New Day, New Level, New UI

December 1, 2008

So i got bored very easily with my previous UI and there were some things about it that bugged me.

With the new level, new spec, new day, i created a new UI.

 

Sickdk UI R002

Sickdk UI R002

The reasons i went with this layout are as follows;

1. I have used “Grid” for party and raid, and positioned it centrall, this is because im also leveling a holy priest and it works best for healing.

2. I have positioned information to best suit leveling both a healer and Tank (as i do)

3. I needed more buttons, unlike alot of users i tend to like the buttons just incase i need to click.

I have uploaded the Interface/WTF folders and created all the profiles required in the addons (profile = sickdk). If you have any troubles installing or you wish to just leave a comment i would like that.

SICKDK UI Rev 002

Some more pics;


Plate Plate Plate

November 28, 2008

Here is a complete listing of plate gear.

 

http://www.mmo-champion.com/index.php?page=828

 

Thank you mmo champion.


Monday Report!

November 24, 2008

Leveling has been a dream run with the boosted XP gain and i have been able to go a total 11 levels in a week. It is remarkable to watch how quickly a Death Knight kills and levels. I have no down time between kills and easily do the Group quests solo at the end of each leveling area.

 

I’m starting to put together a comprehensive amount of material for level 80 theory crafting. My next post will be on gear/spec/abilities for a Death Knight at Level 80.


Come Here my Kitties!

November 13, 2008

 

How to AoE with a Death Knight

The following video shows how to gather a bunch of mobs and how to AoE it down with a Death Knight. This was done with a level 61 Death Knight, specced Unholy: 0/0/52. However, it’s pretty much the same for other specs, besides you won’t have the ghoul and unholy blight.

Basically, grab a bunch of mobs:

  1. Use Icy Touch and/or Death coil to pull melee types to you
  2. Use Death Grip and/or Strangulate to pull caster types to you
  3. Once everything is nicely bunched up, use Icy Touch > Plague Strike > Pestilence > Blood Boil

And then simply pick the one with the highest HP (Turning name plates on helps) and Death Strike it. Keep targeting the one with the highest HP and Death Strike it, until it’s over. You can replace Death Strike by another ability (Scourge Strike, Obliterate, etc) if you don’t need healing at this point.
Once your blood runes are up again, use Blood Boil twice and everything should be dead, with you at nearly full HP.


Wham Bam, Thankyou Mam!!

November 13, 2008

Death Knight DPS Rotations

Many have been asking, so here they are – Death Knight Rotations to do the most possible DPS. Please keep in mind these are calculated with talent specs tailored for leveling, starting at level 61. Once you switch to a raiding spec, things will probably be different. 

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Blood 

Talent Spec at level 61Blood Leveling 61
Talent Spec at level 79Blood Leveling 79 

The point of this build is to convert to Frost/Unholy runes to Death Runes, allowing for more Heart Strikes.

DPS Rotation used

1. Icy Touch –> Plague Strike –> Death Strike –> Heart Strike –> Heart Strike –> Death Coil –> Obliterate
2. Icy Touch –> Plague Strike –> Heart Strike –> Heart Strike –> Heart Strike –> Heart Strike –> Death Coil –> Obliterate –> Death Coil
3. Repeat Step 2. until mob dies

Death Strike is used instead of Obliterate whenever you need healing to stay above 75% HP because of Blood Gorged.

Note: The rotation changes at level 67 once you get Epidemic.

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Frost
 

Talent spec at level 61Frost Leveling 61
Talent spec at level 79Frost Leveling 79 

Tests have revealed that Scent of Blood sucks for leveling, it doesn’t provide enough Runic Power to validate the use of 3 talent points. Instead, we go 5/5 Bladed Armor, which has nice Synergy with 5/5 Toughness.

DPS Rotation used

1. Icy Touch –> Plague Strike –> Blood Strike –> Blood Strike –> Obliterate –> Frost Strike –> Obliterate
2. Icy Touch –> Plague Strike –> Obliterate –> Frost Strike –> Obliterate –> Frost Strike –> Obliterate –> Restart cycle

The point of this build is to use Obliterate and Frost Strike as much as possible, using Blood of the North to convert Blood Runes into Death Runes, allowing for one extra Obliterate in step 2. 

Note: Whenever Rime procs, don’t forget to use Howling Blast. There are several points in the rotation where you can squeeze it in without messing up your rotation. At the end of Step 1. for example, or after the 2nd Obliterate in step 2.

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Unholy

Talent Spec at level 61: Unholy Leveling 61
Talent Spec at level 79: Unholy Leveling 79 

DPS Rotation Used

Icy Touch –> Plague Strike –> Scourge Strike –> Blood Strike –> Blood Strike –> Death Coil –> Scourge Strike –> Death Coil –> Scourge Strike –> Scourge Strike –> Death Coil –> Restart Cycle

Note: When soloing an elite, it’s worth using Unholy Blight. The best moment to cast Unholy Blight is at the end of your rotation, skip the last two Death Coils in the rotation to make sure you have enough runic power to cast Unholy Blight. This changes once you get Butchery at level 63, then you only have to skip one Death Coil instead of two and still be able to cast Unholy Blight.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

November 12, 2008

DK talent specs. This is where I started. I loved the AOE ability brought into warriors with 3.02 so it was pretty simple for myself in deciding on an Unholy style of play.

