If you’ve been disappointed with your raid damage recently follow these eight simple steps to pump your warrior up!
1. Learn the proper rotation! Check our Arms warrior guide.
2. Your weapon is what will make the largest difference in your DPS. So if you are too low ilvl (item level) to queue for LFR or just unlucky with weapon drops, then PvP till you can get an honor point weapon (ilvl 498). If you have better than 498 weapon then just keep doing LFR/Flex raids and skip to the next step.
3. LFR/Timeless Isle/PvP for gear. Try to get most of your gear from LFR and timeless items and only use honor for left over parts. Make sure to kill a celestial on timeless isle each week for a chance at some nice ilvl 553 gear.
4. Reforge all your gear to Str>Expertise & Hit both to 7.5%>Crit>Haste>Mastery.
You can find the item reforgers by asking a guard in any of the major cities.
5. Get proper gems for your equipment and try to get the color bonuses. Check out our warrior gem recommendations.
6. Get glyphs for your favorite abilities. Glyph of Unending Rage is required for the +20 to maximum rage!
7. Make sure to use strength flasks during raids for an extra 1000 strength.
- Flask of Winter’s Bite: 1,000 Str for 1 hour
- Potion of Mogu Power: 4k Str for 25 Seconds. Use one before combat starts and another during the fight.
- Black Pepper Ribs and Shrimp: 300 Str
8. Get a profession that can create items that help dps, like Engineering trinkets or Blacksmithing gem sockets.
If you’re thinking about leveling up a new class then check out our leveling guide review for info about the fastest way to get all your alts to 90. I even got to 90 in under 48 hours.
If you follow my eight-step plan to success then you should find an increase in your damage and jealous dps meter-watchers.
I did LFR with the LFR version of Gurthalak on my alt pally and on Morchok the sword didn’t proc at all. The variation in damage per boss was quite wide, ranging from 0% of overall damage on Morchok, to 9% on Spine. On average the proc did around 2-3% of my overall damage.
I haven’t tried a raid on this pally since the change.Dummy testing seems to suggest that my dps has dropped overall by around 10% on both chars. This is worrying because for the first time this expansion, all our top dps (in equivalent gear, with equivalent skill) were pulling more or less identical dps. This weapon actually allowed melee dps to be competitive with DW equipped casters.
This nerf to ret means we have no chance of being competitive for the remainder of this expansion.The completely arbitrary change to how ret procs from melee abilities is rather worrying too. You can’t just change the mechanics of a class with no warning and decide something is a ‘bug’ when up to now it has always been a feature. Ret seals were designed to bring our proc chances from melee attacks in line with other melee dps for the purpose of calculating ppm for trinkets etc.
This arbitrary nerf to our mechanics is bad practise since we are left wondering if other melee proc items, like trinkets (e.g. Bonelink Fetish) will still follow the old proc methods or will be changed to the new system. It makes you lose confidence that Blizzard have a clue what they are doing. When you have one blue poster saying that seal of truth counts as a melee attack, and another saying that SoT shouldn’t be classed as a melee proc, you get the impression that no-one is steering the ship.