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WoW Cataclysm Classic Tier List Guide: DPS, Healer, and Tank Rankings

By Shirley Huang2024-01-12

WoW Cataclysm Classic will come on or before August 31, 2024. Someone guessed that the pre-patch event will start in mid-April and continue until June 1, 2024. Now, many players are eager for this game to come early. WoW Cataclysm Classic gold will be in high demand at the beginning of the game, so you can buy it when the game launches.


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As all players know, the class tier list is very important in WoW Classic Cataclysm. Creating a class tier list requires considering various factors like raid boss mechanics, PvP scenarios, and overall class balance. Here, we share the DPS, Healer, and Tank tier lists with WoW fans.


DPS Tier List


These classes are the top DPS classes and specs in WoW CTM, offering high damage, utility, and versatility.

Game IconFire Mage is Known for high burst damage and strong AoE capabilities.

Game IconShadow Priest is a powerful and versatile DPS caster who can deal with high damage and survivability with her shadow spells and runes.

Game IconAffliction Warlock deals sustained damage over time, maintaining consistent and high damage output, especially in longer fights.

Game IconSurvival Hunter is known for its excellent AoE damage, strong crowd control abilities, and valuable raid utility through traps and buffs.


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These classes are also strong DPS classes and specs, with good damage, cooldowns, and survivability.


Demo Warlock: Solid performers with good sustained and burst damage.

Balance Druid: Strong AoE and versatile abilities.

Frost DK is known for its strong burst damage capabilities and excellent crowd control options.

Arcane Mage stands out for its high burst damage potential and efficient mana management through careful spell rotation.

Paladin (Retribution): Good melee damage with useful buffs.

Unholy Death Knight can perform well but might lag behind in certain encounters.

Ele Shaman: Good AoE damage and utility with totems.

Assassin Rogue: Excellent single-target damage, especially in raids.


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Combat Rogue: A fast-paced playstyle with strong sustained melee damage and excellent cleave abilities for multiple targets.

Feral Druid: Strong AoE and versatile abilities.

Enh Shaman excels in delivering powerful burst melee damage and brings unique totemic utility but can face challenges with survivability and maintaining consistent damage output in prolonged encounters.

MM Hunter: Consistent ranged DPS with good mobility.

Arms Warrior: Strong damage potential but sometimes gear-dependent.



Fury Warrior is known for its high damage output with dual-wielding and strong AoE capabilities, but it can be gear-dependent and somewhat lacking in survivability compared to other melee classes.

Destro Warlock offers powerful burst damage with strong AoE capabilities but can struggle with mana efficiency and maintaining consistent damage in mobile or interrupt-heavy encounters.

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BM Hunter excels in strong, consistent ranged DPS with a powerful pet but can experience reduced damage output when forced to move frequently or manage pet positioning and survival.



Subtlety Rogue and Frost Mage are the weakest DPS classes and specs, with low damage, survivability, or utility.


Important Notes

Player Skill and Gear: The actual performance can vary greatly based on player skill, gear, and knowledge of the class.

Encounter Specific: Some classes excel in specific encounters due to mechanics favoring their particular strengths.

Utility and Flexibility: Sometimes, a lower-tier DPS can be valuable due to their unique utility or flexibility in a raid environment.


Healer Tier List

These classes are the best healer classes and specs in Cataclysm Classic, offering high healing, mana efficiency, and utility.

Priests are the most versatile and powerful healers;

Druids are the best HoT and mobility healers;

Paladins are the best single-target and burst healers.

Shamans are also decent healer classes and specs, with moderate healing, mana, and cooldowns.

Tank Tier List

These classes are the best tank classes and specs in Cataclysm Classic, offering high threat, mitigation, and cooldowns.

Warriors are the most versatile and reliable tanks;

Paladins are the best AoE tanks;

Death Knights are the best self-healing tanks.

Druids and Monks are also viable tank classes and specs, with good mobility, healing, and utility.


Remember, these tier lists are not absolute. They depend heavily on the specific context of the game at the time, including patches and player skill.

Related Link: 

Cataclysm Classic PvP Tier List - Best PvP Classes


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