WoW 7.2.5 PvP 3v3 Arena Tier List *UPDATED AUGUST 2017* | WoW PvP Guide

by Mystic // August 7, 2017

***UPDATED AUGUST 2017***

Here you will find a strong representation of the current metagame from a EU point of view. That being said, this view should closely mirror meta games throughout all regions.

This list was generated using a rankings system modified by Rank 1 and Blizzcon players. Contributors to this list include Zunniyaki (Multi Blizzcon competitor/EU Regionals winner), Loony (Blizzcon champion), Joefernandes (Blizzcon champion), Wallirikz, Zeepeye, Dakkroth, Mystic and many more.

All specs have been assigned to a tier based on the comps available to them and not necessarily because of their power alone.


MELEE TIER LIST

S Tier – Dominant

UNHOLY DEATH KNIGHTBEST COMP: Unholy Death Knight, Windwalker Monk, Resto Shaman (Holy Paladin/Resto Druid/Mistweaver Monk)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Unholy Death Knight, Havoc Demon Hunter, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Unholy Death Knight, Arms Warrior, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
PROS: Great sustained damage, lots of utility, incredibly disruptive, able to deal damage from range, great self healing
CONS: Relatively immobile and forced to play defensive in some matchups


HAVOC DEMON HUNTERBEST COMP: Havoc Demon Hunter, Unholy Death Knight, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Havoc Demon Hunter, Arms Warrior, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Havoc Demon Hunter, Balance Druid, Resto Shaman
PROS: Incredible sustained damage while being the most mobile melee class, powerful offensive CDs
CONS: Can die relatively quickly if defensive CDs are mismanaged


SUBTLETY ROGUEBEST COMP: Subtlety Rogue, Frost Mage, Disc Priest
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Subtlety Rogue, Balance Druid, Resto Shaman
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Subtlety Rogue, Survival Hunter, Disc Priest
PROS: Powerful sustained damage and control, excellent mobility
CONS: Limited kill options against Restoration Shamans and Orc/Relentless teams


ARMS WARRIORBEST COMP: TSG (Arms Warrior, Unholy Death Knight, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Arms Warrior, Havoc Demon Hunter, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
PROS: Incredible pressure through raw damage and healing reductions, highly mobile with proper management of mobility CDs
CONS: Often forced to play in defensive stance, still susceptible to swaps while in Battle Stance


WINDWALKER MONKBEST COMP: Windwalker Monk, Unholy Death Knight, Resto Shaman (Holy Paladin)
PROS: Powerful sustained damage against cloth/leather and burst against all classes, mortal strike effect, high mobility, very disruptive
CONS: Sustained damage output very reliant on the armor type of their opponents


A Tier - Strong

SURVIVAL HUNTERBEST COMP: Thugcleave (Sub Rogue, Survival Hunter, Disc Priest)
PROS: Great sustained damage, mortal strike effect, lots of control options, high health pool
CONS: Incredibly reliant on partners to land CC, limited comp options


FERAL DRUIDBEST COMP: Junglecleave (Feral Druid, Marksmanship Hunter, Disc Priest)
PROS: Incredibly powerful offensive CDs, health reduction effect, highly mobile, very tanky while in Bear Form, multiple CC options
CONS: Limited comp options, often out-cleaved by other melee classes


ASSASSINATION ROGUEBEST COMP: Assassination Rogue, Frost Mage, Disc Priest
PROS: Powerful damage output, multiple offensive and defensive CDs
CONS: Restricted to melee/caster comps, limited kill options outside of offensive CDs


B Tier - Good

RETRIBUTION PALADINBEST COMP: Ret Paladin, Arms Warrior, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Ret Paladin, Marksmanship Hunter, Resto Shaman
PROS: Lots of team utility options like Hand of Sanctuary, insane AoE damage and pressure during offensive cooldowns
CONS: Poor mobility, limited options to disrupt enemy casters


FROST DEATH KNIGHTBEST COMP: Frost Death Knight, Windwalker Monk, Resto Shaman (Holy Paladin)
PROS: Powerful sustained and burst damage, very disruptive
CONS: Must manage runes to properly balance self-healing and damage output, relatively immobile, easily trainable


C Tier - Average

ENHANCEMENT SHAMANBEST COMP: Beastcleave (Enhancement Shaman, Marksmanship Hunter, Resto Shaman)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Turbocleave (Enhancement Shaman, Arms Warrior, Resto Shaman)
PROS: Great sustained damage, one of the most powerful offensive CDs in arena, offensive dispel
CONS: Very vulnerable while defensive CDs are unavailable, not nearly as mobile as other melee classes


OUTLAW ROGUEBEST COMP: Outlaw Rogue, Frost Mage, Disc Priest
PROS: Lots of control, high burst damage during cooldown
CONS: Low sustained damage outside of CDs, reliant on proper buff setups


D Tier – Bad

FURY WARRIORBEST COMP: KFC (Fury Warrior, Marksmanship Hunter, Resto Shaman)
PROS: Incredibly durable through self-healing, great damage and mobility, insane burst during CDs
CONS: No Mortal Strike effect limits comp options


