WoW Tank Rankings / Tier List - BfA 8.3

Last checked: August 10, 2020
Last updated: June 18, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Tank Rankings updated for the latest Battle for Azeroth (BfA) Patch 8.3 “Visions of N'zoth” and the newest Raid – Ny’alotha. Each day we check the data to verify it is accurate and up to date. We rank Tanks by their overall performance and survivability in Raids. If you are curious, there are also DPS Rankings and Healer Rankings on our site.

Tank Rankings

1.
Brewmaster Monk
2.
Blood Death Knight
3.
Protection Warrior
4.
Protection Paladin
5.
Vengeance Demon Hunter
6.
Guardian Druid

Current statistics from many reputable sources, which include Warcraft Logs and Simulationcraft, support the information displayed here. Through the use of the powerful combination method of numerous simulations and also with the help of actual logs from Top 1% Players of each class, we can investigate the descriptive statistics of the entire data set while acknowledging statistical dispersion to show you the most authentic bar chart.

Guardian Druid Tank in Bear Form

Although these metrics have always been rather general trends than the rule of thumb, you can still use them to understand who is the Top Tank in WoW right now.

Tank Tier List

S (Top Tier)
Brewmaster Monk
A (High Tier)
Blood Death Knight
Protection Warrior
B (Mid-High Tier)
Protection Paladin
Vengeance Demon Hunter
C (Mid Tier)
Guardian Druid

Frequently Asked Questions

🏆 What is WoW's Best Tank class?

You can decide for yourself by looking at the list above. In general, the Top 3 Classes should be a reasonable choice if you're looking for optimal Tanking performance. But don't be disappointed if at this stage your class isn't high-ranking – if you know what you're doing you will succeed with any class.

🎯 How often does this Ranking get updated?

We are well aware that there is no use for outdated information. So that is why we monitor these numbers extensively every day just to make sure they're precise and we always adjust them if anything changes. You can see the dates of both events right at the top of this page.

🤔 Are these Tank Rankings based on Simcraft or Logs?

These are based on both of those. And even more. Our approach involves running thousands of simulations with Simulationcraft (an open-source tool that allows everyone to approximate the tanking performance in different situations) as well as using tools such as Raidbots and Bloodmallet to analyze particular combinations of gear. We subsequently compare our results with the data collected from real in-game logs from the best players in each class (for this task, we check global leaderboards from sources like Raider.io and WoWProgress).

🙄 Are lower-ranked classes unviable?

Not necessarily. These types of rankings are supposed to demonstrate prevalent patterns, however in real in-game situations countless conditions may affect the outcome, and hence lowest-scoring class can subsequently become Top #1 Tank in raid/group.