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Give Death Knight something comparable to Block

February 25, 2009

This is my last post here. My Blog title is no longer appropriate for the Shaman Naxx Healer/Paladin Heroic tanker I’ve become.

It is a request for either:

1. Bone Shield for all flavours of Death Knights. Adding something similar to Vampiric Blood/Unbreakable armor for Unholy death knights, maybe looking at the cooldowns for these abilities to make them PVP friendly.

or

2. A Glancing Blow Mechanic i.e. Something to mitigate normal damage like Block.

I doubt either will happen, so my Orc is now a DPS/PVP character!!

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Shaman Healing is now more fun!!!

January 12, 2009

After the  wind changed…. I had a look at my Alliance Shaman!!!  I am always surprised when I hear Shaman are the least played class in WOW, because I think they are awesome!!!  Perhaps Blizzard should look at their tool bars and consider something similar to the excellent totemtimers mod, that’s why I think there are not more Shammies out there, it’s an interface issue based on how to access all your totems!!!

Anyway, someone asked me to heal a group for their alt as a return of a favour, so I dusted off my Shaman…..  In the last weeks of Burning Crusade I switched my Draenei Shaman over to Resto after raiding/running heroics exclusively as an elemental dps character.  I played elemental because resto healing was really hampered by the length of time spells took to cast, haste gear was not so common, and it was dull spamming Lesser healing wave throwing in the odd chain heal.  Even emergency Natures swiftness/Healing waves weren’t that exciting.  Spamming a quick cast healing spell is no fun, messing about down ranking spells more of a yawn, but all this has changed!!!

On my first impression of Restoration changes in WotLK looking at the talent trees I liked what I saw.  Riptide looked a nice instant heal with a HOT, a few people were moaning that the initial heal is not that big but it is a time buyer, talenting it also gives good haste/heal bonuses to HW/LHW/CH.  There was another another HOT through Earthliving weapon and the ability to remove curses.   My ‘try’ of the changes didn’t really give them a proper test because the players I went into Instances with in BC were really well geared heroic/raid players.  Healing on Easy mode in UK or Karazhan does the WotLK changes no justice at all…  I guess things would have been different if I went into the Black Temple with my shaman, I was also a bit blinded by wanting to tank as the new class, the Death Knight.  

So I’ve not levelled my Shaman first because I played other classes, and if I wanted to level now I’m in the position of going into Instances with levelling geared players and alts, and this believe it or not is a good thing!!! Healing groups flying by the seat of their pants is much more involving than healing ‘easy mode’.  A better way to hone my healer skills and much more entertaining than DPSing (it is believe me!!).  It’ll also be great for getting known on my server and into Pick Up Group Land for Badge farming, if my guildies are too busy raiding!!

My Shaman is pretty well geared at the moment as a raiding Elemental, in full 70 Epix with plenty of spell crit.  Playing as a Restoration spec with mostly under geared group through UK and Nexus has been a challenge as well as awesome fun.  Certainly not a dull experience, and made more so because of the interesting procs!!!  Blizzard note… we want MORE proc abilities!  They add an element of interest, far more than spamming a single heal!!

Luckily I’ve a decent mana pool, so I’ve glyphed Healing Stream for 20% more heals and I’m using it rather than Mana stream, only throwing in a manatide if I get below 60% mana.  Combined with Riptide/Earth Shield/Earthliving weapon procs, I’m HOT healing a load on my tank and my crits are throwing heals over to the group as well as giving me back mana.  No one has yet asked me to use Mana stream!!  Anyone with damage less than 2-3k usually do not need a direct heal, unless I know it is periodic damage or I can see they have aggro, the healing totem quite effectively heals up  small amounts of damage and they can also get splash heals from Ancestral Awakening procs or chain heal jumps, which I only use if a few players are in the 2-3k damage bracket.  I have not had to take a mana pot so far as well even without mana stream totem!!! 

