WoW Dragonflight DPS tier list: Best classes and specs in Patch 10.2

Check out how your main stacks up against the field.
A Shadow Priest crying in Valdrakken
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World of Warcraft Dragonflight is an always-evolving game. The PvE meta changes every few weeks thanks to hotfixes, and its overhauled completely when big patches drop. Don’t be surprised if your class ascends and falls dramatically throughout the course of any WoW expansion, as balancing a game with over two dozen DPS specs is a difficult task.

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In Patch 10.1.5 and 10.1.7, the meta didn’t really change much. Sure, Augmentation Evokers were still cool (spoiler alert: they are one of the S-tier classes), but not much changed between that period. Now, in patch 10.2. things have changed significantly. What once was strong is now weak, and vice versa. Hopefully, your main class got stronger, and hopefully, you aren’t a Windwalker Monk or a Shadow Priest because if you are, well, let’s just say it’s good that there will be more patches in the future.

Keep in mind the meta will almost certainly change as season two of Dragonflight progresses. Here’s how every DPS spec in Dragonflight stacks up following the launch of Patch 10.2.

Top two DPS in WoW Dragonflight: Patch 10.2. S tier

Augmentation Evoker casting a spell.
Augmentation Evokers are the best spec in the game right now. Image via Blizzard Entertainment
  • Augmentation Evoker
  • Havoc Demon Hunter

Augmentation Evoker has defended its position since the last patch, and Havoc Demon Hunters have also joined the S-tier elites. Even though Augmentation Evokers are supposed to be a support DPS, someone must have forgotten to tell them that because they are killing on the DPS charts. Not to mention, they also have off-healing and even Bloodlust. Seeing how this is their second patch in a row at the very top, I suspect there will be a Nerf pretty soon.

Havoc Demon Hunters join the fray with their AoE abilities and a seemingly endless amount of buffs. Whenever I’m running a five-man dungeon, Havoc Demon Hunters always appear at the top of All Details! Damage Meter charts. I’ll accept that they do so much damage, but with Blur and Deflecting Dance, it seems they never ever take damage. WoW players are even making memes about how strong they are.

Dragonflight DPS A tier classes and specs in Patch 10.2.

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Rogue is a pretty good pick during this patch. Screenshot by Dot Esports
  • Fire and Frost Mage
  • Balance Druid
  • Enhancement Shaman
  • Outlaw Rogue

Fire Mages have been nerfed a bit but are still pretty strong on the DPS charts. Frost Mages have also received a nice buff and moved up from B tier. Enhancement Shamans and Balance Druid have remained relatively the same since the last patch.

Outlaw Rougues have got a significant upgrade. All of the specs in A-tier are particularly strong and are among the best their individual classes offer. By playing one of these specs, you’re ensuring that your baseline DPS will almost always be high enough to do group content effectively, so long as you remain ahead of the gearing curve. When they utilize their poison and evasive buffs, like Feint and Cloak of Shadows, Outlaw Rogues get particularly nasty. Hopefully, they are on your side in a fight.

Dragonflight DPS B tier classes and specs in Patch 10.2.

A Night Elf Hunter runs from a Devilsaur in Un'Goro Crater, WoW Classic
Night Elf Hunter running away from a Dinosaur. Image via Blizzard Entertainment
  • Retribution Paladin
  • Fury Warrior
  • Subtlety and Assassination Rogue
  • Demonology and Affliction Warlock
  • All Hunter Specs
  • Devastation Evoker
  • Feral Druid
  • Elemental Shaman
  • Arcana Mage
  • Frost and Unholy Death Knight

In this tier, you’ll find classes that can compete with some of the game’s strongest DPS options, although they’ll likely need to be piloted by players with more gear or higher skill ceilings to outperform classes in the S-tier or A-tier. All Hunter specs and Frost Death Knights, who were weaker in the last patch, are now stronger. The Assassination Rogue, who performed abysmally in 10.1.7, now does significantly more damage, and the same goes for Affliction Warlocks. In a way, this is a good tier to be at. Nobody will kick you from a party for low DPS if you’re playing one of these classes, and you can appear on top of Details! charts as long as you play your spec well. 

Dragonflight DPS C tier classes and specs in Patch 10.2.

Goblin Monk in a zone in WoW casting spells.
Windwalker Monks just can’t catch a break. Image via Blizzard Entertainment
  • Arms Warrior
  • Destruction Warlock
  • Windwalker Monk

Arms Warriors and Destruction Warlocks are probably going to notice that they now do significantly less damage than before. Arms Warriors feel like they barely do any damage when they use Bladestorm and other AoE abilities. Meanwhile, Destruction Warlocks are too focused on doing mediocre damage to one target, while Havoc Demon Hunters are doing more damage to multiple. Windwalker Monks desperately need a rework, as it takes too much effort to do very little damage to them. If you’re currently playing these, you may want to switch to your alt, at least for the time being. 

Dragonflight DPS D tier classes and specs in Patch 10.2.

A dead Shadow Priest lying on the street of Valdrakken
Dead Shadow Priest. Screenshot by Dot Esports
  • Shadow Priest

Conveniently, just when I finished leveling my Shadow Priest, Blizzard decided to absolutely destroy them with a huge nerf. While they were S tier in the last patch, the patch was not kind to Shadowformed individuals, like me, who are now struggling to do, at least, more damage than some healers. Of all the specs in the game, Shadow Priests just had to be at the bottom. The single target damage they do is nothing to brag about, the DoTs are okay but nothing special, and there are essentially no new AoE abilities. I expect Shadow Priest are going to be buffed, at least, to tier B by the next patch but until they do, try to play a different class if you can, or just switch to Holy or Discipline.

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