Tank Rankings

World of Warcraft 9.0.1 Shadowlands Pre-Patch

Shadowlands 9.0.1 pre-patch rankings v6 are now live.
This will be continually updated every few days as SimC continues to make updates.
Some tank specs are still not fully supported, like Guardian Druid and Prot Paladins.

1 Brewmaster 139,741 TMI 100.0%
2 Blood 244,743 TMI 57.1%
3 Vengeance 255,955 TMI 54.6%

Tank Rankings Overview

These rankings are created using SimulationCraft, a program that is highly tested and trusted for simulating in-game encounters with characters.

We use SimulationCraft because simulators permit a high degree of control by allowing us to use specific talents, rotations, gear, possible boss mechanics, etc. to arrive at repeatable results that can be compared across specs and time. Also, simulators allow us to average out results from thousands of fights to get a feel for how a spec performs all of the time and not in one amazing fight.

If you are curious to learn about the simulation fight encounters of Max and Real, we recommend to read our past articles that describe them in Part I and Part II.

What is The Theck-Meloree Index (TMI)?

The Theck-Meloree Index is one of the metrics used to evaluate tanking specs. TMI measures the smoothness and spikiness of damage received by a tank. High TMI values means a tank is taking a large amount of spike damage and low TMI values means a tank is taking a low amount of spike damage. TMI values are roughly proportional with every 1000 TMI equivalent to spike damage worth 1% of total health. For example, a score of 135k TMI means that spec is taking damage spikes as high as 135% of their total health.

What is Damage Taken Per Second (DTPS)?

Damage Taken Per Second is one of the metrics that is used to evaluate the performance of tanking specs. DTPS represents the average amount of net damage that a tank receives from all damage sources after any healing and absorption mechanics. Low DTPS numbers are typically better than high DTPS numbers because that means the tank spec is taking less damage overall.

What is Damage Per Second (DPS)?

DPS is Damage Per Second, the same metric used for evaluating damage dealing specs. For tanks, this data is more fun to look at than it is usable. Tank smash!