KoE – Episode 9.2 – Patch 6.1 Frost Death Knights

Welcome to Episode 9.2 of Knights of the Ebon podcast. This is YOUR Death Knight podcast in the World of Warcraft. Each show, I, Epicinsanity, bring you the latest details on the greatest class in the game… The Death Knight.

 Today is March 5th, 2015, and the information you are about to hear is relevant for the release of Patch 6.1.

 This Episode will cover all the information you need to play a Frost Death Knight in the World of Warcraft.

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Frost Death Knights:

 Stat priority for 2 Hand Frost is:

Strength > Haste > Multistrike  > Versatility > Critical Strike > Mastery 

  • Strength is your primary stat. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.
  • Haste increases the amount of procs of Killing Machine, your attack speed, and your rune regeneration rate.
  • Multistrike causes your abilities to have a chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.
  • Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.
  • Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.
  • Mastery (Mastery: Frozen Heart) increases your Frost damage. Frost damage makes up a great part of your total damage.
Presence

As Frost, you should always be in Frost Presence.

Two Hand Frost Death Knight DPS Rotation (WOD 6.1)

Single Target Rotation

Priority System looks something like this: 

  1. Cast Defile.
  2. Keep your diseases ( Frost Fever/Blood Plague) up at all times.
    • Apply and refresh them with Outbreak whenever it is available.
    • When Outbreak is not available, refresh Blood Plague with Plague Strike, and Frost Fever with Howling Blast.
  3. Use Obliterate:
    • when you have a Killing Machine proc
    • when all your runes are available (and not using Obliterate essentially causes you to waste their recharge time).
  4. Use all your runic power on Frost Strike.
  5. Cast Howling Blast when you have a Rime proc.
  6. Cast Soul Reaper
    • only when the target is below 35% health.
 Multiple Target Rotation
  1. Apply diseases (Frost Fever/Blood Plague) to target. And spread them to others using Blood Boil.
  2. Use Howling Blast to do massive amounts of damage to the groups.
  3. Rune /Runic Power Usage:
    1. Use all your Death runes to Blood Boil spam.
    2. Use your Unholy runes to cast Death and Decay(or Defile) on cooldown and Obliterate.
    3. Use your runic power on Frost Strike.

 Dual Wield Frost Death Knight DPS Rotation (WOD 6.1) 

Stat priority for Dual Wield Frost is:

Strength > Mastery > Multistrike> Versatility > Haste > Critical Strike 

  • Strength is your primary stat. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.
  • Mastery (Mastery: Frozen Heart) increases your Frost damage. Frost damage makes up a great part of your total damage.
  • Multistrike causes your abilities to have a chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.
  • Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.
  • Haste increases the amount of procs of Killing Machine, your attack speed, and your rune regeneration rate.
  • Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Presence
As Frost, you should always be in Frost Presence.

Single Target Rotation

Priority System looks something like this:

  1. Cast Defile.
  2. Keep your diseases (Frost Fever/Blood Plague) up at all times.
    • Apply Frost Fever with Howling Blast, and apply Blood Plague with Plague Strike. In the case of Plague Strike, make sure that you use an Unholy rune for it, and not a Death rune.
  3. Cast Frost Strike if:
    • you are about to reach maximum runic power or
    • you have a Killing Machine proc.
  4. Cast Howling Blast when you have a Rime proc.
  5. Use your Unholy Runes on Obliterate.
  6. Use your Death and Frost runes on Howling Blast, leaving at least one spare rune for each Unholy rune you currently have so that you can cast Obliterate.
  7. Cast Soul Reaper
    • only when the target is below 35% health.
 Multiple Target Rotation
  1. Apply diseases (Frost Fever/Blood Plague) to target. And spread them to others using Blood Boil.
  2. Use Howling Blast to do massive amounts of damage to the groups.
  3. Rune /Runic Power Usage:
    1. Use all your Death runes to Blood Boil spam.
    2. Use your Unholy runes to cast Death and Decay(or Defile) on cooldown and Obliterate.
    3. Use your runic power on Frost Strike.

 When to use Cooldowns

  1. Pillar of Frost
    1. Cost: 1 Frost
    2. Grants you 20% Strength for 20 seconds, with a 1-minute cooldown. You should use this ability on cooldown. Ideally, you should couple it with any on-use trinkets you may have.
  2. Empower Rune Weapon
    1. Cost: Nothing
    2. Refreshes all your runes and gives you 25 runic power, but has a 5 minute cooldown.
    3. Be mindful when you use this, it can be used when you have no runes available or are runic power starved.
  3. Army of the Dead
    1. Cost: 1 Blood, 1 Unholy, 1 Frost
    2. Only worth using before the pull.

