Analysis of Shadowlands DPS in Mythic Sanctum of Domination - Weeks of August 24th and August 31st
Today we will take a look at the DPS balance in Sanctum of Domination, based on data from the weeks of August 24th and August 31st. For this analysis we will use data provided by
Warcraft Logs Mythic Sanctum of Domination statistics
Warcraft Logs' Sanctum of Domination Statistics Page
Disclaimers and Source
The data for this article was taken from the
Sanctum of Domination Statistics Page on Warcraft Logs
under the Shadowlands Patch 9.1 partition for Mythic difficulty in the weeks of August 24th and August 31st. This time around we will be looking at data for the 95th percentile, plus showing the overall results to paint a better picture.
The idea of this article is to give a perspective of the state of class balance for Sanctum of Domination in Shadowlands Season 2, looking at the data of the most recent week in the raid.
We say perspective, as there are inherent biases in looking at the data this way.
Specs that are considered underpowered are generally played less and tend to appear weaker than they actually are.
This happens as many performance-oriented players will tend to play the strongest spec or class, increasing even further the gap between top and bottom specs.
Position of specs for the 95th percentile might be skewed by alternative strategies and parse funneling. For that, we're including the chart showing the result for all percentiles to paint a better picture for all specs.
DPS Rankings in Shadowlands Season 2 - Mythic Sanctum of Domination Weeks of August 24th and August 31st
95th Percentile Statistics
Spec and Class
Frost Death Knight
Havoc Demon Hunter
Beast Mastery Hunter
Unholy Death Knight
Spec Analysis for Weeks of August 24th and August 31st
For this week of Sanctum of Domination, we've invited our Demonology Warlock and Windwalker Monk writers to help contextualize their spec's position in statistics.
About the Author
I am known around these parts of the internet by my in-game name of
. I have been playing a Warlock since the start of Cataclysm and have not really deviated from it since. Over the years I became more involved in theorycrafting to the point of developing and maintaining a resource dedicated to all Warlocks,
Lock One Stop Shop
You can catch me online on
With the raid being cleared by all specs of every shape and size we are still seeing Demonology at or near the top of rankings. Most of the reasons why that is the case are still relevant even from way back before the raid released; the one minute damage cycle of Demonology fits in extremely well on basically all encounters, especially since there has tended to be a number of situations where stopping DPS and bursting is relevant.
As previously suspected with boss kills getting shorter and each cooldown cycle being more impactful we are still able to reap the benefit of
reducing the cooldown of
and pairing extremely well with
, especially with the increased item level available on it.
Demonology is the predominant Warlock spec to play on all but two bosses Sanctum of Domination (Soulrender Dormazain and Kel'thuzad) because of the impactful cooldown cycle available to you basically on demand. Most groups continue going the route of buffing us through the use of
to even further buff
as much as possible. Power Infusion stacked with the on use effect of
makes the Demonic Tyrant dish out very high crit rate at a very quick pace.
The caveat for Demonology to do this well in damage and that is of course
. If you aren't getting this buff for your raid you will see a significant drop off in your overall damage making Demonology a somewhat less desirable spec to play, however it is still more than viable. Your damage goes from through the roof powerful to more of a middle of the pack situation without Power Infusion. At which point playing Demonology is essentially the same as playing Destruction or Affliction without external buffs as well.
About the Author
This comment was written by Babylonius; former moderator on MMO-Champion; current owner and administrator of the
PeakofSerenity Monk class discord
; founder and Windwalker author of the Monk Class site,
and those that came before it; Guild Master and Midweek Raider in
; Windwalker main since early Mists of Pandaria, guide writer/theorycrafter/teacher for several years.
Windwalkers continue to dominate the overall meters on WarcraftLogs. This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows how many of the fights are designed, and how strong Windwalker is on those fights. The main culprit for this continues to be Soulrender Dormazain, where Windwalkers are in first place by a huge margin, more than 13% higher than Affliction Warlocks at #2 and more than 20% higher than Elemental Shaman at #3. Painsmith Raznal paints a similar picture, albeit more muted, with Windwalkers at #1 but only slightly higher than Retribution Paladins at #2. Fatescribe and Kel'Thuzad both place Windwalkers solidly toward the top of the lists as well.
However, this is in contrast to how Windwalker performs on other bosses, and can easily paint a different picture of Windwalker's capabilities. Clearly, Windwalkers are one of the kings of AOE, but that can hide Windwalker's weakness in single target. With the exception of Eye of the Jailer, Windwalkers are in the bottom 5 of all specs on every other boss. There are many facets to this, from Windwalkers focusing more on AOE setups, or maximizing any AOE on those bosses, to most playing Necrolord, which is stronger for AOE, in place of Kyrian which is slightly stronger in single target. There are clear reasons that this problem would be exaggerated, but that doesn't change that Windwalker is one of the weakest specs in single target situations.
Thankfully, Windwalker is able to lean even harder into our strength of AOE, and many fights in Sanctum of Domination are designed very well to take advantage of that. Windwalkers are similarly insane in Mythic+ right now, able to delete whole packs in a few seconds with good procs. This is almost entirely due to the Dance of Chi-Ji talent and Calculated Strikes conduit that take Windwalker's decent AOE, make it exceptional, then have a chance to triple it and make it for free. A Windwalker with Dance of Chi-Ji can make quick work of Mawsworn on Soulrender, Shadowsteel Horrors on Painsmith, all the adds on Kel'Thuzad, and the arrows and P2 adds of Sylvanas. Unfortunately, Windwalkers aren't much help on actual boss damage, but fortunately, we can cover the AOE well enough that others can pick up that slack.
Windwalkers shouldn't be surprised to see our AOE damage reigned in in 9.1.5, but hopefully that will come with a boost to our single target damage, so we don't need to be so one-dimensional.
For more information on specs in the Shadowlands Season 2, check out our Sanctum of Domination Class Guides!
Blood DKFrost DKUnholy DK
Havoc DHVengeance DH
Balance DruidFeral DruidGuardian DruidRestoration Druid
Beast Mastery HunterMarksmanship HunterSurvival Hunter
Arcane MageFire MageFrost Mage
Brewmaster MonkMistweaver MonkWindwalker Monk
Holy PaladinProtection PaladinRetribution Paladin
Discipline PriestHoly PriestShadow Priest
Assassination RogueOutlaw RogueSubtlety Rogue
Elemental ShamanEnhancement ShamanRestoration Shaman
Affliction WarlockDemonology WarlockDestruction Warlock
Arms WarriorFury WarriorProtection Warrior
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