What’s the best level 19 PvP class in World of Warcraft? Based on much PvP twinkage, I think I have a pretty solid list compiled. First, we are going to separate the lists into 2 different categories: DPS and Healing.
My most recent project was to level another Paladin up to level 39 through battlegrounds. The 10-19 bracket is probably the most fun for me, because everyone is playing with very basic talents and abilities. Teamwork is essential, and the playing field is more or less even…so long as you work as a team.
For the DPS category, I am basing my list on 2 things: damage output and survivability. You might be surprised at my list. I also am assuming good, solid PvP gear
Top Level 19 PvP DPS
Damage Output: 8
The Paladin (as Ret) is a PvP beast in the level 19 bracket. Damage-wise, with Crusader enchant procced, and with high critical hits, Paladins can chew through just about any other class. Paladins also have several means of escape, including a couple forms of shields and protection. Combine that with Lay on Hands,which heals for 100% of HP, and you have a very nasty class to take down. Pile on the +stamina gear, and youwill dominate the level 19 PvP battlegrounds.
Damage Output: 9
By the math, Hunters score the same as Paladins on my charts, but they get 2nd place because in 1 on 1 scenarios, with optimal twink gear and skill, a Paladin will probably win. The best weapon a Hunter has is the ability to stay at range, and a Paladin in this bracket can trinket or Hand of Freedom out of movement slowing Hunter abilities and close the gap. If a Paladin gets close, then the Hunter may have a very hard time getting away.
Still, a Hunter is probably the most feared class in this bracket due to their ability to burn down enemies before they even come close to reaching them. They are also opportunistic killers, searching for easy prey to pick apart that are already engaged in combat.
A Hunter that can kite can win his team games, especially by eliminating the other team’s best players and keeping them off the battle field.
Damage Output: 9
The potential damage output for Rogues in this bracket is huge, especially if wielding daggers. The one weakness dagger wielding Rogues have however, is they are primarily effective while damaging from behind. Strong players with other classes will try to keep dagger Rogues in front of them at all times.
Survivability is decent, with Vanish as a reliable means of escape, but placing a DoT on a Rogue can negate that very quickly. Unless a Rogue has stacked Stamina, they can easily be burned down. A Rogue’s success is based on burst damage, with his or her living or dying dependant upon how quickly they can take down their targets.
Damage Output: 8
Warlocks can either be great or awful in the level 19 PvP bracket. The great ones usually have lots of HP and spell power combined, and will DoT up everything in sight, adding Fear and Shadowbolt to the mix. DoTs can really eat away at even a strong twinks health, and when used in combo with Fear, a good Warlock can be very difficult to take down.
Survivability is based on having Fear, and usually not being high on a priority kill list when in packs. Warlocks fight from a distance, working as Hunters do to jump onto targets already engaged in combat.
Damage Output: 7
I really wanted to put Warriors up higher, but I just have not seen very many dominant Warriors over the other 4 classes. Rogues, Hunters, Paladins, and Warlocks seem to be able to handle them 1 on 1 with ease. Using 2H weapons, they have the ability to pack a big punch, similar to Paladins. But without extra damage from Seal of Righteousness and a ranged Judgement, they take a back seat.
Survivability is high, wearing mail armor and having the capability of stacking lots of stamina. Unfortunately, that’s about all that is at this level, and means of escape are few and far between. Warrior must rely on outlasting their opponents, hoping their DPS can make up the difference.
Damage Output: 6
Shaman are a very strong PvP class. Mayeb the most well rounded class at this level, if you include healing. Damage output is mediocre, and isn’t going to beat those listed above, but as a support DPS in groups and packs of friendlies, they can be very dangerous.
Shaman have high survivability in this PvP bracket due to their travel form and totems. Having the ability to heal when at a safe distance also helps as well. However, a solid DPS, especially Paladin, Rogue, or Hunter can make short work of a Shaman if they are able to get within range.
Shaman are optimal flag carrier choices for Warsong Gulch in the level 19 PvP bracket. Along with Druids, they can shift into travel from and very quickly scoot across the battlefield to cap flags. They also are ideal flag chasers for the same reason. Using travel form and then totems to slow an opposing flag carrier is a great ability when waiting for other reinforcements.
Shaman at level 18 and 19 are very strong, and have the biggest jump in PvP abilities from 17 and below. Shaman fight and survive well in groups, so beware.
Damage Output: 3
The Druid is a literal tank in bear form, and a very strong runner in flag capturing scenarios. With the ability to stack loads of Stamina, a Druid in bear form is the hardest class to take down, save for maybe the Paladin.
Unfortunately, a Druid is probably the worst DPS option in the level 19 PvP bracket. Cat form doesn’t come until 20, so DPS must be done by casting spells (medium damage), bear form (weak damage), or melee (might as well be wielding a toothpick damage). Don’t get me wrong, a Druid CAN do damage, it’s just not comparable to other classes at this level. If you want to be a damage dealer in this bracket, gear for spell power and cast to your heart’s content. Otherwise, you are looked at as a flag carrier or healer.
Damage Output: 6
Mages do not get their stronger PvP abilities until later levels, so they come off relatively weak looking in the 19 bracket. Their survivability and damage output is medium at best, though twinked out Mages fare better than others. Blink is a great ability, but doesn’t come until level 20.
Stack spell power and stamina here, and try not to get into 1 on 1 battles. Support DPS is the way to go for a Mage in these brackets. Mages also make good flag romo defenders, because of their abilities to slow enemies down.
Damage Output: 4
Last but not least, we have the Priest. Survivability is enhanced by a shield, which helps the other-wise squishiest level 19 PvP classs. Damage output is weak, although DoTs do give them the very slight edge over Druids in that category.
Psychic Scream gives Priests a Fear option, which can be used for escape purposes, or to clear melee off flag carriers.
If focusing on damage as a Priest, avoid 1 on 1 fights, and stick to support DPS, staying away from melee as much as possible. Beware Hunters.
Top Level 19 PvP Healing Class
Healing classes in this PvP bracket are based upon survivability and healing ability. The no-brainer idea that Priests are tops here is something I actually will contradict.
Healing Ability: 9
Druids top the healing class list primarily because of their high survivability. Their heals also scale very, very well at this level. With two heal over time (HoT) heals, and a fairly strong single heal, Druid healers are a force to be reckoned with and should taken down as quickly as possible.
Beware, a Druid healer can easily switch to bear form if damge start pouring in, or hit travel form for a quick means of escape.
Healing Ability: 10
Priests still have the strongest heals, but their survivablity drops them a step below Druids. Priests also tend to fare very well at lower levels, even level 10 when accompanying other classes for heals.
Priests beware, as a WoW universally recognized healing class, you are usually top on the kill priority list.
Healing Ability: 8
Shaman healers have good heals, with decent means of escape. The reason I rank them higher than Paladins is because their heals tend to pack a bit more punch, and they have travel form, which allows for fast movement to area of need on the battelground.
Healing Ability: 6
Paladin healers, much like DPS paladins in the level 19 PvP bracket, are tough to take down. Their heals, however, are not quite as efficient as the other 3 healing classes. Without a HoT, they primarily rely on Holy Light. While this is great for single target heals, healing large groups can get a bit hectic and tedious.
Level 19 Warsong Gulch Flag Carrier Ability
To sum everything up, I end with flag carrier skill. This assumes top gear, HP, and skill. Druids come in first, obviously, because of travel form, high HP, and bear form for surviving attacks. Paladins beat out Shaman because of the high potential HP (at 1500 or more) , mail armor for more mitigation, and various escape and shield mechanisms. Shaman round out the top 3, with travel form and totems helping ease their escape.