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| Author David Hollingsworth
WoW Dragonflight 10.1 DPS Tier List For Raiding
A look at the Dragonflight 10.1 DPS Tier List as we prepare to head back into the raid for one last patch.
Patch 10.0 threw a major spanner in the works of every class in WoW. With changes to every single class via new talent trees, it certainly caused some volatility. 10.1 looks like a chance for Blizzard to reset the meta, with a number of buffs and changes to a number of classes. The most notable change comes from the Shadow Priest. It's early days, and we lack data, but it certainly looks like a meta-shake-up is about to happen. It looks like from early PTR testing, we'll be seeing a slight meta shift in 10.1. Most of this comes down to the simple fact that the raid tier benefits specs that have good single-target more than AOE. This is especially good for those people who don't change spec from boss to boss.
Note: This tier list is based on data from raider.io and Warcraft Logs. Also note that you should play whatever spec you want in WoW, and tier lists are completely pointless.
Updated 10.1 raid release week – post Arcane Mage Nerf
Dragonflight 10.1 DPS tier list for Raiding
- Balance Druid
- Retribution Paladin
- Enhancement Shaman
- Destruction Warlock
- Subtlety Rogue
- Outlaw Rogue
- Devastation Evoker
- Shadow Priest
- Arcane Mage
- Affliction Warlock
- Havoc Demon Hunter
- Beast Mastery Hunter
- Marksmanship Hunter
- Frost Mage
- Elemental Shaman
- Feral Druid
- Fire Mage
- Fury Warrior
- Unholy Death Knight
- Windwalker Monk
- Assassination Rogue
- Arm Warrior
- Frost Death Knight
- Survival Hunter
10.0.1 DPS Tier List A closer look
The below information was posted before Dragonflight 10.1 came out. This information will be updated post-10.1 release if required and will be stated in the text.
Devastation is likely to have a really solid start in 10.1. PTR logs look good, and with the specs easy rotation and high mobility, it should put the Devastation Evoker in a strong spot going into the patch. It might drop off later in the patch, but if it can avoid a nerf hit early it should be fine.
Beast Mastery Hunter:
BM is going to be solid in 10.1. Having recovered from its nerf to the bow in 10.0, BM needs to have a chance to stabilize. The spec won't be the single target king as it was in the previous tier, but it will do fine. As always, it'll perform really well early due to how simple and mobile the spec is, but drop off later as more of the player base gets a better grasp of the raid.
Arcane “might” be a strong spec in 10.1. The problem will come from the high mobility requirement of the raid tier and Arcane's lust for staying as a DPS turret. Time will tell, but Mage has finally got some love late in the PTR cycle, so maybe it has a chance.
Havoc Demon Hunter
Havoc will remain a strong DPS spec in 10.1. While the tier set is a little bit “so-so”, the spec looks like it's going to do a lot of damage.
It doesn't look good. Survival probably needs a rework in 10.2, and some major single-target buffs in 10.1.
Retribution got a rework in 10.0.7, but it has taken till 10.1 for the spec to shine. With a single-target-focused raid tier, Ret looks like it'll have a wonderful time. Early logs are looking good, with a consistent damage profile throughout the raid.
With a raid tier focused on boss damage, and a number of melee specs looking strong. Enhancement Shaman looks like it will come out very strong. Not only does the spec “slap” itself, but the utility it brings to the rest of the melee DPS pool also makes them invaluable.