Season of Discovery Best DPS Builds for Any Class

The Season of Discovery kicked off with some massive changes for all the classes. For players who want to be desirable in raids and dungeons, knowing which class and build to use can prove to be paramount. In this guide, we will walk you through the best classes for dealing damage in SoD, as well as the best builds to do so. No matter if you already have a character that you want to deal damage with, or you are making a new one – we’ve got you covered.

Best DPS Classes in Season of Discovery

Before we get to builds, it would be helpful to determine which classes stack up better against others when it comes to dealing damage. This tier-list here will help you to decide on which character to roll if you still have not. However, keep in mind that it is only the beginning of the Season of Discovery, and things might drastically change in upcoming phases.

Currently, the tier list of the Best DPS classes in SoD looks like this.

  • S Tier: Hunter, Druid (Feral), Warrior (Fury), Rogue.
  • A Tier: Paladin, Warlock.
  • B Tier: Shaman (Enhancement), Mage.
  • C Tier: Priest.

Best Rogue DPS Build in SoD

The best Rogue build for pure DPS at the moment is the Saber Slash build. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/rogue/0053231-02_156hm76m3a6v6

Assassination

Combat

Malice: 5/5

Improved Sinister Strike: 2/2

Ruthlessness: 3/3

 

Murder: 2/2

 

Improved Slice and Dice: 3/3

 

Relentless Strikes: 1/1

 

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

The Saber Slash build is the go-to for rogues in Season of Discovery Phase 1, emphasizing damage through Deadly Brew and Saber Slash. All 16 talent points are invested in damage-enhancing skills, with Relentless Strikes significantly boosting energy regeneration overall. 

Best Hunter DPS Build in SoD

The absolute best Hunter build in Phase 1 of SoD at the moment is the Pet Scorpid build. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/hunter/05003200501_156qb76qja6qd

Beast Mastery

Endurance Training: 5/5

Thick Hide: 3/3

Improved Revive Pet: 2/2

Unleashed Fury: 5/5

Ferocity: 1/5

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

This build leverages the interaction between the hunter pet Scorpid's ability Scorpid Poison and the rune Kill Command to achieve top-tier DPS. To optimize, it's crucial to cast Kill Command before the Scorpid pet applies Scorpid Poison. If applied early, wait for the dot to expire before casting Kill Command again.

Additionally, only one hunter in the group can benefit from Scorpid Poison, as multiple Scorpid pets will only refresh the initial Scorpid Poison dot. The designated Scorpid user should have Aspect of the Lion active, while other hunters may opt for Improved Aspect of the Hawk instead of Thick Hide and Improved Revive Pet.

Best Paladin DPS Build in SoD

Here is the best Paladin build for dealing damage in Phase 1 of SoD. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/paladin/--50230051_156p276sna6nx

Retribution

Improved Blessing of Might: 5/5

Improved Judgment: 2/2

Improved Seal of the Crusader: 3/3

Conviction: 5/5

Seal of Command: 1/1

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

For early Retribution builds, choosing Exorcist is recommended. However, its impact might be relatively modest, averaging around 3-4 casts per fight. You can pick other runes for legs slot for their utility without losing that much damage.

Best Warrior DPS Build in SoD

The best DPS Warrior build at the moment is the following one. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/warrior/303220203-01_156vt76vwa6vs

Arms

Fury

Improved Heroic Strike: 3/3

Cruelty: 1/5

Improved Rend: 3/3

 

Improved Charge: 2/2

 

Tactical Mastery: 2/5

 

Improved Overpower: 2/2

 

Deep Wounds: 3/3

 

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

As a DPS Warrior, opt for Raging Blow as the chest rune for a free extra attack, as Flagellation lacks uptime without Berserker Rage. In the hand slot, choose Quick Strike with a Two-Hander and Single-Minded Fury when dual-wielding for a damage boost and a movement speed bonus. Prioritizing movement speed is essential for higher uptime, especially before we can learn Intercept. BLOG15

Best Warlock DPS Build in SoD

The best DPS Warrior build at the moment is the following one. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/warlock/05--50500001_156s876s6a6my

Affliction

Destruction

Improved Corruption: 5/5

Improved Shadow Bolt: 5/5

 

Bane: 5/5

 

Shadowburn: 1/1

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

This talent build shines in AoE and cleaving scenarios. Shadow Bolt Volley and Everlasting Affliction allow effective Corruption spam. Improved Shadow Bolt and Demonic Tactics boost crit chance and apply a shadow damage debuff. Bane is crucial, reducing Shadow Bolt cast time by 20%. Strategic Shadowburn use is key to maximizing raid-wide damage without compromising Improved Shadow Bolt uptime.

Best Mage DPS Build in SoD

The best Mage build for pure DPS at the moment is the Fire build. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/mage/-5052000121_156j976jha6rb

Fire

Improved Fireball: 5/5

Ignite: 5/5

Flame Throwing: 2/2

Pyroblast: 1/1

Burning Soul: 2/2

Improved Scorch: 1/3

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

Fire is an excellent Mage build, though it can be mana-intensive. The level cap of 25 limits access to key talents that truly enhance the spec's performance in all three trees.

Best Priest DPS Build in SoD

The best Priest DPS build in phase 1 is the Shadow build. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/priest/--50225001001_156vh76jra6jn

Shadow

Spirit Tap: 5/5

Shadow Affinity: 2/3

Improved Shadow Word: 2/2

Shadow Focus: 5/5

Mind Flay: 1/1

Shadow Weaving: 1/5

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

At level 25, the Shadow Priest lacks key talents like Darkness and Shadowform that directly boost damage. The essential talents for this stage are Shadow Focus, providing a powerful 10% increased chance to hit, Mind Flay, offering a Shadow damage filler spell, and Shadow Weaving. Mind Flay becomes particularly important as it provides access to a Shadow filler spell.

Best Shaman DPS Build in SoD

The best Shaman build for DPS in phase 1 is the Enhancement build. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/shaman/-5005212001_156pt76vpa6q3

Enhancement

Ancestral Knowledge: 5/5

Thundering Strikes: 5/5

Improved Ghost Wolf: 2/2

Improved Lightning Shield: 1/3

Enhancing Totems: 2/2

Flurry: 1/5

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

Enhancement Shaman has limited options in the early talent tree. Allocate 5 points into Ancestral Knowledge for extra mana and to progress to the next tier. Thundering Strikes enhances crit, boosting damage and Flurry uptime. Improved Ghost Wolf enables great usage of Ghost Wolf at level 20. Enhancing Totems strengthens your main totem by 15% and unlocks a point in Flurry, increasing attack speed by 10% for the next 3 swings upon a critical hit.

Best Druid DPS Build in SoD

The best Druid build for DPS in phase 1 is the Feral build. The talents for this build look like this.

https://www.wowhead.com/classic/talent-calc/embed/druid/500005001--05_156pa76pfa6pm

Balance

Restoration

Improved Wrath: 5/5

Furor: 5/5

Natural Weapons: 5/5

 

Omen of Clarity: 1/1

 

When it comes to runes, we will be running this combination:

The single most important talent for Feral Druids at level 25 is Omen of Clarity. This ability allows the use of high-energy-costing abilities for free whenever it procs. However, obtaining Omen requires investing 11 talent points in the Balance Tree, diverting points from the Feral Combat Tree.

If you are curious about where you can get a specific rune, you are in luck since we’ve also prepared guides for just that. Click here if you are interested.

That’s about wraps up our guide for the best DPS builds in Season of Discovery. If you feel like trying out any of them, but don’t want to level a new character, you might find our SoD services useful. You can check them out here

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