But here is a cut n paste from www.tankspot.com, all acknowledgements and work comments should be towarded to tankspot. Thanks for the quality information again.

UNHOLY TANK (AOE Tank)

Spec: 5/8/58

Talent Calculator – World of Warcraft

AOE Threat 10/10
Single Target Threat 6/10
Defensive Physical 8/10
Defensive Magical 10/10
Stam +2%
Str +5%
Expertise +5

Defensive

Anticipation
Imp. Icy Touch
Blade Barrier
Bone Shield
Magic Suppression
Anti-Magic Zone

Single Target lvl 55 dummy in 80 premade gear (frost presence, no buffs, no glyphs)- 1350 dps
AOE lvl 55 dummy’s (3) in 80 premade gear (frost presence, no buffs, no glyphs) – 2360 dps

Single Rotation: IT, PS, BS, BS, SS, SS When Excess Runic Power is available Use Death Coil and Runic Strike as Runic Power Dump

Rotation Priorities = 
1) Use Defensive Abilities when Required
2) Use Horn of Winter when Applicable
3) Keep Both Diseases on target 
4) Keep both Blood Runes as Death Runes
5) Keep Runic Power from hitting 100 using Death Coil and Runic Strike
6) Use Scourge Strike on Cooldown

AOE Rotation: DnD,IT,PS,PEST,BB,UB,SS,SS,PEST When Excess Runic Power is available Use Runic Strike as Runic Power Dump

Nine Button Rotation = 13.5 seconds for 15 seconds of cooldown (this gives you one extra CD per rotation for Runic Abilities such as Horn of Winter or Icebound Fortitude

DnD – Death and Decay
IT – Icy Touch
PS – Plague Strike
BB – Bloodboil
UB – Unholy Blight
SS – Scourge Strike
RS – Runic Strike
BS – Blood Strike

FROST TANK (RAID Tank)

Spec: 12/52/7

Talent Calculator – World of Warcraft 
– Thanks to Combatjack*

AOE Threat 6/10
Single Target Threat 9/10
Defensive Physical 10/10
Defensive Magical 9/10
Stam +0%
Str +0%
Expertise +5

Defensive

Anticipation
Imp. Icy Touch
Blade Barrier
Frost Aura
Acclimation
Lichborne
Frigid Dreadplate
Guille of Gorefiend
Unbreakable Armor

Single Target lvl 55 dummy in 80 premade gear (frost presence, no buffs, no glyphs)- 1680 dps
AOE lvl 55 dummy’s (3) in 80 premade gear (frost presence, no buffs, no glyphs) – 1710 dps

Single Rotation: IT, PS, BS, BS, OB, OB When Excess Runic Power is available Use Frost Strike and Runic Strike as Runic Power Dump

Rotation Priorities = 
1) Use Defensive Abilities when Required
2) Use Horn of Winter when Applicable
3) Keep Both Diseases on target 
4) Keep both Blood Runes as Death Runes
5) Keep Runic Power from hitting 100 using Frost Strike and Runic Strike
6) Use Obliterate on Cooldown

AOE Rotation: DnD,IT,PS,PEST,HB, BB,UB,OB,HB,PEST When Excess Runic Power is available Use Frost Strike and Runic Strike as Runic Power Dumps

You can only use DnD every 2nd Rotation

DnD – Death and Decay
IT – Icy Touch
PS – Plague Strike
BB – Bloodboil
RS – Runic Strike
BS – Blood Strike
OB – Obliterate
HB – Howling Blast

BLOOD TANK (HP/THREAT Tank)

Spec: 55/8/8

Talent Calculator – World of Warcraft

AOE Threat 5/10
Single Target Threat 9/10
Defensive Physical 7/10
Defensive Magical 5/10
Stam +6%
Str +8%
Expertise +11

Defensive

Anticipation
Imp. Icy Touch
Blade Barrier
Blood Aura
Rune Tap
Spell Deflection
Veteran of the Third War
Mark of Blood
Vampiric Blood

Single Target lvl 55 dummy in 80 premade gear (frost presence, no buffs, no glyphs)- 1620 dps
AOE lvl 55 dummy’s (3) in 80 premade gear (frost presence, no buffs, no glyphs) – 1530 dps

Single Rotation: IT, PS, HS, HS, OB When Excess Runic Power is available Use Death Coil and Runic Strike as Runic Power Dump
-After first rotation and 2 death runes are available, rotation becomes IT,PS,HS,HS,HS,HS,OB

Rotation Priorities = 
1) Use Defensive Abilities when Required
2) Use Horn of Winter when Applicable
3) Keep Both Diseases on target 
4) Keep Runic Power from hitting 100 using Obliterate and Runic Strike
5) Keep both Heart Strike on Cooldown
6) Use Obliterate on to End rotation and consume diseases

AOE Rotation: DnD,IT,PS,PEST,HB, BB,DC,DS,DS,PEST When Excess Runic Power is available Use Death Coil and Runic Strike as Runic Power Dumps

DnD – Death and Decay
IT – Icy Touch
PS – Plague Strike
BB – Bloodboil
RS – Runic Strike
OB – Obliterate
HS – Heart Strike
DC – Death Coil
DS – Death Strike