WoW Classic TBC is almost here, and the first hurdle players must face is choosing their main character.
The Burning Crusade is a great improvement for most classes and specs, which makes it an even harder decision.
To help you along, we've evaluated each class in WoW Classic TBC for what they offer, and why they should be your next main.
Latest - TBC Beta Update Increases Level Cap
For players taking part in the WoW Classic TBC beta, the opportunity to test a character at max level has arrived.
A new update for the Classic TBC beta has pushed the level cap up to 70, added Heroic Dungeons, and added the Eye of the Storm battleground.
To get into the WoW Classic TBC beta, opt in via Battle.net for your chance to receive an invite.
WoW Classic TBC Class Picking Guide
With plenty of new spells, new talent trees, and a whole new expansion ahead - the classes of World of Warcraft have been shaken up for Classic TBC.
So which class should you play in The Burning Crusade?
Let's break each down into their strengths and weaknesses, and rate their success in PVE and PVP.
One class that is certainly looking forward to WoW Classic TBC is Druid.
Druid players have massively expanded options in TBC that let them contend in PVE and PVP environments, with an extra emphasis on PVP success.
TBC pushes Balance druids forward by improving the Moonkin experience from the OOMkin woes of Vanilla WoW. Feral (cat) druids also get some extra power in their bleeds (and no debuff cap to hold these back), and are dangerous Arena competitors. Feral (bear) druids are as successful as ever, despite some new tanking competition. And finally, Resto druids are kings in the TBC Arena, and get a huge boost in PVE with the 1 heal over time spell limit removed in the expansion, meaning multiple Rejuvenations can stack.
Druid TBC Ratings: PVE: 4/5 - PVP: 5/5
Another class that struggles in Vanilla WoW but gets a big glow up in WoW Classic TBC is the Hunter.
In Classic TBC, Hunter will be the most dangerous DPS in PVE next to Warlocks, and in a much more simple way.
Beast Mastery Hunters absolutely take over in The Burning Crusade, being able to fit their whole rotation into one button thanks to a simple macro. While other specs are still playable, BM will reign supreme every time.
Hunters also bring some important utility spells to PVP in the Arena, and no longer have to worry about the deadzone, which is removed in TBC.
Hunter TBC Ratings: PVE 5/5 - PVP 3.5/5
Mage has never been a bad choice throughout WoW's history, but TBC isn't their shining moment.
WoW Classic TBC opens some new avenues for mages, including utilizing the Arcane spec. But many will stay true to Fire, and it won't be a bad choice in PVE, though it isn't the top caster as it was in Vanilla WoW. Mage have a big place in PVP with Frost's incredible control, and more spells open the doors for Mages to really step up in the Arena setting.
WoW Classic TBC Mage Ratings: PVE 4/5 - PVP 4.5/5
The biggest improvement from Vanilla WoW to TBC is in the Paladin, and for Horde players, you'll finally have the option to wield the Light alongside Plate armor!
Paladins finally have options in The Burning Crusade. Retribution picks up more spells and consistency, though still is below the pack on the charts. Holy remains one of the strongest healers in the game with a powerful utility package that helps in Arena. The real MVP, however, is Protection, which becomes arguably the best tank in the game in TBC!
WoW Classic TBC Paladin Ratings: PVE 4.5/5 - PVP 3/5
Priest ran the show in WoW Classic healing, and they're still quite powerful in TBC.
In TBC, healing Priests receive new AOE healing capabilities and new powerful buffs which lead the show when choosing spec. For Shadow Priests, the spec rounds out to be much more consistent, offering unmatched utility for its DPS slot by returning mana to others and increasing spell damage taken.
WoW Classic TBC Priest Ratings: PVE 4/5 - PVP 3/5
Rogues will have a mixed experience in TBC, one that may lack in comparison to Vanilla WoW.
Rogues in TBC will not be the chart topping threats players may remember from Vanilla, but thrive in the Arena environment with their control and burst. In the end, though, an unfriendly expansion to melee DPS feels even harder on Rogues.
The good news? You can aspire to the legendary Warglaives of Azzinoth, which a lucky few will wield to crush in end-game PVE and PVP alike.
Classic WoW TBC Rogue Ratings: PVE 3/5 - PVP 5/5
Paladins are making their way to the Horde, but Alliance players can rejoice - Shaman are coming to the Alliance in WoW Classic TBC as well!
Shaman are an incredibly powerful class in The Burning Crusade, bringing to the table the most significant raid spell in the game - Bloodlust. They offer some very competitive healing with Resto Shaman functioning as raid heals with some spells that can keep your tank up as well. Shaman also hang with the caster DPS pack as Elemental, with some new solutions to their mana woes from Vanilla WoW. Finally, Shaman also can hang with melee DPS in TBC with Enhancement offering massive burst potential. All 3 Shaman specs are fantastic in PVP settings with strong utility in Purge and totems - and most importantly, are able to Bloodlust in Arena!
Shaman TBC ratings: 4.5/5 PVE - 4/5 PVP
Warlock may have clocked in just below some of the premiere DPS classes of Vanilla WoW, but they'll be top dogs on the charts in TBC.
Warlocks will be neck and neck as the premiere DPS choice in The Burning Crusade with Hunters, and offer a ton of premium utility that raids can't pass up on like Health Stones, Banish, Portals, Soul Stones, and more. Each Warlock spec offers something in the talent tree - and with the debuff limit practically removed entirely, Warlocks are now free to DOT as they please. Warlocks will take advantage of this throughout TBC, pushing into Affliction to make it count before rounding out with other specs in later tiers.
Warlock TBC ratings: 5/5 PVE - 3.5/5 PVP
Now we land on Vanilla WoW's golden child, the Warrior. Warriors ran the show in WoW Classic as the best option for DPS and tanking alike. With game bis items as early as phase 1 thanks to Lionheart Helm, it wasn't a problem of scaling either, as they were the best from the very beginning.
In TBC, Warriors get a reality check, as nearly every class and spec has caught up with them. Warriors will have options with debuff limits gone and a new physical damage buff to play Arms instead of only Fury all the time, but you'll struggle to make the same kind of DPS meter impact you did in Vanilla. And in the end, Fury will likely outdo Arms on DPS most of the time. Warriors do have some extra perks in PVP, including the chance to stun on hit with maces. As Protection, while Warriors are still a very viable choice, they aren't the only tank choice anymore, which means finding your raid slot will actually be a challenge (unlike Vanilla.)
Warrior TBC ratings: 3.5/5 PVE - 4.5/5 PVP
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