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Tank Mythic+ Popularity for Pre-Patch
Disclaimers and Source
The data for this article was taken from the Benched.me Statistics. We’re taking a look at specific 2 key levels for this article, +15 and +25, which will hopefully show the popularity of specs trying to get their weekly chest versus forming a high key Meta.
However, there are many more statistics and graphs that you can look at on Benched.me including:
- Runs by Spec & Key Level
- Total Number of Runs Recorded by each Spec
- Total Number of Runs Recorded by Key Level
- Detailed Look at Spec Performance
- Weekly Top 500
Make sure to head over there and give it a look!
Benched.me Mythic+ Statistics
The idea of this series is to give an idea of spec popularity in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch for Mythic+ compared to BFA Season 4. It’s interesting to see what specs are popular in Mythic+ content at various keystone levels but with an extended longer-than-usual Pre-Patch, this may help inform you on what specs are performing well in Mythic+ at higher keystone levels if you enjoy playing what is performing the “best”.
With Pre-Patch, players may be trying out different specs, gearing alts or playing other characters for any reason.
- For Keystone Levels 2 through 15 Keystones, the popularity of these specs are likely more indicative of what players are trying out or gearing up in the Pre-Patch since every class and spec is able to do a +15 Keystone
- For Keystones above +15, the popularity of these specs will start to trend towards being more indicative of what the perceived meta is in the Pre-Patch.
However, very high keys (around +30) will have very few runs and the data will be skewed to the few groups that play them.
- In general though, specs that are considered underpowered are generally played less and tend to appear less in popularity charts, making them appear weaker than they actually are.
Lastly spec representation will be skewed based on the Affixes. The two weeks of Pre-Patch haven’t had any affixes that would greatly benefit or hurt any class, but this week’s Bursting Week would probably skew the data towards Priests.
Remember that Pre-Patch data may not be indicative of balance in Shadowlands or Shadowlands Season 1 due to the current lack of Shadowlands systems such as Legendaries, Conduits, Soulbinds and Covenant abilities. There are also Essences and Azerite Traits which some specs benefit more than others from, which will not be present in Shadowlands.
This post is not suggesting classes that are “good” to play in Shadowlands. The purpose of this post is to look at the popularity of classes in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch, which is longer than expected due to Shadowlands delays.
For more information on specs in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch, check out our Class Guides!
Check out our Class Guides below, now updated for the Shadowlands Pre-Patch
Healer Popularity In the Shadowlands Pre-Patch
This section shows you the Healer popularity for the first two weeks of the Shadowlands Pre-Patch according to Benched.me compared to their popularity during BFA Season 4.
Healer Popularity at Mythic +15 in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch
This is the Healer Popularity Chart for Mythic 15 Keystones.
|Spec||Pre-Patch Popularity||BFA Season 4 Popularity||Change|
|Restoration Druid||30%||34%||↓ 4|
|Discipline Priest||17%||8%||↑ 9|
|Restoration Shaman||16%||11%||↑ 5|
|Holy Paladin||16%||24%||↓ 8|
|Mistweaver Monk||12%||14%||↓ 2|
|Holy Priest||9%||9%||– 0|
Healer Popularity at Mythic +25 in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch
This is the Healer Popularity Chart for Mythic 25 Keystones.
|Spec||Pre-Patch Popularity||BFA Season 4 Popularity||Change|
|Restoration Druid||41%||56%||↓ 11|
|Discipline Priest||19%||5%||↑ 14|
|Holy Paladin||18%||31%||↓ 13|
|Restoration Shaman||14%||4%||↑ 10|
|Mistweaver Monk||7%||3%||↑ 4|
|Holy Priest||1%||0%||↑ 1|
Healer Writer Comments on Popularity
However, do not mistake the decrease in Restoration Druid representation in M+ for any weakness. With our toolkit and playstyle from BFA almost entirely intact including Rebirth, we’re still bringing the heat with a few more toys to play with. In the Shadowlands pre-patch we gained even more M+ utility with Cyclone, Stampeding Roar, and Heart of the Wild. While none of these spells are exactly game-breaking, they’re definitely nice additions to our already strong M+ toolkit. Once Shadowlands launches, we’ll also pick up a few additional perks while leveling that augment some of our strongest M+ spells; Regrowth (Level 52), Ironbark (Level 56), and Nature’s Swiftness (Level 58). With our strongest covenant ability looking to be the versatile Convoke the Spirits from the Night Fae and some decent accompanying legendaries, we’ll likely remain one of the dominant choices of healer in Shadowlands Season 1 Mythic+ unless we see major changes in the coming weeks.
Discipline’s 5 man growth in Shadowlands was recognized early in Beta and has encouraged many high quality players to attempt higher level keys in the Pre-Patch and upon their completion, continue to push farther beyond. When a spec improves in an environment that they’ve been historically lower represented in, there is an explosion of participation.
One of the largest impacts to our healing throughput in dungeons was the Infusion of Light change, which now forces us into using Holy Light for big throughput, but as the cast is so long it slows down our playstyle a lot, which is not great for Mythic+. Another big factor was the Holy Avenger talent change. While it is still strong, it’s doubled cooldown (now 3 minutes) makes our massive burst healing windows we were known for much fewer and further between. The introduction of Holy Power has proven to be fun, but took away from our quick burst healing as now we have to build Holy Power to get the healing we need.
Lastly, the extremely high mana cost on Crusader Strike (same cost as Holy Shock now) has made it so we no longer have a spammable way to throttle or regenerate mana. This is leading to Holy Paladins going OOM in 30 seconds just from DPSing, and forces us into “AFKing” GCDs to conserve mana, which is both terrible gameplay-wise, and also takes away the biggest factor that made us such a strong pick in Mythic+ throughout BFA, our damage.
These and the other balance changes definitely helped contribute to Resto Shaman feeling and performing better in M+.