Mythic+ Tank Rankings: A Tier List for Dragonflight (Patch 10.2.6. / Season 4)

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 14:37 by Petko 40 comments

From the weakest to the strongest tank specialization, each provide unique character distinction and add value toward shaping the Season 4 "meta" of Mythic+ in Dragonflight. The Tank specialization rankings provided for Dragonflight's Season 4 of Mythic+ are based on pure tanking strength and group-added-value such as utility, survivability, mobility, damage and self-sustain.

This list will be updated as new tuning and class changes come out over the course of the season.

1.

About the Tier List

This tier list is NOT FINAL; it will change and will be updated as often as necessary prior and during Mythic+. There are often moments of tier set and class tuning, as well as talent changes and secondary stat scaling that will impact the placement of the specs.

I am Petko, a competitive Mythic+ player, known to be pushing the boundaries of High Mythic+ with several World first and Europe first rankings among past seasons on multiple classes. I have worked hard on preparing for Season 4 of Dragonflight, spending numerous hours per day examining each and every class and spec in a dungeon environment on PTR. This Tier list will continue to be updated as much as it requires over the course of Dragonflight and it will also focus on what the "meta" will look like as it stabilizes. Along the way, this Tier list will also be supported by various professional Mythic+ players with high credibility in the community, theorycrafters across all specializations, and my own empirical evidence.

To begin with, this Tier list will exclusively focus on the fourth Season of Mythic+ in Dragonflight. There will be no Warcraft Logs rankings added nor simulation data for the majority of the classes and specs. As a result, this 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 representatives of the class in the community. Moreover, this Tier list will take into consideration every impactful class change and tier set tuning before and after the start of the season.

It is important to note that opinions might vary and that is completely okay, but remember to be respectful when providing feedback as the sole purpose of this tier list is to help the WoW community with their choice of main or alt each season.

This tier list is entirely based on several factors, such as tank durability, group composition synergy, mobility, damage profile, self-sustain and external party-wide cooldowns.

1.1.

A Final Warning

2.

Tank Tier List for Season 4 of Mythic+ in Dragonflight

Below, you can find the full rankings for Tank specializations in Dragonflight 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.

  1. Vengeance Demon Hunter (S+Tier)
  2. Protection Paladin (A-Tier)
  3. Guardian Druid (A-Tier)
  4. Protection Warrior (B-Tier)
  5. Blood Death Knight (C-Tier)
  6. Brewmaster Monk (C-Tier)
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2.1.

DPS and Healer Class Rankings

If you are interested in our other rankings for Mythic+ in in Dragonflight, Season 4, please click the links below.

3.

Full Tank Class Rankings

3.1.

S+Tier

3.1.1.

Vengeance Demon Hunter

Patch 10.2.7 update: Vengeance Demon Hunter received minor damage and utility nerf in the upcoming patch, but not enough to place them anywhere lower on the tier-list. The combination of Vengeance Demon Hunter's strong survivability and great utility make Vengeance Demon Hunter the best tank option for Mythic+ in Season 4. In addition, since magical damage dealers are considered "meta," Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand provides a noticeable damage boost for the entire group, meaning having a Demon Hunter is even more needed. At last, remember that one of the biggest disadvantages of having caster-orientated groups are interrupts and mob control, in which Vengeance Demon Hunter is the best at - 2x Sigil of Chains Icon Sigil of Chains, 2x Sigil of Misery Icon Sigil of Misery, 2x Sigil of Silence Icon Sigil of Silence, Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova, etc. is just part of their incredible toolkit. Overall, the best tank choice so far across all key levels. and most importantly, the most pug-friendly option.

3.1.2.

Cons

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3.1.3.

Mythic+ Utility

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Chaos Brand Icon Chaos Brand 5% extra Magical damage
Core Darkness Icon Darkness % chance to avoid all damage from an attack.
Core Sigil of Silence Icon Sigil of Silence Silences all enemies affected by the Sigil for a short period of time.
Optional Sigil of Chains Icon Sigil of Chains All enemies affected by the Sigil are pulled to its center and snared.
Optional Chaos Nova Icon Chaos Nova AoE stun effect.
Optional Imprison Icon Imprison Single-target out of combat crowd-control.
Optional Consume Magic Icon Consume Magic Remove 1 beneficial Magic effect.
Optional Sigil of Misery Icon Sigil of Misery AoE disturb effect.
3.2.

A-Tier

3.2.1.

Protection Paladin

Patch 10.2.7 update: Protection Paladin received a buff to their "old-new" tier-set, from Season 1, which will be played in the next season. Protection Paladin will still remain one of the strongest tank specializations for Season 4. It boasts an impressive damage profile and unmatched group-wide utility, making it a highly sought-after choice. Additionally, its durability has improved since the last seasons, which is one of the most important details for every tank. Moreover, this specialization is one of the few tanks with exceptional off-healing abilities, making it a valuable asset when fulfilling extreme HPS Mythic+ requirements.

3.2.2.

Cons

Playing around Consecration Icon Consecration is simply an underlying issue that has been going on for a while for Protection Paladin.

3.2.3.

Mythic+ Utility

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield Extra interrupt option that has a follow-up silence effect.
Core Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura Permanent 3% group/raid-wide damage reduction aura.
Core Retribution Aura Icon Retribution Aura In case you already have Devotion Aura Icon Devotion Aura from another Paladin, you can choose the Retribution Aura Icon Retribution Aura to help your party/raid do more Damage and Healing.
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 Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding Granting magical damage immunity for 10 sec on a chosen ally.
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, which is an additional form of crowd control.
3.2.4.

