Best Covenants for All Shadowlands DPS in Raid and Mythic+

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For Mythic+, the best Subtlety Rogue Covenant is Kyrian or Night Fae.

Looking at Mythic plus Pelagos/Kyrian stays strong as well, but Korayn/Night Fae looks great because getting new adds or pulls feeds well into 荒猎团战术 and 争先打击.


Best Elemental Shaman Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid, the best Elemental Shaman Covenant is Necrolord.

The changes to the covenant hierarchy this week can be attributed to a deliberate change in how the Venthyr covenant ability 收割链 & the talent 回响震击 interact. Previously, 收割链 was the only covenant ability that was duplicated by 回响震击. Blizzard noted in a post made before the build went out that they intended to remove that interaction, and testing has since confirmed that 回响震击 no longer duplicates 收割链.

With the official decoupling of 回响震击 and 收割链 and the rework of the Night Fae conduit, Necrolord will move to the front when it comes to damage for Elemental. 始源之潮 is noticeably ahead of the other covenants now in the damage. Some specific scenarios in raid may favor others (E.G. Dreamweaver makes a very strong case for Night Fae across the board, as the Cheat Death effect provided by 灵茧守护者 is extremely strong,) but for damage in most raid scenarios Necrolord is on top for the moment.


For Mythic+, the best Elemental Shaman Covenant is Kyrian.

While Venthyr is still competitive here as the Pelagos Soulbind ability 放下过去 was nerfed at the same time, Vesper Totem will without a doubt outperform 收割链 in M+ without the 回响震击 interaction.


Best Enhancement Shaman Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid and Mythic+, the best Enhancement Shaman Covenant is Venthyr.

The nerf to Pelagos's Soulbind tree was just enough to push Kyrian out of contention with Venthyr in raids but only barely. Kyrian's 暮钟图腾 still shines in Mythic+ though alongside Venthyr. 3 of the 4 soulbinds are all very close, with Necrolord lagging slightly behind due to being overly single target focused.


For Mythic+, the best Enhancement Shaman Covenant is Venthyr.

These are both very close now as the increased opportunity cost of 收割链 caused by the buff to 漩涡武器 spenders has almost eliminated the gap. The soulbinds are also doing a lot of work for Kyrian here so these remain extremely close depending on target counts.


Best Affliction Warlock Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid, the best Affliction Warlock Covenant is Kyrian and Night Fae.


For most raid content, the main benefit of 碎魂奉纳 is that it counts as a DoT to increase your 灾难狂欢's damage, in addition to just being an extra DoT for a class that specializes in DoTs.

For another option, Night Fae is almost equally as strong as Kyrian, with the added benefit of a strong movement ability in 灵魂变形. Grove Invigoration is almost equal in strength to Pelagos' Combat Meditation, and from the first week of Mythic Castle Nathria opening, you'll have access to two potency slots before any other soulbind in the game with Dreamweaver. In addition to this, 灵魂腐化 is way easier to use functionally than 碎魂奉纳, as it's essentially just a cooldown you have to hit every minute, instead of constantly assessing which benefit you want to gain from casting it.


For Mythic+, the best Affliction Warlock Covenant is Kyrian.

For Mythic+, you still retain that benefit of added single target damage for bosses, but in multi-target scenarios you can throw 碎魂奉纳 on an add that's about to die, and instantly gain 5 shards which can be thrown into spamming 灾难狂欢 on AoE.


Best Demonology Warlock Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid, the best Demonology Warlock Covenant is Necrolord or Night Fae.

The niche Demonology fills for single target is complemented very nicely with Decimating Bolt, this is mostly applicable when using specific conduits and legendaries geared towards buffing Demonbolt further. Night Fae, in particular Dreamweaver, has very strong synergy with Demonology in later Renown levels as the final trait gives you a large Haste bonus every time you cast Soul Rot which you can delay and use with Demonic Tyrant.


For Mythic+, the best Demonology Warlock Covenant is Necrolord or Night Fae.

Night Fae's AoE component is helpful in M+ and just adds to the Demonology toolkit while also giving you access two early potency conduits. Necrolord does not shine as much in AoE but is still a solid option as two of three Soulbinds give you basically static stats.


Best Destruction Warlock Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid, the best Destruction Warlock Covenant is Kyrian.

碎魂奉纳 is designed to fit all situations. It can work as a dot with very high uptime on straight Single Target, but also has a nice twist when introducing adds. The Soulbind bonuses you gain through the Kyrian covenant are also very nice, despite the 召唤执事者 ability not bringing much to the table.


For Mythic+, the best Destruction Warlock Covenant is Kyrian.

碎魂奉纳 has its place in dungeons, both on bosses, but also on packs with multiple adds. You're able to proc the 5 shard bonus often which basically nets you up to 1+2/3 火焰之雨 casts or 2.5 混乱之箭 casts. Alternatively, you're able to maintain high uptime on this dot due to the reset cooldown of the ability.


Best Arms Warrior Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid, the best Arms Warrior Covenant is Kyrian or Venthyr.

Kyrian has risen considerably, though 判罪 remains a close option. 判罪 was recently buffed and the interaction with 屠杀 fixed, which adds a lot of extra damage towards the end of the fight, but 晋升堡垒之矛 works quite nicely alongside 撕裂, making them both fairly competitive. The real difference between them comes down to how viable those talents are in particular encounters, and the difference between their available Soulbinds, which Venthyr tends a little bit ahead on in terms of DPS.

暗影之门 is somewhat lackluster, as Warriors already have a lot of mobility. When it's useful, it's very useful, but those times tend to be few and far between in raid where the entire raid often needs to move rather than just one person. On the other hand, Kyrian's 静谧之瓶 is one of the best, making it a very good pick in a wide variety of situations.


For Mythic+, the best Arms Warrior Covenant is Venthyr.

Venthyr and Kyrian are again both very viable. Kyrian has a clear multitarget burst advantage, but Arms already has a lot of multitarget options in 灭战者, , and even 破坏者. That said, Venthyr is surprisingly competitive, since although it is a single target ability (outside of 横扫攻击), the damage is so high that it still takes priority over 旋风斩 even against multiple targets.

暗影之门 will likely see more use in Mythic+ than raid, as players find creative ways to skip certain pulls or bypass enemy mechanics with it, but it's still fairly niche, while 静谧之瓶 remains much more widely useful.


Best Fury Warrior Covenant in Shadowlands



For Raid, the best Fury Warrior Covenant is Venthyr.

Fury's best covenant remains Venthyr. Despite the recent nerfs, 判罪 remains very versatile in single target and AoE, helping jumpstart the early rotation. The defensive aspect is not quite as useful since Fury cannot spam the ability, but it's a nice supplement to 嗜血 healing when considering the amount of raid encounters which incorporate rot damage (G'huun and Queen Azshara both come to mind as recent examples).

暗影之门 is somewhat lackluster, as Warriors already have a lot of mobility. When it's useful, it's very useful, but those times tend to be few and far between in raid where the entire raid often needs to move rather than just one person. On the other hand, Kyrian's 静谧之瓶 is one of the best, making it a very good pick in a wide variety of situations.


For Mythic+, the best Fury Warrior Covenant is Venthyr.

判罪 remains a very strong option due to Fury's ability to innately cleave single target attacks with 旋风斩, however Kyrian's 晋升堡垒之矛 sacrifices throughput for better multitarget burst, which can be attractive for Mythic+ focused players.

暗影之门 will likely see more use in Mythic+ than raid, as players find creative ways to skip certain pulls or bypass enemy mechanics with it, but it's still fairly niche, while 静谧之瓶 remains much more widely useful.

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