It’s time to take a look at how things are shaking up in week 2 of the pre-patch, after the big tuning pass from last week. We find the old king rules still, as Fire has gotten a taste of the top once again and doesn’t seem like it’s letting go any time soon, but the rest of the rankings are significantly different.
Note: The logs are based on POINTS, and not actual damage or healing, meaning they log the timed completion for the specs, with higher keys getting more points, obviously. The time in which the dungeon is completed is also a factor, but a much, much smaller one, as it grants very few points if you do it significantly faster than just any in-time completion. We’re also using the Normalized Aggregate Scores numbers, for clarity, meaning the top spec is marked as 100 and then the rest are ranked in relation to that peak point.
This past week was:
Well, while the rankings have changed significantly post-tuning, one thing hasn’t changed at all, and that’s the reign of Fire. The spec wasn’t touched in the changes and generally speaking, once Fire gets a hold of the top spot, it won’t let go for about half an expansion. Luckily it’s only the pre-patch, so we’ll (hopefully) see a new No.1 soon.
In the rest of the rankings we see Rogues rejoice… well, Outlaw only, as the spec climbs to 2nd while its fellow class mates are both at the literal bottom. In a very confusing turn of events, Windwalkers are doing better than the week before, despite getting a pretty hefty nerf in the tuning, but it seems the spec is nerf-proof! Balance gained 3 spots and moved just above Affliction, the current king of raids, as Beast Mastery sits in a Warlock sandwich, but at least its not down in the bottom like its two fellow Hunters.
The generalist bracket has the same specs at the top, but jumbled around quite a bit, as Balance and Affliction complete the top 3 (since Fire isn’t going anywhere until the expansion), pushing Outlaw into 4th. Beast Mastery is doing quite a bit better here, as Windwalkers aren’t quite as high up, but also didn’t move much after the nerf either. The very bottom here is also reserved for Rogues ad Hunters, with Frost DK joining them.
Vengeance may have climbed to the top of the tank list, but it’s Protection Warrior that’s making the most waves, as it climbs 2 spots into 2nd, as Blood DK has to settle for 3rd.
The healers haven’t had any changes since last week, which is pretty standard for them, as they may remain like this until the end of the pre-patch.
For even more in-depth data for each individual key head on over to Warcraft Logs. And if you’re interested in more info on the specs themselves you can always check out our class guides, updated for the pre-patch.