SoD Phase 4 tier list PTR updated: Rankings for all classes

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It’s time for us to take a deeper look at the changes and let’s try to come up with a WoW Classic SoD Phase 4 tier list!

SoD Phase 4 tier list PTR updated: Rankings for all classes

The Phase 4 of the Season of Discovery is coming soon to World of Warcraft Classic. With it comes many new changes, runes, tier sets, and other content. We at WowVendor decided to create a SoD Phase 4 tier list based on all the available information. We hope this list will help you to figure out the situation with classes in the upcoming Phase 4.

The placement criteria are based on two factors. First is the Phase 3 position of the class. The second is the results of tests on PTR and information about class changes in Phase 4.

Before we begin, we remind you that this SoD Phase 4 tier list is purely speculative. It is mostly based on the information available from PTR. Therefore, the positions are subject to change. Also, do not worry if your favorite class is not at the top. This is just one of the many different opinions on the matter. What is most important is to have fun and enjoy the selected class.

SoD Phase 4 tier list criteria

SoD Phase 4 tier list PTR updated: Rankings for all classes

For our Season of Discovery class tier list for Phase 4 we have split all classes into tiers from S to C:

SoD Phase 4 tier list with PTR information

SoD Phase 4 tier list PTR updated: Rankings for all classes

S-Tier Classes

Druid

It is always a hard time to figure out where to put Druids. This class has the most amount of specs out of all, covering 4 different roles. Each spec has its weight, and one may weigh down the overs to a lower tier. Luckily for this incarnation of Druid, all of his specs are good.

Feral Cat is one of the highest damage specs in PTR testing thanks to the new tier set and changes to their AoE and rotation overall. The same translates quite well to Feral Bear, as these specs are not fully separated in Guardian and Feral like in retail. Restoration as always provides powerful healing over time effects that only get better with runes and new tier sets. Balance, or Boomkin, is doing fine, providing high damage, although not as high as Feral. The new tier set reduces a cooldown for Starfall, which some may feel underwhelming. But the spec itself gets more cooldown reduction overall. 

By the sum of all components, Druid secures a place in the S-tier in our SoD Phase 4 tier list. You can never go wrong playing one. 

Rogue 

Nothing to say besides the fact that the whole class is in a strong position. Powerful AoE damage with Fan of Knife, incredible bonuses from the tier set that only get better as more pieces you collect. Rogues also benefit a lot from the new World buff.  Add to that the utility Rogue has always known for and you have another top DPS in SoD Phase 4. 

A-Tier classes

Mage 

If we had to rate specs separately, Fire Mage would reign in WoW SoD DPS rankings. But with its other variations, Frost and Arcane, it is only a king of A-Tier.  Don’t get us wrong, Mages are needed, they are strong, while their utility is superb. The difference in damage between Fire and the other two, however, is way too big. New runes favor Fire mage as well. Frost has some potential hope with a full tier 1 set. But getting a full set to be viable is more of a drawback. Still, compared to other classes, Mages are good. It’s just chances are you will be asked to change to Fire if you are not playing it already. 

We should not forget about Arcane being a strong healer in SoD. Of course, the damage is not comparable to DPS specs. But if you can find an opportunity to deal some damage, then Arcane shines where others don’t. 

Shaman 

Finally, Shamans are actually good somewhere (looking at you, retail WoW). Elemental is the strongest out of the three, with all the runes and tier set bonuses coming to them in Phase 4. The same goes for Restoration. It is a solid healer choice with powerful totems. Sadly, Enhancement got nerfed. It has decent damage but is fully overshadowed by Elemental. 

Priest 

All the specs are in stable positions making the class an exemplar A-Tier contender in any SoD Phase 4 tier list. The tier set and new runes benefit the class and make it stronger but balanced. Holy will always remain a powerful pure healer with direct healing, with no gimmicks around it. If such straightforward gameplay is for you, then Holy is in a perfect state to fit that. Discipline is a bit more engaging and tactical, as it focuses on preventing damage. The current iteration does this well.

Shadow Priest is a special case, but not in a bad way. Although this spec is considered a DPS, Shadow is the closest we have to a Support role in Season of Discovery. Yes, their damage may be average, but they make up for it with access to unique utility. With new runes, they are also able to heal and DPS at the same time. Damage may not compare to Mages, but this spec still deserves to be played for its unique role.  

B-Tier classes

Hunter

Moving on to the B-tier classes of our SoD Phase 4 tier list. The new Kill Shot rune and tier set bonuses are made up for recent nerfs Hunters received across the board. These changes work for both melee and ranged variants. As for the damage testing, Hunters are above the average and probably will retain this position.

Warrior

A class in a dire situation. Things changed in their kit, with both nerfs and buffs. Class is still scaling heavily with gear and World buffs. But when it comes to testing damage, Warrior needs almost double their current damage to compare to the top DPS. These reasons make both Arms and Fury at the bottom of the list. But only for now. When it comes to PTRs and tier lists, Warriors historically get low positions. This class needs good gear to function, which is obviously lacking on PTR. Combine that with skillful players and you get one of the strongest classes in the game. But all in due time.

Why B-Tier though and not all the way down to C? It is because the Protection Warrior is the best tank in the game as it is. Even though currently on PTR Warrior damage is too low to compete with other DPS, it still eclipses that of other Tanks. Add to that high survivability and the fact the Warrior becomes even better with high stats, and you have a top tank in SoD phase 4. 

