The Dratnos and Tettles team have started their Shadowlands 9.2 Tank Raid Tier List for the new Sepulcher of the First Ones instance. This is a great list that will give you an idea of what to farm in order to optimize your gear, as well as listing some tier two tanks they recommend farming!
The “sepulcher of the first ones best dps” is a tier list for tanks in the new 9.2 raid, Shadowlands: Dratnos and Tettles Predictions. The list was created by Gillyweed on Reddit.
Welcome to Dratnos and Tettles’ predictions for the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid in Patch 9.2 Shadowlands. Based on PTR testing and current understanding of the raid encounters, they’ve made some predictions for raiding in Patch 9.2, including what the strengths and limitations of each Tank spec will be, as well as how each spec will perform.
Notices Regarding This Tier List
We’ve altered a couple things regarding how the Tier List was constructed for this tier. We’ve engaged the help of Dratnos and Tettles, who’ve done considerable PTR testing and preparation to get a solid picture of where everything sits, rather than trying to combine the ideas of all of our Class Writers. Predicting the metagame ahead of a raid tier is tricky, so take this as a fun summary of what we anticipate the metagame will look like, but don’t take it as gospel.
If you want to argue that your spec should be at a higher tier, you’re essentially claiming that it doesn’t need a boost!
Sepulcher of the First Ones Tank Tier List in Patch 9.2 Shadowlands
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Definitions for Tank Tier Lists
For tanks, each tier is defined as follows:
- S: An outstanding pick that we believe to be a terrific addition to raid setups as one or even two copies.
- A: A fantastic option, tanks at this tier will be highly frequent in top raid lineups.
- B: A solid spec that can handle any content, but falls short in damage, survivability, and usefulness when compared to the previous tiers.
- C: A spec with flaws that make it a far more difficult option to utilize efficiently.
- D (NO TANKS IN THIS TIER): A spec with severe survivability concerns that necessitates a high level of pilot skill and/or tactical sacrifices in order to destroy monsters.
- F (NO TANKS IN THIS TIER): A spec with terrible flaws that urgently needs developer attention and that we wouldn’t expect to see used in many raid configurations.
Tank Rankings and Explanations for Patch 9.2 Shadowlands
Sepulcher Raid S Tier Specs
Paladin of Defense
Venthyr Paladin of Defenses deal tremendous amounts of damage that carry the spec into the S Tier. Their set bonuses of Glorious Purpose & Glorious Purpose are strong and the inclusion of the covenant legendary is a nice buff to the already powerful Ashen Hallow. Solving survivability issues on Paladin of Defense can be a challenge, but the spec’s vast toolkit of proactive and reactive options means a skilled pilot can keep themselves alive through even the more lethal moments of most Mythic raid encounters. Double Paladin of Defense comps are not out of the question for some encounters, though many of the teams that field this will also have access to alts in order to use other comps when needed.
Tier Specifications for the Sepulcher Raid
Death Knight of Blood
Death Knight of Blood cracks into the A Tier after slowly ramping all expansion! Their damage remains substantially lower than Brewmasters and Paladins, but they bring a huge amount of value to the table in other ways, most notably with Death Grip and Gorefiend’s Grasp, supplemented by their Necrolord Abomination Limb in fights where it’s useful. Whether those fights include the last 3 crucial boss fights remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like it’ll be the case that one or even maybe two Blood DKs will be a huge credit to their teams on Anduin Wrynn. Blood can also be extremely durable when piloted well, and can require next to no healing with even substantial incoming damage at this point in the expansion, and can deploy hefty Anti-Magic Zone that are stronger than the DPS Death Knight specs, as they scale with health and versatility. They can also amplify the damage of Demonology Warlocks in their group by using the Vampiric Aura legendary, which can be a noticeable extra amount of damage for compositions that stack Warlocks.
Monk, the Brewmaster
Brewmasters deliver a lot of damage, particularly to a single target, and their ability to turn huge physical damage strikes into Stagger is incredibly useful. They have a superb set of mobility skills and one of the finest methods to get the Mystic Touch debuff, which is something that every raid wants. Brewmasters perform well in a number of tanking configurations, and although it’s doubtful that they’ll be stacked, it’s definitely not a terrible idea.
Sepulcher Raid B Tier Specs
Demon Hunter of Vengeance
Demon Hunter of Vengeance is in our B Tier due to slightly lower damage and a utility suite that, while fantastic, doesn’t appear to bring quite as much value to the raid as the Death Knight Grips. The sigils that Vengeance has access to can be incredibly useful, and they are extremely durable against magic damage and against swarms of enemies with their new set bonuses Burning Hunger & Rapacious Hunger, but early testing suggests the most difficult problems for tanks this tier will come in the form of hard hitting physical damage from boss auto-attacks, something that Vengeance has struggled with ever since the nerfs midway through 9.0. Chaos Brand is another incredibly valuable reason to bring a Demon Hunter if you don’t already have one, though Havoc looks likely to be a strong choice that would reduce the need for a Demon Hunter of Vengeance.
Druid of the Guardian
Guardian is in our B Tier but it’s worth noting that it’s likely to be one of the safest choices for survivability and can become extremely tanky if optimized for that. Unfortunately, the process of maximizing tankiness also reduces Druid of the Guardian damage to levels that will strain your scroll wheel finger as you search for them on the damage meters. Still, for many guilds, the most important characteristic of a tank player is not that they contribute to damage or bring any specific utility, but that they do not die and wipe the raid, and Guardian is a fantastic choice for those guilds. Guardian can also put out substantial amounts of damage with investment into offensive talents, legendaries, and use of a shapeshifting playstyle, but doing this safely during progression is difficult and usually requires a lot of support from the other tank.
Sepulcher Raid C Tier Specs
Warrior of Defense
Warrior is the only tank in our C Tier, which means we expect guilds to use Prot Warriors because they have a good Prot Warrior, but we don’t expect them to be sought after as a spec. Even against physical damage, their strength, they can struggle with sustaining themselves, and damage over time or magic damage effects can be downright brutal (unless they’re Spell Reflectionable, in which case Warriors are phenomenal!). The Warrior of Defense tier set (Outburst & Outburst) is also not particularly exciting, though some of the covenant legendaries they’ll have access to are, and they can therefore contribute sizable amounts of burst AoE damage.
Want to know more about your spec for the new patch? Check out our detailed Class Manuals for every spec to learn everything about your spec in Patch 9.2.
|DKFrost DKUnholy DKBlood DK
DHVengeance DHHavoc DH
Druid of the GuardianFeral DruidBalance DruidRestoration Druid
Hunter with Beast Mastery Hunter’s Marksmanship Hunter for Survival
Fire MageFrost MageArcane Mage
Monk, the BrewmasterMistweaver MonkWindwalker Monk
Holy PaladinPaladin of DefenseRetribution Paladin
Priest of DisciplineHoly PriestShadow Assassination of a Priest RogueOutlaw RogueSubtlety Rogue
Shaman of the Elementals Enhancement Shaman of Restoration Shaman of Restoration Shaman of Restoration Shaman of Restoration Shaman of Restoration Sha
Warlock of Affliction Demonology Warlock Destruction Warlock
Arms WarriorFury WarriorWarrior of Defense
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