With the release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, many players will be returning to Azeroth or completely re-entering the game in the coming days. But which character do you currently play best if you want to be at the top of the damage list in the first raid on Castle Nathria?
We’ll take a look at the current damage figures and tell you which DPS classes are particularly worthwhile for the release of Shadowlands.
The best DPS classes in Shadowlands
Last update: 24 November
The DPS ranking is based on the data from the last patch of the Shadowlands beta of 20 November 2020, measured at the first raid of the expansion, Nathria Castle.
As soon as Warcraftlogs provides the data for the release version, we will update the ranking.
The Shadow Priest uses Damage-over-Time spells (DoTs) such as Shadow Word: Pain, Accusation and Vampire Touch. The class has been extensively reworked in the pre-patch and has added another DoT spell, Devouring Plague. In addition, its void form has been completely reworked. But beware: The Shadow Priest is not easy to play and only unfolds its full potential in the hands of people with good timing.
The Marksmanship Hunter is the only subclass of the Hunter that cannot deal with all its damage while moving. It works more like a sniper, shooting less quickly but dealing large spikes of damage with its hits from Aimed Shot. The gameplay in Shadowlands remains largely the same as in Battle for Azeroth, but the Hunter with Deadly Shot is given another strong skill.
The affliction wizard also relies fully on damage-over-time spells such as corruption or unstable affliction. Compared to Battle for Azeroth, it doesn’t play that differently. The biggest change is likely to be the new spell ominous Europhoria: This lets your active DoT effects break out and is considered by the WoW community to be the strongest soul splinter user of all time.
- Verwüstende Dämonenjäger
- Ritter des Frosttodes
- Täuschung Schurke
- Beast Mastery Jäger
- Vergeltung Paladin
- Elementarer Schamane
- Arkaner Magier
- Unheiliger Todesritter
- Geächteter Schurke
- Waffen Krieger
- Krieger der Wut
- Attentat Schurke
- Grausamer Druide
Before you make your final choice, you should note that the damage values shown will almost certainly change again with the first major patch of Shadowlands at the latest. So don’t make your choice completely dependent on the damage numbers, even if these often guarantee you a place in raid groups. Our editor Mary gives you more ideas about which class you could play in Shadowlands in her guide on class selection.