7 Best Battle for Azeroth DPS Classes With Stats

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For a whole decade the heroes of World of Warcraft rarely sorted things out in a direct conflict except the arenas. But now with the release of Battle for Azeroth, Alliance and Horde players will find themselves on the battlefield fighting against each other for the most important strategic points on the map.

The new expansion has also introduced an entire list of changes for each class, and it's going to be a rather hard choice to make which main to use. If you can't decide which DPS class you want to play during this expansion, then follow our guide for the seven best classes that should make it both easy and fun to level up.

Arcane Mage

  • Best PvE Stats: Intellect, Versatility
  • Best PvP Stats: Haste, Mastery

Mage has always been a universally acclaimed DPS class, whether you were playing as Frost or Arcane. But in Battle for Azeroth expansion Arcane Mage becomes especially strong.

Both of its trademark abilities -- Arcane Blast and Arcane Explosion -- have reduced cast times and feel very powerful either you're targeting a single enemy or use AoE.

Arcane Intellect is now available once again! But the the best part is that Mage can now use PvP talents in the open world due to the brand new War Mode system. This opens up some amazing possibilities for Mage players, including the beginners.

Subtlety Rogue

  • Best PvE Stats: Agility, Haste
  • Best PvP Stats: Mastery, Versatility

In case pure damage classes aren't your thing, here's Subtlety Rogue, which is incredibly versatile in terms of both single target damage and defense capabilities.

Subtlety class is also a very good choice for raiding and dungeons due to the new level 100 talent -- Secret Technique, which creates clones of your hero that attack enemies.

Speaking of new abilities, Rogue has got a few really cool spells in Battle for Azeroth, such as:

  • Shot in the Dark -- grants you a free Cheap Shot after entering Stealth or Shadow Dance
  • Night Terrors -- makes Shuriken Storm not only deal damage but also slow down enemies by 30%
  • Shuriken Tornado -- blasts enemies with four consecutive Shuriken Storms

Affliction Warlock

  • Best PvE Stats: Intellect, Mastery
  • Best PvP Stats: Haste, Mastery

Affliction Warlock is considered by many players to be the best ranged DPS class in Battle for Azeroth. Although this class has been significantly overhauled since Legion expansion, which makes it not as good in PvP anymore, it still stands firm in the PvE.

The biggest changes touched the mana base of normal abilities, which now cost a lot less. But the crowd control abilities have become more expensive, which greatly changes the face of the PvP for Warlock players.

The best instant that Affliction class can now use in BfA is Summon Darkglare that extends the duration of all damage afflicted by 8 seconds. And that's a lot of damage we're talking about here!

Retribution Paladin

  • Best PvE Stats: Strength, Haste
  • Best PvP Stats: Versatility, Mastery

The Retribution class wasn't particularly loved during the Legion period, but the developers managed to address the issues that bothered players and made Paladin great again.

Avenging Wrath spell now deals 20% more damage, healing and crit chance. This in combination with its powerful utility and defense abilities, such as Divine Shield and Blessing of Protection, that not only grant Paladin with great defensive mechanisms, but also influence its raid mates.

Sure, this class is still slow as heck and will not correspond to some players' needs, but the overall single target damage is one of the highest in the game.

Survival Hunter

  • Best PvE Stats: Agility, Haste
  • Best PvP Stats: Versatility, Mastery

Hunter is probably the easiest hero to start with. The Survival class is especially friendly to beginners due to its vast possibilities and high mobility. And if you compare it to other two Hunter classes, then in terms of damage, including AoE, Survival Hunter is beyond competition.

For example, if you take Flanking Strike spell, which has only 6 seconds cooldown, practically obliterates any enemy. That's without mentioning the pets that deal 50% additional damage per each enemy.

With this kind of power, if you decide to main as Survival Hunter in Battle for Azeroth, you will most likely never regret the choice.

Enhancement Shaman

  • Best PvE Stats: Agility, Haste
  • Best PvP Stats: Haste, Versatility

The Enhancement class, unlike Mage, is purely damage oriented, which makes it a bit vulnerable on the defense side. But the new patch gives Shaman some interesting improvements in the shape of free Stormstrike cast by Stormbringer.

The overall cap of Maelstrom has been reduced from 150 to 100, but the cooldown is now also lower and stands at 9 seconds. This makes Enhancement Shaman excellent at single target burst damage.

The new mechanic, Capacitor Totem, previously known as Lightning Surge Totem, provides flexible AoE solution. So, even with all the changes this class still remains one of the strongest and will serve you well in BfA.

Outlaw Rogue

  • Best PvE Stats: Agility, Versatility
  • Best PvP Stats: Mastery, Haste

Rogue classes will definitely find their place in Uldir, and it looks like besides the Subtlety class an Outlaw Rogue will have an upper hand amongst all other DPS classes.

Whereas Subtlety is focused mainly on single target damage, Outlaw can generate some significant AoE effects that will work well during raids. However, one thing that is common between these two classes is the defensive capabilities.

Also, Blizzard decided to remove all pirate synergies from the class, which may actually make veteran players happy after being forced to play as pirates for some time.

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These were the seven best DPS classes in Battle for Azeroth, but be sure to come back soon for even more guides at GameSkinny!

Published Aug. 16th 2018

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