Affliction Warlock PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 15, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 13x Rank 1
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Level 15

Deathbolt offers the highest damage by far in this tier as the other choices are severely under tuned

Level 30

Absolute Corruption should be taken to most matchups

Writhe in Agony should be used against teams that cannot dispel curses

Level 45

Demon Skin is the best defensive choice in this tier and should always be used

Level 60

Phantom Singularity is the best choice for damage in this tier by far as it’s an easy to use instant cast

Level 75

Demonic Circle is necessary for kiting and should be used in almost every matchup

Mortal Coil can be used in extremely rare situations if you feel you’re gaining no value out of Demonic Circle

Level 90

Inevitable Demise has great synergy with Haunt

Grimoire of Sacrifice offers the highest dps on this tier but prevents you from being able to use Devour Magic and Spell Lock while you’re crowd controlled

Level 100

Dark Soul: Misery offers the most damage on this tier and should be used in all matchups

PvP Talents

Demon Armor is important for your survival and should be used in all matchups

Nether Ward is a versatile ability that can be used to reflect magical damage, crowd control and interrupts for 3 seconds

Curse of Shadows extremely good synergy with Inevitable Demise

Gateway Mastery can be used if your team needs a longer gateway to survive and should be taken over Nether Ward or Curse of Shadows depending on the matchup

Stats with Inevitable Demise: Haste > Versatility > Mastery > Intellect > Cri

Stats with Sudden Onset: Mastery > Haste > Intellect > Versatility > Crit

  • 3x Inevitable Demise to increase your kill potential
  • 3x Sudden Onset may prove to be an effective way of playing at a future point as it offers a massive damage increase

Recommended Head: Visage of the Ascended Prophet

Recommended Shoulders: Mantle of Ceremonial Ascension

Recommended Chest: Robes of the Reborn Serpent

  1. Maintain Agony
  2. Maintain Corruption
  3. Use Phantom Singularity on targets that are stacked
  4. Cast Unstable Affliction when possible

Standard burst:

  1. Apply all instant dots
  2. Use Dark Soul: Instability when you can free cast Unstable Affliction
  3. Use Phantom Singularity on your kill target
  4. Use Darkglare to extend dots
  5. Deathbolt on your kill target

Bursting with Inevitable Demise:

  1. Haunt (if talented)
  2. Unstable Affliction
  3. Curse of Shadows (if talented)
  4. Cast Drain Life (with Nether Ward if you need to avoid magical interrupts)

Assassination Rogue PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 14, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10x Rank 1
  • Winner of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Level 15

Master Poisoner is a great default pick for the passive increase to your damage and healing debuff

Elaborate Planning can be considered if you prefer an increase to your burst damage over your sustained pressure

Level 30

Subterfuge is by far the best talent in this tier and should be used in all matchups to enable you to use multiple Garrotes/Cheap Shots every time you come out of Stealth

Level 45

Marked For Death is the default pick here as it helps make your kill attempts more fluid by allowing you to use a Kidney Shot or Envenom on demand

Vigor can be considered if your haste is low or if you simply prefer more overall damage in exchange for less threatening kill attempts


Level 60

Elusiveness turns Feint into a strong defensive cooldown, making it the best talent in this tier

Level 75

Internal Bleeding should always be used as it helps to increase your energy regeneration during your kill attempts while also providing decent damage

Level 90

Toxic Blade increases your single target burst and should be used in all matchups

Level 100

Poison Bomb provides a passive increase to your damage and should always be used


PvP Talents

Creeping Venom is the best of your three damage dealing PvP talents and is recommended in most matchups

Maneuverability is a great choice for the added mobility against teams that target you or teams that you have a hard time sticking to

Smoke Bomb is a very strong talent that can be used to extend crowd control chains or as it’s own form of cc

Mind Numbing Poison is recommended when you want to increase your overall damage against casters and should be taken over one of your two utility talents

System Shock can be taken alongside two other damage dealing talents if you want the added burst and control it provides

