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Sepulcher of the First Ones Mythic and Heroic DPS Log Rankings, Week 10: Destruction Analysis

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We have some changes to the rankings after last week’s class tuning that saw 6 classes get buffed, but the very top remained the same. We’re also taking a more detailed look at why Destruction is dominating the Mythic rankings, as our class w…


We have some changes to the rankings after last week's class tuning that saw 6 classes get buffed, but the very top remained the same. We're also taking a more detailed look at why Destruction is dominating the Mythic rankings, as our class writer Motoko explains ahead of our switch to Mythic as the focus next week.


95th Percentile

The top 3 is very solid and has remained the same, as predicted, with Survival dropping off ever so slightly. Balance is back with a vengeance this week as both it and Shadow push Enhancement out of the way, and Destruction is slowly rising here in Heroic as well, as it inches 2 spots up. Frost Mage pushes Fire aside by the slightest of margins to take the final top 10 spot, as we see Retribuition drop a few spots. The class tuning hasn't really had a significant effect yet, as Affliction, Beast Mastery and Outlaw remain at the bottom, and Arms and Windwalker aren't doing much better either.

95th percentile Heroic data by Warcraft Logs.

All Percentiles

We have a change in the top 3 in the generalist bracket, as Frost DKs take Demonology down, and Survival remains on top. Enhancement actually moves up here as it reclaims the No.4 spot from Shadow, and Unholy moves 1 up into 9th, with Subtlety closing out the top 10. Arms does get a big boost from the tuning buff here, unlike the other specs, with a 5 spot leap making it join Fury around the middle of the pack.

All percentiles Heroic data by Warcraft Logs.

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No surprises here as Destruction is destroying the charts once again, so let's see why as our class guide writer Motoko explains:

Destruction rise to dominance should be of no surprise, but in reality is a consequence of a severe underestimation. A spec originally tuned to be average at best in single target but with a great and versatile toolkit, whose only glaring shortcoming is mobility, has been for long limited by very mediocre legendaries and a talent setup reliant on overloaded skills such as Cataclysm.

Patch 9.2 introduced tier sets, among other power creep systems, which in the case of Destruction enables an almost exhilarating gameplay loop (thanks to the increased shard flow) and most importantly breaks the mold on talent selection.

The negative aspect? It is overtuned. By a sizeable margin (coincidentally similar to the welfare flat 5% aura buff received, although one might say baseline the spec sort of needed it). It is yet another reminder how altering shard generation can skyrocket Destruction performance (similarly to what happened with Essences in BfA). Now the raid obviously has very favorable fights (and bugged interactions in the case of Rygelon and spammable Kyrian's Scouring Tithe Scouring Tithe), where Destruction leaves everyone else in the dust, but it should be noted that these occasions stem from situations with multiple targets and/or way to generate additional resources, otherwise fights like Halondrus are the spec worst scenario.

While we have the same classes in the top here as in Heroic, it's a different Warlock spec on top as Destro continues to dominate, thanks in large part to Rygelon as noted above. Demo isn't too far behind, however, as it sits in 4th and is just waiting for its chance. Unholy DKs are making a GIANT move up this week, from a 3rd to last spot the last time we looked to No.6! We'll be focusing more on Mythic next week, as we flip the rankings and focus on the maximum difficulty instead.

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All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.


As always, if you want even more info on a spec, you can check out our class guides here, for a DPS tier list you can go here, or for even more data, head on over to Warcraft Logs. You can also check out our Sepulcher raid guides.

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