Mythic+ Healer Rankings: Beta Tier List for The War Within (Patch 11.0 / Season 1)

Last updated on Jul 14, 2024 at 10:53 by Petko 182 comments

From the weakest to the strongest specialization, each provide unique character distinction and add value toward shaping the seasonal "meta" of Mythic+. These Beta-based Healer specialization rankings provided for The War Within's first Season of Mythic+ are based on pure Healer throughput and group-added-value such as utility, mobility, and survivability.

This list will be updated as new tuning and class changes come out over the course of leading up to the season's start and beyond.

1.

About the Beta Tier List

Our analysis provides an estimate of the current Mythic+ meta with weekly updates every Monday on the website and every Sunday live on stream, until Season 1 arrives. However, it is important to remember that there will be many more changes, and what you see is not the final product. Instead, it is a progression of how each specialization performs from the start of the beta to the actual season release.

If you are interested in the DPS and Tank versions of this 11.0 Beta Tier List, check the links below!

If you are interested in our current tier list for Dragonflight Season 4 Patch 10.2.7, you can find that below:

Please note that anything I say is purely subjective and represents my opinion. However, it is an educated guess based on numerous hours of Beta testing and extensive discussions with some of the best theory crafters from each of their specs. If you have a different opinion, that is perfectly fine. I will be happy to answer any questions in the comment section. After the Beta testing is completed, we will compile all the data and create the official Tier List of Season 1. Thank you for reading, and enjoy!

1.1.

Criteria of the Tier List

This tier list is entirely based on healer performance in Mythic+. The factors that are considered are HPS and DPS output, external cooldowns, utility, durability, and mobility.

Please keep in mind that what you're about to read is a preliminary iteration of the 11.0 Season 1 tier list in The War Within expansion, and it WILL change before the season is released. Nothing written here is a guarantee or promise. All opinions are subjective and should be taken with a grain of salt. I update this tier list every Sunday at 14:00 CEST live on my stream, before being uploaded on the website. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

2.

Healer Tier List for Season 1 of Mythic+ in The War Within

Below, you can find the full rankings for Healer slots in Season 1 of Mythic+ in The War Within. We encourage you to read further and understand why some classes are placed lower or higher than expected, with several factors considered, such as having a 4-piece tier-set active at all times and the key levels.

  1. Restoration Druid (Best Choice)
  2. Holy Paladin (Best Choice)
  3. Mistweaver Monk (Excellent Choice)
  4. Restoration Shaman (Excellent Choice)
  5. Holy Priest (Excellent Choice)
  6. Preservation Evoker (Decent)
  7. Discipline Priest (Underperforming)
3.

Full Healer Class Rankings

3.1.

Best Choice

3.2.

Restoration Druid

Patch 11.0 update: Restoration Druid received a ton of changes through the Alpha and Beta cycles, brand-new Hero Talents - Keeper of the Grove / Wildstalker, and a new tier set. The 2-piece will increase the healing of Regrowth Icon Regrowth, Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth, and Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend by 10%, while the 4-piece will increase your healing by 8% when consuming Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest's bonus and for 6 sec afterwards.

Restoration Druid enjoyed many changes, with the most noticeable one being the removal of Adaptive Swarm Icon Adaptive Swarm for Mythic+, which will negatively impact your healing profile. Your defensive profile was strengthened, and with the most recent HPS buffs, your current Mythic+ performance is back at a top level.

3.2.1.

Cons

-

3.2.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Mark of the Wild Icon Mark of the Wild Increasing the Versatility of your raid/party by 3%.
Core Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots Single-target root effect.
Core Ironbark Icon Ironbark Short-external damage-reduction cooldown.
Optional Nature's Vigil Icon Nature's Vigil Extra off-healing.
Optional Innervate Icon Innervate Allowing 1 friendly healer to cast spells without spending mana for 8 sec.
Optional Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar Increasing the movement speed to all raid members by 60% for 8 sec.
Optional Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption Removes all CurseCurse and PoisonPoison effects from a friendly target.
Optional Soothe Icon Soothe Dispelling all Enrage Effects from an enemy target.
Optional Hibernate Icon Hibernate Single-target crowd-control effects against beasts and dragonkins.
Optional Incapacitating Roar Icon Incapacitating Roar / Mighty Bash Icon Mighty Bash You have the choice between AoE disturb effect or a single-target stun.
Optional Typhoon Icon Typhoon Aoe knockback.
Optional Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement / Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex You have the choice between AoE root effect or AoE wind-of-vortex, pulling all the mobs to one location.
3.3.