Death from Above can be taken as your third PvP talent if you want to maximize your bursting capabilities


Stats: Haste > Mastery > Crit > Versatility

Recommended Head: Warring Ancient’s Mask/Hood of the Sinuous Devilsaur – Obtained from Ivus the Decayed (Darkshore world boss)/Dunegorger Kraulok (world boss)

Recommended Shoulders: Dread Gladiator’s Leather Spaulders – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Chest: 7th Legionnaire’s Vest/Honorbound Outrider’s Tunic – Obtained from 7th Legion/The Honorbound azerite cache emissary

  1. Maintain Garrote
  2. Maintain Rupture
  3. Use Mutilate if below 4 combo points
  4. Use Envenom at 4-5 combo points
  5. Use Poisoned Knife to maintain Wound Poison on targets with your dots

  1. Garrote
  2. Mutilate
  3. Rupture
  4. Marked for Death
  5. Kidney Shot
  6. Toxic Blade
  7. Mutilate for 4-5 combo points
  8. Envenom

Elemental Shaman PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 14, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10x Rank 1
  • Competed at the 2017 and 2018 Blizzcon world championships

Level 15

Earthen Rage is a passive that effortlessly increases your overall damage

Level 30

Totem Mastery is a great default pick as it provides the most overall damage in this tier

Call the Thunder has great synergy with Surge of Power and can be paired with it as it allows you to Earth Shock more frequently

Level 45

Earth Shield is your default pick in this tier as it provides a lot of healing over the course of a game through its direct healing and the increased effect of your other heals – it also provides dispel protection due to it having 9 charges when initially applied

Spirit Wolf can be taken if you find yourself mostly dying in small burst windows and want to try and pre-Ghost Wolf a stun or any unavoidable incoming burst

Level 60

Master of the Elements is by far the best talent in this tier and should always be taken and used to empower your Earth Shock when attempting to burst

Level 75

Nature’s Guardian should always be taken as it helps to deal with your main weakness which is dying in stuns

Level 90

Icefury provides the biggest increase to your overall sustained damage

Primal Elementalist can be taken to gain access to Harden Skin from your Earth Elemental if you need the additional defensive cooldown to survive

Surge of Power is part of your one shot build and can be used to empower your Stormkeeper burst window, although it has recently been nerfed

Level 100

Stormkeeper is the best talent in this tier and should always be taken to empower your Lightning Bolts in conjunction with Surge of Power and in its current state allows you to dish out one of the highest single target bursts in the game

PvP Talents

Gladiator’s Medallion should almost always be used as it’s important to be able to break out of a stun to use Astral Shift or stop crowd control

Relentless can be considered in some matchups if you are being crowd controlled a lot and don’t need to break out of any stuns to survive

Lightning Lasso is an extremely powerful talent that combines high burst damage with a stun – use it together with your teammates offensive cooldowns to secure kills, just make sure to position yourself near a pillar to avoid being interrupted or crowd controlled while channeling it

Skyfury Totem should be taken in every game due to elemental’s large reliance on crit and Elemental Fury which makes crit more effective for elemental than any other spec in the game

Grounding Totem should be used against every team with a caster dps as it provides solid defensive utility against heavy casted damage or casted crowd control, especially against Mages, Warlocks, and Druids

Elemental Attunement is a great pick when you don’t need Grounding Totem as it makes it easier to save maelstrom to setup your burst

Spectral Recovery can be chosen over Grounding Totem in matchups where you have nothing important to ground and want the improved mobility


Stats: Crit > Haste > Versatility > Mastery

3x Lava Shock/Natural Harmony

Recommended Head: Dread Gladiator’s Chain Headpiece – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Shoulders: Deadwash Mantle/Dreadmire Shoulderguards – Obtained from Stormsong Valley/Nazmir Azerite Cache Emissary

Recommended Chest: Tri-Heart Chestguard – Obtained from Siege of Boralus/Titan Residuum

Build maelstrom with the following priority:

