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Castle Nathria 9.0.5 DPS Log Rankings and Analysis, Week 6: Assassination's Slow and Steady Rise

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As the PTR rages we're back to live and Castle Nathria to see what things are actually like right now, with some more DPS logs! This week our guide writers will be taking a look at the impressively performing and still rising Assassination and an incredibly stable, if unimpressive Havoc, which has been one of the only specs to stay in pretty much exactly the same place since the raid launched.

Mythic Rankings

But first we're off to the high-end, where things remain stable, but we do have some movement, as Frost DK overtakes Windwalker, as the two seem to be alternating each week in 7th. Meanwhile, Assassination continues its rise, even in the high percentages, as it moves past Retribution, while Outlaw also jumps 1 spot, taking down Destruction.

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95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

All percentiles actually saw some more movement at the top, with Fire claiming 3rd from Shadow, as Elemental and Assassination trade places. Frost DKs jumped the most here, passing 5 other specs to get to 9th, while Arcane drops a couple spots, to make room for them, Fury and Outlaw.

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All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.


Spec Analysis

Assassination Rogue by Seliathan

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Assassination Rogues have been steadily climbing the charts after Blizzard decided to apply three separate aura/overall buffs over the first few months of Castla Nathria. 9.0.5 also brought with it some changes to the spec's legendaries, as well as some of the Rogue Covenants, including a rework of the Venthyr ability Flagellation Flagellation. Combining all these buffs increased Assassination's DPS potential on single-target significantly, and has slowly but steadily pushed it to the top.

Due to the legendary power Zoldyck Insignia Zoldyck Insignia, Assassination was in a very good spot prior to 9.0.5 already on any type of encounter that required strong execute damage, for example Sire Denathrius. As with most buffs, it takes players a while to reconsider their choice of spec and legendaries, and as such most Outlaw players did not feel comfortable switching after the initial set of buffs to Assassination. Once 9.0.5 hit, however, it was clear that Assassination would become a powerhouse for any type of single-target encounter. It's multidotting potential also allows it to scale pretty well into low-cleave situations, and with new legendary options that do not limit it to just an execute-niche, Assassination looks like a very solid progression spec for the upcoming raid-tier.

Havoc Demon Hunter by Wordup

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Havoc has been nothing but consistently middle to lower pack for the whole run of Nathria despite buffs, and that's because regardless of many of the improvements that have come with Legendary changes, the single-target has a fairly low ceiling with some RNG packed in. It has the potential to do well but it is inconsistent, and kill timers are really not helpful in that regard - in particular due to Metamorphosis Metamorphosis' long cooldown. And now that we're deep into farm, it's only hit more.

Thankfully though, the AoE that Havoc brings is on the higher end of the spectrum and it shows especially in the final encounters of Stone Legion and Denathrius, where it picks up drastically and is a worthy pick because of the toolkit it has. Unfortunately the rest of Nathria doesn't give a lot of opportunities to flex that muscle, and the majority of impactful improvements that have happened so far in Shadowlands (such as Unbound Chaos Unbound Chaos being buffed into an extremely strong state) are in that direction. The potential is there if the encounters let it work, and Mythic+ even shows that, but the single-target hindrance is as relevant as ever. It's also of note that any time Havoc has seen an Aura/overall buff, the majority of specs surrounding it (both all those below and a handful above) also had one, so it just shifted everyone up in unison rather than altering placements.

 

Heroic Rankings, All Percentages

In Heroic things remain mostly the same, with the biggest difference from Mythic being the still very high placement of Marksmanship, as it's sticking to 7th place compared to Mythic's 14th.

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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, or for even more data, head on over to Warcraft Logs.

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