 Pro-Tip: Mastering the Frost Death Knight 

  1. Dual-Wielding Versus Two-Handed
    1. Two-handed and dual-wielding playstyles are practically the same in single-target, but dual-wielding pulls ahead in AoE/cleaving situations.
  2. Keeping Diseases Up
    1. Frost Fever will be automatically applied each time you cast Howling Blast. If there is a long period of time will go by without a Rime proc, just use  Howling Blast without a Rime proc to refresh Frost Fever.
    2. Blood Plague will have to be kept up manually either through Outbreak or Plague Strike.
    3. Plague Leech is a Tier 1 talent that you should take, use it to consume your diseases on the target, when Blood Plague is about to expire and Outbreak is off cooldown. Quickly re-apply the diseases using Outbreak.
      1. You can also use it to consume diseases on the target even if Outbreak is on cooldown, provided that Blood Plague is about to expire and you have a Rime proc.
  3. Killing Machine Procs
    1. Auto attacks have a chance to make the next Obliterate/Frost Strike a critical strike due to Killing Machine.
    2. When dual-wielding, use Killing Machine procs on Frost Strike, and when you are using a Two-Handed Weapon, use them on Obliterate.
  4. Rime Procs
    1. Obliterate has a 45% chance to cause the next Howling Blast/Icy Touch to be free due to Rime. Only use Howling Blast on these procs.
  5. Dual-Wielding
    1. The difficult part of the Dual-Wielding rotation is when your trying to master the proper balance of Obliterate usage. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that the way to use Obliterate differs wildly based on your tier 5 talent choice.
      1. If you are using Runic Empowerment, keep in mind that this talent will refresh a fully-depleted rune. Since you never want Runic Empowerment to grant you Unholy runes, you must make sure to never have both Unholy runes depleted when you use Frost Strike. You should only use Obliterate when you have both Unholy runes active, since if you deplete both runes, then your next Frost Strike may give you an Unholy rune back.
      2. If you are using Blood Tap, you do not really need to worry too much about which runes it regenerates, as long as you do not allow Blood Tap to reach maximum charges (12) and use the runes on Howling Blast.
  6. Soul Reaper
    1. Soul Reaper can be used at any time throughout the fight, but it will be most beneficial when the target is below 35% HP because of the proc that deals double damage on the target.
    2. Use Soul Reaper mainly as an execute to increase your DPS.
  7. Anti-Magic Shell
    1. Anti-Magic Shell absorbs 75% of all Magic damage taken for 5 seconds, and gives you runic power based on the amount of damage it absorbs.
    2. The added Runic Power greatly increases your damage done. So time your Anti-Magic Shell when there is going to be a raid wide Magic Damage ability.

 Talent Choices 

  1. Tier 1 Talents
    1. Plague Leech is the best choice. Which will allow you to gain a few Death runes over the course of the fight.
  2. Tier 2 Talents
    1. Purgatory will save your life. It’s great for progression fights, or for those times you make a mistake and don’t get out of an ability in time.
  3. Tier 3 Talents
    1. Death’s Advance is the best choice. 30% movement speed for 6 seconds, and 10% passive movement speed.
    2. Other talents can be selected, but purely situational.
  4. Tier 4 Talents
    1. Blood Tap is currently the best choice for the dual-wielding playstyle.
      1. Blood Tap passively causes every 15 Runic Power that you spend to generate a Blood Charge, and you can have up to a maximum of 12 charges. Using Blood Tap consumes 5 charges, activating a random fully depleted rune as a Death Rune. Blood Tap is not on the global cooldown, and it has no cooldown and no cost.
    2. Runic Empowerment is the best choice for the two-handed playstyle.
      1. Runic Empowerment acts passively whenever you spend Runic Power. For every point of Runic Power spent, you have a 1.50% chance to activate a random fully-depleted rune.
  5. Tier 5 Talents
    1. Death Pact is the best choice because it has no resource cost and supplies are large amount of healing.
  6. Tier 6 Talents
    1. Remorseless Winter may have some usefulness in stunning mobs so that they don’t damage you or the other raid members.
    2. The other talents may also be selected, but its purely situational.
  7. Tier 7 Talents
    1. The best option in this tier is Defile. In the event that the targets will not remain in Defile’s area of effect, if not Necrotic Plague is your best choice for high movement fights.
Major Glyphs
  1. Mandatory:
    1. Glyph of Blood Boil — Increases the range of Blood Boil by 5 yards.
    2. Glyph of Raise Ally — Removes the runic power cost of Raise Ally, allowing you to use it exactly when it is needed.
    3. Glyph of Regenerative Magic — Procs each time your Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell expires from you without having been fully consumed by damage. When this happens, the cooldown of Anti-Magic Shell is reduced by an amount based on how much damage it had absorbed (the more damage absorbed, the smaller the reduction), up to a maximum of 50%. This glyph is very beneficial in allowing you to gain more runic power over the course of the fight.
Minor Glyphs
  1. Optional:
    1. Glyph of Tranquil Grip — Causes your Death Grip to no longer taunt the target.
    2. Glyph of Army of the Dead — Causes your ghouls to no longer taunt their target.
    3. Glyph of Path of Frost —  Causes your Path of Frost to reduce your fall damage.

 Check out these other great Unholy Death Knight guides:

Icy-Veins: http://www.icy-veins.com/wow/frost-death-knight-pve-dps-guide

Wowhead.com: http://www.wowhead.com/guide=2162/death-knight-dps-guide-frost-unholy

Mendenbarr‘s Blog about DK Theorycrafting: http://www.destinysoftworks.com/

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