Healer Tier List for Dragonflight PvP (Patch 10.1.5)
All 7 healer specializations are viable in PvP, but depending on the circumstances and criteria for evaluation, some are stronger than others.
This healer specialization ranking for the first PvP season of Dragonflight ranks all the specs, helping you determine the best compositions to play.
About the Tier List
This tier list will go over which healers are the best and which are the worst for Dragonflight PvP, depending on the "meta". The meta is often determined by which classes are the strongest, or which classes counter other popular/strong specializations. It is important to note that the meta can quickly change after nerfs/buffs, so this page will be updated frequently.
Dragonflight Healer Tier List for PvP
- Holy Paladin (S-Tier)
- Preservation Evoker (A-Tier)
- Restoration Shaman (A-Tier)
- Holy Priest (A-Tier)
- Restoration Druid (A-Tier)
- Mistweaver Monk (B-Tier)
- Discipline Priest (C-Tier)
Full Healer Class Rankings
Holy Paladins are currently one of the best healers in Dragonflight. With their most recent rework, comes large changes to their toolkit that makes them better than every other healer in the game. Their biggest strength is how many cooldowns they have. Being able to rotate cooldowns, such as Blessing of Sacrifice and Blessing of Protection allow them to keep their team alive long enough to get a kill on an enemy.
Holy has the most consistent stun to use on an enemy, Hammer of Justice. When running the Fist of Justice talent, Hammer of Justice has a short cooldown and can be used to set up crowd control on the enemy healer or kill target. Holy Paladins have more cooldowns, serious damage, and crowd control than any other healers. Their one downfall is that they can fall behind when stuck in crowd control, but it is easy to recover with the strong, instant healing they have.
Preservation Evokers are the newest healing specializations in Dragonflight and with them comes
Everything other healers can do, Preservation Evokers do better. Here are a few reasons why they are so good:
- They have strong damage that allows their team to stay aggressive when going in for a kill.
- Great mobility that will make it difficult for enemies to connect to you. Hover increases your movement speed and makes it so the enemy cannot slow you.
- They have many difficult cooldowns that you can use to help you recover when falling behind. Cooldowns like Emerald Communion make it easy to keep your team alive.
- Mana is normally a healer's biggest weakness. Still, because Preservation uses both Mana and Essences, they can keep their team alive without using much Mana.
Because of the above reasons, Preservation Evoker is an S-Tier healer going into the first PvP season of Dragonflight.
Restoration Shamans are an extremely versatile healer, bringing damage, healing, and utility for their teammates. Most of their healing is instant and comes from Riptide and Earth Shield. Both of these spells allow the Shaman to heal without casting and being concerned with being interrupted. Restoration Shaman also bring utility in the form of Grounding Totem to soak incoming crowd control.
In addition to strong utility, they also have multiple strong cooldowns for when their team is in trouble. Ascendance and Spirit Link Totem are two of the strongest cooldowns in arena. This allows Restoration Shaman to quickly recover when enemies are using their cooldowns. Restoration Shaman downfall is that most of their healing is casted and can struggle to recover if they start to fall behind in healing.
Holy Priests offer some great single-target healing and multiple ways to prevent crowd control on themselves. A large majority of their healing comes from instant healing, Holy Word: Serenity. This, in combination with Prayer of Mending both help against teams that have strong burst damage. They also have the ability to set up crowd control with Holy Word: Chastise + Psychic Scream. The combination of strong, instant healing and and being able to setup their own crowd control makes them a very desirable healer to play with and a better option to play than Discipline Priest.
Restoration Druids have a unique playstyle, being the only healer that has multiple Healing over Time (HoT) effects. They offer great single-target healing and have a wide variety of spells for different situations. Abilities such as Soul of the Forest can make Restoration Druids heal for even more when their team is under pressure.
Barkskin makes them a hard target to swap to, and Ironbark makes it hard for their teammates to die when it is active. They also have access to Heart of the Wild to deal additional damage to enemies if they choose this talent. Although their single target healing is quite good, Restoration Druids will struggle against teams with spread damage and will run out of Mana quickly when trying to keep HoTs on multiple teammates.
Mistweaver Monks have some great healing throughput. However, that is all that they have. Mistweavers have seen many changes going into Dragonflight. They have several different defensives and strong single-target healing. Although they have a good amount of healing output, they can still die in stuns when swapped to.
Another massive weakness Mistweaver run into is their lack of utility and damage. Although Fistweaving is an option, it has received several nerfs throughout Dragonflight, making it weak. Normal Mistweaver has very little damage and no damage reduction, so the longer a match goes, the weaker they become.
Discipline Priests offer great consistent damage and healing for their team. With an ability like Dark Archangel, this gives Discipline a high spot for any team that needs that extra damage to secure a kill.
You will often see Priests healing team compositions like RMP (Rogue/Mage/Priest) and Jungle (Feral Druid/Hunter/Priest). These teams rely heavily on setups and doing damage in a short amount of time.
On top of giving your team damage, Priests can do a large amount of damage themselves. Abilities like Purge the Wicked and Penance can aggressively be used on enemies to deal damage to them. In addition to damage, Priests have multiple cooldowns they can rotate. Rapture and Power Word: Barrier are strong cooldowns that can easily keep your team alive under pressure. The combination of both damage and healing makes Discipline Priests a force to be reckoned with when paired with top DPS specializations.
The reason why Discipline is lower than the other Priest specialization, Holy, is because they have Mana issues and lack mobility to help their team with crowd-control setups.
- 15 Jul. 2023: Updated Tier List.
- Updated Best Healers.
- Added C-tier section.
- 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5.
- Updated S-Tier healers.
- Removed C-Tier section.
- 28 Jun. 2023: Several changes made.
- Updated S-Tier healers.
- Updated A-Tier healers.
- Added C-Tier section.
- 09 May 2023: Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
- 30 Mar. 2021: Updated Tier list for Patch 9.0.5
- 31 Dec. 2020: Guide added.
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