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 Tácticas de la Cacería Salvaje and Primer golpe.


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 Cosecha en cadena & the talent Descarga resonante interact. Previously, Cosecha en cadena was the only covenant ability that was duplicated by Descarga resonante. Blizzard noted in a post made before the build went out that they intended to remove that interaction, and testing has since confirmed that Descarga resonante no longer duplicates Cosecha en cadena.

With the official decoupling of Descarga resonante and Cosecha en cadena and the rework of the Night Fae conduit, Necrolord will move to the front when it comes to damage for Elemental. Oleada primigenia 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 Cuidador de vainas 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 Romper con el pasado was nerfed at the same time, Vesper Totem will without a doubt outperform Cosecha en cadena in M+ without the Descarga resonante 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 Tótem de campana de vísperas 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 Cosecha en cadena caused by the buff to Arma vorágine 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 Diezmo asolador is that it counts as a DoT to increase your Éxtasis maléfico'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 Forma de alma. 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, Putrefacción de alma is way easier to use functionally than Diezmo asolador, 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 Diezmo asolador on an add that's about to die, and instantly gain 5 shards which can be thrown into spamming Éxtasis maléfico 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.

Diezmo asolador 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 Invocar al administrador ability not bringing much to the table.


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

Diezmo asolador 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 Lluvia de Fuego casts or 2.5 Descarga de caos 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 Condenar remains a close option. Condenar was recently buffed and the interaction with Masacre fixed, which adds a lot of extra damage towards the end of the fight, but Lanza de Bastión works quite nicely alongside Desgarrar, 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.

Puerta de las Sombras 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 Ampolla de serenidad 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 Belígera, , and even Devastador. That said, Venthyr is surprisingly competitive, since although it is a single target ability (outside of Golpes de barrido), the damage is so high that it still takes priority over Torbellino even against multiple targets.

Puerta de las Sombras 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 Ampolla de serenidad 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, Condenar 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 Sed de sangre healing when considering the amount of raid encounters which incorporate rot damage (G'huun and Queen Azshara both come to mind as recent examples).

Puerta de las Sombras 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 Ampolla de serenidad 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.

Condenar remains a very strong option due to Fury's ability to innately cleave single target attacks with Torbellino, however Kyrian's Lanza de Bastión sacrifices throughput for better multitarget burst, which can be attractive for Mythic+ focused players.

Puerta de las Sombras 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 Ampolla de serenidad remains much more widely useful.

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