Another great thing is Elemental gear seems to work great with the new Resto changes better than my old Resto healing gear.  Shaman healing is ‘enhanced’ by crit because of Ancestral Awakening procs (30% of the crit heal to the lowest HP party member!!) and mana from a talented Water shield.  A decent crit rate really helps ’splash’ healing (pardon the pun!).  

I also seem to be proccing my other talented abilities a lot as well.   I Glyphed Earthliving Weapon so I can have another more regular proc!!!  All in all I think a dual specced Resto/elemental will probably be wearing pretty much the same gear when we get dual specs in 3.1!!!  I’m enjoying resto so much I’ve even resisted speccing elemental to level.  If you knew me better you’d know how massive this comment is, it will slow down my levelling but give me much more instance time on the route to 80!!!!!

I thought before this weekend that Blizzard had saved most of their ‘Love’ for protection Warriors, but the job done on Restoration Shaman is at least equal!!!  I can only smile when I see a latent abilities proc, I love the sound of Earthliving Weapon, the graphics effects from Ancestral Healing, seeing the lowest HP player get a wee 30% extra heal from Ancestral Awakening!!!  Having lots of different things go off almost randomly really makes healing interesting… I like the ‘not knowing’ part of waiting for a proc, it is almost like waiting for a present!!!

Blizzard have really done Shaman Healing proud, especially if they were focusing on making it fun.  On top of this they have made Shaman a well rounded healer, no longer the awesome group healer, but ok tank healer they were Prior to WotLK.  Earthshield/Riptide and a few LHW’s mixed up with procs, natures swiftness, healing stream and chain heal = tank and group well covered.

Over the last few days playing resto, I’ve seen my class (and me!!) complimented by groups.  I’ve got a few new added friends (and /w for groups) from Pick Up Group land.  Overall WotLK makes 5 man healing with a shaman efficient, interesting and… well LOADS OF FUN!!!

I’ve gone from liking the changes, to absolutely loving them.  A few runs through UK and the NEXUS, and a few quests and my Shaman went from 70 to 73 just this weekend!!!!  80 in another 1-2 weeks?  And I haven’t even got my Hex spell yet!!!

Maybe I’ve left it too late to raid with my Alliance guild, as they are all flying, but who knows maybe when I’ve done my fair share of Heroics, I’ll be in there!!!

Is the wind blowing me back to a shaman main????

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Paladin Aura Dreams….

December 24, 2008

I’m really happy about the proposed new spell, Hand of Reckoning.  A lovely 30 yard damage ‘pull’.   I was missing my mana tap!!!  While reading about the changes in 3.0.8, it got me thinking about another aspect of the Paladin that could be tinkered with, their Aura’s.  Blizzard seem to be shaking all the classes up atm so I am sure Aura changes will have been discussed.

I’ve played Warhammer Onlines excellent ‘Chosen’ tanking class, if WOW wasn’t so awesome I’d be playing WAR.  The Chosen are based on an Aura mechanic, their Aura’s are more slightly more powerful than WOW’s Paladins because they are core to their game play.  Playing Chosen for a few weeks  got me thinking…. Blizzard could steal the Chosen idea and improve it (WHAT!!! they’d never do that… would they?!!). 

So here is my spin on how they could do this.  The Chosen Aura’s are on a 12 second cooldown, and their affects last 5 seconds after they are replaced with another aura.  This means you can have 3 Aura’s active at once for a small period if you time it right.   If Blizzard treated their Aura’s the same way, extended the residual affect time (10 seconds after affect with auras on a 25 second cooldown for example), or copy it.  If they didn’t change the Aura affects and gave the Aura bar an independent cooldown in the same way they have with pet bars then Paladins could weave Aura management into their rotations without changing them.  And this would be the Improvement on the ‘Chosen’ mechanic . 

