Mythic+ Healer Rankings: A Tier List for Shadowlands
From the strongest to the weakest class and specialization, each provide unique character distinction, adding value towards shaping the Seasonal "meta" of Mythic+. The Healer specialization rankings provided for Shadowlands's first Season of Mythic+ are based on pure healing strength and group-added value such as utilities, survivability, mobility and self-sustain.
This list will be updated as new tuning and class changes come out leading up to the release of Shadowlands.
About the Tier List
The tier list is NOT FINAL, it will change and will be updated as often as necessary, there are daily/weekly covenant and class tuning as that will impact the placing of the specs.
I am Petko, a competitive mythic + player and a team captain of "The Boys", most recently MDI summer finalist. More known to be pushing the boundaries of High Mythic + with several World first and Europe rankings among the seasons on a multiple classes. I have been working hard on preparing for the Season 1 of Shadowlands, spending tons of hours per day examining each and every class and spec in dungeon environment. The Tier list will continue to update as much as it requires before and after the release of Shadowlands and it will also focus on what the "meta" will look like, once it stabilizes. Along the way, this Tier list will also be supported by various professional Mythic+ players with high credibility in the community.
To begin with, this Tier list will primarily focus on the first Season of Mythic+ in Shadowlands. At the beginning, there will be also no Warcraft Logs rankings added nor simulation data for the majority of the classes and specs. As a result, the Tier list will be solely based on empirical evidence of the current state of the classes' performance in Mythic+ from my own point of view and the point of view of the group of players testing those classes, who are among the best representative of the class in the community. Moreover, the Tier list will take into consideration every impactful class change and Covenant tuning.
This tier list is entirely based on healer performance in Mythic+. The factors that are considered are HPS and DPS output, external cooldowns, utility, and mobility.
A Final Warning
It is important to understand that this Tier list is NOT permanent and it will be due to change with the upcoming changes and tunings prior to the release of the expansion. I have always advocated on "bring the player, not the class motto" meaning, value the player skill more than the class itself. This Tier list should NOT discourage you to play whatever you enjoy the most, as I have always been playing "off-meta" classes and happened to have really good results in an actual Mythic+ environment. The list will be updated as much as it requires and if something is under-performing now, it could become meta due to a hotfix, as well as the opposite.
Healer Tier List for Shadowlands Season 1 of Mythic+
Below you can find the full rankings for Healers slots in Shadowlands Mythic+. We encourage you to further read and understand why some classes are placed lower or higher than expected, with several factors taken into consideration.
Work in progress Last update on Oct 24, 2020
DPS and Tank Class Rankings
If you are interested in our other rankings for Mythic+ in Shadowlands, please click the links below.
Full Healer Class Rankings
Restoration Druid are Currently the best performing healers in Shadowlands with the highest raw damage output due to the combination of Convoke the Spirits and Heart of the Wild. Restoration Druid's utility is also the best compared to the rest of the healers providing Ursol's Vortex, Cyclone, Soothe and Stampeding Roar. Restoration Druid's external cooldown Ironbark is among the shortest external cooldowns in the healer scene making it extremely effective. Their ability to sustain group HPS while doing damage is what really make them stand out. Moreover, Restoration Druids are the most mobile healers in Shadowlands and the only healing spec with combat resurrection ( Rebirth). They have great passive mitigation and possess one of the shortest defensive personal cooldowns with Barkskin.
With the current state of Discipline Priest, its HPS and DPS values are not enough to put the spec into S-tier, which leaves the spec into the second best healer spot. Discipline Priest provides the best external party cooldowns in the Mythic+ scene with Pain Suppression and Power Word: Barrier, making it perfect to heal Prideful while maintaining high DPS. The overall output of Discipline Priest falls shortly behind Restoration Druids, but their amazing toolkit compensate for it. They also carry Power Word: Fortitude altogether with Power Infusion which can directly benefit the DPS players in the group. Moreover, Priest is the only class that can get rid of the Bursting affix by using Mass Dispel, which makes them extremely valuable.
Discipline Priest's main disadvantage is raw healing output in a dungeon format. While they are a quite versatile spec, with high mobility and damage output, Discipline Priests have trouble sustaining continues high HPS due to the high cooldown dependent playstyle.
