WoW 8.2 PvP Arena Tier List | WoW PvP Guide

by Mystic // August 25, 2019

Here you will find a strong representation of the current metagame from an EU point of view. That being said, this view should closely mirror meta games throughout all regions.

All specs have been assigned to a tier based on the comps available to them and not necessarily because of their power alone.

3v3 Class Tier List Header

3v3 Class Tier List

Strengths, Weaknesses & Best Comps Explanation

3v3 Comp Tier List Header

S+ Tier

RMD
assafrostrdruid

RMPALA
assafirepala

S Tier

DH DK
dhdkrdruidrsham

WINDWALKER DK
wwdkfrostdkmwrdruidpala

TSG
wardkfrostdkmwrdruid

DH WAR
dhwarrdruid

DESTRO WAR
wardestropalardruidmw

ELE FIRE MAGE
elefirepalamw

SHADOWPLAY
spdestrorshampala

MLD/MLP
frostfiredestrordruidpala

A Tier

JUNGLE
feralsurvivaldisc

RMP
assafrostfiredisc

WAR MAGE
warfirefrostrdruidmwpala

THUNDER
warelemw

WINDWALKER DESTRO
wwdestromwrsham

B Tier

ELE BOOMKIN
elebalancemw

RET DESTRO
retdestrorshamrdruid

TURBO
warenhpalamw


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2v2 Class Tier List

2v2 Comp Tier List Header

S Tier

WW HPALA
wwpala

DK RDRUID
dkrdruid

DH RDRUID
dhrdruid

ASSA DISC
assadisc

A Tier

ARMS X
warpalardruid

FERAL HPALA
feralpala

DK HPALA
dkpala

WW DISC
wwdisc

SURVIVAL RDRUID
survivalrdruid

DESTRO RDRUID
destrordruid

B Tier

FURY X
furyrshamrdruid

RET DISC
retdisc

DK SHAMAN
dkrsham

DK MW
dkmw

FROST MAGE X
frostdiscrdruid

ELE X
elerdruidpala

Frost Death Knight PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 24, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10+ Rank 1
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championships

Alliance

Best race:

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

Alternative race:

  • Gnome is a strong alternative, especially against mages and survival hunters for the root break – the added 1% haste and the extra resource cap also help to slightly increase your overall damage

Horde

Best race:

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Asphyxiate can be considered when playing comps that lack stuns

Wraith Walk is an alternative pick for fast paced matchups, such as when training healers for a quick kill

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  • Chill Streak should always be taken and only used when targets are stacked
  • Delirium
  • Heartstop Aura has excellent synergy with Delirium and can make it very easy to train down a target by limiting their mobility

Optional

  • Death Chill is a good pick when playing against melee cleaves
  • Necrotic Aura provides your team with a flat 8% magic damage increase and is great for matchups where you prefer dealing maximum damage over the defensive utility of your other PvP talents
  • Anti-Magic Zone is an extremely powerful defensive cooldown that should be used to counter strong offensive cooldowns from classes that primarily deal spell damage, for example destruction warlocks Dark Soul, fire mages Combustion, assassination rogues Vendetta and ret paladins Avenging Wrath
  • Lichborne is a great pick when you expect to be trained by targets that will frequently stun you
  • Transfusion should be considered if you expect to take high consistent damage to make it easier to keep yourself alive
  • Dark Simulacrum can be an extremely high impact ability when facing warlocks, mages and druids to steal and use important crowd control on the opposing team

Conflict and Strife

Excellent choice for your major essence as it gives you Chill Streak, allowing you to pick up an all important fourth PvP talent while also increasing your versatility, making it easier for you to survive

Minors: The Crucible of Flame + Condensed Life-Force

The Crucible of Flame

Should be used to increase your overall and burst damage whenever you don’t need four honor talents for defensive purposes, usually against melee cleaves

Minors: Conflict and Strife + Condensed Life-Force

Mandatory:

Recommended:

Offensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Insignia
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict

