Survival Hunter PvP Guide | 8.3 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // June 16, 2020

This guide was produced with:

  • 5+ Rank 1


Best race:

  • Human is the best option for ladder play as you get to use with Relentless against heavy crowd control compositions while still having Every Man for Himself to break out of stuns

Alternative races:

  • Night Elf is a viable option that allows you to avoid damage from hard sitting spells like Chaos Bolt and Greater Pyroblast with Shadowmeld

  • Dark Iron Dwarf is strong against assassination rogues and feral druids as Fireblood can be used to remove all bleeds and poisons while increasing your agility to counter pressure

  • Gnome is somewhat viable, giving you an additional root break, 1% haste and the extra resource cap to slightly increase your overall damage


Best race:


Viper’s Venom is good against teams that can consistently crowd control you, such as against destruction warlock comps

Natural Mending can be used when you don’t have to play around a stealth opener, for example when not playing with or against a rogue

Trailblazer is a niche pick in 2s that can help you stick to healers

Bloodseeker can be used to increase your overall damage

Steel Trap is a very niche talent that can be used on healers in jungle mirrors or against rogue mage to cc someone else while training the mage – note that you should only pick this talent when you’re not using the Tracker’s Net PvP talent

Binding Shot can be used when playing against demon hunters to root them when you trap their healer to prevent them from using Reverse Magic


  • Roar of Sacrifice
  • Survival Tactics is extremely versatile and can be used to remove roots, dots and even avoid Touch of Death damage if timed well
  • Tracker’s Net is another multi-purpose PvP talent that can be used to place an undispellable root on melee to peel them, on healers to root them out of line of sight of their dps or against windwalker monks to counter their Touch of Karma (the root won’t break while dealing damage to them) and Touch of Death if timed well (80% chance to miss while they are rooted)


  • Mending Bandage should always be used against assassination rogues and feral druids and can even be used against plate classes in 2s to remove Cut of Death
  • Dragonscale Armor should be taken over Roar of Sacrifice against spell cleaves that primarily deal dot damage, such as shadowplay
  • Diamond Ice can be used against demon hunters and destruction warlocks to prevent them from dispelling your Freezing Trap
  • Hi-Explosive Trap has multiple good uses including stopping important casts, knocking a players into a root, knocking a healer with stacked teammates so you can Harpoon and Freezing Trap them, knocking someone out of Earthen Wall Totem or Darkness and even knocking people down on Blade’s Edge Arena, Dalaran Arena and Mugambala
  • Hunting Pack can be combined with Master’s Call when playing with a disc priest to help them survive against melee cleaves
  • Spider Sting can be used to outplay casters and prevent damage or crowd control in high pressure situations
  • Viper Sting can be used while training resto druids as they have to cast in order to remove it


  • Breath of the Dying – this is your best offensive major essence due to the low cooldown when used on targets above 80% or below 20%
  • The Crucible of Flame – alternate pick for when you won’t be able to benefit from the reduced cooldown of Breath of the Dying, usually when tunneling resto druids in 2s



  1. Gushing Wound – excellent choice to increase your damage for very little corruption
  2. Versatile – must be stacked in matchups where you’re struggling to survive
  3. Surging Vitality – has a high up time making it a viable choice to increase your durability

Haste (25-30%) > Versatility > Mastery > Crit

/cast [@player] Roar of Sacrifice

/cast [@player] Master’s Call

/cast [@player] Mending Bandage


#showtooltip Harpoon
/cast [nomodifier] Harpoon; [modifier:shift, target=focus] Harpoon

#showtooltip Tracker’s Net
/cast [@focus, nomod] Tracker’s Net; [modifier:shift] Tracker’s Net

#showtooltip Muzzle
/cancelaura Aspect of the Turtle
/cast [@focus, nomod] Muzzle; [modifier:shift] Muzzle

#showtooltip Wing Clip
/cancelaura Aspect of the Turtle
/cast [@focus, nomod] Wing Clip; [modifier:shift] Wing Clip

#showtooltip Intimidation
/cast [nomodifier] Intimidation; [modifier:shift, target=focus] Intimidation


/cast [@cursor] Flare

/cast [@cursor] Tar Trap

#showtooltip Freezing Trap
/cast [@cursor] Freezing Trap

#showtooltip Hi-Explosive Trap
/cast [@cursor] Hi-Explosive Trap


#showtooltip Serpent Sting
/cancelaura Aspect of the Turtle
/cast Serpent Sting


/cast [nomod] Spider Sting; [modifier:shift, @focus] Spider Sting
/cast [nomod] Viper Sting; [modifier:shift, @focus] Viper Sting
/run local G=GetSpellInfo SetMacroSpell(GetRunningMacro(), G”Spider Sting” or G”Viper Sting”)


/cast [@focus] Growl
/petattack [@focus]
/cast Dash

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