DPS rankings are always an exciting thing in WoW. They are not set in stone. With the release of the new World of Warcraft: Dragonflight expansion, the cards are being reshuffled. 

We can only guess which damage classes will come out on top with the Dragonflight expansion. Nevertheless, those talent specializations are already emerging that make some classes particularly good at dealing damage in World of Warcraft. The subdivision into the five groups from S-Tier (best DPS classes in WoW) to D-Tier (worst damage dealer) remains - now you only have to make the classification. 

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight resets everything

The predicted DPS ranking for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is already full of surprises. Expected top damage dealers could include classes you wouldn't expect at the top. On the other hand, the numerous changes to the talent trees and abilities ensure that supposedly damage beasts end up on the lower ranks. 

The basis for the current DPS ranking in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is the current design of the talents and synergies. Overall, there is still too little relevant data to create an actual ranking of the best damage dealers in the new expansion. So these are predictions based on the current performance of the class specializations. Is the list correct? You will find out at the latest with the start of the first raid phase in December. 

Based on the talent adjustments, the specializations of the classes can still be divided at least fundamentally in terms of their damage performance. In turn, we use this for the positions in the damage rankings for the start of the expansion. There will probably be numerous changes with the release - or even before - that will then affect the DPS ranking and the list of the best damage classes in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. 

 WoW: Dragonflight – DPS Ranking


S Tier:
Windwalker Monk, Balance Druid, Frost Death Knight

A Tier: Beastmaster Hunter, Vengeance Paladin, Enhancement Shaman, Fire Mage

B Tier: Backstab Rogue, Outlaw Rogue, Affliction Sorcerer, Devastation Demon Hunter, Fury Warrior, Shadow Priest, Demonology Sorcerer, Elemental Shaman

C tier: Survival Hunter, Frost Mage, Arms Warrior, Unholy Death Knight, Arcane Mage, Subtlety Rogue, Destruction Sorcerer

D tier: Marksmanship Hunter, Feral Druid, Devastation Caller

In particular, the divisions in the S tier area seem to be set for the start of the new expansion, despite the lack of data. The Windwalker Monk, the Balance Druid and the Frost Death Knight are among the best damage classes in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. The Windrunner already came out on top in Shadowlands Season XNUMX, and that's unlikely to change in Dragonflight. 

The main reason for this is that the basic mechanics of the windwalker-monks will work as well as before when the expansion starts. Possibly even better, because the gameplay should increase significantly in terms of speed. The Windwalker dominates in AoE situations in particular, so the specialization should prove to be the right choice again in Mythic+. In addition, there are smaller buffs for individual damage with the new expansion. 

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Also one of the best damage distributors in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is expected to be the Balance-Druid fix. The specialization has undergone enormous improvements and is currently one of the top damage dealers in the pre-patch. Burst damage and area damage are convincing, not least because of some strong synergies.

Not to be underestimated are the Frost-death knight. They will also be in the upper range for the best damage classes in WoW. Find Dragonflight again. The core gameplay hasn't changed much compared to Shadowlands. With the new talent trees, however, you can now convert much more efficient combinations into damage numbers depending on the situation. Breath of Sindragosa could prove pivotal and provide a heavy damage boost. 

There is a little surprise in the A tier: The beast mastery-Hunter just barely misses the top tier, so it should be one of the best damage specializations at the start of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. The damage on the move is particularly helpful, allowing the Beast Mastery hunter to fire at the enemy at an almost constant level. Because this also increases the chances of survival, this hunter spec will also prove to be enormously helpful in raids and in Mythic+. The basic playstyle hasn't changed compared to Shadowlands, so the damage dealt remains high.

Even more surprising is the placement of the melee paladin. Of the retribution is often more in the middle, but has now undergone numerous improvements compared to Shadowlands. The "Retri" should undoubtedly belong to the best damage classes, at least at the start of the new WoW expansions. Accordingly, he finds himself high up in the predicted DPS ranking of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. Significantly better AoE damage and a similar level of single-target damage to Shadowlands mean that the paladin has a significant buff overall in melee combat. In relation to Mythic+ in particular, the Retaliator should be more than competitive. Add to that the strong support abilities for the whole group, which make the Retribution Paladin an extremely strong fighter that should have a place in dungeon runs and raids. 

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The Evokers have two specializations - one for damage and one for healing. Image: Blizzard

The conclusion is similar for Amplifier Shaman out. It ranks behind the Retribution Paladin, has also seen major improvements in area damage, and also brings useful support skills with it. It is particularly exciting that the amplifier shaman will be unusually flexible in the allocation of talent points. Many paths lead to top damage here. 

The last place in the A tier, i.e. the second best segment of the damage class, falls to him Fire Mage to. Not much has changed compared to Shadowlands: the AoE damage remains high, and the mastery also ensures that the single target potential remains high. In addition, the magician scores overall for a survival skill. 

Starting with the B-Tiers you will find the specializations of warlocks or rogues, warriors and shadow priests also have to be content with good, but not outstanding damage. It could be comparatively bad for the wildness druid and the marksmanship hunter - and the new damage specialization of the Evoker class (devastation) does not seem to be one of the best damage dealers in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. This is mainly due to the currently inconsistent damage output of the specialization. In addition, the range between top skills and real non-starters is pretty wide. But that's probably not set in stone. There could still be some changes before the release of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. 

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