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Castle Nathria 9.0.5 DPS Log Rankings and Analysis, Week 5: Boss Damage Only Rankings Added

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We're back to Castle Nathria to take a look at the 5th week of 9.0.5 raiding, and we're changing things up a little in the format, as we'll also be taking a look at the boss damage only rankings! This will give us a fuller picture of spec performance in the raid and also give Shadow more to brag about! To be completely clear, the two categories are: the new one we're covering, damage dealt to bosses only, and the one we've been checking for a long time now, damage to bosses AND adds in the boss encounters.

First off let's get to the usual all damage logs we've been looking at every week now, with all the adds from the boss fights being included in the calculation and AoE specs getting the most value. This week we had several significant changes to the rankings, with Fury and Assassination moving up in the world in the 95th percentile, with the Rogue jumping 5 spots and Warrior 4! For Assa this follows the trend that's been happening in Heroic first, and then in the Mythic all percentiles brackets, as the spec has been rising there for a long time now. Unholy has dropped down quite a bit to accommodate the rising specs, and Arcane also dropped a little from its very high 4th place spot last week, as Elemental and Fire are back up behind the top 3. Windwalkers will be happy to hear that they are very stable in 7th place, and the bottom of the charts is just the same specs reshuffling.

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95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

The all percentiles bracket is slower to move as usual, but Fury is rising there too, while Assassination keeps the 5th spot it's held for quite a while. And finally, Demonology has dropped a little, same as in the 95th percentile this week.

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All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
 

Boss Damage Only

Now it's time to take a look at the new data, as we check out the damage done to bosses only, without any adds being factored in, but first let's have Publik talk about the relevance of each list:

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When looking at logs it is important to distinguish between overall damage and boss damage when looking at core strength of a spec. With the nature of certain fights, typically non-boss damage is finite and not something that can be done by everyone. This can lead to large differences in overall DPS just because one spec is better at padding add damage faster than other specs in the game, but not necessarily better at that boss.

If we take the Council of Blood for example, you will typically see Balance Druids topping the overall chart, but then be towards the bottom of the Damage to Bosses chart, since they are using their Astral Power to blast the adds. This isn't a bad thing by any means here, the adds need to die, but the overall view clearly isn't painting the best picture of who is good/bad for the fight unless you consider these circumstances.

So, let's start with the top players and the 95th percentile of the "Damage to Bosses" category this week. As we can see, things look pretty different from the all damage list at the top, aside from the Jack of all trades Affliction not really caring whether it's AoE or single target, they're keeping their 2nd place no matter what. Assassination comes up once more as a top spec, with Feral being a completely different beast here, coming to the top from the bottom! Balance doesn't drop as far as you'd expect either, as those owls still deal solid boss only damage, in addition to their insane AoE.

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95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

In the all percentiles category Assassination is doing even better, but overall it does seem Shadow, Affliction and Assa are the solid top 3 for boss only damage both for the top players and the rest.

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All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.


Heroic Overall Damage

Heroic remains slow to move as usual, with Assassination dropping one spot to Shadow being the highlight this week, but it's always useful to have the lower difficulty as a comparison.

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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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