  1. Keep Flame Shock up on your targets
  2. Lava Burst on cooldown
  3. Lightning Bolt

Spend maelstrom on Earth Shock or Earthquake to prevent overcapping maelstrom

Bursting with Call the Thunder + Surge of Power (recently nerfed):

  1. Get 100 Maelstrom
  2. Cast Stormkeeper
  3. Lava Burst
  4. Earth Shock
  5. Lightning Bolt
  6. Lava Burst if you have a Lava Surge proc
  7. Earth Shock
  8. Lightning Bolt

Fire Mage PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 12, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 5x Rank 1
  • Winner of the 2018 AWC Spring finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Level 15

Searing Touch is a great pick for when you intend to kill with burst as you’re able to guarantee Hot Streak procs when your target drops low

Firestarter is a great choice for comps that want to deal a ton of damage in the opener or make hard swaps and is recommended when playing comps like rogue mage

Level 30

Shimmer is a great default choice that helps you land more crowd control and increases your kiting capabilities as it has two charges

Blazing Soul can be considered when you need to be able to Blink out of stuns to avoid dying

Level 45

Incanter’s Flow is the strongest talent in this tier and should always be taken

Mirror Images is a decent choice for 2s for the damage it provides that doesn’t rely on you dealing damage

Level 60

Flame On is the strongest talent in this tier as the extra charge and reduced cooldown of Fireblast (one of your hardest hitting spells) helps you deal more damage and generate more Hot Streaks

Phoenix Flames can be considered if you want to increase your kill potential by having access to more back to back Pyroblasts

Level 75

Ring of Frost should always be used as it allows you to cast crowd control from two different schools which makes it easier for you to continue cc chains or cc multiple targets

Level 90

Living Bomb is the recommended talent here because Conflagration can break crowd control

Level 100

Meteor is single highest damaging ability and should be used in almost all matchups

Kindling can be combined with Firestarter to get more uses of Combustion in longer dampening matchups but should only be taken over Meteor if your comp lacks a reliable stun that allows you to easily land Meteors

PvP Talents

Temporal Shield is your best defensive cooldown and should be taken to almost every matchup

Kleptomania can be taken over Temporal Shield against resto druids – it can also be taken when playing against mages if you are playing with a resto druid to counter other mages who use Kleptomania on your resto druids hots but don’t have a cancel hot macro

Greater Pyroblast is a very strong talent that should be taken to every matchup where you can easily get casts off

Flamecannon is a great pick for the increased range on your abilities and works well with Greater Pyroblast to make it harder for opponents to out range you

Prismatic Cloak is a good talent against casters with high burst damage such as destruction warlocks

Firestarter is a great pick in matchups that allow you to cast a high number of Fireballs throughout the game which will give you an extra Combustion

Tinder can be taken with Greater Pyroblast to deal huge damage with a Greater Pyroblast > Tinder Fireball > Fire Blast (x2 if needed for a Hot Streak proc) > Pyroblast

Dampened Magic can be taken over Temporal Shield against teams that primarily deal magical dot damage such as shadow priest affliction warlock


Stats: Haste (20%) > Versatility > Mastery > Crit

Recommended Head: Dread Gladiator’s Silk Hood – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Shoulders: Bloodbough Mantle/Shadra Silk Mantle – Obtained from Drustvar/Zuldazar azerite cache emissary

Recommended Chest: Petticoat of the Self-Stylized Azerite Baron – Obtained from The MOTHERLODE!!/Titan Residuum

  1. Generate Hot Streak with Fireball
  2. Cast Fireblast during your Fireball cast when you get Hot Streak
  3. Finish casting the Fireball and cast an instant Pyroblast

  1. Get a Hot Streak proc
  2. Meteor
  3. Combustion
  4. Fireblast
  5. Pyroblast
  6. Fireblast
  7. Pyroblast
  8. Fireblast
  9. Pyroblast
  10. Scorch
  11. Pyroblast

Holy Priest PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Healing

by Mystic // January 12, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 5x Rank 1

