Best Tanks for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight – Updated for Patch 10.2.7

Best Tanks for Dragonflight
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The big final patch before the next expansion has been released. This is patch 10.2.7, and within the patch, we’ve seen some pretty drastic changes to the standing on this list.

If you want to know what the best tanks are in WoW: Dragonflight, make sure to read this tier list.

For more Dragonflight tier lists, check out the following:

S Tier – Vengeance Demon Hunter

Vengeance Demon Hunter has received some minor nerfs to their damage and utility, but they still stand strong in the S tier. Between their survivability and utility, there’s just no way that they would drop down this list, as they are incredibly capable. Whether you’re in a low-key or a high-end key, Vengeance Demon Hunters are one of your best bets for a good team comp.

If you don’t have a pre-made group to play with, Vengeance Demon Hunters are some of the most pug-friendly tanks out there, making them even more of an asset than other specs.

A- Tier – Protection Paladin

The Protection Paladin is still standing strong and resolute, but they have dropped ever so slightly in the rankings. They have received a buff to their season 1 tier set, which will hopefully be the key to carrying them through the season. Compared to other specs, they are one of the strongest tanks you can pick besides a Vengeance Demon Hunter. By choosing a Protection Paladin, you know what you’re going to get, and it can make the Mythic+ experience much easier.

The biggest downside to a Prot Paladin is the need to play around with Consecration and having to plan your rotation around that one ability. It has made Protection Paladins much harder, but they are still a valuable pick in the Mythic+ scene.

Best Tanks for Dragonflight
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A Tier – Guardian Druid

The Guardian Druid didn’t receive any changes in this patch, but they are still performing better than they were in the previous season. They have their hands (or paws) back on their season 2 tier set, giving them a huge performance buff compared to season three. As usual, their group-wide utility is great, and we hope to see some buffs to their damage and durability, but it is yet to be seen.

While the Guardian Druid is still a very solid pick for Mythic+, the two specs above Guardian Druid are significantly better and have some better unique abilities that Guardian Druids don’t have. 

B Tier – Protection Warrior

Protection Warriors have received some pretty big buffs, giving them a better damage profile as well as a significant improvement to their durability. With the dungeon choices for season 4, they have one of the most helpful spells for the dungeons. Spell Reflection is absolutely vital, and it makes choosing a Protection Warrior that much more worth it. 

Protection Warriors are highly desirable for their sheer durability and survivability, especially now that they have been buffed overall. If you need someone who can just tank a ton of hits, Protection Warrior is it.

C Tier – Blood Death Knight

Blood Death Knights have dropped ever so slightly on the list, but they are still fairly decent. They have received some great buffs to their tier set from season 2. Despite that, they don’t have a fantastic damage profile, and their survivability isn’t great. However, they do have pretty decent group-wide utility, which is their biggest asset to team composition.

That said, if you have a good team comp, you can make the spec work. Additionally, Blood DKs have great mob control compared to some of the other tanks on this list.

D Tier – Brewmaster Monk

Unfortunately, the Brewmaster Monk has received a detrimental damage nerf, sinking them all the way to the bottom of the tier list. That being said, their Stagger effectiveness has been boosted, making them much more durable against magic damage. However, that is one of their only benefits at the moment. 

We can only hope that their stats will be shuffled and they will receive a buff, as right now, they are one of the weakest specs on this list. This applies to their damage and survivability, as they are the squishiest tank on the list. For a Brewmaster Monk to succeed, they would need a slew of buffs to give them a boost, but even then, every other tank spec on this list is significantly better.

That concludes our tier list for the tanks of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. It’s exciting to see which tanks will be on top when the next expansion comes around.

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Written by Amy Eastland

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