Doing this would reward players who are skilled, and make game play a bit more active, in the same way that giving Pet classes like the unholy Death Knight, Hunters and Warlock a casting bar rewards more skilled players who manually control their pets.   I suppose some Paladins may balk at the idea of making their gameplay more demanding, but they could leave their single aura on in the same way pet classes leave their pet abilities on autocast. 

I’d love this ‘stolen’ mechanic.  Imagine weaving Devotion, Retribution and a Resistance aura so they were all active at once without affecting your rotations?  That would be well worth a few extra clicks :)

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Once a Tank Always a Tank!!!

December 23, 2008

My Paladin is my main miner/blacksmith and probably should have been my main starting tank.  I tanked all of the Burning Crusade normal 5 man Instances with her, doing more tanking in BC as a paladin than as a warrior (I tanked more as a Warrior in the Classic dungeons so he has the Mallet and the Scepter!!!). 

I ended up playing my shaman more in Burning Crusade because of how crap gear itemisation was pre-raiding for Paladin tanks, and I didn’t want to sacrifice +def for +HP, but groups never saw it that way and I didn’t get a shot at tanking heroics.  Besides, my ELE/RESTO Draenei Shaman got a head start by being levelled first, so ended up my Heroic and Raiding Character. 

Anyway, I’ve decided that the Alliance Raiding guild on Dragonblight are already too far away from me in terms of getting my 73 Human DK into a comfortable 5 man/raiding cycle because they have already been clearing Naxx and most hit 80 in 2-3 weeks (we were all in NAXX pre BC as well so it is no surprise).  They also limit you to one Raid Main, which misses the WotLK vibe of making raiding a hobby.  My Real Life friends from home are not really playing so much due to children, life etc.  So I’m going all out Horde for the foreseable future and leaving my fully Purple Shaman, my pre BC raiding Hunter and my 73 DK. 

Another interesting factor is my stepson is also on Earthen Ring EU, as an Alliance character, and I hope to see him on the PVP fields for some banter in the house!!!!  

My Paladin ‘Narielle’ made the cobalt tanking set for both my Death Knight and my Protection warrior, but she has been unfairly side lined in WOTLK so far, but no more.  What with Death Knights, and the awesome changes to Protection Warriors, she went down in the play order!!!  She would probably make an excellent main, if I wasn’t an Altoholic!! 

As my Blood Knight had not yet benefited from her Blacksmith skill, and tanks with Blacksmithing have a distinct advantage, she should be played for what she was made for.  I was also getting a bit bored trying to level my Orcs DK’s BS skills (I’ll come back to it at 80 I think!!).  So instead of mining for my Death Knight last night, I made her the Cobalt Tank set as well.  It is way better than all of the Burning Crusade blue tanking items (although I’ll miss the righteous dungeon set bonuses!!) and will help getting The Nexus quest tanking gear.

Once I had made the Cobalt set for her, I added the Scryers Shoulder enchant + 13 defence, and the Keepers of Time helm enchant + 16 defence + 9 dodge and with a blue tanking cape, blue rings and two nice blue tanking trinkets got her to a very respectable 541 +defence in primarily green tanking gear!!!  With the Burning Crusade blues, I hovered around 485-495 +defence. 

Fair enough she only has just under 11k health points unbuffed, (it was 9.5k with Blue Paladin Dungeon Set) but she is more than viable at 70 and should take hardly any damage!!!  It is a bit of deja vue though, despite the fact she’ll be potentially uncrittable I’m sure most groups wont see past the Health, but I think the Journey to 80′s tanking will be kinder.

Tonight I’ll try to add some Blacksmith Sockets and try to raise her HP by 1k with them and cook up some + STAM food.
So I’ve blown my plan of tanking as a Death Knight main, and having a DPS warrior (specced back to Prot) and a Paladin Healer (also specced back to Prot)….  I am tempted to try to compare all three characters at 80, and make that a focus for this blog.  Once a tank always a tank!!!

