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Final Shadowlands 9.0.5 Mythic+ Log Rankings for All Roles and a Look Back at Season 1

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Here we are with the final week of patch 9.0.5, as the next reset isn't quite bringing Mythic+ Season 2, but it is bringing many, MANY class changes that will hugely affect the rankings. So for this last look at the outgoing patch we'll be taking a look at all the roles, and we'll do a short retrospective of Season 1 as well!

Note: The logs are based on POINTS, and not actual damage or healing, meaning they log the timed completion for the specs, with higher keys getting more points, obviously. The time in which the dungeon is completed is also a factor, but a much, much smaller one, as it grants very few points if you do it significantly faster than just any in-time completion. We're also using the Normalized Aggregate Scores numbers, for clarity, meaning the top spec is marked as 100 and then the rest are ranked in relation to that peak point.

A Short Retrospective of Season 1 by Petko

Shadowlands was the first expansion where "snapping" was officially removed, mostly everywhere, (as there are still several spots that you can potentially "glitch") but it's far better compared to Legion or BfA, so that was already a good step forward.

We got introduced to capped AoE damage on most specs, which ultimately angered the Mythic+ community, since not everyone  got that treatment. Generally the first seasonal affix Prideful Prideful was a great introduction since it was easy to handle and it gave a lot of power, meaning we had to structure the routes around their spawns (every 20% - 5 times a dungeon). The borrowed power from the seasonal affix also allowed us to create gigantic pulls which were both fun and challenging.

Looking back, there are several specs that performed great ever since the start of the expansion. Fire Mage benefited most from the aforementioned unevenly distributed AoE cap (hello Flame Patch Flame Patch and Flamestrike Flamestrike), and made great use of Kindling Kindling and Shifting Power Shifting Power to get that Combustion Combustion CD down to about a minute with some Haste, and it was definitely the king of the entire patch cycle. Elemental Shaman also benefited from the loose AoE cap, as their main source of damage, Earthquake Earthquake, also only had a 20 target soft cap, so they became much more popular later in the cycle. Vengeance Demon Hunters were the top tank throughout due to their very high damage, and their relatively low tankiness was offset by the Cardboard Assassin Cardboard Assassin (which is going away in Season 2), as it let them jump around and not get hit that much at all (and they also used the very frequent presence of Boomkins for that Force of Nature Force of Nature tank backup). As for healers, Holy Paladins were just strong throughout the patch and remained the top pick right up until the end.

This past week was Fortified Fortified, Sanguine SanguineQuaking Quaking (and Prideful Prideful).

All Keys

The final week of 9.0.5 in the 95th percentile saw Rogue specs go up and down, as Subtlety landed in dead last for the end of the patch, and Outlaw secured it's No.2 spot, with Assassination sitting pretty in the middle. Affliction and Arcane were the big movers, jumping 3 and 4 spots, respectively, and Fire remained at its top spot, which it's been holding for the majority of 9.0 and 9.0.5, making it the ultimate king of the first major patch cycle of Shadowlands.

Mythic+ All Keys 95th Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.

All percentiles had a lot more movement, most following the 95th percentile pattern, but some, like Marksmanship, rising independently of the top player trends.

Mythic+ All Keys All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.

High Keys

The +15 keys are very stable and almost all the specs are extremely close to each other, as is usual for the most focused individual key. This week we see Assassination be the first mover, coming into 6th place from its previous 9th, displacing Balance and Elemental, as Havoc squeezes between those two into 8th.

Mythic+15 All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.

The twenties continue their chaotic style, as a brand new No.1 arrives straight from the bottom, as the week's affixes seem to have suited Survival very much.

Mythic+20 All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.

Tanks and Healers

We haven't checked in with the tanks and healers for a long time now, as their rankings were very stable, so let's check out what the final 2 weeks of 9.0.5 looked like there. For tanks we see Vengeance and Brewmasters very close in the general population numbers, but the DH spec pulls away a bit in the higher percentiles.

Mythic+ All Keys All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.

As mentioned in the Season 1 recap, Holy Paladins have been dominating the entire patch, as you can see below, especially in the higher percentiles where they pull away from everyone else by a huge margin, with Mistweavers getting pretty solidly mistreated in this cycle.

Mythic+ All Keys All Percentile Data by Warcraft Logs.

And that was Shadowlands Mythic+ patch 9.0.5, see you in 9.1 and then after that Season 2!

For even more in-depth data for each individual key head on over to Warcraft Logs. And if you're interested in more info on the specs themselves you can always check out our class guides or our extensive Mythic+ guides as well, which have tier lists, dungeon rankings and more.

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