Effective Character Build for PvP and PvE Playstyles in Dragonflight

Learn the best strategies and tips to create the ultimate character build for your preferred playstyle.

By GamesRecon

Players in almost every type of online game are constantly searching for the answer to a question — what is the meta? The meta, depending on the context, means anything — various builds, equipment, classes, team compositions, characters, etc. Using the meta usually ensures that nothing game side is hindering players from achieving success in various content.

World of Warcraft is not an exception. A dozen classes and their specializations create a great variety to choose from. Sadly, we cannot say that all of them are equally good. This is why we at WowVendor created the best Dragonflight class picking guide. We hope it helps you learn how to set up your character, so you can effectively play PvE and PvP.

PvE Classes and Builds

The high-end PvE content in WoW comes in two primary forms — hardcore raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We did some research trying to figure out what the best PvE class in WoW currently is. We decided to break results according to their roles in party composition.

We figured that the top choice among melee DPS is either Subtlety or Outlaw Rogue. They currently perform equally well in both Mythic+ and Raids, taking the highest position in rankings. That guarantees you a spot in any content while allowing you to maximize your DPS potential and effectiveness.

If you are not a fan of being up close and personal with your targets, try out a Balance Druid. They are not far behind Rogues in terms of rankings. Moonkins provide powerful burst single-target and AoE damage. And do not forget the utility, with various crowd-control, taunts, additional healing on demand, etc.

Another option is Shadow Priest. They perform surprisingly well, especially in raids. In Mythic+ though they have competition in the form of healing specs. Especially considering that some utility they provide is universal among priests.

If you decide to play any of these specs, you can try out some of the best PvE builds below. The example raid builds are generally good, but some encounters may require specific changes.

Mythic+: Outlaw, Subtlety, Balance, Shadow.
Raids: Outlaw, Subtlety, Balance, Shadow.

When it comes to gearing, the spec stat priority below should help. That will allow you to decide by yourself what equipment is better. Primary stat always has a higher weight than secondary ones.

  • Outlaw: Versatility > Crit > Mastery > Haste
  • Subtlety: Crit > Mastery > Versatility > Haste
  • Balance: Mastery > Haste > Crit > Versatility
  • Shadow: Haste > Mastery > Crit = Versatility

Next is the tank role. All the tier lists and rankings agree here on one thing — the absolute beast is Protection Warrior. High survivability and utility, while the damage can rival some DPS specs. We also provide these example builds for Mythic+ and Raids. When it comes to the stat priority you should always aim to get gear with higher ilvl. You can start to worry about stats when you have several items of the same level. There are no “bad” stats, as Protection Warrior gets almost equal value from everything. 

When it comes to healers, it is even harder to find the most effective one. It all comes down to how well you can heal incoming damage with given tools. If you want to min-max here as well, we can offer you a Restoration Druid and Preservation Evoker. Both provide unique gameplay, with strong heals, mitigation, as well as various utility. 

Mythic+: Preservation (Crit > Haste > Versatility > Mastery), Restoration (Haste > Mastery = Crit = Versatility; replace Mastery with other stats when you can heal the damage without it)
Raids: Preservation (Mastery > Crit > Versatility > Haste), Restoration (Haste > Mastery > Crit = Versatility) 

This was the PvE side of our guide. We hope it helped to figure out the best Dragonflight PvE build for one of the top-performing classes. 

PvP Classes and Builds

In PvP, meta revolves around the place a specialization takes in various 2v2 or 3v3 comps. In these modes, the focus is shifted to personal skill even more, since you fight other players. If we had to choose the best WoW PvP class, that would be Assassination Rogue. With their burst and utility, they can quickly end any match if left unchecked. Of course, this makes them quite a target in battle. But if you want to be able to carry, this is definitely a spec to pick.

If you prefer to be a healer, then we advise you Restoration Shaman and Druid, as well as Preservation Evoker. Druid has high survivability and tons of crowd control but requires a deeper understanding of the specialization in PvP. Shamans have totems with unique effects, allowing them to effectively control the tide of a match. Evokers have high mobility, as well as strong heals and damage.

When it comes to choosing the talents, you can use for example the best Dragonflight arena builds below. They may need some adjustments according to your comp. Stat priority, as well as best races choice attached as well.

Assassination: Night Elf, Human, Orc, Blood Elf | Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Crit.

Restoration Shaman: Dark Iron Dwarf, Pandaren, Tauren, Orc, Vulpera | Versatility > Mastery > Crit > Haste.
Restoration Druid: Night Elf, Tauren, Troll | Versatility > Haste > Mastery > Crit.
Preservation: Versatility > Haste > Mastery > Crit.

And this was our short guide. We hope it was of use to you. And If you have some in-game problems or questions, we are sure our WoW boost services will help!