F Tier - Unviable

None


RANGED TIER LIST

S Tier – Dominant

BALANCE DRUIDBEST COMP: Balance Druid, Sub Rogue, Resto Shaman
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Balance Druid, Demon Hunter, Resto Shaman
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Balance Druid, Shadow Priest, Resto Shaman
PROS: Relatively tanky with proper talent choices, lots of CC options, powerful offensive CDs, flexibility to chose between AoE and single target damage
CONS: Forced to sit in Bear Form in some setups, which dramatically reduces their offensive effectiveness


FROST MAGEBEST COMP: Frost Mage, Sub Rogue, Disc Priest
PROS: Spammable CC, lots of control in the form of roots and snares, insane burst damage with artifact ability, lots of offensive options
CONS: Struggles against Demon Hunters and Windwalkers because of their mobility, some problems against MM Hunter cleaves due to raw damage


A Tier - Strong

MARKSMANSHIP HUNTERBEST COMP: Junglecleave (Marksmanship Hunter, Feral Druid, Disc Priest)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Marksmanship Hunter, Ret Paladin, Resto Shaman
PROS: Insane burst damage paired with good control over enemy healers, good survivability CDs
CONS: Limited comp options, easily line of sighted


SHADOW PRIESTBEST COMP: Shadow Priest, Balance Druid, Resto Shaman
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Shadow Priest, Sub Rogue, Resto Shaman
PROS: Good survivability through self-healing and passive damage reduction, huge damage potential if allowed to freecast, multiple cross CC options
CONS: Easily shut down by melee, relatively immobile


B Tier - Good

DEMONOLOGY WARLOCKBEST COMP: Demo Lock, Arms Warrior, Resto Druid (Resto Shaman)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Demo Lock, Unholy Death Knight, Resto Druid (Resto Shaman)
PROS: Incredibly tanky, especially against melee cleaves, good damage against melee, high burst through artifact weapon
CONS: Overall damage is slightly too low to be competitive


FIRE MAGEBEST COMP: Fire Mage, Assassination Rogue, Disc Priest
PROS: Good sustained damage and CC, excellent survivability tools
CONS: Lackluster damage in current patch, very limited comp options outside of Fire/Assassination Rogue, struggle to create pressure against Restoration Shaman teams


ARCANE MAGEBEST COMP: Arcane Mage, Subtlety Rogue, Disc Priest
PROS: Very high sustained and burst damage, excellent mobility
CONS: Relatively weak survivability compared to Fire/Frost, vulnerable to chain interrupts due to having only one spell school


C Tier - Average

DESTRUCTION WARLOCKBEST COMP: Destruction Warlock, Frost Mage, Resto Druid (Resto Shaman)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Destruction Warlock, Sub Rogue, Resto Shaman
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Destruction Warlock, Windwalker Monk, Resto Shaman
PROS: Insanely high burst potential
CONS: Easily locked down by melee, very vulnerable without Restoration Shaman heals


AFFLICTION WARLOCKBEST COMP: Affliction Warlock, Arms Warrior, Resto Shaman
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Affliction Warlock, Unholy Death Knight, Resto Shaman
PROS: Offers control against enemy casters, works well in AoE damage comps, team utility through gateway
CONS: Low damage output in current patch, easily trained down by melee cleaves


ELEMENTAL SHAMANBEST COMP: LSD (Elemental Shaman, Demo Lock, Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Elemental Shaman, Sub/Assa Rogue, Disc Priest (Resto Druid)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Thundercleave (Elemental Shaman, Arms Warrior, Resto Shaman (Resto Druid)
PROS: Decent damage output and burst, relatively tanky though kiting and self-healing
CONS: Very weak CC options, easy to die if you don’t play correctly


D Tier - Bad

None


F Tier - Unviable

BEAST MASTERY HUNTERPROS: Decent burst during offensive CDs
CONS: Lack of passive survivability due to nerfs to armor and dodge on stat template, limited CC options


HEALER TIER LIST

S Tier – Dominant

RESTORATION SHAMANBEST COMP: Resto Shaman, Unholy Death Knight, Havoc Demon Hunter
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Resto Shaman, Unholy Death Knight, Windwalker Monk
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Resto Shaman, Unholy Death Knight, Arms Warrior
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Resto Shaman, Sub Rogue, Balance Druid
PROS: Offer player damage reduction through Earth Shield, lots of recovery mechanics and defensive CDs, high pressure through Purges, good survivability
CONS: Struggle to keep mana high in longer games


RESTORATION DRUIDBEST COMP: Resto Druid, Unholy Death Knight, Havoc Demon Hunter
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Resto Druid, Unholy Death Knight, Arms Warrior
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Resto Druid, Demo Lock, Arms Warrior
PROS: Able to avoid enemy CC through mobility and shapeshifting, offers lots of control over enemy teams
CONS: Limited catch-up mechanics that other healers have, vulnerable to swaps and spread pressure


