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Most Popular Classes and Specializations in Shadowlands on Icy Veins

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With Shadowlands now live for a couple of days, we're looking at how popular each specialization is based on what players are looking up on Icy Veins.

Welcome to our first Shadowlands preview of specialization popularity in Shadowlands. All the data was gathered based on what the user base looks up on the site. We compare the results with the Shadowlands pre-patch popularity data posted a while ago.

  • If a specialization lost a position, you would see a red () next to its rank, so if you see, let's say 3. (1), it means a class has fallen from rank 1 to 3.
  • If a specialization gained positions, you would see a green () next to its rank.
  • If a specialization remains in the same position, it will have a (→) next to its rank.

Most Popular DPS Specializations in Shadowlands

We are highlighting changes in DPS spec popularity based on our previous DPS rankingsShadow Priest are now the most popular DPS specialization, followed by Frost MagesBeast Mastery Hunters lost two ranks. Frost Death Knights lost a whopping 7 ranks and dropped from 2nd to 9th position. The least popular DPS specialization are Demonology Warlocks that swapped places with Survival Hunters.

1. (↑3) MMF2M70OD4PY1465340163646.png Shadow Priest
2. (↑6) KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Frost Mage
3. (↓1) 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Beast Mastery Hunter
4. (↑7) Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Fury Warrior
5. (↑8) Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Affliction Warlock
6. (↑10) 4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Subtlety Rogue
7. (↑11) 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Marksmanship Hunter
8. (↑9) FTPZBBV8LWHM1465340163625.png Retribution Paladin
9. (↓2) 6D5HKWY2GULD1465340163386.png Frost Death Knight
10. (↓5) 742W2C4VQJ651465340163518.png Havoc Demon Hunter
11. (↑12) 6D5HKWY2GULD1465340163386.png Unholy Death Knight
12. (↑13) BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.pngBIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Balance Druid
13. (↑14) TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Elemental Shaman
14. (↑21) Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Arms Warrior
15. (↓4) Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Destruction Warlock
16. (↑18) KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Fire Mage
17. (↓15) TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Enhancement Shaman
18. (↓17) 4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Outlaw Rogue
19. (↓16) KONFY3G21NRT1465340163602.png Arcane Mage
20. (→20) BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Feral Druid
21. (↑22) MD3875H6PEN31465340163613.png Windwalker Monk
22. (↓19) 4K4NG17DH5OC1465340163651.png Assassination Rogue
23. (↑24) 3AP8QPDFMH191465340163595.png Survival Hunter
24. (↓23) Y65BR5SJIAKM1465340163689.png Demonology Warlock

Most Popular Tank Specializations in Shadowlands

Since our last comparison, Blood Death Knights fell from Rank 1, Protection Warriors went up from 4th position to 1st. Protection Paladin lost two ranks, and the rest remains unchanged.

1. (↑4) Q21ASBT2SDXX1465340163697.png Protection Warrior
2. (↓1) 6D5HKWY2GULD1465340163386.png Blood Death Knight
3. (→3) 742W2C4VQJ651465340163518.png Vengeance Demon Hunter
4. (→4) FTPZBBV8LWHM1465340163625.png Protection Paladin 
5. (→5) BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Guardian Druid
6. (→6) MD3875H6PEN31465340163613.png Brewmaster Monk

Most Popular Healer Specializations in Shadowlands

Last time, we looked at healer popularity with the launch of the Shadowlands pre-patch. Holy Paladins lost 1 rank and are currently 4th. Restoration Shamans climbed up one rank and are currently 3rd. Restoration Druids remain the most popular healer specialization based on guide views on our site, followed by Discipline Priests.

1. (→1) BIML5YS7P8XA1465340163522.png Restoration Druid
2. (→2) MMF2M70OD4PY1465340163646.png Discipline Priest
3. (↑4) TGVJ0Y6O051R1465340163670.png Restoration Shaman
4. (↓3) FTPZBBV8LWHM1465340163625.png Holy Paladin
5. (→5) MMF2M70OD4PY1465340163646.png Holy Priest
6. (→6) MD3875H6PEN31465340163613.png Mistweaver Monk
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Having a blast on feral druid, especially with the night fae "convoke the spirits" ability. Surprised it's so low in rankings here.

Also enjoying Guardian Druid a lot, no issues tanking in heroics at all.



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16 minutes ago, Grumar said:

Not sure information gathering process is most sound for this one but kinda interesting 

Yea it's mostly just to see what people are interested in, it's not really an overview of what specs are popular in the game, just here. So maybe it's more of a "what classes are people looking to play better" type thing  ?

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3 hours ago, OxO said:

Having a blast on feral druid, especially with the night fae "convoke the spirits" ability. Surprised it's so low in rankings here.

Also enjoying Guardian Druid a lot, no issues tanking in heroics at all.



its not a tier list,its a "what are ppl looking up on here" list.so not strength,but rather how many ppl are interested in what this specific website says about how a particular spec is played

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Imho it is hard to break it down to specific interest. Just giving an example:


If i am talking with mates on Discord or Teamspeak, we talk about classes here and there and i am checking multiple sites while we are talking and also for classes and / or speccs i usually dont play myself. Im looking up information for other people at this point.

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