Holy Paladin

Patch 11.0 update: Holy Paladin received a dozen changes leading to the The War Within expansion, brand new Hero Talents - Herald of the Sun / Lightsmith, and a new tier-set. The 2-piece will increase the healing of Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock by 10% and reduce its cooldown by 10%, while the 4-piece will focus on Holy Shock Icon Holy Shock increasing the initial healing of your next Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory or Light of Dawn Icon Light of Dawn by 8%, stacking up to 4 times.

Holy Paladin received their fair share of changes with one of the most notable being the removal of the Daybreak Icon Daybreak cooldown, giving them fewer cooldowns to manage. However, both Hero Talents will fill that void, shifting some power back to Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath (which can be used as both an offensive or defensive cooldown and is now an even stronger cooldown). Overall, the new tier-set will add more healing throughput off-cooldowns, addressing a previous issue for the spec, while also increasing their damage profile. Sadly, there are no new changes for their Mythic+ toolkit, but everyone knows that Holy Paladin has one of the best party-wide utilities, strong defensiveness (even an immunity), and excellent mob-control. Overall, we expect them to be one of the best healers going into the first season of The War Within.

3.3.1.

Cons

Retribution Aura Icon Retribution Aura was removed from the game, so now you are forced to play Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura (which was standard for the higher level keys, but also provided a chance to boost your team's damage by running the offensive aura).

3.3.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura Permanent 3% group/raid-wide damage reduction aura.
Core Hammer of Justice Icon Hammer of Justice A powerful single-target 6 sec stun effect.
Core Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands Heals a member of your party/raid to full health.
Core Intercession Icon Intercession Combat-resurrection
Optional Blessing of Sacrifice Icon Blessing of Sacrifice Helps a single member of your raid in a critical situation. This can be further improved by talenting Sacrifice of the Just Icon Sacrifice of the Just.
Optional Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection Physical immunity, which can help you with some boss encounters.
Optional Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom Immunity to movement impairing effects.
Optional Repentance Icon Repentance / Blinding Light Icon Blinding Light You have the option between single-target crowd-control effect or a powerful mass AoE stop.
Optional Cleanse Toxins Icon Cleanse Toxins Removes all PoisonPoison and DiseaseDisease effects from the target.
Optional Turn Evil Icon Turn Evil Be able to fear any Undead, Aberration or Demon is an additional form of crowd control.
3.4.

Excellent Choice

3.5.

Mistweaver Monk

Patch 11.0 update: Mistweaver Monk received a ton of changes and talent tweaks for the The War Within expansion, followed by 2 brand-new Hero Talents - Conduit of the Celestials / Master of Harmony and a new tier-set. The 2-piece will increase the Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist and Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist healing by 10%, while the 4-piece enables Vivify Icon Vivify to extend the duration of Renewing Mist Icon Renewing Mist and Enveloping Mist Icon Enveloping Mist on its primary target by 2 sec, up to 4 sec.

Mistweaver Monk received not only massive changes in their spec-oriented talents but also some quality-of-life changes across the board (removal of Essence Font Icon Essence Font, etc). Its current HPS profile is amazing as it can easily tackle any given encounter in Mythic+ while contributing to the team with its great damage profile (yes, most of your damage still requires you to be in melee). All of this combined plays well with the strong utility package they offer, not only contributing to mob control but also being a "peel" for your tank in dangerous situations (Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace). They are also the only healer capable of providing the Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch debuff, which can significantly boost damage output if a melee-centric meta is being employed. As such, we are pleased with the current state of the Mistweaver Monk and although they are not the best, the spec is in a great position.