Defensive

  1. Lingering Sporepods
  2. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  3. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  5. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Haste (26%) > Versatility > Mastery > Crit

#showtooltip Mind Freeze
/cast [@focus] Mind Freeze

#showtooltip Death Grip
/cast [@focus] Death Grip

#showtooltip Asphyxiate
/cast [@focus] Asphyxiate

#showtooltip Chains of Ice
/cast [@focus] Chains of Ice

#showtooltip Lichborne
/cancelaura Lichborne

Elemental Shaman PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 23, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10+ Rank 1
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championships

Alliance

Best race:

  • Dwarf is the preferred defensive option as Stoneform removes debuffs and gives you 10% physical damage reduction

    Dark Iron Dwarf should be used by those that prefer a more offensive play style with the increased intellect from Fireblood on top of the debuff removal

Horde

Best race:

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Spirit Wolf should be used in matchups where you expect to spend a large amount of the game kiting in Ghost Wolf

Surge of Power gives you more burst and should be used when playing comps that require you to set up huge one shots

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Optional

Conflict and Strife

Your best bet when you expect to be targeted or intend to win a long game by focusing on staying alive as you gain access to Lightning Lasso which allows you to pick up a fourth PvP talent for defensive purposes – you also gain versatility which can be kept up with Purge and have its effect doubled while you’re stunned

Minors: The Crucible of Pain + Condensed Life-Force

Blood of the Enemy

Significantly increases your kill potential as the increased crit chance and damage combined with Skyfury Totem and any other damage modifiers gives your Earth Shock and Stormkeeper Lightning Bolts crazy burst potential

Minors: The Crucible of Pain + Condensed Life-Force

Offensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict
  3. Shiver Venom Relic

Defensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Haste > Versa > Crit > Mastery

#showtooltip
/cast [@PARTNERSNAME] Healing Surge

#showtooltip
/cast [@PARTNERSNAME] Earth Shield

#showtooltip
/cast [@PARTNERSNAME] Cleanse Spirit

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#showtooltip Wind Shear
/cast [target=focus] Wind Shear

#showtooltip Hex
/cast [target=focus] Hex

#showtooltip Frost Shock
/cast [target=focus] Frost Shock

#showtooltip Purge
/cast [target=focus] Purge

-

/cast Lava Burst
/cast Immolate

/cast Meteor

/cast Harden Skin

/cast Pulverize

/cast [@focus] Pulverize

Retribution Paladin PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 23, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 10+ Rank 1
  • Competed at the 2015 European regional in Prague

Alliance

Best race:

Horde

Best race:

  • Blood Elf and Tauren are both decent with the former allowing you to potentially remove important buffs like Divine Favor with Arcane Torrent to land a kick and the later giving you War Stomp which can be used to interrupt important casts but neither really stand out as being a super strong race so you can go with either

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Repentance can be an excellent pick in some 2s matchups (against holy paladins, mistweaver monks, disc priests) and can be combined with your teammates crowd control, for example a discs priests Psychic Scream to get long cc chains on healers

Cavalier is better for matchups where you need more up time and are willing to have the increased cooldown on Divine Shield

Eye for an Eye can be better against physical damage dealers and most notably helps to counter a windwalker monk’s Fists of Fury during their images (Storm, Earth, and Fire)

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Optional

  • Blessing of Sanctuary should be used against teams with really important stuns that you need to remove, such as against rogues, druids and paladins
  • Law and Order can be used over a damage talent or sanc if it’s not needed (usually the case in 2s or when playing with a class that doesn’t have a reliable slow in 3s)
  • Jurisdiction is a decent pick when playing ret hunter disc to more reliably crowd control healers

Conflict and Strife

Overall a great major because it gives you Unbound Freedom and you can’t really afford to drop your other PvP talents for this – the versatility is also good for helping you survive as rets aren’t the most tanky spec

Minors: Vision of Perfection + The Crucible of Flame or Condensed Life-Force

The Crucible of Flame

Provides you with the most consistent increase to your damage during kill windows – something that’s especially useful when playing set up based comps like ret hunter

