SWTOR Best PvP Class [Top 5]

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What are the top 5 classes for PVP in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic has capped off the past 8 years of gameplay with a new update in October, “Onslaught”. With this new update, a new level cap of 75, new planets, and new endgame content, there are a number of new endgame armor, set bonuses, and an entirely new class of Tactical items. These will all affect how PVP classes will perform, so let’s rate the top 5 PVP classes as of now! As always with these rankings, they are subjective and based on general consensus from the sources I looked at online; there are certainly differing opinions on just about every aspect of PVP as is evident by the very active forums following the latest expansion!

5. Jedi Knight Guardian- Defense/Sith Warrior Juggernaut - Immortal

Tanking Ain't Easy: A Jedi Guardian stands above a fallen foe. 

The Jedi Knight Guardian and the Sith Warrior Juggernaut focused on the Defense and Immortal specializations respectively are generally considered some of the best tank classes out there. While many lean on DPS to win the day in PVP and some would even argue that tanks are of no use in PVP, there is certainly an argument to be made that some game modes and maps lend themselves to tanks. So, if you need a tank in your PVP match, look no further than the Guardian and Juggernaut. 

Why Jedi Knight Guardian - Defense/Sith Warrior Juggernaut - Immortal  is OP in PvP 

  • DPS damage of +1.54% above average
  • Average damage taken per second (DTPS) of 2475 when optimized
  • Average 75.25% damage reduction
  • Average 68.39% damage reduction on AOEs
  • New armor set bonuses such as the Lord of Pain set and 3 specific tacticals including Levithan’s Hide which allows Crushing Blow generates stacks of Crushing Defense for every enemy it hits, increasing your damage reduction by 2.5% per stack for 10 seconds

How to build Jedi Knight Guardian - Defense/Sith Warrior Juggernaut - Immortal for PvP 

4. Jedi Consular Sage - Seer/Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer - Corruption

Doctor's Orders: A Sith Inquisitor prepares to unleash the Dark Side of the Force. 

If you’re in PVP to be a team player and provide some much needed heals to your fellow players, then you’re going to want to start off with a Jedi Consular Sage on the Seer discipline or its mirror, the Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer with Corruption discipline. While there is definitely some debate on the overall effectiveness of this class when pushed to its limits in the latest expansion, there is no doubt that these are some of the easiest healing classes to jump in and learn that are also effective at their job. 

Why Jedi Consular Sage - Seer/Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer - Corruption is OP in PvP

  • Average HPS of 17,136
  • When optimized, -4.19% HPS vs Average HPS, right between the two other healer classes
  • Excellent utility healing class making it easy for new players to jump in
  • Good AOE and good single-target healing capabilities 
  • Several new armor set bonuses like Empowered Restorer and multiple tacticals including All For One which increases the amount Salvation/Revivification heals the fewer allies it heals overall

How to build Jedi Consular Sage - Seer/Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer - Corruption for PvP 

3. Jedi Sentinel - Concentration/Sith Marauder - Fury

Blue and Gold: A Jedi Knight Sentinel takes a stance with her dual lightsabers. 

Melee burst DPS at its finest. The Jedi Sentinel Concentration/Sith Marauder Fury paths are well known to be some of the best DPS out there despite their real lack of DCDs when compared to some of the other classes. Despite that, these classes are powerful (some would argue too powerful until 6.0’s balancing) and fairly easy to jump into for newer players if they are looking for melee gameplay.

Why Jedi Sentinel - Concentration/Sith Marauder - Fury is OP in PvP 

  • Up to 56 attacks per minute (APM) when optimized
  • Fair survivability with up to medium armor
  • An effective, flexible rotation that is more based on priority 
  • Parses out the highest amount of average damage than other classes at +6.12%
  • Several new armor sets like Culling Blade with new tier set bonuses and new tacticals like Perseverance, which allows the player to use Zealous Leap/Obliterate with Force Clarity/Furious Power to cause a critical hit

How to build Jedi Sentinel - Concentration/Sith Marauder - Fury for PvP 

2. Smuggler Scoundrel - Scrapper /Imperial Agent Operative - Concealment

From the Shadows: An Imperial Agent Operative prepares to strike from the shadows. 

Arguably one of the best classes overall for DPS in general, the Smuggler Scoundrel Scrapper/Imperial Agent Operative Concealment specialties hit hard from a respectable distance for a great combination of power and survivability. Combine that with the infamous roll mechanic and these classes can deal tons of damage while avoiding most everything. Definitely a little harder for new players to learn, the class is rewarding when it is mastered and a crucial component to any winning team. 

Why Smuggler Scoundrel - Scrapper /Imperial Agent Operative - Concealment is OP in PvP

  • Up to 51 APM when optimized
  • Ranged attacks increase survivability along with the infamous rolling mechanic
  • Variety of DOT and burst DPS for a varied rotation
  • On average +5.98% higher than average DPS damage
  • New armor sets like the Aggressive Treatment set and tacticals like Volatile Strike, which allows Bludgeon/Veiled Strike to automatically critically hit targets affected by your unexploded Blood Boiler/Volatile Substance and trigger it immediately; dealing damage this way causes your next Back Blast/Backstab to critically hit.

How to build Smuggler Scoundrel - Scrapper /Imperial Agent Operative - Concealment for PvP

1. Trooper Commando - Gunnery/Bounty Hunter Mercenary - Arsenal

Bring In the Big Guns: A Trooper Commando lays down fire.

The Trooper Commando Gunnery and Bounty Hunter Mercenary Arsenal classes are pure, unadulterated DPS damage. They are easy to jump into, easy to understand, and can take a hit. Much like their Melee counterparts at #3, these classes are arguably the best DPS classes in the game for PVP. Their ability to burst massive amounts of damage from a distance with decent survivability makes them the top PVP class for their balance of sheer power and player-friendly rotations. 

Why Trooper Commando - Gunnery/Bounty Hunter Mercenary - Arsenal is OP in PvP

  • APM of 51 when optimized
  • +5.85% above average DPS damage
  • Medium armor and distance along with DCDs help with survivability
  • Fairly standard rotation to memorize
  • An array of new armors with set bonuses such as Apex Predator and new tacticals like Burning Bright, which increases the damage of your next Vortex Bolt/Priming Shot while  dealing damage with Boltstorm/Blazing Bolts, stacking up to 4 times to 100%

How to build Trooper Commando - Gunnery/Bounty Hunter Mercenary - Arsenal for PvP 

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