Level 15

Enduring Renew is the best talent here when facing teams that primarily deal single target damage

Trial of Light provides the most throughput when needing to heal multiple targets and should be used when facing comps that deal spread pressure

Enlightenment should be used in longer dampening matchups where you need to conserve mana

Level 30

Perseverance is the best pick against teams that deal high consistent damage

Angels Mercy should always be used if you expect to be targeted

Angelic Feather should be used when you need the mobility to land or avoid crowd control

Level 45

Guardian Angel is the best talent here and should always be used

Level 60

Censure should always be used of playing a comp that lacks stuns

Psychic Voice should be used if your team requires you to land Psychic Scream every 30 seconds to win games

Shining Force is a great pick against melee cleaves that intend to train you

Level 75

Surge of Light is the best talent here and should always be used

Level 90

Benediction should always be used when you’re using Rapid Mending

Divine Star should be used when not playing with Rapid Mending

Level 100

Light of the Naaru is a great default pick for most matchups

Apotheosis can be used in short games against rush down comps

PvP Talents

Greater Heal should always be taken as it’s your main way of healing

Greater Fade is a great default pick as it can be used to avoid crowd control or to help you survive if you’re targeted

Holy Ward can be taken when up against crowd control based comps without an offensive dispel

Rapid Mending can be used as a tool to counter spread pressure when up against high damage comps

Holy Word: Concentration can be taken when playing caster cleaves to give either you or your partners an extra way to secure casts

Ray of Hope should be taken when an extra defensive cooldown is required to help your team survive and is particularly good against high control compositions where you need to top your team as soon as you come out of cc


Stats: Haste > Mastery > Versatility > Crit

Recommended Head: Moonpriest’s Coronet/Loa Speaker’s Hood

Recommended Shoulders: Moonpriest’s Mantle/Loa Speaker’s Mantle

Recommended Chest: Ruffled Poet Blouse – Obtained from Freehold/Titan Residuum

  1. Keep Renew up on targets taking damage
  2. Use Prayer of Mending if using Rapid Mending
  3. Use Flash Heal if you have a Surge of Light proc
  4. Cast Greater Heal if your target is below 70%
  5. Cast Holy Word: Serenity if your target drops low
  6. Cast Heal as filler to keep people topped
  7. Cast Divine Star if you need to move (if talented)

Marksmanship Hunter PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 12, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 7x Rank 1
  • Winner of the 2018 AWC Spring finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Level 15

Master Marksman is the best choice for the extra damage it provides

Level 30

Careful Aim should be taken for the extra damage and finisher power that it provides

Level 45

Natural Mending is a great default pick as you give yourself the opportunity to use additional Exhilaration’s to survive

Camouflage should be used against stealth teams like rmp and jungle or if the game will be very short

Level 60

Streamline is the best choice for the extra damage it provides

Level 75

Posthaste is a great default pick as it provides very good mobility

Binding Shot can be considered if your team really needs roots but will rarely be chosen

Level 90

Double Tap is the best choice in this tier because of the extra on demand burst

Level 100

Lock and Load is the best talent here because of the added burst it provides

PvP Talents

Gladiator’s Medallion should be used in all matchups if you’re not a human

Relentless can be considered when playing a human against rogues or teams with a lot of crowd control

Roar of Sacrifice is the first part of your default build and should be used in most matchups, especially against teams that kill in setups

Survival Tactics is the final part of your default build and is useful in any matchup where you are targeted or have to deal with roots

Scatter Shot is a versatile talent that can be used both offensively and defensively and should be taken to most matchups

Dragonscale Armor is useful against comps that deal a lot of dot damage

Spider Sting can be used to stop damage against teams without a poison dispel

Hi-Explosive Trap can be used to counter a resto shaman’s Earthen Wall Totem or a demon hunter’s Darkness


Stats: Agility > Mastery > Haste > Versatility > Crit

Recommended Head: Sethraliss Fanged Helm – Obtained from Temple of Sethraliss/Titan Residuum