Minors: Vision of Perfection + The Crucible of Flame or Condensed Life-Force

Blood of the Enemy

Mostly used in 2s as it allows you to deal crazy amounts of burst in a very short window – something that’s necessary to win some matchups

Minors: Vision of Perfection + Conflict and Strife or Condensed Life-Force

Alternative traits:

Defensive

  1. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  2. Lingering Sporepods
  3. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  5. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Offensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Insignia
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict

Versatility > Haste (15%) > Mastery > Crit

/cast [target=party1] Blessing of Protection

/cast [target=party2] Blessing of Protection

/cast [target=party1] Blessing of Sanctuary

/cast [target=party2] Blessing of Sanctuary

/cast [target=party1] Blessing of Freedom

/cast [target=party2] Blessing of Freedom

/cast [target=party1] Flash of Light

/cast [target=party2] Flash of Light

/cast [target=party1] Cleanse Toxins

/cast [target=party2] Cleanse Toxins

/cast [target=party1] Greater Blessing of Kings

/cast [target=party2] Greater Blessing of Kings

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/cast [target=focus] Rebuke

/cast [target=focus] Hammer of Justice

/cast [target=focus] Repentance

/cast [target=focus] Hand of Hindrance

Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • Rank 1

Alliance

Best race:

  • Dark Iron Dwarf is the most best option as Fireblood allows you to remove all debuffs while also increasing your agility for added offensive pressure

Horde

Best race:

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Lightning Shield and Forceful Winds pair well together when facing melee cleaves and are also recommended if you prefer to free up your globals by using Rockbiter less often

Searing Assault should be used when playing with less than 2 Natural Harmony azerite traits or if you’re struggling to stay in melee range of your target

Fury of Air is an interesting choice that can be utilized against melee cleaves if you’re struggling to survive – it can be used in conjunction with the Memory of Lucid Dreams minor essence which will proc a lot and significantly increase your self healing – however you should ideally always use Sundering so only attempt this if you’re really struggling to survive

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Optional

Conflict and Strife

Should be used against most melee caster comps due to how poor enhancement shamans are defensively – the increased versatility while stunned as well the overall increase to versatility goes a long way towards keeping you alive and allowing you to dish out huge amounts of damage by staying offensive

Minors: The Crucible of Flame + Condensed Life-Force

Blood of the Enemy

Great when playing against melee cleaves to deal huge burst when combined with your Ascendance and Sundering

Minors: Conflict and Strife + The Crucible of Flame

The Crucible of Flame

Decent alternative pick against caster cleaves that lack stuns for the increased ranged damage

Minors: Conflict and Strife + Condensed Life-Force

With Boulderfist + Landslide + Hailstorm:

With Lightning Shield + Forceful Winds + Searing Assault:

Defensive

  1. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  2. Lingering Sporepods
  3. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  5. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Offensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge

Versatility > Haste > Crit > Mastery

#showtooltip

/cast [@Partner] Healing Surge

#showtooltip

/cast [@Partner] Earth Shield

#showtooltip

/cast [@Partner] Cleanse Spirit

-

#showtooltip Wind Shear

/cast [target=focus] Wind Shear

#showtooltip Hex

/cast [target=focus] Hex

#showtooltip Purge

/cast [target=focus] Purge

-

#showtooltip

/cast [target=Partner] Heroism

Unholy Death Knight 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
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championships

Alliance

Best race:

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

Alternative race:

  • Gnome is a strong alternative, especially against mages and survival hunters for the root break – the added 1% haste and the extra resource cap also help to slightly increase your overall damage

Horde

Best race:

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Spell Eater is a viable option against double caster comps with high burst damage

