Shadowlands Tank Mythic+ Popularity for Pre-Patch on

Shadowlands Tank Mythic+ Popularity for Pre-Patch on

The Shadowlands Pre-Patch has been out for 2 weeks and we’re going over the Mythic+ participation statistics on for DPS, Tanks and Healers over the next few days. We’re starting with Tanks today and comparing the participation of Tanks in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch versus BFA Season 4, with some of our Class Writers commenting on why things may have changed. Mythic+ Statistics

Disclaimers and Source

The data for this article was taken from the 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 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! 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

Tank Popularity In the Shadowlands Pre-Patch

This section shows you the Tank popularity for the first two weeks of the Shadowlands Pre-Patch according to compared to their popularity during BFA Season 4.

Tank Popularity at Mythic +15 in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch

This is the Tank Popularity Chart for Mythic 15 Keystones.

Spec Pre-Patch Popularity BFA Season 4 Popularity Change
Protection Paladin 26% 17% ↑ 9
Vengeance Demon Hunter 21% 19% ↑ 2
Blood Death Knight 15% 16% ↓ 1
Brewmaster Monk 14% 12% ↑ 2
Protection Warrior 13% 23% ↓ 10
Guardian Druid 11% 12% ↓ 1

Tank Popularity at Mythic +25 in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch

This is the Tank Popularity Chart for Mythic 25 Keystones.

Spec Pre-Patch Popularity BFA Season 4 Popularity Change
Vengeance Demon Hunter 27% 8% ↑ 19
Brewmaster Monk 20% 14% ↑ 6
Protection Warrior 19% 62% ↓ 43
Protection Paladin 18% 7% ↑ 11
Blood Death Knight 9% 5% ↑ 4
Guardian Druid 7% 5% ↑ 2

Tank Writer Comments on Popularity

Protection Warrior

This section was written by our Protection Warrior Guide Writer, Llarold on why the Protection Warrior popularity has dropped at high keystone levels.

The Shadowlands Pre-Patch changes to Anger Management and its synergies (Booming Voice and Bolster) broke Protection Warrior’s positive Rage feedback loop, which had been the mechanic that kept the class competitive (and dominant) throughout BFA. This substantially reduced the class’ power at extremely high-level Mythic+ (e.g. 25+). You can no longer consistently have immensely powerful defensive cooldowns ready for each large pull in a Mythic+. Additionally, Thunder Clap’s damage was significantly reduced, Revengefree uses were reduced from every Dodge/Parry to only 3 procs per minute, and the loss of Corruption really cut into the class’ ability to deal damage. Losing DPS hurts the class at the highest levels, and it also makes it less effective at quickly pushing +15’s.

“Why is Protection Warrior less popular?” “Because it was nerfed!

Vengeance Demon Hunter

This section was written by our Vengeance Demon Hunter Guide Writer, Itamae on why the Vengeance Demon Hunter popularity has increased in Mythic+.

Vengeance was already a fairly popular spec in Season 4 of BFA due to the synergy of high Metamorphosis uptime from Gluttony and Vision of Perfection along with Twilight Devastation corruption. At the very highest keys, we struggled a bit with lack of controlled AoE threat while being ridiculously tanky due to taking Gluttony over Spirit Bomb. In the Pre-Patch we no longer have to rely on corruption and are able to do good consistent damage and threat while retaining survivability due to a talent rework allowing us to take both Spirit Bomb, which has uncapped AoE damage, and Demonic at the same time. While we’re somewhat less survivable in an absolute sense than in 8.3 due to less uptime on Demon Spikes and Metamorphosis, dungeon scaling has been tuned down so we’re able to live through pulls without requiring one or the other up at all times.

Protection Paladin

This section was written by our Protection Paladin Guide Writer, Lincoln on why the Protection Paladin popularity has increased in Mythic+

Protection Paladins gained in two primary areas that made them better in Mythic Plus, especially in higher keys. First, they gained defensive consistency from higher Shield of the Righteous uptime which equates to having a lot of armor all of the time. High armor works really well against the damage profile of the BFA dungeons and makes the spec less vulnerable to damage spikes that might have killed it in the past. Second, they gained the Light’s Decree which is causing them to light up the damage meters and speeding up overall clear times of keys.

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