Frost DK update for 4.1

The patch updates from 4.1 for the Death Knight class has changed Frost dps significantly. A Frost DK should review the new EJ notes which seem accurate to my quick testing (repeat wiping on Neferian) in last night’s raid.

Important updates:

  • Blood Strike is now removed from the rotation / priority, as Blood of the North gives Frost Death Knights all their Blood runes as Death runes. I love this, it feels so much better to be managing one less resource, and instead trying to balance the use of those extra runes for Obliterate strikes.
  • Unholy presence is now the default presence. This changes all the previous information for DPS as Frost, and is probably the biggest change in the update. It may also not stay that way, depending on what the percieved issues are with the Frost presence being almost redundant. I also really like this as it gives a great movement boost, which so many raids need. It is however still a huge debate in progress, being based upon all sorts of parses of combat logs. It may be that in a stand and spank fight the Frost presence might pull ahead, rather than Unholy presence which is excellent for movement fights. My bias is based upon doing kiting and high movement fights. I’d expect that eventually an optimal will be found.
  • Check your Glyphs, especially the Hungering Cold glyph. I’m finding that as Frost DK my job is often to kite something, so this glyph is very powerful as you can ignore the normal resources needed to trigger it. I’ve changed from the standard build to have better CC options for our raid, and hopefully the increased control will be a suitable compensation for a reduction in dps.

Still to test is which of the off-spec talents are actually better, give the balance of diseases increased duration vs the persistent dps increase from other talents.

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A fantastic guide to heirlooms in 4.1

Psynister has written a fantastic guide to the heirlooms now available since in the patch 4.1 update. If you’re hunting for a comprehensive, well written guide you must review this. It includes enchants, selection by armour type and role, trinket selection, and links to the items in question.

New look and theme, comments…

While WordPress is the best app I’ve experienced for blogging, I’ve had a reoccuring problem for a long time where people cannot post comments. Kind of frustrating as I love to know that things are useful, and the bloggosphere is driven by interaction and feedback between soapbox ranters. The theme is also a very clean and straight forward blog, with some advanced stuff that I’ll play with during the slow days.

So I’ve selected a new theme (thanks to the Automatic guys), reset all the comment options in the WP admin area, and will hopefully see less issues for the readers. If you happen to be one of the frustrated readers who would like to comment, but it previously didn’t work – please give it a try and let me know.