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Optional

  • Anti-Magic Zone is an extremely powerful defensive cooldown that should be used to counter strong offensive cooldowns from classes that primarily deal spell damage, for example destruction warlocks Dark Soul, fire mages Combustion, assassination rogues Vendetta and ret paladins Avenging Wrath
  • Lichborne is a great pick when you expect to be trained by targets that will frequently stun you
  • Transfusion should be considered if you expect to take high consistent damage to make it easier to keep yourself alive
  • Dark Simulacrum can be an extremely high impact ability when facing warlocks, mages and druids to steal and use important crowd control on the opposing team
  • Necromancer’s Bargain can assist you in winning on mana by keeping healers in combat with Crypt Fever which will prevent them from drinking

Conflict and Strife

Excellent choice for your major essence as it gives you Necrotic Strike, allowing you to pick up an all important fourth PvP talent while also increasing your versatility, making it easier for you to survive

Minors: The Crucible of Flame + Memory of Lucid Dreams

The Crucible of Flame

The best major essence for increasing your damage in kill windows – perfect for high pressure comps that aim to end games quickly

Minors: Conflict and Strife + Memory of Lucid Dreams

Condensed Life-Force

Provides more overall damage than Crucible, making it the best choice when you just want a significant raw dps increase

Minors: Conflict and Strife + The Crucible of Flame

Offensive

  1. Vision of Demise
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Insignia
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge

Defensive

  1. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  2. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Haste (26%) > Versatility > Mastery > Crit

#showtooltip Mind Freeze
/cast [@focus] Mind Freeze

#showtooltip Leap
/cast [@focus] Leap

#showtooltip Death Grip
/cast [@focus] Death Grip

#showtooltip Asphyxiate
/cast [@focus] Asphyxiate

#showtooltip Chains of Ice
/cast [@focus] Chains of Ice

#showtooltip Lichborne
/cancelaura Lichborne

Destruction Warlock 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
  • Finalist of the 2018 AWC Summer finals
  • Competed at the 2018 Blizzcon world championship

Alliance

Best race:

  • Human is a very strong option for destruction warlocks to help deal with the heavy amounts of crowd control you should expect to receive from opponents attempting to shut down your damage as you’re able to play with Relentless while still having the safety net of Every Man for Himself to break out of stuns when you’re in trouble

Alternative race:

  • Void Elf can have its benefits with a 5% damage boost when Entropic Embrace procs and a short teleport in the form of Spacial Rift which can be great to kite enemies – however the main benefit is the push-back resistance from Preternatural Calm

Horde

Best race:

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Demonic Circle should be used on Blade’s Edge Arena and Mugambala when facing melee cleaves that can easily be punished whenever you’re able to create distance, for example ret warrior

Roaring Blaze will give you more overall damage if you aren’t able to get casts off during your infernals

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Optional

  • Nether Ward is perfect against casters or melee with magical kicks (demon hunters and death knights) and can be used both offensively (to immune cc or interrupts and get casts off) or defensively (to avoid spell damage)
  • Fel Fissure is great when playing with a shadow priest as they’re likely to get trained, allowing you to free cast Chaos Bolts which apply a mortal strike effect and a much needed slow which shadow priests lack
  • Cremation is a great pick when you expect to have a very hard time casting Chaos Bolts and pairs well with Roaring Blaze to give you a lot more instant damage

Conflict and Strife

Should be used whenever you expect to be the target as it gives you access to Demon Armor which you always want to have, allowing you to use an additional PvP talent

Vision of Perfection

Much more offensive option and should be used whenever you won’t gain much value out of having a fourth PvP talent and prefer the additional damage to help finish games

Minors

Mandatory traits:

Recommended traits:

Offensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict
  3. Shiver Venom Relic

Defensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Haste = Mastery > Versatility > Crit

/cast [@focus] Spell Lock

/cast [@focus] Fear

/cast [@focus] Havoc

/cast [@focus] Devour Magic

/cast [@focus] Chaos Bolt

/cast [@focus] Conflagrate

#showtooltip [talent:6/2, pet:felhunter] spell lock; [talent:6/2, pet:succubus] seduction; [talent:6/3, pet:felhunter; nopet] spell lock; command demon
/cast [@target] spell lock
/cast [@target] command demon
/cast [@target] seduction

