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Phase 1 Warcraft Logs Analysis for Burning Crusade Classic - Arcane Mage Takes Top Damage
17.09.2021 в 12:10
Phase 1 of Burning Crusade Classic has come to an end and raids have completed numerous clears of Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Lair. Today, we will breakdown the DPS Rankings from Warcraft Logs for Tier 4 of Burning Crusade Classic.
We've seen some significant movement in the rankings compared to the first two weeks of the tier where the best DPS in TBC were undoubtedly Beast Mastery
s and Destruction
s. Now we have Arcane
s bringing some big damage, and Fury
s showing us they are still a force to be reckoned with. For this analysis we have used data from
Warcraft Logs Statistics
pages for Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Lair accessed on 9/14/2021.
Warcraft Logs Karazhan Statistics PageWarcraft Logs Magtheridon & Gruul Statistics Page
Disclaimers and Sources
The data in this article is taken from the
Warcraft Logs Karazhan Statistics Page
for the 95th percentile and
Warcraft Logs Gruul & Magtheridon Statistics Page
for the 95th percentile. There are a few things to take into consideration before we delve into the data:
Talent specializations that are believed to be weaker are generally played less, which causes them to appear slightly weaker than they actually are.
Performance-oriented players tend to choose the classes and talent specializations that are believed to be the best. This further increases the gap between the top and bottom talent specializations.
Considering only the 95th percentile means we are only looking at the top 5% of the representatives of each class and specialization - 19 out of 20 players will not perform at this level. This is done to filter out the people who enjoy the game without fully maximizing their character's effectiveness in raids. That is a totally okay thing to do, but not what we are interested in here.
We are looking at only boss damage. Classes with strong multi-target damage abilities will move up in the rankings when considering overall boss and trash damage throughout a raid.
Most of the absolute top parses involve a raid that rotates
s into a particular group to give multiple casts of
in the same fight to certain players. It is very difficult to compete with those parses if you are not in a similar situation. A weaker class with that treatment would very likely outperform a stronger class without that treatment.
Magtheridon's Lair and Gruul's Lair
s at the top from the first few weeks we have Arcane
s and Fury
s. As everyone's equipment and familiarity with the fights improves, kill times are reduced. This means the main limiting factor of an Arcane
- their mana pool - is less of a restriction and they are able to blast quite a bit of damage. As expected, Fury
s scale extremely well with equipment and have moved up in the rankings as well. They have a very nice feedback loop where dealing more damage means generating more rage means dealing more damage, so of course they will scale up nicely with improved equipment.
We see most of the "support" DPS roles with fairly similar damage output. Elemental and Enhancement
s, and Feral and Balance
s don't provide top tier individual damage output, but they all provide valuable buffs to a raid to increase everyone else's damage output.
s and Survival
s are bridging the gap between the top individual DPS classes and the support DPS roles, not quite up there with the top pumpers but noticeably ahead of the other support DPS. Some Arms
s have started using a dual-wielding hybrid Arms & Fury talent specialization known as the "kebab spec". The kebab warriors still provide the
debuff while gaining valuable individual DPS talents in the Fury tree.
With even shorter duration boss fights in Karazhan compared to Magtheridon's Lair and Gruul's Lair, we see Arcane
s completely eclipse the competition and it is not even close. There is no question that Arcane
s are the dominant class for damage on short encounters. A good number of multi-target fights like
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, and a few more allow classes like
s, and Elemental
to push higher than they would in the other raids due to their strong multi-target abilities.
Some guilds and players have achieved some incredible feats in this first phase of Burning Crusade raiding. In this section you can see some highlights from Gruul, Magtheridon, and Karazhan raids.
High King Maulgar
The Russian guild <Эксодус> (translated: "Exodus") on the server Пламегор (EU) achieved a record-setting fastest kill of
way back on July 31st. More recently their record has been tied but not beaten by six other guilds, <Next Week For Sure> from Fairbanks (US), <Ace> from 匕首岭 (CN), <PvE is Hard> from 火锤 (CN), <圣域> from 安娜丝塔丽 (CN), <Trinity> from 碧玉矿洞 (CN), and finally <听香水榭> from 布鲁 (CN) who put up the highest raid DPS while still remaining at a 9 second kill, with 86,134 total raid DPS.
Some of you might be scratching your head wondering, "
how that is even possible?
" In Blizzard's own code, the
encounter officially ends when
dies - the other ogres can be left alive and you can still progress to
. Эксодус chose to forget about regular group structure and brought a team of essentially all damage dealers. Эксодус stacked up 11 Arcane
s supported by 4 Elemental
s and a few others to create the bulk of their damage.
This Warcraft Logs report
shows their amazing achievement with a crazy 83,888 total raid DPS during the kill.
Gruul the Dragonkiller
The top ranking DPS parses for
are taken up almost entirely by Beast Mastery
s and a few Destruction
s. The top 100 DPS values range from 2,257 DPS at the 100th ranked parse, all the way up to 2,577 for the top ranked parse. That very top ranking is not a Beast Mastery
or even a Destruction
though, it is a Fury
by the name of Ahlaundoh from the guild <bipolar> on Herod US server. It is pretty exceptional because not only is Ahlaundoh the top DPS on
, they are the only Fury
in the entire top 100 rankings!
Ahlaundoh's PoV for world #1 DPS on Gruul the Dragonkiller
Typically, the control cubes in the
encounter are used to prevent the boss from casting
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and wiping the raid. It did not take long for players to realize that use of the control cubes also
's damage taken via the
debuff that is applied to him when all five cubes are activated at once. Many high performance guilds began using the cubes as a damage boost, with the hope that they would kill the boss before they would need them to prevent a
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This Warcraft Logs report
shows the world-record speed kill of Magtheridon by the Chinese guild <听香水榭> (translated: "Listen to perfume pavilion") from the server 布鲁 (CN) in an astonishing 2 minutes 1 second. For this kill,
is applied 5 times in a row back to back while the other 20 players in the raid pump out as much damage as possible. They brought only 2 dedicated healers to this boss that many teams take 4 or 5 healers for, and many of their players scored 100 parses for this amazing kill!
s can use
from the Servant's Quarters in
. This demon will deal a huge amount of damage and while it does not count directly to the
's individual damage total, it certainly speeds up boss kills. Check out
This Warcraft Logs Report
from Herod US server where the raid brought a
. Here is the damage meter for
is the 2nd highest individual damage source in the whole raid!
can be positioned so that one player can occupy two different power beams at the same time. For
s, this is incredibly valuable as both beams provide damage increase.
This Warcraft Logs report
has the rogue Jozh from <New Horizons> on Arugal US occupying both the Serenity (Green) and Dominance (Blue) beams on
and putting out an absurd 5,465 DPS.
About the Author
is a long-time Rogue player from original Vanilla, Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King. Primarily focused on PvE, he is the author of two rogue damage simulation spreadsheets - one for Classic and one for The Burning Crusade. If you enjoy Simonize's work, you can join his
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