Shadowlands officially ends tomorrow so we should take one final look at the very controversial Covenant system which is leaving us. The final role distribution is going to be a weird one, certainly, with all the Dragonflight pre-patch systems interacting with the Fated raids and the old Shadowlands mechanics, but it’s still a fun thing to see, and we get to check out what Evokers picked too!
Mythic+ saw a mass exodus out of Night Fae, as the Ardenwealdians are still on top there, but lost from 20 to as much as 70% in almost all specs, with only Elemental gaining 50% and Frost Mage 30% in the purple. Devastation Evokers premiered in light blue, sitting at 91% Kyrian, as the spec didn’t have much time to experiment.
Raids also got a massive purple drain, maxing out at 76% for Affliction, and the Covenant distribution looks pretty balanced here, perhaps for the first time in the entire expansion. Evokers didn’t get the “get out of Night Fae” memo it seems, as they debut with a nice percentage in the purple, with a 31% minority picking Kyrian.
There were no new specs for melee, but Mythic+ still saw some smaller changes for them, as the close range fighters had a pretty balanced distribution to begin with. The biggest shifts top out at around 40%, with an overall move towards Venthyr, led by Arms returning home.
Raids were split between red and purple, and the overall trend continues here, with more Night Fae losing their interest, as Ventyrh becomes the dominant Covenant at the end of the expansion.
Mythic+ tanks are going in the other direction, as they previously had basically no Night Fae in their ranks, but now Blood is moving to pruple, to a tune of 70%!
We have the same story in raids, with Blood moving 63% of its forces to Ardenweald and the rest staying pretty much the same.
Healers have been a very loyal bunch in the Mythic+ pre-patch, as every single spec merely doubled down and increased their numbres in their already most popular Covenant, with Preservation Evokers taking the hint and going all-in on Kyrian.
Raids aren’t nearly that stable, as we see Night Fae actually gain some footing here, with Discipline moving 54% into the purple. Holy Paladin also made some big changes and went Necrolord, and Preservation wasn’t quite as clear on the instrcutions as in M+, having basically split down the middle between NF and Kyrian.
Well, that’s going to be it for Covenants and their importance to the game – at least when it comes to combat performance. They will now be left as what they probably should have started out as – merely cosmetic and role-playing choices with little to no impact on actual gameplay. Hopefully a lesson was learned here that won’t soon be forgotten.