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Castle Nathria 9.0.5 DPS Log Rankings and Analysis, Week 15: Action in the All Percentiles Bracket, Demonology Rises + 9.1 Analysis of the Spec

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We have our first week of Nathria log rankings since the release date of 9.1 was announced, and it seems to have had a calming effect on the top brackets. Demonology rose the most this week, but the big shakeups happened in the general population aka the all percentiles bracket, where a whole lot changed. We'll also be taking a look at Demo's fate in 9.1 with  our guide writer, Motoko.

Mythic Rankings

The 95th percentile top 8 remained literally the same as last week, with Demonology hopping 6 spots into 8th, displacing Fury, Assassination, Retribution and Unholy, but especially Windwalker, which fell 4 spots to 15th. The bottom 7 also remained the same, but are presumably much less happy about that fact, as Outlaw is the biggest mover in the bottom half, rising by 2.

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95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

The all percentile bracket was where the action was this week, as a lot more happened, starting with Assassination dropping a spot but hanging in te top 5. Fire took that open 4th spot and Arcane jumped 2 spots to take the 6th, as Frost DK joined them on their upwards trajectory, gaining 2 as well! All of this commotion displaced Fury down 3 spots, with Demonology rising a fair bit here as well.

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All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

Spec Analysis

Demonology Warlock by Motoko

Patch 9.1 is around the corner and Demonology is poised to take a more relevant role in raids. At least initially. Despite not receiving direct buffs, the tuning for Affliction and Destruction created room for all 3 specs to coexist, each with its own niche of excellence, and Demonology is now the best single target option going into Chains of Domination, while still retaining short cooldowns and good mobility.

Will it last? Hard to predict. For starters multiple proc effects such as the Shards, or some of the new Soulbind nodes and new trinkets straight up do not work except with Shadowbolt Shadowbolt and Demonbolt Demonbolt, resulting in a severely reduced performance gain, something that does not affect the other 2 specs. Then there is the fact both Affliction and Destruction can make use of additional targets to funnel priority damage, while Demonology has nothing but a passive cleave built in, and last but not least we still have Heroic week tuning and possibly a few more passes ahead.

Will Chains of Domination be a Demonology tier? I am very skeptical, judging from the encounters, especially the last 2 which historically have shaped the "meta" in any recent raid. That does not mean Demonology isn't a good and competitive spec currently, but If shards and Soulbind nodes aren't addressed, expect the spec niche to be overtaken by either Affliction or Destruction.


Heroic Rankings, Overall Damage

Heroic saw Arcane have one of its frequent upswings, with Enhancement also rising, arriving right behind Elemental, with a Shaman face-off imminent!

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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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