My new personal end game will be making 3 plate tanks, and looking for a friendly Horde guild on Earthen Ring EU.  If you know any nice small friendly Horde guiilds on that realm that want a multi purpose tanking player? 

oh noes…….. I’m now considering levelling my 21 Tauren Druid!!!   If I find enough time I will, and who knows… maybe in the future I’ll complete a tanking characters set!!!!!!

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Gone Fishing…..

December 22, 2008

At the moment I’m levelling up Cooking (done) / Fishing(275/300) / Blacksmithing (150) and Engineering (1.. ouch!!!)……. My Paladin is doing my mining :)

This will take a few weeks because I work full time and have a hectic Christmas and New Year schedule. I’m going to bonny Scotland for a wee break as well :)

More posts to follow in the New Year :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one an all!!!!!

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Master of Ghouls, more Advanced tips

December 13, 2008

The following Blog includes macros and tips, all designed to put the Unholy Death Knight in complete control over their Ghoul.

A lot of Death Knights are already using the following macro:

#showtooltip Death Grip
/petautocastoff Leap
/cast Death Grip

This helps to stop the annoying behaviour of your pet Leaping when you use Death Grip to Pull.  This can potentially wreak a good pull. 

As a big fan of the Ghouls ‘Gnaw’ ability, I’ve added:

#showtooltip Death Grip
/petautocastoff Leap
/cast Death Grip
/cast Gnaw

This stuns the mobs as well as pulling them.  Now if you think about this, and take one step back after Death Gripping your target, then you can make your Bone Shield last for 3 more seconds!   As you will most likely be gripping a caster who’s melee hit will be more trivial, this means your single bone shield charge is not wasted.

Your Ghoul can also be extremely useful for additional group protection with the following macro:

#showtooltip Dark Command
/petautocaston Leap
/cast Dark Command
/cast Gnaw

Basically this one sets autocast on for leap, and your ghoul should run, leap and stun the target you are taunting.  If your taunt is on cooldown, you have the added bonus of 3 seconds meaning at the very worst you’ll only be waiting 5 seconds before you can cast Dark Command!!   You can also try to make sure your ghoul becomes second in the mobs aggro list!

You can take it to the next level with this:

#showtooltip Dark Command
/script SetRaidTarget(“target”,8 )
/petautocaston Leap
/cast Dark Command
/cast Gnaw

This also assigns SKULL to the target!!   You can drop the Dark Command from this and ask your DPS to always nuke the Skull, giving you a bit more control for your secondary disease target.  There is nothing more annoying than the target dying before you get the chance to use pestilence!!!

Now all this will count for nothing if your Ghoul has no focus, so I suggest you switch off autocast for Claw and keep your Ghoul on Passive.  Doing this means you have to manually control you Ghoul to keep their focus available.  I’ve done this with the following macro:

#showtooltip
/castsequence reset=2 Claw, Gnaw
This one is bound to a mouse button!  This works well because your pet bar has a different global cooldown from your Death Knight bar.  Basically you cast Claw with this and it resets at 2 seconds, if you double tap it quickly it also casts Gnaw, so you can also use it as an additional cast interrupt!!

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mydeathknight’s Guide to Unholy Tanking

December 8, 2008

Well I’m only a month into playing my death knight, and this is my first attempt at a tanking guide.

  I’m not at 80 yet, and on my second Death Knight (re-rolled Orc from Human for awesome unholy racials!!).   So this is a work ‘in process’.

 

I will discuss my view on talents, a few tactics, and what I have on my castbar. I’ve left out what gear to aim for from this guide because are a lot of better resources available out there already.

 

A simple rule of thumb I’ve picked up, based on reading many of these guides is:

 

Def > Dodge > Parry > STAM > Strength.

 

If you have just hit 70, get or make the Cobalt Tanking set!! Shame making a healer isn’t as easy!!!