Guardian Druid

Patch 10.2.7 update: Guardian Druid received no changes in Season 4, outside of getting their Season 2 tier-set back. Guardian Druid will return to its "old-new" tier set, which immensely improves their performance from the previous season. With that in mind, we believe that their damage profile and durability will improve, while also keeping their amazing party-wide utility unchanged. Good days are coming for Guardian Druids and we are excited to see them perform in the last season of Dragonflight.

3.2.5.

Cons

The tanks placed above Guardian Druid have some unique specifics (better damage, more durability, better utility, etc) better than you in the Season 4 of Mythic+.

3.2.6.

Mythic+ Utility

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.
Optional After the Wildfire Icon After the Wildfire 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. It also works on Incorporeal Icon Incorporeal.
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.

B-Tier

3.3.1.

Protection Warrior

Patch 10.2.7 update: Protection Warrior received massive buffs leading to the next pack, with a much better damage profile, as well as durability. Protection Warrior will be a great choice tank for the upcoming season. Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection is proving to be a useful tool in the Season 4 dungeon pool, effectively speeding up some of the instances. Overall, Protection Warrior's biggest asset is durability, which is the most desirable feature among tanks, but currently lacks the capabilities in every other detail, compared to the rest of the tank specs. At last, with the most recent damage buffs, their damage profile will now be much more competitive, bringing to closer to the top-tier tanks.

3.3.2.

Cons

As always, Protection Warriors may suffer if anything cannot be blocked or reflected. Although their utility has never been considered the best, they make up for it with their raw power in terms of damage and survivability.

3.3.3.

Mythic+ Utility

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry Temporary increasing the health of your raid/party.
Core Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout Extra 5% attack power.
Optional Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection Usable in niche situations.
Optional Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout AoE disturb effect capped at 5 targets.
Optional Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt 4 sec single-target stun.
Optional Shockwave Icon Shockwave AoE Stun
3.4.

C-Tier

3.4.1.

Blood Death Knight

Patch 10.2.7 update: Blood Death Knight received a buff to their "old-new" tier-set, from Season 2, which will be played in the next season. Blood Death Knight will enter Season 4, with a mediocre damage profile and not-so-impressive survivability, compared to the rest of the tank specializations. Their group-wide utility covers niche spots within your group, but it is yet not considered a top tier. The good part is that you can sync well with any other classes/specs and you still hold great mob control.

3.4.2.

Cons

Although the spec plays decent in the current season of Mythic+, the tanks above you are better in particular game areas, such as: better mob control, better utility, better endurance or simply more raw output.

3.4.3.

Mythic+ Utility

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone Provides extra durability against heavy magical damage.
Core Death Grip Icon Death Grip Repositions an enemy of your choice.
Core Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally Combat-resurrection.
Optional Abomination Limb Icon Abomination Limb Every 1 sec an enemy is pulled close to you.
Optional Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp Mass-grip.
Optional Insidious Chill Icon Insidious Chill Reduces the auto-attack speed of your target by 5% stacking up 4 times.
Optional Control Undead Icon Control Undead Mind-control an undead enemy to fight on your side. This ability can also Mind-control Incorporeal Icon Incorporeal (similar to Priest's Dominate Mind Icon Dominate Mind) to gain the full benefit of the affix.
Optional Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate 5 sec single-target stun.
3.4.4.

Brewmaster Monk

Patch 10.2.7 update: Brewmaster Monk received a substantial damage nerf which will impact their tier-list placement. In addition, their Stagger Icon Stagger effectiveness will be much more durable against magical attacks, which was always a weak area of theirs. Brewmaster Monk spec will remain relatively squishy compared to other tank classes. However, their damage output is one of the highest, in the game, which makes them a great fit for lower to mid-level keys. Just keep in mind as you progress through higher-level keys, you may encounter more survivability issues. Overall, the utility package of Brewmaster Monk is great, providing all the necessary tools to tackle any issue in Mythic+. Whether or not the Brewmaster Monk will become a competitive spec or remain in a mediocre state will depend on further Season 4 tuning.

3.4.5.

Cons

The only way this spec can improve rankings is by further buffs on behalf of their survivability.

3.4.6.

Mythic+ Utility

Functionality Spells Notes
Core Mystic Touch Icon Mystic Touch 5% extra Physical damage for your raid.
Core Generous Pour Icon Generous Pour Extra damage reduction against area-of-effect damage.
Core Close to Heart Icon Close to Heart Increased healing from all sources for all allies within 10 yards.
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.
4.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed and update dfor 10.2.7 Patch.
  • 23 Apr. 2024: Reviewed and updated for Season 4.
  • 25 Mar. 2024: Reviewed and updated for 10.2.6 Patch.
  • 12 Mar. 2024: No changes needed.
  • 28 Jan. 2024: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed and updated for 10.2.5 Patch.
  • 18 Dec. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 04 Dec. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 12 Nov. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 05 Nov. 2023: Reviewed and Updated for 10.2 Patch.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed and Updated for 10.1.7 Patch.
  • 22 Aug. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 09 Aug. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 25 Jul. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent class hotfix.
  • 17 Jul. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the 10.1.5 Patch.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the 10.1.5 Patch.
  • 27 Jun. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent hotfixes.
  • 06 Jun. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent hotfixes.
  • 23 May 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent Patch.
  • 07 May 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent hotfixes.
  • 01 May 2023: Fully Updated for Season 2 of Dragonflight.
  • 21 Mar. 2023: Updated based on the most recent changes for 10.0.7. Patch.
  • 04 Mar. 2023: Further Adjustments based .
  • 14 Feb. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the most recent Patch.
  • 25 Jan. 2023: Further Adjustments based on the upcoming 10.0.5 Patch.
  • 21 Dec. 2022: Further Adjustments based on the latest class changes.
  • 18 Nov. 2022: Updated with the initial iteration for Season 1 of Dragonflight.
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