Two-Handed builds are divided into the three types: Blood, Frost, and Unholy. It makes sense to do the same to the DW builds as frost builds are very different from the unholy ones. I recommend you familiarize yourself with the Think Tank article about Death Knight DPS. Though some of the data is out of date, it is a good foundation of knowledge overall.
Do not Post Dummy Damage here.
A proven contender with the 2H builds, you use Improved Unholy Presence to fire abilities like crazy, Quantity over Quality. Featuring Ghoul Frenzy, it's the classic Death Coil Spam build generating more runic power than any other viable build currently.
Glyphs: Dark Death, Icy Touch, Ghoul
IMPORTANT: Depending on what your preference is and what your guild needs, you can take a point out of Desecration and put it into UB.
Here are the Stat Weights for 0/17/54 with the Spell Hit Cap already reached.
******************EP CALCULATOR************************ EP :AttackPower = 100 EP :Strength = 306 EP :Agility = 54 EP :HitRating = 115 EP :CritRating = 121 EP :HasteRating = 124 EP :ArmorPenetrationRating = 84 EP :ExpertiseRating = 118 EP :WeaponDPS = 636
Priority System: Diseases(BP>FF)>DC>IT>BS>GF>PS
This build is the classic Scourge Strike build of the DW bunch. This one uses Blood Presence to fire hard hitting attacks to go with the usual spells. Plague Strike hits harder in this build than any other DW build. This build has a very high scaling Death Coil as well.
Glyphs: Unholy Blight, Dark Death, Ghoul
Here are the Stat Weights for 0/13/58 with the Spell Hit Cap already reached.
******************EP CALCULATOR************************ EP :AttackPower = 100 EP :Strength = 297 EP :Agility = 88 EP :HitRating = 100 EP :CritRating = 117 EP :HasteRating = 120 EP :ArmorPenetrationRating = 91 EP :ExpertiseRating = 164 EP :WeaponDPS = 1058
Priority System: Diseases(BP>FF)>SS>BS>UB>DC.
If you are stuck on seeing a Theoretical Rotation, then you are stubborn, but here:
Gear for 0/13/58 and 0/17/54
[TABLE]Slot | BiS with Heroic Hardmode - 0/13/58 | Pre-Heroic Hardmode - 0/13/58 | BiS with Heroic Hardmode - 0/17/54 | Pre-Heroic Hardmode - 0/17/54
Helm| | | |
Amulet| | | |
Pauldrons| | Same| |
Cloak| | | |
Breastplate| | Same| Same| Same
Bracers| | | |
Gloves| | Same| Same| Same
Belt| | | |
Legplates| | Same| |
Boots| | | |
Ring| | Same| Same| Same
Ring| | | |
Trinket| | Same| Same| Same
Trinket| Comet's Trail| | Comet's Trail|
Main Hand| | Same| |
Off Hand| | | |
Sigil| | Same| | Same[/TABLE]
- Both of these BiS item sets are not at the Exp Cap and are both ~300+ Hit Rating. This is Fine with a DW Build and actually is still optimal/BiS.
- is pretty much a side-grade to
- is BiS for Humans with Swords/Mace in Pre-Heroic Hardmode for 0/13/58 in lieu of .
- is actually the BiS MH for 0/17/54 but only barely edging out by a tiny bit.
- I am grouping Algalon 10/25 under Hardmode25 Gear since it is about as hard to attain as Hardmode25 Gear. If you have any objections, send me a PM and don't clutter up the thread.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Does Icy Talons stack with Improved Icy Talons or Windfury Totem?
Answer: No. In a raid, you should expect this buff so any points in Icy Talons would be a DPS loss.
2) How What are the best tier bonuses?
0/13/58: 4pT8>4pT7>2pT7 2pT8>2pT8>2pT7
0/17/54: 2pT8>Rest (No real bonus from the others)
1/18/52: 4pT8>4pT7>2pT7 2pT8> 2pT8>2pT7
3) When is the best time to use Gargoyle?
