Windwalker PvP Guide (8.0.1)

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Welcome to PeakofSerenity's Windwalker Monk PvP Guide. This guide is designed to be a basic, quick guide for Windwalker PvP with just the information you need. For more in-depth, advanced, information follow the links to those pages in the "Further Reading" sections or in the "Advanced" section in the menu above. Navigate quickly to the section you need using the sidebar on the right.

This guide has been updated for Patch 8.0.1 and is regularly updated when discussion, theorycrafting, or testing yields new information.

If you want to view all the changes to Windwalker in 8.0.1 check out our pre patch guide here here

Talents

War Mode Talents

Further Reading

  • Tier 1 (lv15) – Chi Burst can be useful for stacked group healing, taking kicks for your healer, generating Chi (up to 2) with the  change, and while it has a short cast time reduced by haste it deals damage instantly unlike Chi Wave which will deal it’s full damage over 4 seconds. The damage difference between Chi Burst and Chi Wave damage is small over the course of the game so if you feel like you can not make full use of the chi generated or any of the additional bonus’s, Chi Wave is a good alternative. To use Chi Wave for Self Healing cast it on yourself rather than an enemy target to change the number of bounces made to either favor healing or damage.  Eye of the Tiger remains a situational pick for leaving a DoT on targets that can stealth but the self healing aspect is lower than both Chi Burst and Chi Wave.

 

  • Tier 2 (lv30) – Tiger’s Lust is a staple ability for Windwalker PvP allowing you to break roots or clear slows for either yourself or teammates. To be more effective and maximize the potential for team utility consider making a macro similar to /use [@focus,nodead] Tiger’s Lust if you prefer a focus macro or /cast [target=mouseover,help,nodead][] Tiger’s Lust if you want a one button solution to cast it both on a friendly target or yourself with a mouseover macro.

 

  • Tier 3 (lv45) – Fist of The White Tiger is a 30 second cooldown that replaces a Tiger Palm with an ability that deals a moderate amount of damage to gain more Chi in return. Without Hit Combo to restrict the rotation and a lower amount of Mastery rating it is no longer a DPS loss to Blackout Kick twice in succession when going for kills. A third Blackout Kick however would result in a lower amount of damage than having used Rising Sun Kick as well as being a waste of Chi. Fist of the White Tiger allows you to fill the mastery gap between abilities when going for kills while generating Chi allowing you continue dealing damage without needing to slow down to Tiger Palm. Energizing Elixir is very close to benefits of Fist of the White Tiger even if some of the resources it provides are wasted if you are playing with Rushing Jade Wind but an empty global worth of damage and a longer cooldown can make this talent feel awkward to use.

 

  • Tier 4 (lv60) – Ring of Peace, Good Karma, and Tiger Tail Sweep are all beneficial talents and you’ll change to each of them based on what your playing at the time. Good Karma adds a bit of free damage to Touch of Karma and increases it’s power defensively by raising it’s absorb limit before breaking. Tiger Tail Sweep can help Leg Sweep line up for every other Death Grip or increase the range of the stun radius to more reliably setup before Ursol’s Vortex & Capacitor Totem. Ring of Peace makes it possible to block off entry ways, tunnels, or bridges and is a great tool for peeling melee off of your teammates but remember the knockback effect is on the incapacitate DR.

 

  • Tier 5 (lv75) – Inner Strength is a great way to passively reduce some of the incoming damage taken. Unlike Diffuse Magic this talent retains it’s value against a larger variety of comps and in battlegrounds working against both magic and physical damage. Diffuse should still be taken if you are playing against a caster cleave where a dispel + shield wall can save your life when used.

 

  • Tier 6 (lv90) – Rushing Jade Wind is a very basic ability that doesn’t need much explanation and should be taken for it’s strength to cleave passively and provide a small increase to the sustained damage output. Currently, Rushing Jade Wind will snapshot your mastery when it’s activated to decide the bonus to the total amount of damage per tick. Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger is one of our strongest options for burst and the damage he can provide can be devastating with uptime but remains susceptible to crowd control resulting in larger amount of reduced damage given his shorter duration. Xuen will only benefit from Agility, Critical Strike, Hasted (white attacks only not Xuen’s Tiger Lightning cleave) and does not benefit from flat damage increases like Serenity.