Recommended Shoulders: Dread Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Chest: 7th Legionnaire’s Chainmail/Honorbound Vanguard’s Chainmail – Obtained from 7th Legion/The Honorbound azerite cache emissary

  1. Prioritize Arcane Shot when you get Precise Shots/Master Marksman procs
  2. Aimed Shot
  3. Rapid Fire
  4. Steady Shot

    Open with Double Tap if you want a strong opener, otherwise use it before casting an Aimed Shot whenever you want extra damage or use it with Rapid Fire if using Focus Fire traits (if you’re sure you’ll complete the full channel)

  1. Aimed Shot
  2. Arcane Shot to use up your stacks of Precise Shots/Master Marksman
  3. Trueshot
  4. Aimed Shot
  5. Arcane Shot to use up your stacks of Precise Shots/Master Marksman
  6. Aimed Shot
  7. Rapid Fire

Arcane Mage PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 11, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 5x Rank 1
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Level 15

Amplification is the best talent in this tier because of the increased damage it provides

Level 30

Shimmer is a great default choice that helps you land more crowd control and increases your kiting capabilities as it has two charges

Slipstream can be considered when you need to be able to Blink out of stuns to avoid dying

Level 45

Incanter’s Flow is the strongest talent in this tier and should always be taken

Level 60

Resonance is a great default option that helps to increase your damage when people are stacked

Charged Up can be considered if you want a more stable increase to your burst and should be used at the end of your burst sequence to cast another Arcane Barrage with 4 Arcane Charges

Supernova can be very useful if you want to be more disruptive to enemy casters as you can use it to stop important casts with the knock

Level 75

Chrono Shift is your default choice here as it’s useful in almost every matchup

Ring of Frost should be played against most resto druid teams with the only exception being matchups where you need the slow from Chrono Shift to slow melee in order to survive

Level 90

Nether Tempest provides the most damage in most matchups and should be your default talent

Reverberate can be considered against some melee cleaves that tend to have multiple targets stack up a lot for the increased Arcane Charge generation

Level 100

Arcane Orb tends to be the strongest talent in most matchups so should be your default pick

Both Overpowered and Time Anomaly can be considered in matchups where you try to surprise opponents with huge burst to try and score kills

PvP Talents

Mass Invisibility is one of your two best honor talents and should always be used

Arcane Empowerment is your other best honor talent and should always be used

Temporal Shield is an excellent defensive talent that should be taken to most matchups

Kleptomania should be taken over Temporal Shield against resto druids to remove hots and double shaman teams to remove earth shield and because two Purges make it harder to use Temporal Shield

Prismatic Cloak can taken over Temporal Shield against double caster teams with several offensive dispels, for example elemental shaman, mage, priest


Stats: Intellect > Haste > Versatility = Mastery > Crit

Recommended Head: 7th Legionnaire’s Hood/Honorbound Artificer’s Guise – Obtained from 7th Legion/The Honorbound azerite cache emissary

Recommended Shoulders: Dread Gladiator’s Silk Mantle – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Chest: Robes of the Unraveler – Obtained from Uldir (Mythrax)

  1. Get 4 Arcane Charges with Arcane Orb and Arcane Explosion
  2. Use Arcane Missiles procs
  3. Arcane Barrage
  4. Repeat 1-3

  1. Get 4 Arcane Charges with Arcane Orb and Arcane Explosion
  2. Use Presence of Mind and Arcane Power
  3. Cast 2 instant Arcane Blasts
  4. Use Arcane Missiles procs
  5. Arcane Barrage

Windwalker Monk PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 9, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 11x Rank 1
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2017 and 2018 Blizzcon world championships

Level 15

Eye of the Tiger is a great default talent as it’s a passive increase to your damage and healing

Chi Wave is the best talent in this tier if you’re willing to have one more button to press as it does the most damage and healing while also helping you to keep your Combo Strikes

