Best DPS Classes for WotLK Classic

Best DPS Classes for WotLK Classic

The beta of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is underway and this new iteration of WoW Classic will be released by the end of 2022. The expansion will be based on patch 3.3.5, which allows to have a good idea of ​​balancing classes and specializations.

The website Blizzard Watch had the good idea to take stock of the specs that will have the best DPS in the various Northrend raids. The objective is to propose a classification based on pure damage. The author therefore voluntarily abandons utility spells, which can nevertheless prove to be very important in certain encounters.

In order to facilitate the reading of the rankings, I gathered the information in the form of a table with on one side the best DPS and on the other those who will come out with honors. If your spec is not there, there is a good chance that the outgoing damage will be lower and not allow you to be there.

The original article reviews the various raids, explaining as well as Naxxramas for example, melee DPS who use Nature or Frost damage to deal most of their damage will perform well. Armor penetration won’t be very important in Phase 1, so you won’t need to worry about it. DKs should outrank Rogues and Shamans in fights where cleave is important, and Drain Life gets a multiplier (4X) in the run phase, which will push Affliction Warlock up the leaderboards.

With Ulduar, things change. Set bonuses are becoming more important, as are armor penetration and AoE. In some fights, specializations not listed in the table will perform very well.

During the’Trial of the Crusader, we have once again proof that the expansion’s flagship class, the Death Knight, is still among the best DPS, despite the nerfs applied in patch 3.3.5. However, we note the return of the Fire Mage and the Precision Hunter.

To the Icecrown Citadel, the Fury Warrior will regain the hair of the beast and become very important to defeat the last bosses of WotLK, the Lich King included. Armor penetration will be of paramount importance. The DKs become less powerful but still perform well. Quite the opposite of Frost Mage and Finesse Rogue which are far from essential.

Of course, you are free to disagree with the list below. Feel free to give your opinion in the comments!

Stages & Raids Best DPS Good DPS
Phase 1

Naxxramas

  • Assassination Thief
  • Frost Death Knight
  • Unholy Death Knight
  • Enhancement Shaman
  • Affliction Warlock
  • Hunter Survival
  • Arcane Mage
  • Warlock Demonology
  • Thief Fighting
  • Feral Druid
Phase 2

Ulduar

  • Feral Druid
  • Thief Fighting
  • Affliction Warlock
  • Frost Death Knight
  • Unholy Death Knight
  • Enhancement Shaman
  • Arcane Mage
  • Fire Mage
  • Hunter Survival
  • Precision Hunter
  • Warlock Demonology
  • Assassination Thief
Phase 3

Trial of the Crusader

  • Frost Death Knight
  • Unholy Death Knight
  • Precision Hunter
  • Fire Mage
  • Arcane Mage
  • Hunter Survival
  • Thief Fighting
  • Feral Druid
  • Fury Warrior
  • Enhancement Shaman
Phase 4

Icecrown Citadel

  • Fury Warrior
  • Fire Mage
  • Feral Druid
  • Thief Fighting
  • Affliction Warlock
  • Frost Death Knight
  • Unholy Death Knight
  • Paladin Retribution
  • Precision Hunter

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