 

On this point, a big /cheer out to anyone supporting the community with Unholy DK articles. This post is a synthesis of many of them, with a few of my own ideas thrown in for good measure. Feel free to use this guide, or points from it anywhere you like ;) Death to chargeable guides!!!!!!!!

 

My first tip is obvious really, use Frost Presence every time you intend to take aggro. It ticks three boxes, Increased Armor/Health/Threat. If you are off tanking you may switch blood/unholy without the same penalties Warriors have with loss of rage, but for tanking you’ll always use Frost Presence.

 

Turning to talents, an Unholy tank will likely be spending at least 51 points in Unholy, but I’m going to start by looking at the other two trees from an Unholy perspective!!!

 

Blizzard have spread some key tanking abilities throughout all of the trees. The more important tanking abilities are low enough down the talent trees to be available for all flavour of tanks. One of the most invaluable talents is in Blood:

 

Blade Barrier: Whenever your Blood Runes are on cooldown, your Parry chance increases by 10% for the next 10 sec

 

This is a 5 pointer straight away and one of my favourite damage mitigation talents!! You can get your blood runes on cooldown really quickly, and you can pretty much keep this up throughout the fight, it’ll refresh before the 10 seconds are up. 10% parry addition is a nice start. I’ve read a few guides out there that recommend you spend 18 points in Blood, but I would only spend 5 for Blade Barrier.

 

I’ve preferred to spend some points in Frost because there are some nice things there for an unholy tank at 80. I’ve spent 11 on:

 

5 in Toughness: Increases your armor value from items by 15% and reduces the duration of all movement slowing effects by 30%

 

5 in Black Ice: Increases your Frost damage by 30%.

 

1 in Lichborne: Draw upon unholy energy to become undead for 15 sec. While undead, you are immune to Charm, Fear and Sleep effects, and your horrifying visage causes melee attacks to have an additional 25% chance to miss you.

 

Instant, 3 min cooldown.

 

More armor/frost damage and a great utility spell. Despite its 3 minute cooldown, Lichborne is a must have for this Unholy Tank, mainly because I am playing as an Orc, and I don’t have the ‘Will of the Forsaken’ or ‘Every man for himself’ racials for fear protection. On top of this, Lichborne has damage mitigation in the form of increased melee chance to miss you, you do not need to only use it for eating a fear, it can be used every three minutes as extra damage mitigation as well. I think any easy to reach mitigation is a must have!!

 

Next we get into the Unholy Talent goodness!! I am only including ones I like, but I’d recommend you get Unholy Blight, Bone shield and Scourge strike. Also consider improving/increasing your diseases, that is the mainstay of Unholy AOE!!

 

Get Glyph of Bone shield, as one additional charge of 40% damage reduction is more than worth the outlay!! Despite Unholy Blight’s 60 runic power points cost, having a mobile AOE makes this talent really worth going deep into Unholy. I’ll mention a tip I have for getting to 60 runic power quickly (or not using any till you get there!) involving your ghoul, and you have 20 seconds to build up more Runic Power before needing to re-cast it. You’ll always want more Runic power, and you need to manage how you use it!!

 

Scourge Strike is nice to have for maintaining single target aggro alongside Rune Strike, the latter is your main tanking strike, but uses Runic Power.

 

Here are a selection of Unholy talents in my build:

 

Anticipation: Increases your Dodge chance by 5%.

 

Vicious Strikes: Increases the critical strike chance by 6% and critical strike damage bonus by 30% of your Plague Strike, Death Strike and Scourge Strike.

 

Epidemic: Increases the duration of Blood Plague and Frost Fever by 6 sec

 

Necrosis: Your auto attacks deal an additional 10% Shadow damage.

 

Outbreak: Increases the damage of Plague Strike, Pestilence and Blood Boil by 30%.

 

Impurity: Your spells receive an additional 25% benefit from your attack power.

 

Reaping: Whenever you hit with Blood Strike or Blood Boil there is a 100% chance that the Blood Rune becomes a Death Rune when it activates.

