The Evolution of ‘Meta Comps’ in Mythic Keystone Dungeons

August 7, 2023

The current Meta in Mythic Keystone Dungeons will receive significant Nerfs on the weekly reset on August 9th. We are taking a look into the Evolution of the best groups and class specializations in Dragonflight Season 1 and Season 2.

The Current 'God Comp'

As we recently reported, these Specializations are currently the most present in Mythic Keystone Dungeons. All of those 5 Specs will see further Nerfs to their performance, as Blizzard continues their effort to change the current Meta.

Those 5 Specs, Guardian Druid, Holy Paladin, Augmentation Evoker, Shadow Priest and Fire Mage are currently heavily overused in Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

It will take a while on Raider.IO to find another variation of this so called ‘God Comp’. Preservation Evoker are coming as a quick replacement for Holy Paladins already, being once in the Top 20 Keys currently completed. Other classes like Warrior, Balance Druid and Enhancement Shaman are capable of taking the spot of the Mage in the current Meta, while Augmentation Evoker are providing a way to strong utility and survivability to the group.

Shadow Priest is currently hardly replaceable, sticking as an S-Tier Class since the first weeks of Dragonflight Season 1. Their Toolkit with Mind Soothe and Power Infusion are powerful tools that either allow the group to skip away from enemies, or boost the damage of your strong burst-classes like the Mage or Druid.

The History of the Meta in Dragonflight

As this charts presents, it showcases the Top 2000 Myhic Keystone Dungeons run each week since the beginning of Dragonflight Season 1. It shows all Classes and the amount of them being represented compared to others, alongside with the overall Group DPS and the achieved Score. In the current weeks of Patch 10.1.5, these 5 specs of the ‘God Comp’ are accounting for more then 95% of all timed runs in the Top 2000. 

Tank Specializations

As most remember from Season 1, and even from the Dragonflight Beta, Warrior Tanks have been played heavily in the beginning. Their Damage output was insanely high, combined with strong survivability. Their Spell Reflect caused them to be extremely powerful in Dungeons like Nok’hud Offensive. Over time, Warrior Tanks have received many Nerfs, and players started to get tired of the amount of Utility needed in dungeons, also a good example for Nokhud Offensive. 

Paladin Tanks have slowly started to take over, allowing groups to have enough Utility like Interrupts with their Avengers Shield to combat those nasty enemies. They had strong damage output, but also had one very niche utility that is still unmatched by any Tank – their Healing. Paladin Tanks were capable of outperforming other Healer Specializations with their Word of Glory which caused, once again, Groups to abandon any Healer in their Group, utilizing only the Protection Paladin and the off-healing of other DPS Specs.

Into Season 2, Paladin Tanks became less pronounced in the current Meta, making space for Demon Hunter and Guardian Druids. Their own survivability outperformed the ones of the Paladin, combined with their way stronger damage then the Protection Paladin. Season 2 Dungeons are also not requiring that many Interrupts and Utility which the Paladin provided, making the Meta shift away from them. 

With Patch 10.1.5, everything changed due to the changes to Guardian Druid. As the chart is showing, they have been by 90% the most played Tank Specialization in the Game currently. Their Damage, unmatched survivability that causes them to pull Mob Packs unlike any others, without even losing any Health, and now also off-healing abilities like Regrowth in Bear Form has made them the Top Tank in the current Meta. 

 
Healer Specializations

Initially in Season 1, there was a strong fight between Preservation Evoker and Restoration Druids. Both specs have received multiple Nerfs over time, causing the Restoration Druid to win the battle over the new Class that was introduced in this Expansion. Anyways, Preservation Evoker were mostly the only healer that were played during the first E-Sports Event in Season 1, the MDI. This Event is different from a regular Dungeon, where players have to complete a certain Mythic Keystone as fast as possible, causing different Comps to be relevant, compared to the regular Dungeons. 

Restoration Shaman have not seen a lot of play in the Beginning of Dragonflight, but steadily increased over time as they have received many more Buffs then any other Healer. Combined with Nerfs to the relevant Preservation Evoker and Restoration Druid, they became the new favorite in Mythic Keystones.