Chi Burst is great in comps that try to score kills with high burst damage

Level 30

Tiger’s Lust is the best talent in this tier and is useful in every matchup – it can be used to remove roots and snares on yourself or a teammate

Chi Torpedo can be considered in 2s against mistweaver monks that you intend to chase

Level 45

Ascension is the best talent in this tier as it’s a passive that you can always benefit

Level 60

Good Karma is a great default choice that makes the damage you deal during your Touch of Karma also heal you, something that’s very valuable against high burst comps like rmp which can easily go through your Touch or Karma and kill you

Ring of Peace is especially good against melee cleaves that set up kills as you can prevent them from connecting onto their target, just keep in mind that it doesn’t work on a target that’s recently been knocked back by another spell like Thunderstorm

Level 75

Dampen Harm should be used against melee cleaves and some melee caster teams

Diffuse Magic should be used against caster cleaves and comps that primarily deal magical damage

Inner Strength is a great pick against comps that have high passive damage but it has a really short up time which makes it fall off easily

Level 90

Hit Combo is a great default pick and should always be used if playing with a class that has crowd control you can break, such as a mage

Rushing Jade Wind is a great pick against melee cleaves to increase your aoe pressure

Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger can be used in high burst comps like windwalker dk

Level 100

Whirling Dragon Punch is the best talent in this tier and should be always taken

PvP Talents

Turbo Fists is one of your two best honor talents and should always be taken

Reverse Harm is your other best honor talent and should always be taken

Alpha Tiger is a great default pick for the increased damage and can be used to gain 30% haste by using Tiger Palm on different targets

Fortifying Brew can be taken against comps like rogue mage if you want an additional defensive cooldown

Ride the Wind is a great talent for helping your team escape danger or connect onto a target

Grapple Weapon can be used against melee to help your team survive


Stats: Versatility > Mastery > Crit = Haste

Recommended Head: Cowl of Fluid Machinations – Obtained from Shrine of the Storm/Titan Residuum

Recommended Shoulders: Shoulders of the Sanguine Monstrosity – Obtained from The Underrot/Titan Residuum

Recommended Chest: Dread Gladiator’s Leather Vest – Obtained from PvP

  1. Use Rising Sun Kick on cooldown
  2. Use Reverse Harm on cooldown
  3. Use Fists of Fury on cooldown
  4. Use Whirling Dragon Punch on cooldown
  5. Blackout Kick to spend chi
  6. Tiger Palm to build chi

Avoid using Blackout Kick or Tiger Palm twice in a row because of Mastery: Combo Strikes

  1. Reverse Harm
  2. Tiger Palm
  3. Rising Sun Kick
  4. Fists of Fury
  5. Whirling Dragon Punch

Feral Druid PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 9, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 6x Rank 1

Level 15

Sabertooth should always be used as it provides the most DPS by helping you maintain Rip

Level 30

Wild Charge is a great default pick and is extremely versatile as it can be used defensively to leap onto your teammate in human form, leap away to another enemy in Cat Form, jump forward in Travel Form or root someone in Bear Form – it can also be used offensively for mobility or to crowd control/interrupt enemy healers

Level 45

Restoration Affinity should be used in most matchups

Guardian Affinity can be considered against teams that have a lot of cross crowd control, for example rogue mage and jungle

Level 60

Mighty Bash is by far the best talent in this tier and should always be taken

Level 75

Soul of the Forest provides the most consistent damage in this tier and is recommended for more fluid gameplay

Incarnation: King of the Jungle is a great pick if you want to increase your kill potential every 3 minutes in exchange for dealing less overall damage

Level 90

Brutal Slash is the only useful talent in this tier and should always be taken

Level 100

Bloodtalons provides the most damage in this tier but is more difficult to use than other options

Moment of Clarity is great alternative pick if you’re struggling to use Bloodtalons properly

Feral Frenzy can be considered if you prefer more burst in exchange for lowering your sustained damage

PvP Talents

Ferocious Wound should be used in all matchups

Cyclone should be taken against to most matchups as long as there aren’t too many ways to stop you from landing them

