Now updated for 5.3!
First of all I'm not a multi glad super hero writing this guide. I have limited (2150) experience in the arenas and I have reached 1.9k rating as a monk in season 12 so far.
I don't expect you to read my guide like a bible. Read it out and consider what works for you. This works for me and I'm really enjoying my monk!
I wanted to share my opinions and make a guide about how to be successful as a Windwalker Monk in PvP. I've been dueling a lot of classes and I feel monks are in a very good spot. Many people think monks are bad, hence I'm even more eager to write this.
3. Gems & Enchants
7. Important abilities
8. General tips
10. DW or 2H
Let's start off with stats. The best stat to go for is crit. We can get as high as even 35% which makes it a very cood stat to go for. In PvP your uptime on your target is very limited, which diminishes the benefit of haste greatly (and mastery to a lesser degree). Crit provides more burst for those short periods of time when you can hit your target. That is why going Crit heavy is important.
Stat priority for PvP:
3% hit > Comfortable amount of Expertise > Agility > PvP Power > Crit>Mastery > Haste > PvP Resilience
As of 5.3 Resilience and PvP Power gems are garbage and everyone has a base resilience of 65%. That shifts the stat priorities out and you will want to go for damage. A lot of damage.
I honestly am not sure if going for a little haste is good or bad. I personally am not going for it at the moment but this requires more research.
Reforging priority for PvP:
3% hit > Expertise > Crit>Mastery > Haste
Expertise is very important for us because we are built around one skill: Rising Sun Kick. If that kick misses you lose 20% increased damage, Your MS effect, and a big chunk of damage.
It's very important to hit with this ability. That's why I value expertise very high.
You should go for Crit and then maximize mastery by reforging to it also but without losing caps or crit. That way you get high mastery AND high crit. You can't get super high of one stat so going two stats is the way to go.
3. GEMS & ENCHANTS
Gemming is also very simple when you follow the stat priority. You will want to have as much Agility as possible.
You should meet all socket bonuses.
Meta slot - Agile Primal Diamond or Tyrannical Primal Diamond
Red slot - Delicate Primordial Ruby
Yellow slot - Deadly Vermilion Onyx
Blue slot - Assassin's Imperial Amethyst
You could gem an agi/hit gem in blue slot if you are close to hit cap. Crit could be even better than PvP power so losing power for hit instead of crit or mastery when reforging could be a good idea. Needs more testing.
Enchants are pretty straight forward and are as follows:
Shoulder - Greater Tiger Claw Inscription
Back - Enchant Cloak - Superior Critical Strike
Chest - Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats
Wrist - Enchant Bracer - Greater Agility
Gloves - Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise
Belt - Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs - Shadowleather Leg Armor
Boots - Enchant Boots - Blurred Speed
2H - Enchant Weapon - Dancing Steel
MH - Enchant Weapon - Dancing Steel
OH - Enchant Weapon - Dancing Steel/ Living Steel Weapon Chain when you face disarmers.
Choosing the right pieces and therefore maximizing your secondary stats is about being optimal. Too much hit or too little crit ruins the point of stat priority.
Neck: Tyrannical Gladiator's Necklace of Proficiency
Back: Tyrannical Gladiator's Cape of Cruelty
Wrists: Tyrannical Gladiator's Armwraps of Accuracy
Waist: Tyrannical Gladiator's Waistband of Cruelty
Boots: Tyrannical Gladiator's Boots of Cruelty
Those are the most optimal choices following the stat priority and to maximize the crit and mastery rating.