/cast [@HEALERNAME] Singe Magic

Restoration Shaman PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 5+ Rank 1

Alliance

Best race:

  • Dwarf/Dark Iron Dwarf is the most viable option on Alliance with Stoneform/Fireblood allowing you to remove a shadow priests Silence and a balance druids root + Solar Beam or to simply remove magic dots and/or bleeds to help you survive

Horde

Best race:

  • Orc is both the best Horde race and the best overall race as you get a passive reduction to stuns via Hardiness which is needed to survive frequent kill attempts while still being able to play with Gladiator’s Medallion – you also get Blood Fury which can be used to increase your healing when needed

Alternative race:

  • Goblin has the potential to be strong when being trained by melee on z-axis maps as Rocket Jump can be used to retreat to a higher level

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Earthgrab Totem should be used when you don’t expect to be trained and/or you’re playing with classes that don’t have frequent access to roots, for example ret paladins

Graceful Spirit has excellent synergy with the Ancestral Gift PvP talent and should be used when you don’t expect to be trained and/or you need to prioritize being able to free cast more often

Trinket

  • Gladiator’s Medallion is usually the best option as it can be combined with Spirit Link Totem to save yourself or a teammate when needed
  • Relentless can be considered when playing against comps that have a lot of crowd control, such as against destruction warlocks

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  • Grounding Totem should always be used against casters to immune important damaging spells or crowd control
  • Tidebringer should be used in most matchups to have a way to burst heal with Chain Heal when needed
  • Ancestral Gift should be used when you expect to deal with a lot of interrupts, for example when playing a melee cleave against a caster cleave – it can also be combined with Graceful Spirit to make it even more effective

Optional

The Crucible of Flame

Great all around pick for assisting your teams offensive pressure while also working as an instant on demand heal when needed

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + Conflict and Strife

Conflict and Strife

Great for when you expect to get trained by comps like rogue mage which can easily sit on you and consistently set up kills in a stun

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + The Crucible of Flame

Memory of Lucid Dreams

Provides the best longevity to your mana

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + Conflict and Strife

Combine 3x Pack Spirit with Spectral Recovery and Spirit Wolf to survive being trained all game

Offensive

  1. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Cyclotronic Blast
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict

Defensive

  1. Ward of Envelopment
  2. Revitalizing Voodoo Totem
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard
  4. Mirror of Entwined Fate

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Crit

/target [@party1]

/target [@party2]

#showtooltip
/cast [@cursor] Earthen Wall Totem

#showtooltip
/cast [@cursor] Spirit Link Totem

/cast [target=arena1] Wind Shear

/cast [target=arena2] Wind Shear

/cast [target=arena3] Wind Shear

/cast [target=arena1] Hex

/cast [target=arena2] Hex

/cast [target=arena3] Hex

/cast [target=arena1] Purge

/cast [target=arena2] Purge

/cast [target=arena3] Purge

Required to fake cast during Spiritwalker’s Grace:
/stopcasting

Feral Druid PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 5+ Rank 1

Alliance

Best race:

Horde

Best race:

  • Tauren is the clear winner with War Stomp being great in some situations but more importantly because Endurance helps you survive

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Feral Frenzy should be used when playing with 3x Iron Jaws traits

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Optional

  • Cyclone can be considered over Savage Momentum when playing slower paced comps like feral mage or if you need the additional crowd control to help keep your team alive

The Crucible of Flame

Your best overall major essence which gives you great on demand burst during setups and has excellent synergy with Tiger’s Fury which increases its damage

Minors: Conflict and Strife + Memory of Lucid Dreams

Conflict and Strife

Great defensive pick when facing melee as you gain access to Thorns and double versatility when stunned

Minors: The Crucible of Flame + Memory of Lucid Dreams

Blood of the Enemy

Very offensive build that can be used to set up huge one shots

Minors: The Crucible of Flame + Memory of Lucid Dreams

Iron Jaws build with Feral Frenzy (easier):

