For the Win: WoW the Burning Crusade Classic PVP Tier List


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So, you’re looking for a class that will help you take out the competition this time around in World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic. Or maybe you just want to win that mount that can’t be bought with WoW TBC gold. Whatever your goal may be, here are the specs and classes for your WoW TBC Classic Account that you need to assume the role of.

Before anything else, a note: specs not mentioned are not worth being mentioned in the first place. It’s not that they’re not good; it’s just that they’re more focused too much on raiding and therefore can’t function well in PVP. No number of WoW TBC Classic Items can make these specs competitive against other players.

D Tier

The classes in this tier are Retribution Paladin, Holy Paladin, Enhancement Shaman, Elemental Shaman, Balance Druid. They simply do not have what it takes to make it in the arena, as they lack certain elements that allow other classes to thrive in this game mode. While they all have the capacity to deal much damage, there is a huge gulf between that capacity and actually being able to deal it. Another problem they have is conserving mana in such a setting, and that problem is truer for the Holy Paladin than those other classes. While these specializations have a place in the arena and has a certain modicum of contribution to them, they simply don’t shine as bright as the others in the list.

C Tier

While the Shadow Priest shares certain skill sets with the Warlock, it can’t deal as much as the latter, nor can it offer as good of a utility. Another problem it has is that it runs out of mana. Thankfully, its shortcomings are offset by having healing alongside its DPS, and it has good crowd control.

Another spec in the the tier is the Feral Druid. It not only shares the same tier as the Shadow Priest, but also the same boat, as it has healing and crowd control but lackluster damage.

B Tier

While Beast Mastery and Marksmanship Hunter historically weren’t good classes for PVP in retail Burning Crusade. The Classic version of the expansion, however, changes that by doing away with the dead zone. That particular mechanic, which prevents any action from being performed after a certain distance from the user, has been removed. This has finally allowed the class to pull off many of its abilities, which means it can do more damage and from a longer distance. Its biggest problem is that it doesn’t fit certain team buildups, but the pros it’s received outweighs its cons.

As for the Restoration Shaman, it’s here and not in the upper tiers because of its lack of healing over time and instant-cast heals, and its damage output isn’t as good either. Totems for utility and Bloodlust as burst damage are its pros, but it doesn’t make up for the fact that it lags behind other healers.

A Tier

With its focus on utility, crowd control with sheeps, snares, and novas, and innate mana management, it’s no surprise that the Frost Mage has no trouble surviving. It also has considerable mobility thanks to Blink. Its biggest flaw, however, is that it isn’t as flexible as other classes.

Much like the Frost Mage, the Arms Warrior has a wide variety of tools. Its ability Mortal Strike is one of the hardest-hitters and gives a 50 percent healing debuff, making the Warrior in-demand. This is despite the fact that the Warrior has various problems, such as the difficulty sticking to a particular target, among many others.

Lastly, the Discipline Priest hardly needs introductions, as it’s still one of the best healers with solid defensive cooldowns and heals, as well as a few offensive abilities. Paired with a Rogue or a Mage, the Priest has much potential in the arena.

S Tier

Restoration Druid, Subtlety Rogue, SL/SL Warlock

Restoration Druid is the best all-around healer in arena. The Restoration of Druid is a jack of all trades – various crowd control spells and abilities, survivability, and damage – and a master of healing. Plus, it is difficult to drain the Restoration Druid of its mana, allowing it to outlast the competition with relative ease.

Subtlety Rogue continues to be one of the highest-rated specs in PVP, thanks to its versatile toolkits and excellent crowd control, and survivability. Its biggest draw, however, would be the sheer deadliness of the damage it deals. Also, it can work wonders when in tandem with other class such as the Mage, Warlock, Druid, Priest, Warrior, and Hunter.

Finally, the SL/SL Warlock, which is a mix of Affliction and Demonology. Its damage over time consistently deals much damage, and it has debuffs that purge, silence, and dispel, healing abilities such as Healthstones, and many others. Its sheer versatilities allow it to thrive in the arena.