enchant Boots – Greater Haste
- Weapon – Enchant Weapon – Dancing Steel
If you want more detail on fury Warrior play:
- The official WoW forums have a great guide to Fury in MoP from Samayael.
- Icy Veins have a detailed guide to all things fury Warrior.
- Finally, as a WoW player, you should really check out the latest and greatest from the blogosphere on World of Warcraft, here at the Melting Pot.
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