Masterful Instincts build with Bloodtalons (harder):

Recommended defensive traits:

Offensive

  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict
  2. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Cyclotronic Blast

Defensive

  1. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  2. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  4. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard

Mastery > Versatility > Haste (12%) > Crit

/target [@party1]

/cast [target=party1] Regrowth

/cast [target=party2] Regrowth

/cast [target=party1] Remove Corruption

/cast [target=party2] Remove Corruption

/cast [target=party1] Wild Charge

/cast [target=party2] Wild Charge

/cast [target=focus] Skull Bash

/cast [target=focus] Mighty Bash

/cast [target=focus] Maim

/cast [target=focus] Cyclone

Mistweaver Monk PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

This guide was produced with:

  • 17 Rank 1
  • Winner of the 2014 World Championship

Alliance

Best race:

  • Human is usually required when playing Alliance as Relentless is a must to survive in matchups where you’re trained and constantly put into stuns – you’ll also get Every Man for Himself to break out of any deadly stuns every 3 minutes

Alternative race:

  • Night Elf is a decent alternative pick as it allows you to drop combat on demand with Shadowmeld and go for a drink

Horde

Best race:

  • Orc is both the best Horde race and the best overall race as you get a passive reduction to stuns via Hardiness which is needed to survive frequent kill attempts while still being able to play with Gladiator’s Medallion – you also get Blood Fury which can be used to increase your healing when needed

ALTERNATIVE TALENTS

Tiger’s Lust can be considered when playing with a melee that needs assistance in maintaining up time on their target

Song of Chi-Ji is a decent pick when playing comps that have limited crowd control to assist your team in setting up kills

Diffuse Magic is a good pick into spell cleaves that attempt to set up kills on you and Dampen Harm has the potential to be a good pick when you’re trained by comps like rogue mage that frequently put you into stuns if you’re able to use it just before you’re stunned

Trinket

  • Gladiator’s Medallion should be used in matchups where you need to break out of important crowd control, such as Blind against rogues
  • Relentless is usually a great pick when playing as a human and you expect to frequently be put into stuns or if the opposing team has lots of short duration crowd control, for example against destruction warlocks

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  • Chrysalis should always be used
  • Zen Focus Tea is useful in most matchups to help you cast through interrupts when under pressure

Optional

  • Counteract Magic is extremely useful when facing casters that with some form of damage over time debuff (ele shamans, balance druids, shadow priests, fire mages and warlocks)
  • Grapple Weapon is a great pick against melee if you have no other disarm on your team
  • Eminence stands out when being trained by a melee cleave to gain access to your port more often
  • Way of the Crane is an offensive pick that can be used to assist your teams damage and help create pressure or score kills

Vitality Conduit

Gives you access to a reliable, short cooldown heal which can prove useful when playing melee cleaves to help keep them alive while they push in and overextend to create pressure

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + Conflict and Strife

The Crucible of Pain

The most offensive option that can be used to assist your teams kill attempts without relying on the high mana cost of Way of the Crane and can even be combined with it for maximum damage

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + Conflict and Strife

Memory of Lucid Dreams

Provides the best longevity to your mana

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + Conflict and Strife

Conflict and Strife

More offensive option that gives you access to Way of the Crane while still being able to pick up three other PvP talents

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + The Ever-Rising Tide or Memory of Lucid Dreams

Vision of Perfection

Niche pick that can be considered when facing caster cleaves

Minors: Life-Binder’s Invocation + Conflict and Strife

Fast Matchups:

Slow Matchups:

Recommended Defensive Traits:

Offensive

  1. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Cyclotronic Blast
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict

Defensive

  1. Ward of Envelopment
  2. Revitalizing Voodoo Totem
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard
  4. Mirror of Entwined Fate

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Crit

/cast [target=focus] Paralysis

Required to fake cast when rooted:
/stopcasting

/cancelaura Roll

 
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