Answer: Gargoyle actually gets it's haste and other stats from its owner. The best time to use gargoyle is actually during a Bloodlust/Heroism when as many of your procs/cooldowns are available. Just keep in mind that the Gargoyle is fragile and will die quickly to any AoE.
4) Is Glyph of Disease worth using?
Short Answer: No
Long Answer: It's useful for AOE but that's it. It comes out to be a dps loss that while it's refreshing your diseases, it deals no damage of it's own. It's especially bad if you screw up and diseases drop as your whole raid will lose the Ebon Plaguebringer buff until you can fix your mistake. It's not recommended.
5) What determines partial resists?
Answer: Originally Posted by Zyrm
As an additional note, what is *actually* responsible for partial resists on bosses is weapon skill. For example, if you tried to scourge strike a level 80 mob with 1 weapon skill, aside from parries/dodges, the strikes you DID land would be mitigated in half (which is actually the most a SS can resist, it will always hit for at least half damage)... until you're weapon skill was at or near max. Since Raid bosses count as your level +3, and there is currently no way to raise weapon skill beside the level max, you will always see partial resists in raids.
Another side note, when you see a strike that says, say "Your SS hits X for 4000 (200 resisted)", you wouldn't have originally done 4200 damage, but actually quite a bit more. The (X resisted) is actually before modifiers/buffs/talents/crits, so in reality, if half a strike was resisted, you might actually see something like "Your SS hits for 2.5k (1.9k resisted)". Just some food for thought. I can't tell you how many time's I've seen 5500(900 resisted) when my SS crits that don't resist always break 8k.
An alternative build is 1/18/52 which uses Obliterate. This build requires a lot of gearing to make it work. The advantage of this build is being able to use all of the Armor Penetration gear in Ulduar. You ideally want to stack as much Armor Penetration as you can without sacrificing too much in other stats.
Priority System: Diseases(BP>FF) > OB > BS > UB > DC.
Pre-Heroic armor with good weapons
Head: Conqueror's Darkruned Helmet -- Bold Dragon's Eye + Arcanum of Torment
Neck: Might of the Leviathan
Shoulders: Conqueror's Darkruned Shoulderplates -- Bold Dragon's Eye + Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak: Drape of the Faceless General -- Bold Scarlet Ruby + Fierce Monarch Topaz + Enchant Cloak - Greater Speed - Spell - World of Warcraft
Chest: Conqueror's Darkruned Battleplate -- Bold Stormjewel + Bold Scarlet Ruby + Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats - Spell - World of Warcraft
Arms: Bitter Cold Armguards -- Fierce Monarch Topaz + Bold Scarlet Ruby + Enchant Bracers - Greater Assault - Spell - World of Warcraft
Hands: Gauntlets of the Wretched -- Bold Scarlet Ruby + Enchant Gloves - Precision - Spell - World of Warcraft
Waist: Girdle of Embers -- Bold Scarlet Ruby
Legs: Conqueror's Darkruned Legplates -- Bold Scarlet Ruby + Bold Dragon's Eye + Icescale Leg Armor
Feet: Melancholy Sabatons -- Enchant Boots - Tuskarr's Vitality - Spell - World of Warcraft
Ring1: Bladebearer's Signet
Ring2: Strength of the Automaton
Trinket1: Blood of the Old God
Trinket2: Darkmoon Card: Greatness
Weapon1: Caress of Insanity (note: 232 version is better. These are old stats) -- Bold Scarlet Ruby
In-Thread DPS Charts
