Phase 2 Warcraft Logs Analysis Burning Crusade Classic - Arcane Mages Still on Top
30/01/2022 alle 11:58
Today we've got a wrap-up of the tier 5 raiding DPS rankings. For the absolute highest parses and most damage done, there is less diversity than there was during tier 4. Arcane
s are hogging over half of the top 200 spots across both Tempest Keep and Serpentshrine Cavern. The remaining spots are taken by Destruction
s, and both Survival and Beast Mastery
s. For this analysis we have used data from
Warcraft Logs Statistics
pages for Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep, accessed on 1/26/2022 for both Phase 2 and Phase 2.5.
Warcraft Logs Serpentshrine Cavern & Tempest Keep Statistics Page
Disclaimers and Sources
The data for DPS ranking is taken from the
Warcraft Logs Serpentshrine Cavern & Tempest Keep Statistics Page
for the 95th percentile. There are a few things to take into consideration before we delve into the data:
Talent specializations that are believed to be weaker are generally played less, which causes them to appear slightly weaker than they actually are.
Performance-oriented players tend to choose the classes and talent specializations that are believed to be the best. This further increases the gap between the top and bottom talent specializations.
Considering only the 95th percentile means we are only looking at the top 5% of the representatives of each class and specialization - 19 out of 20 players will not perform at this level. This is done to filter out the people who enjoy the game without fully maximizing their character's effectiveness in raids. That is a totally okay thing to do, but not what we are interested in here.
We are looking at only boss damage. Classes with strong multi-target damage abilities will move up in the rankings when considering overall boss and trash damage throughout a raid.
Most of the absolute top parses involve multiple
in the same fight to certain players. It is very difficult to compete with those parses if you are not in a similar situation. A weaker class with that treatment would very likely outperform a stronger class without that treatment.
Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep DPS Rankings
Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep, Phase 2.5 Boss Damage
s continue to show their dominance in damage output, similar to the end of tier 4 content. The Arcane Mages offer very strong single target damage with
as well as multi-target damage with
, truly a complete package. Like all top performing individual damage dealers, they would not be where they are without their support classes.
s all need their
s, and others to enable that insane damage output.
While Arcane Mages have undoubtedly the highest potential damage output, they require more support to reach that potential. Arcane Mages are well known to be sponges for
s - a Mage without those would not perform as well. This explains why raids
tend to stack absurd number of mages, because they cannot support too many with the buffs they need.
Some of the worst performing support roles in terms of individual damage output are the Shadow
, but every good raid has at least one of each for the very valuable debuffs they provide. For support classes like Arms
s and others you really only want one or maybe two of them in an optimized raid setup - just enough to provide the buffs and debuffs you want.
Phase 2 vs Phase 2.5
Blizzard decided to nerf much of the content in Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep on December 14th. The nerfs were so substantial that this lead Warcraft Logs to treat pre-nerf and post-nerf parses separately. Many boss abilities were removed or reworked, most notably
would no longer use
to mind-control players. There were also massive health nerfs of up to 40% on bosses, making kill times much faster.
With faster kill times and fewer mechanics to worry about, it would not be fair to rank pre-nerf parses against post-nerf parses, and that is why the distinction between "Phase 2" and "Phase 2.5" exists on Warcraft Logs. These are the health reductions on bosses introduced in Phase 2.5:
Hydross the Unstable: -10% Health
The Lurker Below: -28% Health
Leotheras the Blind: -16% Health
Fathom-Lord Karathress: No Change
Morogrim Tidewalker: No Change
Lady Vashj: -20% Health
Al'ar: -10% Health
Void Reaver: No Change
High Astromancer Solarian: -33% Health
Kael'thas Sunstrider: -40% Health
Surprisingly, this doesn't really shake up who is on the top rankings for damage dealers between Phase 2 and Phase 2.5.
s dominate the top rankings in both cases with
s close behind. Without a doubt, higher damage per second numbers are possible in Phase 2.5, but the records for Phase 2.5 are actually
than the records for Phase 2.
Many players saw the announced nerfs and viewed the time as a "break" - they were less motivated to do everything possible to do as much damage as possible in easier content. Another big aspect of setting records like this is luck - getting an above average number of crits separates a good parse from a great parse. The whole of Phase 2 lasted much longer than Phase 2.5, so players simply had more chances to score a super lucky parse and set records during Phase 2.
I'm sure everyone will be back at it again when Black Temple and Hyjal release to claim the glory of top damage dealer in one of the most iconic raids of Burning Crusade!
Speed Run Raid Compositions
While some players like to compete on boss parses and boss damage, others prefer to compete on speed clears of the raids. They compete to clear the raids as fast as possible, and certainly a huge component of that is dealing damage. For speed runs, damage to bosses matter just as much as damage to trash. Unlike boss parsing, no one is waiting around for cooldowns to become ready for each pull.
Looking at the raid composition of the top 5 speed clears of Tempest Keep and the top 5 clears of Serpentshrine Cavern in Phase 2,
s make up a massive 23.6% of all players in these top runs, with
s close behind at 20.4%. Almost every run has exactly 3
s, and all the runs have exactly 2
s - one Shadow, one healer either Holy or Discipline.
is by far the most common damage dealer to find in a speed run - but often losing the top damage dealt to a
backed up by a Shadow
and a Elemental
. A good example of that is in <Overclock>'s 42 minutes 20 seconds clear of Serpentshrine Cavern. The top 10 damage dealers are Mage, Mage, Mage, then six Warlocks, then a Fury Warrior finding his way into the top 10 rankings.
Do you think Black Temple and Hyjal will have a similar showing with
s dominating, or will
s break through to the top with the power of the
The Twin Blades of Azzinoth
? Let us know your predictions in the comments!
About the Author
is a long-time Rogue player from original Vanilla, Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King. Primarily focused on PvE, he is the author of rogue gear comparison spreadsheets for Classic Vanilla, Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King. If you enjoy Simonize's work, you can join his
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