This polarizing situation evens out Warrior as the B-Tier class. But, knowing it is not the first time, we expect Warriors to soar to the top positions in SoD Phase 4 tier list soon. 

Paladin

Another class where two significantly weighs down this one top-tier spec. The two in question are Protection and Retribution Paladins. Protection is the weakest option out of all tanks. They are solid choices, but other options are just better, especially if comparing it to Warrior. Of course, you can count the unique utility it may bring, but other specs have it too. 

As for Retribution, they received quite a few good changes, such as some skills becoming the base kit and opening slots for other runes. The tier set is quite good as well. But numbers-wise, they still underperform. Many think that, in the same way as with Warriors, World buffs are needed for full potential. But we are not quite convinced by that argument, but we would be glad to be proven wrong.

For a bit of the good news, we have Holy Paladin. Tier set for them improves their group healing, allowing them to be one of the top healers in any SoD Phase 4 tier list. Holy Paladins are also the most likely candidate to bring into the group for Paladin utility. The reason for that is they pick talents that improve these abilities, while other specs have to avoid those. 

So, if you want to be a Paladin, we recommend sticking to Holy and hope the situation will change for the other two. 

C-Tier classes

Warlock

Things are weird with Warlocks. Currently, all their specs are subpar, not close to their main competitors, Mages. Warlocks are expected to do significant damage in AoE, but they are not there, more on the Hunter level. New rune slots for cloaks are not bringing any meaningful options either. Tier set follows that route as well, where only the full bonus has some interesting potential.

It doesn’t make it better that some enemies are expected to have resistance to Warlock’s type of damage, making the need for different sets for Raids, which puts the class at a disadvantage as well.

Some people expect that the Affliction spec might benefit in Phase 4 and walk forward as the best Warlock spec, but this remains to be seen.

We would like to put Warlocks higher in our SoD Phase 4 tier list, but they are too unpredictable. Nerfs and buffs shift their power a lot. As of now, there is no spec we can easily recommend you to play as with B-Tier contestants. They all are just meh.

Conclusion

And this is it for our SoD Phase 4 tier list. Again, we want to remind you that this list is entirely speculative and just another opinion. Things may change when the Season of Discovery Phase 4 hits the live servers on July 11. What is most important is that you find a class you enjoy and have fun with. Don’t forget, the whole point of the Season of Discovery is to find a fresh experience in the classic WoW you used to play. So experiment and discover your kind of fun in Azeroth. Happy exploring! 

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Ragnarsays:

Can someone explain this “However, the innate abilities of Shamans grant them immunity to critical strikes. ” to me?
What ability of the shaman grants them immunity to Crits?

ClassicEnjoyersays:

You want to roll as a Shaman tank and get the Way of Earth and Shield Mastery rune for the chest and legs slots, and make sure to use a shield. I’m a Shamy main, and playing as a tank is just pure fun!

WarriorTanksays:

who swords and boards as a warrior tank in classic lol. If your not fury/prot you have no clue what a tank is capable of.

Anonymoussays:

Stop with the tier lists and min/maxing. The whole point of Season of Discovery is 180 degrees away from this practice. I don’t want to play only with shamans, nor do I want to be invited with priority if I’m a shaman as is the case with demon hunters on retail. The idea of Season of Discovery is to play and figure stuff out as you go. No PTR, no knowledge of future patches, items, abilities, etc. (which I see is the case here). Stop taking away the enjoyability of the game.

Anonymoussays:

Who took your eyeballs and held them to the screen? I agree that it’s a nice change to be able to play without all that/just have fun/just experiment, but keeping others from doing it as much as they can was never, ever, going to happen.

SooNesays:

Since we will have several weeks of lvl 25 max level, heading towards several choice of alt, you might get a more comprehensive understanding of which one is more for you!

Balfornsays:

You ought go on add “wish list” to the end of this title. Shaman at the top and Warrior at the bottom? I don’t care how many sets of criteria you’re using to rank, this is an objective waste of everybody’s time.

Shinymansays:

Tell me you’re a butt hurt warrior main without telling me you’re a butt hurt warrior main

Selsays:

While I don’t doubt some thought went into this, it’s very clearly not an actual phase 1 list, because it mentions abilities that are not in the game at level 25 and has obvious references to endgame performance trends which have no basis to be the same for level 25. Should have been framed as a tier list for the whole season.

This ignoring the ludicrousness of making an article like this with the level of speculation required considering how little relevant information is actually available in advance of the game being live, which as others attempt to point out is somewhat egregious.

Anonymoussays:

While I don’t doubt some thought went into this, it’s very clearly not an actual phase 1 list, because it mentions abilities that are not in the game at level 25 and has obvious references to endgame performance trends which have no basis to be the same for level 25. Should have been framed as a tier list for the whole season.

This ignoring the ludicrousness of making an article like this with the level of speculation required considering how little relevant information is actually available in advance of the game being live, which as others attempt to point out is somewhat egregious.

Opeosays:

“Fury Warriors to maintain their top DPS position” = D tier and worse class in SOD

Briansays:

what does that even mean

How can a class be literally top DPS with two playable roles and be not “viable” or “adaptible”, and how could you assess “strong rune choices” if not by how the class ends up at the end.

Johnsays:

Hey can we try reading? extend beyond their traditional roles. But also look at what you won’t have for level 25, warriors are amazing because of their scaling and as early as (phase 2) they will become true power houses. there is just alot missing berserk stance, pummel, intercept, a bunch of rage abilities. hope this helps but try and using some comprehension and critical thinking before replying on an opinion piece