 

  • Tier 7 (lv100) – The choice in this row is largely up to preference at the moment. Serenity paired with Rushing Jade Wind can be an incredible amount of pressure on both the kill target and nearby enemies. With the cooldown reduction mechanic on Blackout Kick both baseline and during Serenity you can rotate Rising Sun Kick to have Mortal Strike up on 3 enemies as long as they’re within range or commit fully to a single target. Whirling Dragon Punch is a very strong talent that should always be considered even with the sometimes buggy and unreliable SEF A.I. The damage output from a well copied Fist of Fury and Whirling Dragon Punch can be one of the highest sources of damage available to us.

Further Reading – War Mode Talents

  • Tiger Style – With Tiger Style it is possible to have 2 summons of Invoke Xuen, The White Tiger. The effigy can be summoned whenever leg sweep hits atleast 3 targets who can be players, pets, or elementals. The combination of both Tigers active at the same time is a substantial amount on-demand damage but at the time of writing it appears that the Effigy is slightly weaker than the talented summon.

Ability Priority

  1. Rushing Jade Wind
  2. Rising Sun Kick if Mortal Strike is not active on your target
  3. Fists of Fury
  4. Blackout Kick
  5. Rising Sun Kick if Mortal Strike does not need to be refreshed
  6. Fist of the White Tiger
  7. Chi Burst
  8. Tiger Palm

During a kill attempt with Leg Sweep ready

  1. Invoke, Xuen the White Tiger if talented
  2. Touch of Death
  3. Serenity or Storm, Earth, and Fire
  4. Rising Sun Kick
  5. Fists of Fury
  6. Blackout Kick

Serenity Sequence

  • Rising Sun Kick > Fists of Fury > Rising Sun Kick > Blackout Kick > Fist of the White Tiger > Rising Sun Kick > Fists of Fury

Storm, Earth, and Fire Sequence

  • Tiger Palm if you don’t have atleast 2 Chi already> Touch of Death > Storm, Earth, and Fire > RSK > Fist of the White Tiger > Fist of Fury > Whirling Dragon Punch > Tiger Palm > Rising Sun Kick > Blackout Kick > Tiger Palm > Blackout Kick > Tiger Palm > Blackout Kick > Rising Sun Kick

Windwalker nuances

Further Reading

Gearing

Stats

Versatility>Mastery>Crit

Stat priority can change for your character depending on your current gear and stats. To find the best stat weights for your character, check out Raidbots

Further Reading

Gems

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

Enchants

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

Trinkets

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

“Best-in-Slot”

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

The concept of “Best-in-slot” lists is mostly obsolete with the advent of War/Titanforging and sockets. Gear should be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than as a whole, using tools like SimCraft or Raidbots.

Consumables

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

Azerite

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

Miscellaneous

*Will be updated for BFA launch*

 

WeakAuras / Addons

WeakAuras can be a blessing or a curse. While they can aid in tracking certain buffs or debuffs they can also clutter your screen and visual impair or distract you.What I link here is popular, simple, effective, and updated regularly. While you don’t have to use them I would still recommend finding something or creating your own to use following the same mindset.

Macros

A really handy tool to automatically switch buttons on your action bar with talent changes is the add on Talentmacros

#showtooltip as the first line will display an icon of your choosing if specified or will default to the icon of the first line in the macro.

/cast [target=focus] Spear Hand Strike
/cast [target=focus] Paralysis
/cast [target=Player] Tiger’s Lust

The “exists” parameter will enable the Macro to function as a normal key outside of Arenas

/Cast [@arena1, exists] Paralysis; Paralysis
/Cast [@arena2, exists] Paralysis; Paralysis
/Cast [@arena3, exists] Paralysis; Paralysis
/target arena1 or /focus arena1
/target arena2 or /focus arena2
/target arena3 or /focus arena3

/cast [target=mouseover,help,nodead][] AbilityNameHere

#showtooltip Touch of Karma
/target arenapet1
/cast Touch of Karma
/targetlasttarget

 

Changelog

  • Windwalker PvP Guide updated for prepatch by Talby 7/22/2018