3.5.1.

Cons

Mistweaver Monk is still the only healer that does not have any external damage-reduction cooldown to help support your team.

3.5.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch 5% extra Physical damage for your raid.
Core Life Cocoon Icon Life Cocoon Apply a large absorb shield to a friendly target.
Core Revival Icon Revival Removes all Magical, PoisonPoison and DiseaseDisease effects on the entire party.
Core Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep 3 sec stun effect.
Optional Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust Removes all roots and snares.
Optional Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace It can be used to help your tank kite and as a AoE disturb effect.
Optional Detox Icon Detox Removes all PoisonPoison and DiseaseDisease effects from the target.
Optional Paralysis Icon Paralysis Single-target disturb effect.
3.6.

Restoration Shaman

Patch 11.0 update: Restoration Shaman received a complete rework, brand new raid-utility, two new Hero Talents choices - Farseer and Totemic, as well as a new tier-set. The 2-piece will enable Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves to increase the healing of affected spells by an additional 10%, while the 4-piece bonus makes Tidal Waves Icon Tidal Waves 80% more effective and reduces the mana cost of affected spells by 8%.

Restoration Shaman received an overhaul in the early stages of Beta testing for the upcoming The War Within expansion. Their healing has become much more efficient, with several options for topping up health bars swiftly while dealing damage, stronger spot-heal options, and better defensive/group-wide utility. Their new Hero Talents have significantly helped them close the gaps and elevate their playstyle compared to the previous expansion. If you are an avid Restoration Shaman fan, this will be the expansion to get back to it as it currently looks quite promising in terms of healing, damage, and rotation flow!

3.6.1.

Cons

No strong external-defensive cooldown outside of their long and powerful cooldown - Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem. Although it is a great choice when your team is stacked, a strong single-target damage-reduction spell (like Druid's Ironbark Icon Ironbark short cooldown) would be quite helpful.

3.6.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Skyfury Icon Skyfury -
Core Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust -
Core Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental A powerful elemental summon that helps you survive. It can also tank non-boss-enemies for you.
Core Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem Reduces damage taken to your party/raid within 10 yards of the totem by 10% and every 1 their health is redistributed evenly.
Optional Ancestral Vigor Icon Ancestral Vigor Allows for some of your core abilities to temporary increase your health by 10% for 10 sec.
Optional Earthen Wall Totem Icon Earthen Wall Totem Have a choice between a protective totem or a totem that allows you to reincarnate upon death and provides a temporary 10% increased health.
Optional Mana Tide Totem Icon Mana Tide Totem Increases Mana Regeneration to the whole party for a short time.
Optional Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem On-demand extra movement speed which can be further bolstered by Jet Stream Icon Jet Stream - removing all snares on all targets interaction with Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem (its like a massive Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom).
Optional Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance Provides extra off-healing to your party.
Optional Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem 3 sec AoE stun.
Optional Hex Icon Hex Single-target crowd-control ability.
Optional Cleanse Spirit Icon Cleanse Spirit Removes all CurseCurse effects from a friendly target.
Optional Purge Icon Purge Removing 1 beneficial Magic effect from an enemy.
Optional Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm AoE disturb effect that can either knock away or knock up (Thundershock Icon Thundershock).
Optional Poison Cleansing Totem Icon Poison Cleansing Totem Removes all poison effects on a nearby party member each 1.5 sec for 6 sec.
Optional Elemental Resistance Icon Elemental Resistance Small group-wide school of magic damage reduction.
3.7.

Holy Priest

Patch 11.0 update: Holy Priest received minimal changes since the onset of Beta testing. Like all specializations, they inherited two brand-new Hero Talents - Oracle / Archon and a new tier-set. The 2-piece bonus will enhance Serendipity Icon Serendipity by 10%, while the 4-piece bonus will grant Heal Icon Heal, Flash Heal Icon Flash Heal, and Prayer of Healing Icon Prayer of Healing a 50% chance to cast again at 35% effectiveness.