 

Bone Shield: The Death Knight is surrounded by 4 whirling bones. While at least 1 bone remains, he or she takes 40% less damage from all sources and deals 2% more damage with all attacks, spells and abilities. Each damaging attack that lands consumes 1 bone. Lasts 5 min.

1 Unholy, Instant, 1 min cooldown

 

Scourge Strike: An unholy strike that deals 60% of weapon damage as Shadow damage plus 190.5, and an additional 95.25 bonus damage per disease.

1 Unholy 1 Frost, 5 yd range, Instant

 

Wandering Plague: When your diseases damage an enemy, there is a chance equal to your melee critical strike chance that they will cause 100% additional damage to the target and all enemies within 8 yards. Ignores any target under the effect of a spell that is cancelled by taking damage.

 

Rage of Rivendare: Your spells and abilities deal 10% more damage to targets infected with Blood Plague. Also increases your expertise by 5.

 

Unholy Blight: A vile swarm of unholy insects surrounds the Death Knight for a 10 yard radius. Enemies caught in the area take 48 Shadow damage per sec. Lasts 20 sec.

60 Runic Power, Instant

 

 

 

This does not complete the 53 points you have left, but I think these ones are all worthy of a mention. I’ve pondered having desecration for extra damage and control, and the only reason I’ve ditched it is because it causes graphic lag on my machine and I’ve a fairly nice graphics card!! I have Blood Caked Strikes instead, which is almost like a auto attack ‘windfury like’ proc for 25% weapon damage + 13% per disease, this has a 30% chance and a long fight will see a few Blood Caked Strikes.

This is my Build:

http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=j0xZ0xxzZbg0Ixfoxeoocszt

 

As well as lots of AOE goodness and Scourge Strike, Unholy tanks can bring a utility pet to the group, the Ghoul. The next part assumes you know how to manually control your ghoul, because my tip for perma ghoul tanking is to turn off the autocast option for all of your Ghoul’s abilities. Leap can be incredibly annoying when pulling, and claw will dump your pets focus really quickly. You need the pet to be passive, so you can control who it is targeting. Be aware that your Ghoul will fry in any AOE, so set him using ‘stay’  anywhere you know this will happen, and don’t forget to pick him up when you move on!! 50 Silver for Corpse Dust……pah!!!!!

 

Your Ghoul is needed for Gnaw, its 3 second stun, and this is not an autocast option. This really useful ability can be cast every 20 seconds, and is affectively 15% damage mitigation against a single target over 20 seconds (unless they are resistant to stun), as well as a rune/runic power free cast interrupt. This is useful at the start of a pull when you are needing to build up runic power for Unholy Blight, and/or reduce your initial damage while building aggro.

 

If you are not already using Gnaw manually like this, try Death Gripping a few caster mobs and using Gnaw as an interrupt. I’ve hot keyed it onto my mouse (I also have Mind Freeze and Strangulation on my mouse!), but you can click it, or use the petbar shortcuts if you prefer. Fortunately the petbar global cooldown is not the same as the cooldown on your death knight combat bar. Once you have got your confidence up, you’ll also be able to throw in a few claws as well, making sure you always have enough pet focus for your stuns.

 

On good rule for Ghoul management is NEVER miss the opportunity of combat rezzing someone because of it.  Well if they are a total nublet then maybe….. 

 

ALWAYS CAST BONE SHIELD AFTER A FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Important enough to shout. You don’t want a unholy rune on cooldown because of something you can cast out of combat and bone shield is a 1 minute cooldown, it’s nice to be able to recast it during a fight!!!

 

Take two 2 hand weapons with you to an instance, with:

Rune of Spellshattering: Affixes your two-handed rune weapon with a rune that deflects 4% of all spell damage and reduces the duration of Silence effects by 50%.  

Rune of  Swordshattering:  Affixes your two-handed rune weapon with a rune that increases Parry chance by 4% and reduces the duration of Disarm effects by 50%.

