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Castle Nathria DPS Log Rankings and Analysis Week 4

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Here we are in week 4 of Castle Nathria, as a solid number of guilds has cleared the full Mythic raid and we get to look at the logs once again! The Enhancement Shaman bug has been removed and the spec is back in the bottom middle of the pack, as Balance pushes all the way to the top! We'll be going over the Mythic data mostly and take a final look at Heroic, with a look at the top and bottom spec for Mages and my own poor Fury Warriors as well.

Let's start with the Mythic 95th percentile:

95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

Followed by all percentiles:

All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

And here's two of out class guide writers to analyze the giant discrepancies between the top and bottom Mage specs, as they're incredibly far apart:

Fire Mage by Dutchmagoz:


Fire is currently the best performing Mage spec, and a top 5 spec amongst all classes.

There are various reasons for this:

  • Fire unlocking double potency conduit slots early due to being Night Fae while having 2 very good potency conduits.
  • Having a 1 minute burst window which lines up well with a lot of fights.
  • Having BiS items available via predictable sources, like the PvP trinket being very good and able to be gotten to 220 item level with just 1800 rating in Arena or Ranked Battlegrounds.

Overall, Fire will probably drop down a little bit over time as everyone gets their double potency Soulbinds unlocked and other classes start getting their BiS items, but it will most likely remain amongst a top 5-10 spec in Castle for the remainder of the tier unless there are balance changes.

Frost Mage by Kuni:


There isn't really much positive to say about Frost's performance in Castle Nathria. It was kneecapped by an unwarranted nerf just before launch, and the current state is entirely predictable. At the current balance between Frost and Fire, this is almost the worst the spec disparity has been since Cataclysm, when Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest didn't work for Frost. Sadly it will stay where it is unless Blizzard deems a second round of tuning adjustments is needed.

The one fight style that it might at least be acceptable at doesn't exist in Castle Nathria. However, there is also no reason that Glacial Fragments Glacial Fragments should account for around 40% of your damage on a multi-target fight, and less than 1% on single. Glacial Fragments should very likely be nerfed and the base kit of Frost brought up about 15%.

Fury Warrior by Archimtiros:


Fury is in an awkward spot, as it is severely under tuned from a single target perspective, yet remains one of the most fluid and entertaining specs due to its high pace and constant engagement.

The one place it does perform well is Mythic+, because although it still lags behind in boss damage, the legendary Signet of Tormented Kings Signet of Tormented Kings contributes a great deal of constant AOE damage against trash packs, which typically matters more. Unfortunately, Fury still isn’t meta for the highest keys, lacking the personal survivability, group utility, and raw burst provided by more sought after specs, but it is more than capable of keeping up in damage while farming +15 for gear.

And here's a final look at the Heroic data, as we'll be moving exclusively to Mythic from now on:

All percentiles Heroic data by Warcraft Logs.

As always, if you want even more info on a spec, you can check out our class guides here.

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