Just shortly before the release of Patch 10.1.5, Holy Paladins have seen more play then at any time before in Dragonflight. This is also due to the rework with Patch 10.0.7 that has improved their Toolkit. In the beginning of Season 2, they have performed as the strongest healer during the ‘Race to World First’. With Patch 10.1.5, they have been reworked, and ended up being too powerful in comparison to other healer, making them by far the strongest Healer Specialization in the Game.

 

DPS Specializations

During the start of Dragonflight Season 1, Demon Hunter have been one of the strongest performing classes in the game. Everyone does remember the Memes that occured during that time, but they deserved their spot in most of the groups. Outlaw Rogues were also very strong, ranking as the Top DPS Spec in the early weeks of Dragonflight Season 1.

Slowly but steadily, with more Nerfs to Outlaw Rogues and Demon Hunter, and Buffs to Shadow Priest, players started to appreciate the insane utility and damage that they can provide. From Week 1 to the release of Dragonflight Patch 10.1.5, they have seen more and more play, making them the most played class in Mythic Keystone Dungeons. 

With Patch 10.1.5, Augmentation Evoker were introduced, causing them to purely dominate the whole Meta, providing a way too powerful Toolkit, combined with the Legendary Naszuro which only they can use. Mages have received a Rework in Patch 10.1.7, making them one of the strongest classes, especially in combination with Augmentation Evoker and Shadow Priest. We shall not forget that external buffs provided to them make them look even more powerful. 

The Future DPS Tier List for Mythic+

Blizzard is continuously monitoring the current Evolution of ‘Meta Specs’ in Dungeons and Raids. Especially after the current E-Sports Tournament, The Great Push, Blizzard has realized that there is currently only one outstanding group composition that is dominating Mythic Keystone Dungeons. 

Slight variations were seen during this Tournament, with one Team using an Elemental Shaman instead of a Mage during this Event. The Team from Echo has also used a Fury Warrior instead of a Mage in Neltharion’s Lair, due to their capability of Spell Reflect the Magma Slash of the final Boss.

 

Possible Tank Tier List

Guardian Druids have seen a large change in Patch 10.1.5, without getting reworked at all. Their Talents have been re-adjusted once more, allowing now a new Build to be played. They switched away from a Moonfire-focused Build to the Ursoc’s Fury Remembered Legendary from Shadowlands which never was used, but buffed throughout Season 1 in Dragonflight to make it more appealing. Combined with another Legendary from Shadowlands, Fury of the Sleeper, they have now a way too powerful toolkit to their hands. Strong damage output, which actually can be matched by other Tanks like Brewmaster Monks or Vengeance Demonhunter, but insane survivability which sees steady nerfs over the last weeks. If this trend continues, we might see a comeback of other Tank Specializations.

S-Tier: Guardian Druid, Vengeance Demon Hunter, Brewmaster Monk

A-Tier: Blood Death Knight

 

Possible Healer Tier List

Holy Paladins are going to be very difficult to be replaced. They have way too much leverage to be nerfed, while still maintaining the lead over other Healer Specializations. Reducing their Damage will level them closer to others, while still being one of the strongest in the Game. Combined with their insane healing output, which gets nerfed by a little over 5%, they might still see heavy play in the upcoming weeks.

S-Tier: Holy Paladin

A-Tier: Restoration Shaman, Discipline Priest, Preservation Evoker

 

Possible DPS Tier List

As already said, it might be possible that the current Meta in Mythic+ might not change at all after the upcoming Nerfs. Shadow Priests are still very powerful, providing strong utility with Mind Soothe, Power Infusion, Vampiric Embrace and more. Augmentation Evoker shall not be judged just by their Damage Buffs like Ebon Might. They provide a lot of Utility, like Mana Regeneration for their Healer, Survivability for the Group, powerful Purges and Soothes, Stuns and more. Currently, only Mage might be the first candidate for a replace in Mythic+.

S-Tier: Augmentation Evoker, Shadow Priest, Balance Druid, Fire Mage, Fury Warrior, Enhancement Shaman, Elemental Shaman, Arms Warrior

A-Tier: Retribution Paladin, Subtlety Rogue, Frost Mage, Arcane Mage, Destruction Warlock

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