A Look at Covenant Power in Shadowlands - Why is Pelagos the Best Soulbind?
Today we'd like to take a closer look at the subject of Covenant choice in Shadowlands or more precisely, explore the reason why there are so many specs recommending Kyrian to be their best covenant option.
Overall, Blizzard is reaching a somewhat good state of balance when looking at overall Soulbind power, with many soulbind traits and conduits reaching similar levels of power in the average scenario. However, when looking at
Best Covenant recommendations
, there's a clear trend towards Kyrian.
Best Covenant for All Classes in Shadowlands
Out of the 83 Covenant suggestions given by our Class Writers, 43 of them were Kyrian, encompassing over half of the suggestions. You can see the full spread in the chart below.
On top of that, since
reorganizing Soulbind trees
, Soulbinds usually will have either one of two options for paths:
Two Potency slots and one throughput trait
One Potency slot and two throughput traits
This balance means that while differences exist between different soulbind trees, they are usually all in the same playfield, with some soulbinds preferring some specific traits, while others prefer the extra potency slot when they have a strong or synergetic conduit.
However, there's an exception to this rule, and the name of this exception is Pelagos. Unlike any other soulbinds, Pelagos offers a path with two throughput traits (
) plus two Potency conduits, which, considering the same value for all conduits and traits, entails a 33% advantage on its own. You can see an example tree with this layout below.
Having this path with four possible throughput increases makes Pelagos, at least for DPS players, the most compelling Soulbind of all Covenants.
How to Fix Pelagos?
To solve this, Blizzard could cut the power of both traits in the path by half, but that would likely make Pelagos into the worse pick for Kyrian. Alternatively, they could restructure the tree so players have to choose between a second potency slot and
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