WoW WotLK PvP tier list (March 2024) - best picks for 2v2, 3v3, and BGs

Three WoW characters fighting in the Outland arena.

Three WoW characters fighting in the Outland arena.

March 15, 2024: If you're going to put hundreds of hours into a single character, you're going to want to know that the one you've picked is high on the WoW WotLK PvP tier list. Whether you're looking at PvP domination or PvE raid clears and damage meters, we've made an easy list of the best picks.

Alongside a table that you can trust for at-a-glance decision-making, we've even made sure to include our reasoning for each class in the paragraphs that follow. So if you want solid reasons why your favourite class isn't as good as you remember, you're in the right place.

For more detailed breakdowns of WoW Classic classes, we've handled them by role as well. So if you know what job you want to run in a dungeon or raid, check out the WotLK tank tier list, healer tier list, and DPS tier list as well.

WoW WotLK PvP tier list

WoW WotLK PvP tier list


Fury Warrior
Retribution Paladin
Subtlety Rogue
Shadow Priest
Frost Mage
Unholy Death Knight


Enhancement Shaman
Destruction Warlock
Fire Mage
Combat Rogue
Survival Hunter


Arcane Mage
Frost Death Knight
Demonology Warlock
Assassination Rogue
Arms Warrior


Balance Druid
Elemental Shaman
Beast Mastery Hunter
Marksmanship Hunter
Feral Druid


Affliction Warlock

WoW Classic WotLK PvP tier list breakdown


  • Fury Warrior

The Fury Warrior remains a powerhouse with simple yet satisfying gameplay. It excels in multi-target scenarios, delivering top-tier cleave damage. With high-level gear, it scales remarkably well, dominating both single-target encounters and end-game content. What sets it apart is its independence from resources, allowing for relentless combat. Its straightforward rotation offers a rewarding experience for players. Fury Warrior is a formidable force on the battlefield of Azeroth, feared and respected for its relentless onslaught.

  • Retribution Paladin

Retribution Paladin has The Art of War, one of the new tools it got in Wrath of the Lich King. It also has the Divine Purpose that gives the Paladin to break free from Stuns.

  • Unholy Death Knight

Unholy Death Knights are particularly powerful in the PvP arena due to its defensive toolkit which includes spells like Bone Shield that reduce all damage. Pair that with Anti-Magic Shell that reduces more spell damage, Anti-Magic Zone that disables the damage spells make, Icebound Fortitude for stun immunity, and Lichborne for fear, sheeps, and charms immunity.

S-tier WoW Classic WotLK PVP Specializations are the strongest classes in the Arena. These will be the post popular classes on the Arena ladder and will most likely secure Rank 1 Titles throughout Wrath Classic.


  • Enhancement Shaman

The Enhancement Shaman, a versatile hybrid class, excels in PvP with its potent combination of high-burst damage, utility, and swift healing capabilities. Initially exclusive to the Horde as a counterpart to the Paladin, it has since become available to both factions since the era of The Burning Crusade.

  • Destruction Warlock

Destruction Warlocks diverge significantly from Affliction Warlocks. While Affliction focuses on spreading pressure, Destruction Warlocks prioritize crowd control tactics and swiftly eliminating a single target within a brief timeframe.

  • Survival Hunter

Survival Hunters present a unique specialization in PvP, offering formidable resilience and substantial damage output. Their distinctive gameplay revolves around procs and meticulous preparation, making them both elusive targets and potent aggressors on the battlefield.

A-tier picks are extremely powerful and likely contenders for Rank 1 titles, but they only fall short due to its number of available compositions or not as strong as the S-tier.


  • Arcane Mage

Arcane Mage has high amounts of Resilience and has the Arcane Blast that offers good amounts of casts. Unfortunately, the class is very predictable and can easily be interrupted.

  • Frost Death Knight

Frost Death Knights' powerful AOE crowd control talent Hungering Cold is basically like putting Freezing Trap on the entire enemy team. It can be effective on some team sin 5v5 arena for huge crowd control, but not for 2v2 or 3v3.

  • Assassination Rogue

Assassination rogues offer a viable option, although they're often deemed inferior to the Subtlety specialization. However, Assassination shines in delivering consistent, high sustained damage with abilities like Mutilate, Deadly Poison IX, and Envenom. Their effectiveness is amplified when paired with a supportive team, enhancing their impact on the battlefield.

B-tier picks are still good, but they suffer due to limited team compositions. They are more one dimensional and opponents can easily predict their movesets.

Death Knights in recent PVP gear.
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  • Balance Druid

Balance Druids blend damage-dealing, crowd control, and healing abilities. As a hybrid specialization, Balance offers extensive utility, often requiring players to prioritize heals and crowd control over offensive maneuvers due to its versatile toolkit.

  • Elemental Shaman

The Elemental Shaman, a versatile hybrid class, excels in PvP with its potent combination of high-burst damage, utility, and rapid healing capabilities. Originally exclusive to the Horde as a counterpart to the Paladin, this class has been accessible to both factions since The Burning Crusade era, offering its unique strengths to players of all allegiances.

  • Beast Mastery Hunter

Beast Mastery Hunters specialize in enhancing the abilities of their animal companions. While they were considered top-tier DPS in The Burning Crusade, their performance noticeably declines in Wrath of the Lich King. Throughout this expansion, Beast Mastery falls behind both Marksmanship and Survival specializations in terms of effectiveness.

C-tier picks only have a handful of viable compositions and can only shine in 2v2. Not very good in other brackets.


  • Affliction Warlock

Affliction Warlocks stand as a premier PvP class in Wrath of the Lich King. They excel at exerting immense pressure in large-scale battles such as battlegrounds, while also offering significant crowd control capabilities in smaller skirmishes and one-on-one encounters.

D-tier picks are not the classes to be favoured with in Arena. They are pure Tank classes and extremely one dimensional, which make them highly predictable.

They'll absolutely work at the lower tiers against others who aren't quite sure how to react to the opposing class, but don't expect to get far up the ladder with these. Arena teams will laugh at you.

Unless you're just looking to have standoffs outside the Goldshire inn, don't bother putting in the time to make PVP-ready versions of these classes. Though they sounds great on paper, they generally lack the versatile kit a good PvP class demands.

And that's your look at the best WoW Wotlk PvP tier list for now. Things might shift around as people use newer technologies (and tighter communities) to extrapolate serious data from these picks, but they're set against 15 years of experience. If you're just getting started on your levelling mission, check out our list of the ten best addons for Classic WoW just in time for the WotLK launch.

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