Restoration Shaman's biggest weakness in BfA was its damage output and lack of external cooldowns for the party. In addition, Blizzard have not changed the core build of the spec for Shadowlands and the only "external" cooldown is still Spirit Link Totem. Restoration Shaman is the best spec at coming back from a critical situation, or healing very high consistent damage as long as the targets are close to each other. Its main healing weakness comes from the party members being spread, making Chain Heal and Healing Rain less valuable. Restoration Shamans are the only healer with an interrupt ( Wind Shear) and an ability to self-resurrect upon death ( Reincarnation). Overall, it is a great spec with competitive damage output and HPS among the best. The lack of strong external cooldowns and low mobility (once Spiritwalker's Grace is on cooldown) prevents the spec from making it into A-Tier, but is nonetheless a solid B-Tier contender.
October 23 update: The recent buffs to Mistweaver Monk's conduits Nourishing Chi, Resplendent Mist, and Rising Sun Revival offer the possibility for new builds and conduit choices to appear. In addition, the buffs further increase the spec's overall HPS but does NOT address the spec's core weakness in Mythic+: damage output.
Mistweaver Monks provides one of the highest raw HPS output out of any healer currently in Shadowlands. Their "spot" healing is among the best, but with a cost of a significantly lower damage output compared to the rest of the healing classes. Another disadvantage of the spec is having no external cooldowns to provide to the party, other than Life Cocoon and no damage reduction abilities to help through hard encounters, making it a less viable pick. Moreover, they do provide Mystic Touch, which increases party physical damage done by 5% but outside of this, there is no significant DPS bump they could offer. Mistweaver Monk have great utilities such as Tiger's Lust, Leg Sweep and Ring of Peace. They have great mobility in the face of Roll and Transcendence, as well as, in combat CC from Paralysis. Mistweaver monk will be a decent choice for any group with heavy melee composition that can benefit the most from Mystic Touch.
October 8 update:Holy Paladin received a notable cooldown reduction to their Holy Shock moving from 8 seconds to 6.5 seconds. This change alone will not place the spec anywhere higher but it will directly impact their raw healing and damage contribution.
Holy paladin are notorious for having one of the best late game scaling with secondary stats in the healing scene. This means that the spec will improve as the season goes on and better gear becomes available. Their main disadvantage comes from the lack of healing output during the downtime of their cooldowns, making it extremely hard to heal any heavy incoming damage without any preparation. Another disadvantage is low-mobility outside of Divine Steed. Finally, being a melee healer can significantly make some encounters harder.
Holy Paladins do have great damage output thanks to Avenging Wrath and are also the only healer with an immunity ( Divine Shield). Their toolkit is also great and have several external cooldowns for the party such as Aura Mastery, Blessing of Sacrifice, and Blessing of Protection. Moreover, Holy Paladins have passive party mitigation from Devotion Aura.
October 8 update:Holy Priest received a major flat 5% buff to their healing toolkit. This change alone will make some heavy HPS hungry fights easier, but it will not change the current placing of the spec. Its major disadvantage comes from low damage output throughout the dungeon, which is yet to be addressed, to put the spec anywhere higher.
The main strength of Holy Priest comes from their high healing output in heavy HPS encounters. The spec also has the ability to cast spells upon death through Spirit of Redemption, a feature exclusive to Holy priest. Moreover, Holy Priest provides several useful tools and group utilities such as: Holy Word: Chastise, Mass Dispel, Power Infusion, and Leap of Faith. In addition, Mind Soothe can sometimes be a deciding factor, if you decide to skip a pack without getting in combat. Holy Priest also provides the party with Guardian Spirit, an external cooldown, which can be used as a "cheat-death" by the targeted. The spec can further excel by providing Purify, a purge ability and Censure, an optional single-target stun. Finally, Priest is the only class that can get rid of the Bursting affix by using Mass Dispel, which makes them extremely valuable.
Holy Priest is the weakest healer compared to the rest of the list, they provide significantly less damage output compared to the rest of the healing specializations and classes. Outside of low damage output, Holy Priest also has no other external cooldowns for the party, except for Guardian Spirit. Furthermore, the spec's mobility is not very good, further justifying its placing under B-Tier, in the last position.
- 24 Oct. 2020: New round of class, spell and conduit changes based on the most recent Beta Build (36294)
- 12 Oct. 2020: Second round of updates based on continued Discord feedback.
- 08 Oct. 2020: First round of updates based on 36165 Beta Build.
- 08 Oct. 2020: Holy Priest and Holy Paladin changes.
- 07 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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