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The Most Popular Tanks and Healers for Mythic+ in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch: Week #3

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It's time to look at the most popular tanks and healers in Mythic+ for pre-patch week 3!

Yesterday, we looked at the most popular DPS for Mythic+, and today, we are exploring the most popular healing and tanking specializations!

DATA RELIABILITY: The data used on benched.me was taken directly from Blizzard by OtherwiseUniversity7, who plotted all keys available from the Blizzard API (minus the CN region) on a single ridge plot.

We will be comparing the positions of all healing and tank specializations with our chart from 3 weeks ago.

  • Upward arrow () means that a certain specialization gained at least one rank and became more popular than last time.
  • Downward arrow () means that a spec lost at least one rank and became less popular.
  • Rightward arrow () means there were no changes, and the specialization retained its position.

Here are the total runs recorded for each spec in the Shadowlands pre-patch. Based on that, we filtered out the most popular healing and tank specializations.

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Most Popular Healers for Mythic+

Restoration Druids remain the most popular healers in Week #3 of the Shadowlands pre-patch, followed by Restoration Shamans (up from rank 3) and Discipline Priests (down from rank 2). The least popular healers for Mythic+ are currently Holy Priests.

  • 1st: Restoration Druid - 405,407 runs (→1)
  • 2nd: Restoration Shaman - 239,456 runs (3)
  • 3rd: Discipline Priest - 224,383 runs (2 )
  • 4th: Holy Paladin - 172,124 runs (→4)
  • 5th: Mistweaver Monk - 148,538 runs (→5)
  • 6th: Holy Priest - 142,624 (→6)

We're including a graph with how the individual healer specializations perform with increasing difficulty (keystones).

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Here we have a share of all healer specializations at each key level.

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Most Popular Tanks for Mythic+

There have been no changes in the tank department. Protection Paladins continue to be the most popular tanks for Mythic+, followed by Vengeance Demon Hunters and Blood Death Knights. Guardian Druids are the least favorite tanking specialization.

  • 1st: Protection Paladin - 392,061 runs (→1)
  • 2nd: Vengeance Demon Hunter - 243,445 runs (→2)
  • 3rd: Blood Death Knight - 202,556 runs (→3)
  • 4th: Brewmaster Monk - 194,303 runs (→4)
  • 5th: Protection Warrior - 167,553 runs (→5)
  • 6th: Guardian Druid - 135,619 runs (→6)

Here's how the tanks perform with increasing difficulty.

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Finally, here is a share of tank specs at each key level in the pre-patch.

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Again these statistics? I thought we shouldn't put that much into it since tuning is still a thing, while most of the people around aren't competeing in the top 100 either. In my opinion this will make it worse for people who like to play a class which they enjoy over a class which performs better in the right hands. The community is out there watching and reading this, while thinking that their heroic AOTC or +15 keys are top end...

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6 hours ago, Senou said:

Again these statistics? I thought we shouldn't put that much into it since tuning is still a thing, while most of the people around aren't competeing in the top 100 either. In my opinion this will make it worse for people who like to play a class which they enjoy over a class which performs better in the right hands. The community is out there watching and reading this, while thinking that their heroic AOTC or +15 keys are top end...

Yeah, I just don't see how any of this is helpful, just interesting dataisbeautiful type stuff. As soon as we enter SL content, a lot changes, especially due to our Azerite armor losing it's benefits, which is tainting stats like these right now. 

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8 hours ago, Senou said:

Again these statistics? I thought we shouldn't put that much into it since tuning is still a thing, while most of the people around aren't competeing in the top 100 either. In my opinion this will make it worse for people who like to play a class which they enjoy over a class which performs better in the right hands. The community is out there watching and reading this, while thinking that their heroic AOTC or +15 keys are top end...

That will not prevent me to play Druid tank. I might have a little more issues finding a group by if a player tell me "lol druid tank no thank you then I'm glad I was not taken! ?

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15 hours ago, Stan said:

Restoration Druids remain the most popular healers in Week #3 of the Shadowlands pre-patch, followed by Restoration Druids

Oh crap, so druids are the 2 best healers

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4 hours ago, Slam said:

That will not prevent me to play Druid tank. I might have a little more issues finding a group by if a player tell me "lol druid tank no thank you then I'm glad I was not taken! ?

I can totally related to this, it's so annoying when you try a different build and they all go like it can't work no matter what...

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6 hours ago, Slam said:

That will not prevent me to play Druid tank. I might have a little more issues finding a group by if a player tell me "lol druid tank no thank you then I'm glad I was not taken! ?

i can totaly relate to this i want to play feral or survival and both dont realy perform great on the paper but i dont care i try to preserve som rpg feeling for me and play a class i can feel my self and not just what is at the top 

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I am just a casual player. I will play whathever I've fun with. I can teel you, I just target 15s and heroic, for those no top end build is needed.

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