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Most Popular DPS Classes and Specs in the Shadowlands Pre-patch on Icy Veins

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The pre-patch has changed everything for many classes, and Blizzard are still tweaking things around with daily hotfixes. We thought we'd take a look at the current class and spec popularity based on the Icy Veins guide popularity for each, and today we're starting with the biggest bunch, the DPS specs!

It should come as no surprise to anyone that's checked the day 1 DPS charts that Beast Mastery Hunters came out on top, and they haven't even received any nerfs or changes yet! The No.2 class might be a bit less expected, but Frost DKs did get 2-handers back, so many are probably looking to get back into the spec. Shadow Priests are riding high after their revamp and also still haven't received any nerfs, as Destro takes the Warlock crown.

Hunters are a very extreme class it seems, as they get the honor of the top and bottom spec, as Survival is dead last, looking up at BM and crying, with Warlocks having a similar situation as Demonology sits in the penultimate spot. Monks are also in a pretty bad spot as a class in general, and Windwalker showcases that by sitting at No.22 out of 24.

You can also check out the guides themselves by clicking the specs in the table below.

Rank   Class
1 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Beast Mastery Hunter
2 6D5HKWY2GULD1465340163386.png Frost Death Knight
3 MMF2M70OD4PY1465340163646.png Shadow Priest
4 Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Destruction Warlock
5 742W2C4VQJ651465340163518.png Havoc Demon Hunter
6 KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Frost Mage
7 Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Fury Warrior
8 Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Affliction Warlock
9 FTPZBBV8LWHM1465340163625.png Retribution Paladin
10 4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Subtlety Rogue
11 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Marksmanship Hunter
12 6D5HKWY2GULD1465340163386.png Unholy Death Knight
13 BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Balance Druid
14 TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Elemental Shaman
15 TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Enhancement Shaman
16 KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Arcane Mage
17 4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Outlaw Rogue
18 KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Fire Mage
19 4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Assassination Rogue
20 BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Feral Druid
21 Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Arms Warrior
22 MD3875H6PEN31465340163613.png Windwalker Monk
23 Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Demonology Warlock
24 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Survival Hunter

 

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It's only pre patch at least... The two specs I wanted to be are dead last and 20th...

Though something must be wrong, sub is top 10 and best of the rogues?

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4 minutes ago, Bobbis said:

It's only pre patch at least... The two specs I wanted to be are dead last and 20th...

Though something must be wrong, sub is top 10 and best of the rogues?

sub is very very very good atm so is survival tbh this list is just what people are playing but when it comes down to mythic numbers survival is really good but yeah feral is pretty crap atm but its only pre-patch classes still have lots to get in shadowlands

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8 minutes ago, Bobbis said:

It's only pre patch at least... The two specs I wanted to be are dead last and 20th...

Though something must be wrong, sub is top 10 and best of the rogues?

Yeah sub is in a relatively good spot in ST damage, and the mechanical changes make it feel incredibly smooth to play at the moment. I'm really happy because I've always enjoyed sub's shadow dance play style, and after the nerf to their damage funneling in 8.0 they've been functionally dead all expansion. As for Demo and Survival the issue there is that they received extremely few changes and both were low playrate specs before the prepatch. As the two forgotten specs of triple DPS classes their in a spot where they'd need a revamp to see a large increase in play.

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Interesting but not indicative of really anything but which class/specs got the most rework. And the early pre-patch stats are both early and not reflective of where they will stand when all the Azerite powers go bye-bye. Still, fun to look at and think about. If I weren't so busy leveling a couple alts I might dive into spriest and boomkin more.

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17 hours ago, Bobbis said:

It's only pre patch at least... The two specs I wanted to be are dead last and 20th...

Though something must be wrong, sub is top 10 and best of the rogues?

This is about spec popularity on this website, showing which spec guides had the most views since the prepatch it says it quite clearly at the start. It has nothing to do with actual performance.

Though comments like this always remind me of this https://www.darklegacycomics.com/558

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On 10/17/2020 at 4:54 PM, Yojiro said:

This is about spec popularity on this website, showing which spec guides had the most views since the prepatch it says it quite clearly at the start. It has nothing to do with actual performance.

Though comments like this always remind me of this https://www.darklegacycomics.com/558

Heh gotta love a bit of DLC, and it's Monday to boot!

I did miss that part but will cling to some relevance in that they're the least popular, with some of the least changes, and they're also pretty rubbish in dps... SV vs BM is just mad still even without corruptions. Of course it's all open to tuning still and we're missing a good chunk of what we're tuned around, so my hopes are high, but belief it'll happen not so much...

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On 10/16/2020 at 11:51 PM, Rag said:

Yeah sub is in a relatively good spot in ST damage, and the mechanical changes make it feel incredibly smooth to play at the moment. I'm really happy because I've always enjoyed sub's shadow dance play style, and after the nerf to their damage funneling in 8.0 they've been functionally dead all expansion. As for Demo and Survival the issue there is that they received extremely few changes and both were low playrate specs before the prepatch. As the two forgotten specs of triple DPS classes their in a spot where they'd need a revamp to see a large increase in play.

SV had a pretty radical revamp not too long ago, not sure that's the requirement there 😛 (some may argue going back is the way forward, I disagree and like melee). Generally it's a numbers thing, there's a lot of effort to keep SV (and Feral) in a good place, and it's still below very simple specs like BM and hDH...

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