After checking the first few days of the raid in Patch 10.0.7, the next step is to examine the first few days of Mythic+ in the same patch. We have observed several new entries in the raid during the initial days, so perhaps we can expect similar changes in Mythic+ as well. Let's take a look at the situation during the first few days of Patch 10.0.7, which featured a challenging set of affixes in limited plus. This week provides the only opportunity to assess the situation. The affixes for this week include Fortified, Spiteful, and Grievous, making it a trash-heavy and AoE-intensive week. These factors may influence the value of certain specs in Mythic+.
Regarding tanks in Patch 10.0.7, prior to its release, it was evident that Protection Warriors dominated the season, with Blood Death Knights as the second best option. This was the established power dynamic among tanks. However, a few days into Patch 10.0.7, we have seen a shift in popularity. For the first time, Protection Paladins have become more popular than Protection Warriors, particularly at higher-end keys. Protection Warriors may continue to lose ground to Protection Paladins as we progress further into the season. This change was anticipated, as Protection Paladins had already been rising in popularity before this patch. In fact, this patch further buffed Protection Paladins, specifically through adjustments to a certain talent and a stronger general tree, enhancing their damage and tankiness. The other tanks received only minor, irrelevant changes, with minor buffs for Guardian Druids and Vengeance Demon Hunters. Thus, the rise of Protection Paladins is the most significant change among tanks in Mythic+.
Moving on to healers in Mythic+ 10.0.7, the situation remains largely unchanged for now. Despite the considerable shift in the raid meta, with Restoration Shamans performing well after receiving buffs, the impact on Mythic+ is minimal at the moment. The two most popular specs for healers in Mythic+ are still Restoration Druids and Discipline Priests. Even in higher-level keys, particularly in the 25+ range, these two specs continue to dominate. While the nerfs primarily targeted Restoration Druids and Discipline Priests in the raid, the effects on their Mythic+ performance have been limited. Additionally, Mistweaver Monks and Restoration Shamans have seen some growth in popularity, thanks to the buffs they received in Patch 10.0.7. Holy Paladins have indirectly benefited from the rework of the general tree, resulting in increased defensiveness and survivability, though their damage output has decreased. This decrease in DPS is significant for healers, as it is an important aspect in Mythic+ keys. Even with these buffs, the affected specs.
Currently, the affected specs are not experiencing significant growth, although even the small numbers show a noticeable increase in popularity. For instance, going from 5.6 percent to 7.1 percent represents a more than 20 percent increase. Therefore, the changes are still noticeable from one week to the next. Now let's turn our attention to melee DPS in Patch 10.0.7. This role underwent only a few changes compared to others. Warriors and Rogues remained untouched, while Havoc Demon Hunters received minimal adjustments. Enhancement Shamans saw a minor change, and there were slight buffs for Feral and Windwalker specs. The primary buffs in Patch 10.0.7 went to Death Knights and Retribution Paladins due to their rework. Among melee DPS, Retribution Paladins have shown a slight but noticeable growth in Mythic+. However, this growth is not as significant for the Death Knight specs, as they perform better in the raid than in Mythic+. Therefore, Retribution Paladins are likely to have a greater overall impact from the changes in Patch 10.0.7, although it's important to note that three days of the season are not sufficient to draw conclusive results. There is still more to observe regarding the changes to this spec, which has been altered the most compared to other specs in Patch 10.0.7.
Now let's shift our focus to ranged DPS in Patch 10.0.7. Unlike melee DPS, ranged DPS specs received a significant number of changes. Both Hunter specs received buffs, as did all three Warlock specs. Additionally, Elemental Shamans had some adjustments to their general tree, although it didn't have a major impact on their damage output. From the initial days, we can see the usual fickleness of Hunters, with players switching from Marksmanship to Beast Mastery. It's worth noting that it's relatively easy for Hunters to switch between specs. Surprisingly, Affliction Warlocks haven't seen much growth in Mythic+ despite the buffs they received. Demonology Warlocks continue to dominate over Destruction, and Frost Mages remain prevalent as well. It's not surprising since Mages, in general, were neither buffed nor nerfed in Patch 10.0.7.
Turning to the most popular Mythic+ compositions, we see some changes compared to previous weeks. The resurgence of Restoration Shaman is noticeable, with a few groups now including them. Protection Paladin has overtaken Protection Warrior, and the rivalry between Restoration Druid and Discipline Priest continues. A new entry in the ranged DPS camp is Beast Mastery Hunter, which has replaced Marksmanship Hunter. Interestingly, we now have more ranged DPS entries in popular groups than melee DPS. The majority of the melee DPS entries consist of Havoc Demon Hunters, with a few Rogues and Enhancement Shamans making up the rest. This indicates a shift in favor of ranged DPS in popular group compositions, a departure from what we were accustomed to seeing with Windwalker Monks, Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans dominating the scene.
We can conclude our rapid-fire update on the first few days of Mythic+ in Patch 10.0.7 with an interesting, albeit ultimately useless, observation: the success rate of specs in Mythic+. Surprisingly, Affliction Warlock and Destruction Warlock, two of the newly buffed specs, have high success rates, while Demology Warlock, another buffed spec, is struggling near the bottom. Red Paladin, another expected flavor-of-the-month spec, is actually performing well in these initial days of the patch. However, it's important to note that assessing changes in Mythic+ is more challenging than in raids. Mythic+ involves a larger player base and more entries, so it takes time to observe the changes in performance and player preferences.
It may take a while to realize the true strength or weakness of a spec. The purpose of examining Mythic+ is not to determine who is currently overpowered or in the meta, but rather to identify potential meta specs for the upcoming season. This analysis is important for understanding which specs are positioning themselves well for future content. With that in mind, I'll now leave you to the rest of the content. Thank you to all the patrons and supporters for contributing to the channel's growth. You can support the channel by liking, commenting, subscribing, following on Twitter, and joining the Twitch stream. Thank you once again for watching, and I'll see you soon in future content. In the meantime, enjoy the interactive gameplay and the healing experience in the raid. Blizzard has done a great job with it.