Welcome to the Method Fury Warrior guide written by Faithy. I have been a Warrior main since 2014 and will be playing with Method for the Road to World First.
In this guide we will dive deep into Fury Warrior and explain how the class is going to function in Shadowlands and how the new systems will interact with Fury.
What has changed
9.1.5 Fury Warrior Changes:
With the introduction of 9.1.5, Blizzard is reworking the AoE cap, and a lot of abilities has been “soft capped” to deal less damage after a certain target have been hit. However, Fury Warrior does get the short end of the stick as we have been infamous for the 5 target cap cleave due to our Whirlwind stacks which remain unchanged.
The abilities Fury Warrior gets uncapped are the following:
- Whirlwind deals full damage to 5 targets and reduced damage beyond that
- Bladestorm deals full damage to 8 targets and reduced damage beyond that
Fury Warrior changes:
- Hack and Slash (Conduit) has been increased by 50%
- Harrowing Punishment (Venthyr Conduit) effect increased by 50%
- Merciless Bonegrinder (Conduit for Arms but usable for Fury) has been increased by 100%
- Fury Warrior auto-attack damage increased by roughly ~43% and does not affect spell ability damage (Which results in roughly ~4% single target damage).
- Merciless Bonegrinder being buffed could potentially impact specific AoE builds, and the guide will be updated when more information has been gathered!
Not a lot changes for Fury Warriors in patch 9.1 in terms of rotation and we have yet to receive any nerfs or buffs on the spec. However, with the introduction of Covenant specific Legendaries and a longer progressive tree of the soulbind system there’s a few things to take note of.
Our 4 new covenant specific legendaries are as followed:
- Venthyr: Sinful Surge, extends the duration of your Recklessness when Condemn is casted by 2 seconds for every cast.
- Kyrian: Elysian Might, increases the duration of Spear of Bastion by an additional 4 seconds, it also provides you with a Critical Strike Damage bonus of 25% whilst being in your spear.
- Necrolord: Glory, makes your Conqueror's Banner effect 1 additional player when casted and for every 20 rage you spend whilst it being active extends the duration of your own buff by 0.5 seconds.
- Night Fae: Nature’s Fury, increases the duration of Ancient Aftershock by 3 seconds additionally whilst the enemy is standing in the ground effect of the ability a debuff will stack up dealing damage.
General Shadowlands Changes:
With the release of Shadowlands the baseline warrior toolkit has been unpruned. Many abilities that were removed or given to specific specs over the years will be available to all warriors, regardless of specialization. These new talents include:
Spell Reflection is a very strong ability as it not only reflects the next casted ability you’ve been targeted by, but can be used for its defensive values of 20% magic reduction.
Single Minded Fury has also seen a return with Shadowlands allowing Fury to once again use double 1-Handers.
A big change going into Shadowlands as a Fury warrior is the value of crit diminishing with the Cold Steel Hot Blood Azerite Trait going away. This opens up for the old stat value of haste + mastery Fury previously has been known for.
With the addition of Covenants and Conduits the playstyle might see change depending on your choices.