WoW DPS Rankings / Tier List - BfA 8.3

Last checked: October 28, 2020
Last updated: August 19, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft DPS Rankings updated for the current Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3 "Visions of N'zoth" and the latest Raid – Ny’alotha. We check this data every day and make sure that it is accurate and up to date. The classes and specs here are ranked by their overall DPS performance in PvE (Raids, Mythic+ Dungeons) at Level 120 for both Single Target and AoE situations. There are also Healer Rankings and Tank Rankings on our site, just in case you are interested. You can also check out our Shadowlands DPS Rankings.

DPS Rankings

The data shown here is backed by actual numbers from many reliable sources such as Simulationcraft and Warcraft Logs. By using the approach of combining numerous simulations and real logs of Top 1% (99th Percentile) of the very best players of each class and spec, we can measure the central tendency of this data while taking statistical dispersion into the account to provide you with the most realistic chart.

Ragnaros facing the raid of World of Warcraft DPS players

Even though these Rankings are merely indicative of the highest potential DPS you can still use them to assess your class/spec performance (like what good numbers can you expect) or to find out who are the best Melee, Range & Caster DPS in WoW in this patch.

DPS Tier List

S (Top Tier)
Fire Mage
A (High Tier)
Destruction Warlock
Arms Warrior
B (Mid-High Tier)
Shadow Priest
Beast Mastery Hunter
Affliction Warlock
C (Mid Tier)
Demonology Warlock
Frost Death Knight
D (Mid-Low Tier)
Fury Warrior
Survival Hunter
Frost Mage
Marksmanship Hunter
Assassination Rogue
Feral Druid
Elemental Shaman
Havoc Demon Hunter
Balance Druid
Enhancement Shaman
Arcane Mage
Retribution Paladin
E (Low Tier)
Unholy Death Knight
Outlaw Rogue
Windwalker Monk
F (Bottom Tier)
Subtlety Rogue

Frequently Asked Questions

🏆 What is the Best DPS class in WoW right now?

You can judge for yourself by exploring our chart above. Generally speaking, if you are looking to maximize your damage output, the Top 5 specs would be a safe choice indeed. But please do not be discouraged if your class or spec of preference is ranked lower at the moment - at the end of the day the most important thing is whether you enjoy the playstyle or not.

🎯 How often does this Rating get updates?

We know perfectly well that outdated data is useless. That is why we check these numbers every single day to verify that it is up to date and then we update it the moment anything changes. You can see the dates of both events at the top of this page.

🤔 Are these DPS Rankings based on Simcraft or Logs?

They are based on both. And even more than that. Our process involves running thousands of simulations with Simulationcraft (an open-source tool that models class mechanics to estimate damage-per-second performance in different situations) and also using tools like Bloodmallet and Raidbots to research various gear combinations. Then we compare our results to the data retrieved from actual in-game logs of the best players of each class (for this purpose we look up global leaderboards on sites like Raider.io and WoWProgress). By combining both theoretical and statistical data we aim to prevent variance due to human factors (e.g. players underperforming) while maintaining a close connection to realistic scenarios because many factors must be taken into the account. We also constantly monitor player communities like Icy Veins, Wowhead, Reddit, Method and official Blizzard World of Warcraft Forums to keep in touch with public opinion so we can tell if our data is correct.

🙄 Are lower-ranked classes unviable?

Not at all. These rankings are meant to show the general trends but in actual in-game scenarios many other factors may chime in and the lowest-ranked class/spec may end up being Top #1 DPS in raid/group and vice versa.