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Castle Nathria DPS Log Rankings and Analysis Week 7: Feral Rising

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Here we are in Castle Nathria week 7! Things have stabilized after the tuning pass from two weeks ago and we can get a proper look at the situation in the raid, as the headline is Feral climbing up very high! So we'll be taking a look at the spec, as our class guide writer talks about it and we'll also check out Elemental.

The hardly played specs for this week are the usual suspects, as Survival leads the pack with 132 logs and only Assassination is anywhere close to as low, with 275, as the other not-so-much-played hover in the 600-900 range, as Frost DK, Demonology and Arcane also didn't get much Mythic play. For comparison, the most played specs (Marksmanship and Fire) have 57,000 and 45,000 logs.

In the actual rankings we can see that Fire has surpassed Windwalker, as Feral and Arcane jumped a whole lot as well (although considering the low number of logs, that might just be an anomaly)!

    95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

    All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

    Feral Druid by Wordup:


    Feral continues to do well in Nathria for the same reasons it started strong, the good cooldown timings throughout the tier and ability to frontload damage via pooling and tools such as Convoke the Spirits Convoke the Spirits being extremely valuable. The raid being heavily oriented toward single-target with a bit of cleave sprinkled in also helps a great deal, as usually one of the common trends later on in more recent tiers is that sustained AoE begins to fall off in favour of burst.

    We're also seeing deeper Renown/Soulbind trees, meaning that Feral now has access to both Niya's Grove Invigoration Grove Invigoration and two Potency slots which puts it very close to a full build which will happen next reset. We're also seeing later bosses with Feral present now, in particular Sludgefist which has an incredibly strong showing to highlight how well Feral can make use of its burst tools.

    Elemental Shaman by Stormy:


    After gaining access to their best raiding legendary, Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence, Elemental's single-target DPS and mobility increased significantly. This change can be seen clearly by looking at statistics on fights such as Shriekwing, Hungering Destroyer, Artificer Xymox and Sludgefist where Elemental is one of the strongest DPS specs in the game.

    On other fights, Elemental's other 2 strongest legendaries, Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Skybreaker's Fiery Demise and Echoes of Great Sundering Echoes of Great Sundering, have shown their strengths but also their limitations. On such fights, while those legendaries help Elemental players significantly, other specs remain more adapted, and the damage over time nature of Echoes of Great Sundering and Earthquake Earthquake in general means that the more gear a raid has, the weaker they are. While Elementals were not brought on later Castle Nathria fights by top 5 guilds, they were often brought or at least seriously considered by guilds in the top 20.

    Unfortunately, the late availability of Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence was partly to blame for guilds deciding not to gear up/bring Elementals. Now that this obstacle has been overcome and people are seeing Elemental shining on many fights, this often underestimated shaman specialization should be taken more seriously in the future and may well be stacked on future single-target focused, high mobility encounters.

    And finally, let's take a look at the Heroic data as well, as there are a lot more logs present there and while the very top looks somewhat similar to Mythic, the rest is pretty jumbled.

    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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    16 hours ago, Calorat said:

    Fun seeing the 7 classes I play, all be dead last at the bottom.

    I guess you mean specs? Too bad that in Classic you can only change specs for a lot of gold. Oh wait ...

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    On 1/28/2021 at 7:28 AM, Manbearpig said:

    I guess you mean specs? Too bad that in Classic you can only change specs for a lot of gold. Oh wait ...

    What are you even trying to say here?  This is such a pathetic and pointless attempt to talk bad on Classic, and it's not even about something that's bad or that matters.  Respeccing is super cheap and easy to do in Classic.  Only bad players ever thought it was an issue.  Imagine going this far out of your way to try and talk bad about a game that wasn't even mentioned in this thread.

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    On 1/31/2021 at 11:43 AM, skz129 said:

    What are you even trying to say here?  This is such a pathetic and pointless attempt to talk bad on Classic, and it's not even about something that's bad or that matters.  Respeccing is super cheap and easy to do in Classic.  Only bad players ever thought it was an issue.  Imagine going this far out of your way to try and talk bad about a game that wasn't even mentioned in this thread.

    Well no. It was an attempt to say "If you don't like the dmg of your spec, respec". Imagine going this far out of your way to create an account just to comment on a misunderstanding.

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