2v2 Arena Composition Tier List / Guide for TBC Classic

Last updated on Sep 14, 2021 at 20:12 by Seksixeny 1 comment

With TBC, comes the introduction of the Arena, inside which 2v2, 3v3 and 5v5 matches occur. Doing well in the arena will increase your team's rating, and the higher you go, the more points will be gained upon the weekly reset. These points can then be used to buy arena gear, which mirrors PvE gear in item level, but with some item budget allocated to Resilience and PvP-oriented set bonuses.

We will be listing and ranking some of the best arena compositions for the 2v2 arena bracket in this guide. These compositions rely on having a synergistic combination of abilities that can put pressure on opponents and deflect incoming aggression successfully, and we will be offering a brief explanation on each.

Feel free to also consult the 3v3 bracket and 5v5 bracket tier lists, as well as our PvP DPS and PvP Healer rankings in order to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each class and specialization when individually assessed.

1.

Introduction

In this guide, we will be presenting the compositions that form "the meta" of TBC Arena in the 2v2 bracket.

The meta changes over time, but it will naturally change less and more slowly in a game as well understood as TBC Classic, with most of the changes coming in the form of better gear for classes that scale well as we progress in tiers. To give a practical example, while Rogues are extremely strong right from the start, once they can obtain Tier 6 gear and Glaives they become the meta-defining class and as such will be strongest in the final seasons.

While most compositions have a favored healer, alternative healers can often be employed to some degree of success. This is especially true for Priest and Druid healers, who can successfully heal most compositions, even if they are not listed. Also, note that within each tier the compositions are not listed in order of power.

2.

TBC 2v2 Arena Tier List

2v2 is generally considered one of the most unbalanced brackets in TBC, where a few classes rule at the top, while most other classes have only one strong composition and some specializations have none.

2.1.

Best TBC Arena Compositions for 2v2

The best 2v2 team compositions have both strong defensive and offensive capabilities, and generally are composed of classes whose crowd control (CC) does not share diminishing returns (DRs), facilitating setups. These teams also tend to have very few bad matchups or counters.

This list will be adjusted over time as teams match against each other in TBC Classic.

Composition Strengths Weaknesses
  • Priests bring high offensive and defensive abilities, including the ability to remove most crowd control from the Rogue and themselves;
  • Being able to remove many slows, damage-over-time effects, and Faerie Fire IconFaerie Fire can often allow the Rogue to restealth many times during a match, especially if not focused.
  • The low mobility of Priests makes them a good target to train for most compositions;
  • Well-timed slows, especially of the Physical or Poison kind, can easily stop Priests from being able to chase enemy targets or stay in line-of-sight of their Rogue.
  • Best burst damage and opener (both as Frost and "PoM Pyro");
  • Multiple interrupts and CC options.
  • Low healing;
  • No spread damage.
  • Strong damage all around;
  • Multiple interrupts and CC options.
  • Low healing;
  • Limited dispel from Devour Magic IconDevour Magic.
  • Strong spread damage;
  • Dispels and shields.
  • Lack of mobility;
  • Low burst damage.
  • Best spread damage;
  • Multiple silences and fear effects;
  • Dispels and shields.
  • Lack of mobility;
  • Low healing;
  • Low burst damage.
  • Strong spread damage;
  • Strong crowd control.
  • Limited dispel from Devour Magic IconDevour Magic.
  • Low burst damage.
  • Great durability;
  • Easy to drink for Druid.
  • Low overall damage;
  • Warrior CC vulnerability can leave Druid exposed for extended periods.
  • Double stealth ensures strong openers, and crowd control chains are powerful due to stuns, Cyclone IconCyclone, and Blind IconBlind not sharing DRs;
  • When "Restokin" spec (even Balance / Resto mix), the Druid can contribute a lot of damage, especially while both members of the enemy team are CC'd.
  • Mistakes with this comp can be hard to recover from due to the low tankyness of leather users and slow effect of heals-over-time;
  • Lacks offensive and defensive dispels, which makes the Rogue vulnerable to most types of CC, forcing the Druid to survive on their own.
3.

Other TBC Arena Compositions for 2v2

While the teams listed above are, arguably, the best ones in the current meta, there are plenty of other strong options as well, which we will list below. If your desired composition is not on this list, it is likely because it lags further behind the current state of the meta.

This list, as all others in this page will be adjusted over time, as teams match against each other in TBC Classic.

Composition Strengths Weaknesses
Alternative healers:
  • Incredible offensive potential;
  • Excellent at pinning targets.
  • Vulnerable to root effects and curses.
  • Limited crowd control.
Alternative healers:
  • Great kiting potential;
  • Mana destruction with Viper Sting IconViper Sting.
  • Low damage;
  • Difficult to recover from mistakes.
  • Can remove anything but curses with Cleanse IconCleanse and Purge IconPurge;
  • Great utility with Blessing of Freedom IconBlessing of Freedom, Blessing of Protection IconBlessing of Protection, and totems;
  • Incredible offensive potential with Windfury Totem IconWindfury Totem, Bloodlust IconBloodlust, and Purge IconPurge.
  • Vulnerable to curses, especially Curse of Tongues IconCurse of Tongues;
  • Very limited crowd control.
  • Easy to kite, with Frost Shock IconFrost Shock often having to be used.
  • Can keep Warrior active with Cleanse IconCleanse and Blessing of Freedom IconBlessing of Freedom;
  • Double plate increases survivability against physical damage comps.
  • Vulnerable to curses, especially Curse of Tongues IconCurse of Tongues;
  • Very limited crowd control.
  • Strong crowd control;
  • Mana destruction with Mana Burn IconMana Burn.
  • Low damage;
  • Few ways to pressure the enemy team outside Mana Burn IconMana Burn.
4.

Conclusion

No matter what class or specialization you play, there is always a strong team composition you can utilize. Every team has a weakness and it is important to know them. Teams and their weaknesses can change frequently throughout a season. If there is a team comp that is missing, please let us know in the comments so we can add it to the list.

Feel free to check out our 3v3 and 5v5 arena tier list / comp guides as well if you are interested in those brackets:

5.

Changelog

  • 14 Sep. 2021: Guide added.
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