DISCIPLINE PRIESTBEST COMP: Disc Priest, Sub Rogue, Frost Mage
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Junglecleave (Disc Priest, Feral Druid, Marksmanship Hunter)
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Thugcleave (Disc Priest, Sub Rogue, Survival Hunter)
PROS: Insane damage output, crowd control options, offensive dispel
CONS: Weak mana pool, especially while using offensive dispel frequently


A Tier - Strong

HOLY PALADINBEST COMP: Holy Paladin, Unholy Death Knight, Windwalker Monk
ALTERNATIVE COMP: TSG (Holy Paladin, Unholy Death Knight, Arms Warrior)
PROS: Lots of cooldown options for themselves and their team, ability to play offensive with their team
CONS: Mana issues in most games, overly reliable on CDs to have good healing throughput, vulnerable to CC


MISTWEAVER MONKBEST COMP: Mistweaver Monk, Unholy Death Knight, Windwalker Monk
ALTERNATIVE COMP: TSG (Mistweaver Monk, Unholy Death Knight, Arms Warrior)
PROS: Powerful healing throughput, highly mobile, decent CC options, offensive pressure while playing Way of the Crane
CONS: Can be swapped in stuns


B Tier - Good

HOLY PRIESTBEST COMP: Holy Priest, Sub Rogue, Frost Mage
ALTERNATIVE COMP: Holy Priest, Havoc Demon Hunter, Unholy Death Knight
PROS: High healing thoughput with a huge mana pool to work with, ability to avoid CC though Holy Ward and Fade, good against teams with telegraphed CC setups, powerful defensive CDs
CONS: Relatively limited comp options, vulnerable to getting their important auras dispelled


C Tier - Average

None


D Tier - Bad

None


F Tier - Unviable

None


COMP TIER LIST

S Tier – Dominant

TSGBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid, 3) Holy Paladin/Mistweaver Monk
PROS: Very tanky, high sustained damage, best comp for winning by just cleaving due to mortal strike
CONS: Has a difficult match up against a well played Sub RMP


RMPPROS: Lots of control, very high burst damage and potential for sustained damage
CONS: Difficult to play at the highest level, usually needs to executes goes well in order to win games, struggles against windwalker dk


WW DKBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Holy Paladin, 3) Mistweaver Monk, 4) Resto Druid
PROS: Very disruptive with ranged crowd control and interrupts, relatively tanky, high sustained damage, high burst potential
CONS: Potential to be out-cleaved as you do less damage then other cleaves, forced to pressure healers against other cleaves


Rogue BoomkinPROS: Lots of control, very high burst damage
CONS: Can be dampened by cleaves and lose on mana, forced to execute goes well in order to win games before passively losing to mana in dampening


DH DKBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid
PROS: Very disruptive with ranged crowd control and interrupts, relatively tanky, high sustained damage, high burst potential
CONS: Can’t win games by just cleaving, forced to swap targets and create pressure because you don’t have mortal strike


A Tier – Strong

DH WarBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid
PROS: High sustained damage, potential to outcleave enemy teams because of mortal strike
CONS: Not as tanky as other cleaves, very vulnerable against rogue mage priest and other comps that can kill the demon hunter in stuns


DH BoomkinPROS: High sustained damage and burst potential, ability to swap around quickly and pressure multiple targets
CONS: Will get out dampened by cleaves, forced to win quickly against cleaves


JunglecleavePROS: Great crowd control for healers, good pick for playing against [resto druid] cleaves in the current meta, incredibly high damage with offensive cooldowns
CONS: Eventually loses most match ups because the disc priest will fall behind on healing, forced to score kills relatively quickly, very reliant on [long cooldown] offensive cooldowns to score kills


ThugcleavePROS: Great crowd control for healers, not as reliant on offensive cooldowns to score kills, ability to spread pressure by swapping on healers between the traps on them
CONS: Eventually loses most match ups because the disc priest will fall behind on healing, forced to score kills relatively quickly


Boomkin SPPROS: Incredibly high damage, capable of rotting an entire team, can outlast and oom most teams
CONS: Good teams can outlast the shadow priest by lining them or shutting them down with crowd control, interrupts and dispels


Rogue SPPROS: Ability to swap around and create great multi-target pressure, potential to set up kills with cross cc and lock down on the kill target while dealing high instant burst damage
CONS: Good teams can outlast the shadow priest by lining them or shutting them down with crowd control, interrupts and dispels


B Tier - Good

Ret WarBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid


Ret Hunter


Demo ShadowcleaveBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid


Demo WLXBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Druid, 2) Resto Shaman


Demo LSD


Ele RogueBEST HEALERS: 1) Disc Priest, 2) Resto Druid


Thundercleave


C Tier - Average

Destruction MLXBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid


Destruction RogueBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid


Destruction WWBEST HEALERS: 1) Resto Shaman, 2) Resto Druid


WLS


Shadowcleave


Turbocleave


Beastcleave



D Tier - Bad

KFC


F Tier - Unviable

None


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