Heart of the Wild should be used against caster teams if you need more healing

Thorns should be used against melee cleaves


Stats: Mastery > Haste (18-20%) > Versatility (10%) > Crit

Recommended Head: Dread Gladiator’s Leather Hood – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Shoulders: Dread Gladiator’s Leather Spaulders – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Chest: Dread Gladiator’s Leather Vest – Obtained from PvP

  1. Build combo points with Shred
  2. Use Tiger’s Fury and apply Rip and Rake
  3. Refresh Rip with Ferocious Bite

With Bloodtalons:

  1. Cast Regrowth as the gates open to get Bloodtalons then use Prowl to stealth
  2. Open with Rake
  3. Shred to get 5 combo points
  4. Cast Regrowth to get Bloodtalons
  5. Use Tiger’s Fury to instantly get back into Cat Form
  6. Apply Rip then Rake
  7. Berserk
  8. Shred to get 5 combo points
  9. Ferocious Bite

note: use Brutal Slash instead of Shred if people are stacked to generate combo points faster

Survival Hunter PvP Guide | 8.1 BfA Talents, Traits and Damage

by Mystic // January 8, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 7x Rank 1
  • Winner of the 2018 AWC Spring finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Level 15

Viper’s Venom is always a good pick for the extra damage it provides

Alpha Predator is a viable option if the enemy team dispels your poison a lot

Level 30

Guerilla Tactics is the best talent in this tier because of the extra damage you get

Level 45

Natural Mending is a great default pick as you give yourself the opportunity to use additional Exhilaration’s to survive

Camouflage should be used against stealth teams like rmp and jungle or if the game will be very short

Level 60

A Murder of Crows is a very solid pick because of the damage and on demand burst you get from it

Bloodseeker is a viable option if you want a little more sustained damage

Level 75

Posthaste is a great default pick as it provides very good mobility

Binding Shot can be considered if your team really needs roots but will rarely be chosen

Level 90

Mongoose Bite is the best talent in this tier for the extra damage and burst

Level 100

Wildfire Infusion is a great default talent as it’s good against everything because of the extra damage and burst it can provide

Birds of Prey is good in matchups that you have a lot of uptime in, usually against melee cleaves but also tanky casters

PvP Talents

Gladiator’s Medallion should be used in all matchups if you’re not a human

Relentless can be considered when playing a human against rogues or teams with a lot of crowd control

Roar of Sacrifice is the first part of your default build and should be used in most matchups, especially against teams that kill in setups

Tracker’s Net is the second part of your default build and can be used in most matchups to make it easier to land traps or peel

Survival Tactics is the final part of your default build and is useful in any matchup where you are targeted or have to deal with roots

Mending Bandage should always be taken against assassination rogues and feral druids

Dragonscale Armor is useful against comps that deal a lot of dot damage

Spider Sting can be used to stop damage against teams without a poison dispel

Hi-Explosive Trap can be used to counter a resto shaman’s Earthen Wall Totem or a demon hunter’s Darkness


Stats: Agility > Haste > Versatility > Mastery > Crit

1x Wilderness Survival

2x Battlefield Precision/Focus

Recommended Head: Visage of Bloody Horrors – Obtained from The Underrot/Titan Residuum

Recommended Shoulders: Dread Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders – Obtained from PvP

Recommended Chest: 7th Legionnaire’s Chainmail/Honorbound Vanguard’s Chainmail – Obtained from 7th Legion/The Honorbound azerite cache emissary

  1. Use Kill Command on cooldown unless doing so will put you over 100 focus
  2. Use Wildfire Bomb if you have 2 charges
  3. Maintain Serpent Sting on your target and use Viper’s Venom procs
  4. Dump focus on Mongoose Bite
  5. Use Wildfire Bomb if you have 1 charge

  1. Serpent Sting
  2. Wildfire Bomb
  3. A Murder of Crows
  4. Kill Command
  5. Spam Mongoose Bite and Kill Command
 
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