 

For my last part, I thought I’d share what I have on my toolbars. I use Blizzard’s toolbar, not a mod, and use Shift & mouse wheel to shift bars as and when I need them. I also have my bars mapped on my G15 G keys.

 

I use two tool bars, one for single target bar with the following:

 

1. Death Grip. Brings in your disease target (best used on a caster…gotcha!!).

 

2. Plague Strike Macro. I have bound plague strike and Blood rage with the following macro:

 

#showtooltip Plague Strike

/cast Plague Strike

/Cast Blood Rage

 

This gives a nice boost to AP for the start of the pull for us Orcs, which boosts disease damage as well “Impurity” and is a good opener with “Rage of Rivendare” giving an extra 10% to all your abilities when a target has Blood Plague.

 

You could bind an AP trinket as well if you don’t mind losing a defence trinket here, if you are not an orc, or add one if you are an Orc but like even more AP!!!

 

3. Icy Touch. Damage boosted by Black Ice Frost talent.

 

4. Blood Strike macro:

 

#showtooltip Blood Strike

/cast Blood Strike

/cast Charm of Alacrity

 

If you hit Blood strike twice with my talent suggestion you’ll proc Blade barrier, and the charm will give you avoidance, a nice dodge boost!! Any dodge/parry trinket will do here, but Charm of Alacrity is really easy to get!!!

 

5. Icebound Fortitude. When you hit this you will hopefully still have bone shield active, for 40% damage mitigation, the 50% you get for Icebound Fortitude, and blade shield/avoidance will help to deal with the last 10%. This will make your healers life a lot easier at the most dangerous stage of a pull, the first few seconds!!! You won’t take much damage for 15-20 seconds.

 

6. Scourge Strike/Rune Strike Macro: This is the DPS portion

 

#showtooltip Scourge Strike

/cast Rune Strike

/cast Scourge strike

 

7. Death Strike

 

8. Chains of Ice, in case you lose the target

 

9. Blood tap for a free death rune every minute.

 

0. Death Coil

 

-. Bone Shield

 

+. Dark Command

 

For my second tool bar I have a multi target set up. I’ve tried to put pretty much the same spells in the same place, swapping

 

4. Blood strike for 4. Pestilence, using a similar macro:

 

#showtooltip Pestilence

/cast Pestilence

/cast Charm of Alacrity

 

This will usually be cast just as the other mobs reach you after your first death Gripped target, meaning you’ll be at a high level of damage mitigation for the group pull for the scary few seconds after a pull (the time it can all go wrong!!).

 

I swap:

 

5. Scourge Strike/Rune Strike for 5. Blood Boil

 

for grabbing the group interest and proccing Blade barrier.

 

I also swap my runic power ability

 

0. Death Coil, with 0. Unholy Blight

 

And finally

 

-. Bone Shield for -. Death and Decay.

 

For multi targets I try to pull the caster first with Death Grip onto a Death and Decay area, and get my ghoul on the first target I’ve marked to kill, using stun as an interrupt or stunning anyway if they are not a caster for damage mitigation. When the diseases are up (after I cast Blood Boil), I switch to my single target bar so 18 second disease are useful with DnD. I prefer leaving the first target when they are 75% down switching back to my multi target bar and starting my disease cycle again on a mob with the highest health and letting the group/ghoul finish them off. Rinse and repeat!!!

 

I have a utility bar too, it’ll have Empower Rune Blade/Army of the Dead/My mount pots etc…

 

Anyway I hope I have given you some food for thought. I am playing Unholy because I have a holy paladin, and I like the idea of Ying and Yang!!! So I not comparing Unholy with any other tanking tree. So far I’ve found Unholy to deal lots of damage as well as mitigate damage as well as any tanking class I’ve played, and the Ghoul pet makes it a much more fun class to play. Try my tips and you’ll see why!!!

 

Enjoy!!!!!

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