Best DPS Classes for WotLK Classic

1 month 5 days ago #29535900 by Marbury
Here we have a 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 goes over the different raids, explaining that in 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. You are recommended to buy classic wotlk gold no matter which dps class you will choose.

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.

In Icecrown Citadel, the Fury Warrior will regain strength and become very important in defeating WotLK's final bosses, including the Lich King. 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!

Phase & 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
Stage 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
Stage 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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