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Which Class Should I Play in WoW Classic?

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Picking a class in WoW Classic is no easy task, and in this article, we'll try to help you narrow down your choice.

We're going to use the following video by Kargoz which got around a million views as the main source for this post. We recommend you watching the full video, because it provides a lot of useful information, including leveling speed graphs (1:30).

BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Druid

If you like the idea of being able to play a different set of classes within the same character, Druid may be the perfect class for you. They are versatile because they fill in the role of a healer, a melee/ranged DPS, and an off-tank.

Druids are the most underrated class in Classic. Feral Druids are extremely good levelers right after Hunters. They have low gear dependence, high mobility, high damage, high sustain, and stealth to navigate through tricky areas. At level 60, you will mostly be expected to heal. Restoration Druids offer the most mana efficient healing in the game in the form of Rank 3 Healing Touch. With powerful healing-over-time spells and great raid utility (Innervate, Rebirth). They struggle in dungeons as healers, because the class has no access to resurrection. In PvP, they are performing well, especially as flag carriers in Warsong Gulch. Druids will be easy to gear up because there's not a lot of gear competition.

3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Hunter

Hunters are a fun class to play. They excel in PvP and open-world PvE. They are the fastest levelers out there. The only downside is that they require a high skill ceiling because as a player, you must manage pet positioning, and an 8-yard dead zone and the class is difficult to master.

You will always need to purchase arrows, and your pet will run away from you if you don't feed it. You shouldn't have issues saving up 100 gold for the mount at level 40, though.

Hunters have access to one of the best gold farming methods before the release of Dire Maul in the form of Princess runs in Maraudon. Farming gold for the Epic level 60 mount should be a breeze.

In raids, Hunters output the lowest damage out of all the pure DPS classes. They're valued for their kiting potential and Tranquilizing Shot. They are monsters in battlegrounds, and it's tough to escape from them.

KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Mage

Mages have a high skill cap and offer rewarding gameplay, especially in PvP. All three specializations are viable in PvE, but given that some raid bosses are entirely immune to certain elements (looking at you Molten Core), don't expect to play anything else but Frost.

On the other hand, they don't need to buy consumables, which saves up a decent amount of gold. They can make a fair amount of gold by selling portals in capital cities. In a dungeon setting, they have strong crowd control in the form of Polymorph and high single-target and AoE damage. Don't forget to trade your friends food and water when you decide to roll a Mage!

4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Rogue

Rogues perform well in both PvE and PvP. They are below-average levelers, but still perform better than Paladins and Warriors, thanks to their movement-increasing abilities. Sap gives them solid dungeon utility. You will have a bad time joining groups though because there's a lot of gear competition. Other than that, Rogues deal high DPS in raids and are fun in PvP due to their stealth. 

FTPZBBV8LWHM1465340163625.png Paladin

Paladins are an Alliance class used primarily for healing in raids. They have the best buffs in the game and powerful single-target healing and unique raid utility in the form of Divine Intervention.

Protection Paladins are great AoE tanks, but they lack a hard taunt. Spell tank plate gear doesn't exist in Classic, so you will go out of mana after every pull. The specialization cannot get out of fears, so you won't see Protection Paladins that often.

Retribution Paladins can do a decent amount of damage in PvE, but the spec has a high threat. Retribution Paladins perform well in PvP with Lay on Hands and Divine Shield. Note that the class is boring to level. You will get a free mount at levels 40 and 60.

MMF2M70OD4PY1465340163646.png Priest

Priests are the most versatile healer in the game. They have great single target heals, powerful shields, and usually top healing meters in a raid environment. Shadow Priests are great levelers but struggle with multiple mobs at once and mobility. The class generally performs well in PvP, but expect to play Holy in PvE.

TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Shaman

The Horde-only class is a mediocre leveler and the most desirable raid healer in Horde raids. Most of the time, you will be spamming various ranks of Chain Heal, because they are the only class with access to an AoE heal in the game. They bring utility to groups in the form of Windfury Totem. They are the only class good enough to heal in PvE while also having serious offensive capabilities in PvP.

Enhancement is enjoyable in PvP. The specialization has talents for off-tanking. Expect to play Restoration in PvE, because the remaining specializations had mana issues.

Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Warlock

Warlocks are underrepresented, even though the class excels in both PvE and PvP. They are very fast levelers thanks to their pets, and with abilities like Drain Life and Mana Tap, there's almost no downtime in between pulls! However, they suffer from low mobility.

As opposed to other casters, they lack threat reduction and must often watch their threat bar. Another downside to Warlocks are Soul Shards that take up valuable inventory space. They have access to powerful utility spells such as Healthstones and Soulstones.

Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Warrior

Warriors struggle solo in Classic, so expect to have a rough time pre-60. The class has the highest gear dependence in the game, low sustain, low mobility, which makes them the slowest levelers. Everything past Molten Core, however, is going to feature Warrior as the main tank, making the whole effort genuinely worth it. Fury Warriors are powerful damage dealers. Arms Warriors are great in PvP. If you're looking for a hardcore leveling experience only to rise from the ashes at level 60, definitely roll a Warrior.

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BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Druid 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Hunter KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Mage

Druid Leveling Guide

Hunter Leveling Guide

Mage Leveling Guide

4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Rogue FTPZBBV8LWHM1465340163625.png Paladin MMF2M70OD4PY1465340163646.png Priest

Rogue Leveling Guide

Paladin Leveling Guide

Priest Leveling Guide

TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Shaman Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Warlock Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Warrior

Shaman Leveling Guide

Warlock Leveling Guide

Warrior Leveling Guide

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