Survival Hunter PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10+ 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 should be picked when using Memory of Lucid Dreams as your major essence

Camouflage should be used when playing with or against a rogue to either deny the enemies opener or strengthen your own

Binding Shot can be used when playing with a disc priest as you won’t be able to rely on the PvP talent Tracker’s Net to root opponents due to Purge the Wicked likely breaking it – it can also be used to counter Efflorescence healing when facing destruction warlock resto druid compositions by knocking the warlock out of the Efflorescence and then rooting them



  • Mending Bandage should always be used against assassination rogues and feral druids
  • Dragonscale Armor should be taken over Roar of Sacrifice against spell cleaves that primarily deal dot damage
  • Spider Sting can be used to outplay casters and prevent damage or crowd control in high pressure situations
  • Hi-Explosive Trap has multiple good uses including knocking a players into a root with Binding Shot, 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
  • 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)
  • Diamond Ice is a decent pick when playing with death knights to prevent their disease from breaking your trap – it can also be used when tunneling healers to make it easier to crowd control dps

The Crucible of Flame

Your best overall major essence which gives you great on demand burst during setups which is critical for survival hunters as they rely on strong offensive windows to win games

Minors: Memory of Lucid Dreams + Conflict and Strife

Memory of Lucid Dreams

Gives you extremely high burst when paired with Coordinated Assault – more of a gimmick build as relying on a 2 minute cooldown is much easier for your opponents to deal with when compared to the consistent damage increase from Crucible

Minors: Conflict and Strife + Condensed Life-Force

Conflict and Strife

Can be considered if you find yourself struggling to survive and need the additional versatility

Minors: Memory of Lucid Dreams + Condensed Life-Force

Best defensive traits:

Haste = 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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