Holy Priest has undergone few changes throughout the initial Beta cycles, resulting in a rotation that remains largely unchanged. They maintain their competitive DPS and HPS profiles but continue to face the same limitations - low mobility and insufficient mob control. Additionally, they are one of the few healing specializations lacking an interrupt spell. However, it is noteworthy that this specialization is considered one of the "safer" healing options due to its reactive healing capabilities, which are adept at addressing any form of incoming or sustained HPS challenges, complemented by robust spot-healing. Overall, further adjustments are anticipated to more accurately evaluate the Holy Priest.

3.7.1.

Cons

Lack of an interrupt, exacerbating their already weak mob control capabilities. Deficient in strong mobility.

3.7.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit Provides a "Cheat-Death" to a chosen player.
Core Holy Word: Chastise Icon Holy Word: Chastise Single-targe disturb effect.
Core Symbol of Hope Icon Symbol of Hope Replenishes Mana and helps restore defensive cooldowns.
Core Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion You must always have Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess talented.
Core Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude A raid-wide 5% Stamina buff.
Core Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream AoE disturb effect.
Core Mind Soothe Icon Mind Soothe It reduces the range at which the target/s will attack you. Incredibly useful for trash mob skips. It can be used on multiple enemies.
Core Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel Incredible useful where Mass Dispelling is needed.
Optional Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace Extra off-healing.
Optional Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith Helps with repositioning.
Optional Dominate Mind Icon Dominate Mind Mindcontrols an enemy, allowing you to simultaneously execute your rotation while having full control over them and their abilities.
Optional Shackle Undead Icon Shackle Undead Crowd-controls a undead target for 50 sec.
Optional Purify Disease Icon Purify Disease On top of Dispel Magic Icon Dispel Magic you will be able to further bolster it by allowing the spell to remove 1 DiseaseDisease on a friendly target.
3.8.

Decent

3.9.

Preservation Evoker

Patch 11.0 update: Preservation Evoker received massive changes leading to the The War Within expansion, followed by 2 brand-new Hero Talents - Flameshaper / Chronowarden and a new tier-set. The 2-piece bonus increases Reversion Icon Reversion's healing by 10% and it has a 50% chance to grant 1 additional stack of Temporal Compression Icon Temporal Compression. In addition, the 4-p allows for Temporal Compression Icon Temporal Compression to increase the healing of your next empowered spell by 10% per stack.

Preservation Evoker still has the shortest offensive and defensive ability range among all healers, which is a massive issue. Their performing has not been impressive at all, following the rounds of Beta testing. With that in mind, their HPS profile is still their strongest asses, paired with decent DPS. Both Hero Talents offer additional utility, adding flavor to the specialization as a whole, along with the Spatial Paradox Icon Spatial Paradox ability being moved to the general Evoker tree. Overall, they do not stand out as the best healing option for Mythic+, and are one of the least preferred one. Further tuning will determine their spot, but we would like to keep a positive mindset.

3.9.1.

Cons

They struggle to heal when the group is not stacked, which can be problematic with several ranged DPS or uncoordinated groups. In addition, although their utility and mob control are great, they still suffer from a lack of fully ranged abilities, which can be crucial in tough moments.

