Deathknights have over the whole year or so they’ve been around gotten a rather bad rap. There overpowered, they destroy in pvp, they are a better tank than warriors, wah wah wah… Unfortunately for me and people like me however, Blizzard listened to these many comments like they normally do and brought down the nerf bat hard and swift a number of times over. This post, and a few others following, are going to be primarily focused on how to get the most out of your Deathknight– the one that you insist on playing even though Blizzard (and all the other players on your server) hate you.
Step One: Know what role you want to play and stick to it first.
As a deathknight you have all sorts of options, but like most other classes with options you have to pick one of them and stick too it furiously, almost obsessively. Like…so much that you drive other people in your guild a little nuts whenever you raid with them. Single target dps, multi target (or AOE) dps, and tank are your main 3 options. As wow is a game of math above and beyond however much roleplay or “fun” raiding you may like to do, there is really only one spec for every role, with a few specific talents that you can switch around slightly depending on the situation. For those of you reading this that think “Oh, I can just make it through with a home-brewed talent spec, picking and choosing what I like” I’m sorry to inform you, you’re wrong. Or at very least your not getting the most out of you deathknight. Blizzard is doing a good enough job on there own, we don’t need to help them nerf us.
You may have variations or disagree that other specs are great (I’m thinking specifically of those who stand behind a frost dps build /shudder). But without having to gear very specifically for your talent these are the tried and tested specs that I have made work and crunched numbers to ensure provide maximum benefit.
Now a very brief overview on gear. Wow has put in place my most and least favorite change of all time during one of there most recent patches. Heroics drop emblems of conquest. If you still need to be shown how to gear at 80 to get into Ulduar or ToC then there’s no help for you. Grind out heroics, get some pug experience in Naxx and OS if you think you need it and get those badges! Conquest gear is great and if you can pick up a cheap triumph (obtained from doing the daily heroics) piece or two during the process you’ll be even further ahead. I realize for most players this I old hat and I’m just retelling old news, but in the interest of being thorough I will occasionally mention things you’ve probably already heard about.
Next time I’ll delve into a few specific relics and their uses with each spec I’ve mentioned. Runeforging 101 and the do’s and dont’s of blowing your cooldowns in raids.
Thanks for coming back, hope to have more for you soon!