Here we will have some DW Unholy DPS Specific DPS Charts. I will do these for Ignis, XT-002, and Freya. For XT-002, I will subtract your Gravity Bomb and Light Bomb damage from your total Damage to get an ideal DPS. Do not shit the thread up with why we shouldn't use one of these fights, I do not care. I'm using these fights for instances of where you can get buffed/Single Target/AoE since that is somewhat the mix of Ulduar. If you have a complaint about a fight and it's legitimate, please send me a DETAILED reason why and I might consider it. Also, try not to use WoW Web Stats if you don't have an account where the parse will expire in two weeks. WoL and WMO are both free. Do not post your WWS/WoL/WMO Parses in the thread. We don't need a bunch of "Hurr, I did this much DPS" in the thread. Instead, send my a PM with the following (Only give me links to the Kill):
1. Boss(s): 2. Character Name: 3. Character's Spec (Please include a link if different from the OP and glyphs): 4. Priority/Rotation (Specify in the PM): 5. Weapons: 6. Sigil: 7. Runeforges: 8.Tier Pieces (2pT7, 4pT7, 2pT8, 4pT8?): 9. Consumables: 10: Parse Link (No Recount SS): 11: Anything special? Something your mommy told you?:
[TABLE]DPS| Character| Spec| Rotation| Weapon| Sigil| Runeforges| Consumables| Notes| Parse
5961| Fargrom| 0/17/54| Rotation R:1*| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| No AoE, No AotD, 1 Slag Pot, 2pT8| WoW Meter Online
5868| Pandas| 0/13/58| Priority (BP>FF)SS>BS>UB>DC| x2| | FC/FC| Food+Flask+Haste Pot| No Slag Pots, No AotD, Burn in Water Strat, No Intentional AoE, 4pT7| World of Logs
5003| Sapphyx| 0/13/58| Priority (BP>FF)SS>BS>UB>DC| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| 1 Slag Pot, No Intentional AoE, 2pT7 2pT8| WoW Web Stats[/TABLE]
[TABLE]DPS| Character| Spec| Priority/Rotation| Weapon| Sigil| Runeforges| Consumables| Notes| Parse
7779| Fargrom| 0/17/54| Rotation R:1*| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| No AoE, No Bombs, AotD, 2pT8| WoW Meter Online
7536| Sapphyx| 0/17/54 (1/1 UB, 2/5 Desecration)| Rotation R:1*| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Flask| No AoE, No Bombs, AotD, 2pT8| WoW Web Stats + Ghoul (Didn't get included in his damage. Linked via GF)
7139| Talix| 0/17/54| Priority (BP>FF)>DC>IT>BS>GF>PS| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| 1 Gravity Bomb (Didn't hit anyone), AotD, No AoE, 2pT8| WoW Meter Online
6967| Tahira| 0/17/54| Priority (BP>FF)DC>IT>BS>GF>PS| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| No Bombs, No AotD, No AoE, 2pT8| World of Logs
6944| Pandas| 0/13/58| Priority (BP>FF)SS>BS>UB>DC| x2| | FC/FC| Food+Flask| No Bombs, No AotD, No AoE, 4pT7| World of Logs
6861| Tigga| 0/17/54 (1/1 UB, 2/5 Desecration)| Priority (BP>FF)IT>DC>GF>UB>PS>BS| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask+Pet Food| No Bombs, No AotD, No AoE, 2pT8| WoW Meter Online
6612| Sapphyx| 0/13/58| Priority (BP>FF)SS>BS>UB>DC| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| No Bombs, No AoE, 2pT7 2pT8| WoW Web Stats[/TABLE]
[TABLE]DPS| Character| Spec| Rotation| Weapon| Sigil| Runeforges| Consumables| Notes| Parse
5622| Sapphyx| 0/17/54 (1/1 UB, 2/5 Desecration)| Rotation R:1*| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Flask| 2pT8| WoW Web Stats
4938| Pandas| 0/13/58| Priority (BP>FF)SS>BS>UB>DC| x2| | FC/FC| Food+Flask| Freya+1 (Ironbark), CoI on Snaplasher, 4pT7| World of Logs
4593| Tigga| 0/17/54 (1/1 UB, 2/5 Desecration)| Priority (BP>FF)IT>DC>GF>UB>PS>BS| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask+Pet Food| No AotD, 2pT8| WoW Meter Online
4425| Sapphyx| 0/13/58| Priority (BP>FF)SS>BS>UB>DC| MH: , OH: | | FC/FC| Food+Flask| 2pT7 2pT8| WoW Web Stats[/TABLE]
- R:1* means the following rotation:
Replace PS with GF if down