3.9.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Blessing of the Bronze Icon Blessing of the Bronze -
Core Tail Swipe Icon Tail Swipe AoE disturb effect that knocks up enemies.
Core Wing Buffet Icon Wing Buffet AoE knockback effect.
Core Expunge Icon Expunge Removing all PoisonPoison effects from an ally.
Core Rewind Icon Rewind Rewinds 33% of damage taken in the last 5 sec by all allies.
Core Time Dilation Icon Time Dilation It causes 50% of damage your ally takes to be instead dealt over 8 sec.
Optional Sleep Walk Icon Sleep Walk Single-target crowd-control effect that forces the enemy to move towards you.
Optional Source of Magic Icon Source of Magic Can be further bolstered by Potent Mana Icon Potent Mana
Optional Oppressing Roar Icon Oppressing Roar Increasing the duration of all crowd-control effects on the affected enemies by 50%. You can further talent into Overawe Icon Overawe, removing 1 Enrage effect from each enemy (AoE Enrage Removal).
Optional Spatial Paradox Icon Spatial Paradox It enables your Healer of choice to move freely while casting and increasing the range of most spells by 100% for 11 sec.
Optional Terror of the Skies Icon Terror of the Skies After using Breath of Eons Icon Breath of Eons, you will stun all enemies by 3 sec affected by your breath.
Optional Zephyr Icon Zephyr Area-of-effect damage reduction (party only).
Optional Cauterizing Flame Icon Cauterizing Flame BleedBleed removal
Optional Rescue Icon Rescue You can further bolster it with Twin Guardian Icon Twin Guardian talent for extra durability.
3.10.

Underperforming

3.11.

Discipline Priest

Patch 11.0 update: Discipline Priest received barely any changes since the start of Beta testing and, like every specialization so far, inherited two new Hero Talents - Oracle / Voidweaver and a new tier set. The 2-piece bonus increases Atonement Icon Atonement healing by 5%, while the 4-piece bonus enables Smite Icon Smite and Penance Icon Penance to increase the damage of your next Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast by 25% or the absorb amount of your next Power Word: Shield Icon Power Word: Shield by 15%, stacking up to 3 times.

There have not been any major changes in how Discipline Priest plays, nor any significant talent overhauls. Their Mythic+ performance continues to be poor, although they have one of the strongest external-utility packages among any healing specialization. Mobility and durability remain ongoing issues, as well as being one of the only healers in the game without an interrupt. This can specifically harm their already weak mob control further, especially as Season 1 is shaping up to be full of dangerous caster mobs. Overall, we expect further changes before forming a final opinion on Discipline Priest.

3.11.1.

Cons

The biggest disadvantage of playing Discipline Priest is that high-mobility encounters might significantly impact your DPS/HPS profile. Having dungeon knowledge can help you with decision-making on when to greed globals, but it is ultimately an issue. Additionally, being one of the only healing specializations without an interrupt harms their already weak mob control even further.

3.11.2.

Utility package

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Pain Suppression Icon Pain Suppression External-defensive cooldown applied to a chosen target for 40% effectiveness.
Core Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier Summons a barrier reducing the damage taken by all allies within the area with 20%.
Core Rapture Icon Rapture -
Core Power Infusion Icon Power Infusion You must always have Twins of the Sun Priestess Icon Twins of the Sun Priestess talented.
Core Power Word: Fortitude Icon Power Word: Fortitude A raid-wide 5% Stamina buff.
Core Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream AoE disturb effect.
Core Mind Soothe Icon Mind Soothe It reduces the range at which the target/s will attack you. Incredibly useful for trash mob skips. It can be used on multiple enemies.
Core Mass Dispel Icon Mass Dispel Incredible useful where Mass Dispelling is needed.
Optional Vampiric Embrace Icon Vampiric Embrace Extra off-healing.
Optional Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith Helps with repositioning.
Optional Dominate Mind Icon Dominate Mind Mindcontrols an enemy, allowing you to simultaneously execute your rotation while having full control over them and their abilities.
Optional Shackle Undead Icon Shackle Undead Crowd-controls a undead target for 50 sec.
Optional Purify Disease Icon Purify Disease On top of Dispel Magic Icon Dispel Magic you will be able to further bolster it by allowing the spell to remove 1 DiseaseDisease on a friendly target.
4.

Changelog

  • 14 Jul. 2024: Update #2 of the progressive Beta TWW tierlist.
  • 07 Jul. 2024: Update #1 of the progressive Beta TWW tierlist.
  • 29 Oct. 2023: New round of changes after the most recent PTR Build.
  • 22 Oct. 2023: Second round of updates after the most recent PTR changes.
  • 15 Oct. 2023: Page added.
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