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.

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Death Knight UI..

November 19, 2008

Well as you can read i have rerolled DK and because of this I have decided i would do a complete UI transition as well.

I liked http://dwarfpriest.com/2008/11/17/reworking-my-ui/#comments so I decided I would try and make it my own. 

I have started with the basics and will continue to update it over the next week or so. The format is for (1440×900 widescreen, scale 0.74) widescreen. Download Here

Edit: Download Rev Sickdk R001.1, minor errors fixed with regards to chat frame.

 

To show Omen and Buff CD

To show Omen and Buff CD

 

In combat

In combat


Space Saving, One hit Wonders.

November 18, 2008

For all you people out there that only like to mash a couple of keys and have it done for you. Please find below the following brief list of Macros that will help your gaming experience.

I personally use the interrupt macro and pet healing macro.

-Casts the following spells in a sequence, resets on end or you go over 10 seconds without clicking the macro.- 
#showtooltip 
/castsequence reset=10 Pestilence, Blood Boil, Blood Boil 

-Easy pet heal- 
/cast [target=pet] Death Coil 

-Death Grip your target and taunt it- 
/cast Death Grip 
/cast Dark Command 

-Death pact your ghoul, while not loseing your current target, maximizing your dps- 
/cast [target=pet,exists] Death Pact 

-One button and you get a BIG rune tap- 
/cast Vampiric Blood 
/cast Rune Tap 

-Solo fighitng as frost spec, easy rinse a repeat macro, spam it and it goes threw the spells- 
#showtooltip 
/castsequence reset=target/dead Icy Touch, Plague Strike, blood strike, blood strike 

-Solo fighting as frost spec, easy rinse a repeat macro, spam it and it goes threw the spells- 
#showtooltip 
/castsequence reset=dead/target Icy Touch, Plague Strike, obliterate, blood strike, blood strike, frost strike 

-Makes y our target your focus, and every time you cast Hysteria it will cast Hysteria on him, If he is dead, it won’t work, Plus won’t auto cast it on your self.- 
#showtooltip 
/cast [target=focus, help, nodead] Hysteria 

-Basically, makes clicking on the icon cast DC on your target, alt+clicking cast it on your ghoul.- 
#showtooltip Death Coil 
/cast [nomodifier] Death Coil; [modifier:alt,target=pet] Death Coil 

-Will cast Strangulate the mob your mouse is hovering over, without changing your current target. Useful for getting stray caster mobs to run to you/the tank/the AoE. – 
/cast [target=mouseover] Strangulate 

Rotation for unholy DK’s single target dps best cast sequence 
#showtooltip 
/castsequence reset=nocombat Icy Touch(Rank 5), Plague Strike(Rank 6), Blood Strike(Rank 6), Blood Strike(Rank 6), Scourge Strike(Rank 4), Unholy Blight(Rank 4),

I will try to add macros as I find or write them, I already have a few that I would like.


I lost my Death Knight Virginity!

November 17, 2008

As promised I will be making a few posts today regarding the Death Knight and my experience’s in rerolling and leveling.

Sickdk

My Death Knight, Sickdk, is a female Dreani. I chose the Dreani becuase i like the look and action sequence of them. I have previously played Gnome and Dwarf characters and found them excellent but wanted a HOT for leveling and tanking purposes.

So the start zone is a very nicely constructed area that has a great quest sequence that makes the first 3 levels disappear in a very short time. As previously noted I’m following http://www.wow-pro.com/#mce_temp_url# which is an excellent guide.

The 58-60 leveling also takes only a short period of time and should be done in Vanilla wow to fully maximise your time in TBC. 

So Sickdk sits at lvl 61 on her way to 62.


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 Final Countdown!!

November 13, 2008

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Just wanted to say that we are into the last couple of hours before the big event and I hope that you are all ready for several things;

  1. Server que’s
  2. Over the top prices on AH (good and Bad)
  3. Quest items being looted by more people than ever before
  4. General latency issue

So all you people out there going to the midnight launch and playing till the wee hours of the morning, enjoy (being in auz we have to wait even longer, damn it)