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WoW Classic Tank and Healer Rankings/Tier List

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After we took a look at the state of DPS in WoW Classic, or more specifically the pre-raid geared rankings, it's time to go over the tanks and healers as well! As last time, the lists are to determine which class will be the best in a raid environment, with exclusively the best available pre-raid gear and consumables. As always, these tier lists aren't the be all and end all of determining which class is the best for everything, but it's a good indicator of the general power of each.


Definitely check out the full guides (Tank, Healer) , as they delve into the specifics for each class, as well as fully detail the reasons for the rankings and more.

Tanks

  1. Warrior (S-Tier)
  2. Druid (B-Tier)
  3. Paladin (D-Tier)

Healers

  1. Priest (S-Tier)
  2. Shaman (A-Tier)
  3. Paladin (A-Tier)
  4. Druid (B-Tier)
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2 minutes ago, Allseye said:

Dont like these kind of rankings. This just lead people to overrate a class while its not even necessary...

Honestly, I tend to agree. While it is interesting to know how all the classes shape out against each other in a perfect world, it's incredibly important to remember that raiding in WoW Classic is NOT the same as raiding on retail. The raids are far easier, and with 40 people in the raid you can get by with bringing almost anything. Molten Core especially is doable with 20-30 geared players, meaning you could bring anything for those last few spots and it wouldn't matter. 

 

Play what you find enjoyable. If doing the most damage in the game is what you want to do, by all means follow the tier list, but do not be afraid to role an Enhancement Shaman or Feral Druid just because it might not be the best at its role. Some of the best players that I've ever played with have been die hard fans of non-meta specs and loved trying to bring those specs to their absolute maximum potential.

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4 hours ago, Borgoff33 said:

more like

Warrior (S-Tier)

Drud (Dont bother)

Paladin (Dont bother)

@Borgoff33

Druid is perfectly fine and quite close to the potential of a warrior. Paladin is not for the faint of heart and requires a great deal of effort in order to make them a possibility. 

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I am going to assume this ranking is solely based on simulations. Player skill, communication, and coordination in any group is what wins. <edit> and gear helps ?

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7 hours ago, Allseye said:

Dont like these kind of rankings. This just lead people to overrate a class while its not even necessary...

Well, we all know how poorly balanced Classic was.

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21 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

Well, we all know how poorly balanced Classic was.

Dpswise or probably tankwise, yes it was. But well, if you don't so much dps, you bring some utility/buffs. In classic, there is no need to play with meta-classes. There is no ranking-system (beside PvP) where you have to push things in time to get higher gearlvl or more loot. It simply takes a bit more time but it's not even less fun.

People without any knowledge of vanilla read such rankings, go ingame and say "LF protwarrior, mage, warlock, fury warrior / rogue". But's its not retail, it simply doesn't matter at all. You can run with whatever you want. Adjust tactics, help each other and you will clear every dungeon. I dont talk about raid, because with a roster of 40 ppl you simple need a handful "mandatory" ones and fill up whatever you like. It even doesnt matter if you play a clean rotation, it just takes longer.

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Honestly giving a B rank to druids is misleading IMO.    You should emphasize that while they're ok for 5-mans, raiding they're going to be chumped hard.    Otherwise people might be tempted into thinking they're viable, just not the best (say the equivalent of a Paladin tank in retail, who struggle at times but can tank any of the bosses; they're just not used by world first guilds).   That is Not the case in classic.

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1 hour ago, Allseye said:

(...) I dont talk about raid, because with a roster of 40 ppl you simple need a handful "mandatory" ones and fill up whatever you like. It even doesnt matter if you play a clean rotation, it just takes longer.

Raiding in Vanilla was pure nightmare. Managing people in 10 man is already stressfull; with 40 you just wanna rip your hairs out of your skull.

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1 hour ago, Migol said:

Otherwise people might be tempted into thinking they're viable,

bear druid tanks are viable. They become optimal or very close to it a few days after a warrior has tanked ced boss, this is a general rule. Druid tanks just need a small amount of time to gear up to get to the position of where warriors stand. I play as a Shaman Raid Tank so I'm quite familiar with this. By no means is druid tanking easy, which is what I think this list is accounting for. 

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On 9/16/2019 at 9:20 AM, CaperfinWoW said:

@Borgoff33

Druid is perfectly fine and quite close to the potential of a warrior. Paladin is not for the faint of heart and requires a great deal of effort in order to make them a possibility. 

They probably work better than some claim for sure, but you can't say that they are fine without 'in my opinion' following it. EVERYONE says that Warrior is superior both in dps and tanking especially since they scale insanelly well with gear. I'm playing a hunter (for nostalgic reasons) and some say they only need 1 in raids cause it's bad compared to other dps classes. Yet idgaf. I'm there for the experience - when I bother lvling. 

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49 minutes ago, Znifler said:

They probably work better than some claim for sure, but you can't say that they are fine without 'in my opinion' following it. EVERYONE says that Warrior is superior both in dps and tanking especially since they scale insanelly well with gear. 

oh no this is not my opinion. Game's been out for 15years this stuff is factually proven by years of data and cross-referencing.

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I'm playing a hunter (for nostalgic reasons) and some say they only need 1 in raids cause it's bad compared to other dps classes. Yet idgaf. I'm there for the experience - when I bother lvling. 

 

Hell, I play a Shaman Tank I triply dgaf what people say is impossible.

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53 minutes ago, CaperfinWoW said:

oh no this is not my opinion. Game's been out for 15years this stuff is factually proven by years of data and cross-referencing.

 

Hell, I play a Shaman Tank I triply dgaf what people say is impossible.

You may be right, but I just assumed based on what I've read the last months. And damn, did not know shaman tank was a thing, or you caught me good. 

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On 9/18/2019 at 3:13 AM, Znifler said:

You may be right, but I just assumed based on what I've read the last months. And damn, did not know shaman tank was a thing, or you caught me good. 

People always throw off-meta tanks like the druid under the bus just because it was not conventional during vanilla, despite the mountain of info we have today. The same thing can be said of Shaman Tanking, it has unbelievable potential if you put in the necessary effort.

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