[Death Knight] How to AoE

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Quick guide on how to AoE with a Death Knight

The following video shows how to gather a bunch of mobs and how to AoE it down with a Death Knight. This was done with a level 61 Death Knight, specced Unholy: 0/0/52. However, it's pretty much the same for other specs, besides you won't have the ghoul and unholy blight.

Basically, grab a bunch of mobs:

And then simply pick the one with the highest HP (Turning name plates on helps) and Death Strike it. Keep targeting the one with the highest HP and Death Strike it, until it's over. You can replace Death Strike by another ability (Scourge Strike, Obliterate, etc) if you don't need healing at this point.
Once your blood runes are up again, use Blood Boil twice and everything should be dead, with you at nearly full HP.

Here's the video, I strongly advise to watch it in High Quality.

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And here is a more advanced video which shows how far you can push with a Death Knight. This was done with a level 62 Human DK, wearing the DK starting area full blue set, no glyphs and no enchants.
The talent spec used is Unholy: 0/0/53

Click this link to watch the video in High Quality.

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If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

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Jame's picture

Quote:you have pretty mutch

Quote:
you have pretty mutch made made my spirit burn for wow again.

That'd the kind of things I love to hear.

About glyphs for DKs, there aren't many really. For Unholy the best I have found is:

Level 55

Level 70

It's from my DK Shopping list, you should check it:

Death Knight Shopping List (55-70)

Thank you.

Smiling I already had 3 of those runes ready.
Lovely for your fast answer, only 2 days left now.
(if you dont count today)
Im not shure what the best profession for a death-knight is, but I have gathered all the mats for engineering 1-375, going miner as second.
Laughing out loud Its going to be lovely with all the new items for engineers.

Cheers! <3

Draven's picture

Hehe, DKs are amazing at AoE

Hehe, DKs are amazing at AoE tanking at that lvl. Once I got it, I would also use Death and Decay in my AoE rotation, would you do the same Jame? I think the biggest challenge in DK AoEing is getting enough mobs together to make it challenging because they so often love to leash back to where they were.

I don't really know how the AoEing is at higher levels because I went full Blood after leaving HFP. Also, what were the green clouds under the 8-9 vultures in the second vid? I want to say it's part of the Desecration animation, but for some reason I can't recall ever seeing that particular effect.

"Victims, aren't we all?"

Jame's picture

It is the desecration

It is the desecration animation Smiling

I don't use Death and Decay for AoE Grinding. With the same amount of runes you can do Blood Boil + Death Strike, which brings you more.

D&D doesn't do enough damage, it's mostly a high threat ability for AoE tanking.

Just one Question: is this

Just one Question: is this REALLY still working?!
I saw a lot of crazy vids, but that was before some major nerfs...

(I'm playing a hunter an started loving aoe-grinding with my new "goriladin" Eye, so I'd really like this to still be working...)

Do you think, this only works because of very good equip & "unbalanced" classes pre 80 now with 3.x.x or do you think this is kind of intended? Jawdropping!

Jame's picture

This still works, it was

This still works, it was done very late into beta, not much has changed since then.

The equipment was still the start set, and at level 62 it's nothing special anymore. Plus, I had zero glyph / enchants Smiling

Thanks for reply, for me

Thanks for reply,

for me that kind of means this:
First of all, healing if speced unholy is more than enough, so y use blood for leveling then? As far as I know (could not play yet, had no beta key) blood lacks aoe-possibilites. Is this wrong? Could I aoe kind of the same with blood-spec? (If 1-2 mobs less like "you can only saftly handle 5-6 instead of 8 still means aoe-able to me)

Jame's picture

You can still AoE as blood,

You can still AoE as blood, just not as fast.

Gargoyle

I noticed you had summon gargoyle, when is the proper time to use this ability?

Jame's picture

Against elites.

Against elites.

Kuvera's picture

Corpse Explosion

Wouldn't putting a point into corpse explosion be a good investment? Typically you are going to kill your targeted one a lot sooner than the pack, and the corpse explosion is a good way to get some extra damage in.

Kuvera's picture

So while yer looking at my posts

I was just wondering how you keep track of your runs and power. I am constantly focused on the center of my screen and I rely on mods like Archud and Icehud to give me my info and with the 2 pools of power that DKs use I find it hard to keep track other than simply memorizing an order of skills that uses runes and power efficiently.

Jame's picture

There are already a few mods

There are already a few mods which do that. I've tried this one and liked it:

http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/dkirunes.aspx

Jame's picture

Good point. Last time I

Good point. Last time I tried it though, I just wasn't impressed, it did about the same damage as blood boil. Also it uses a unholy rune, which most of the time I need for an extra death strike for healing.

I'll try that again though Smiling

Kuvera's picture

If you try corpse explosion again

Try out the glyph: http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43671

Pretty much doubles the skill if you kill something with it.

Edit: Well I guess testing it a bit more is out, with beta ended. Least I got enough time in to really get the hang of AOE pulling. Thanks for the guide.

Zethrin's picture

Casters

Very nice video btw Sticking out tongue

But how did you pull the caster? Did Death Grip pulled it to you through the air, like, FORCE it to melee range? If so, DKs are gonna be major caster killers.

Admin's note: Fixed spelling. Please do an effort with your spelling next time. Use "you" instead of "u", “are” instead of “r”. Thanks in advance.

Jame's picture

That's what Death Grip does,

That's what Death Grip does, it pulls your enemy to you Sticking out tongue

Shikamaru's picture

HP

Ending up with nearly 100% HP Shocked

How unbalanced can this game be, hehe.

Anyway, nice video.

Jame's picture

Not nearly hehe, 100%

Not nearly hehe, 100% Sticking out tongue

Blade's picture

Beta

IS this the Beta? Or has it come out yet? I don't keep up with expansions, I don't even have BC

Illidan - Level 70 Hunter, OJman

Illidan - Level 70 Hunter, OJman

Jame's picture

Yes, it's the Wrath of the

Yes, it's the Wrath of the Lich King beta.

James, Love your work, I've

James,

Love your work, I've been following you since I "found" you back in '05, I think it was.

Question on the DK DPS rotation. In your level guide you post as the DPS rotation as:

Icy Touch --> Plague Strike --> Blood Strike --> Blood Strike --> Death Coil --> Icy Touch --> Plague Strike --> Restart the cycle

while your blog states:

Icy Touch --> Plague Strike --> Scourge Strike --> Blood Strike --> Blood Strike --> Death Coil --> Scourge Strike --> Death Coil --> Scourge Strike --> Scourge Strike --> Death Coil --> Restart Cycle

and a different one for the video above. Either one best over the other? Especially for solo? All 3 examples appear to be for level 61 or so...

Jame's picture

Icy Touch --> Plague Strike

Icy Touch --> Plague Strike --> Blood Strike --> Blood Strike --> Death Coil --> Icy Touch --> Plague Strike --> Restart the cycle

That's at the start of my guide at level 55, before you get any other strike like Death Strike, etc. That's why the rotation is like that.

Icy Touch --> Plague Strike --> Scourge Strike --> Blood Strike --> Blood Strike --> Death Coil --> Scourge Strike --> Death Coil --> Scourge Strike --> Scourge Strike --> Death Coil --> Restart Cycle

That's the standard rotation for single target dps.

The rotation in on my video is for AoE.

Hey Jame, What was the

Hey Jame,
What was the talent spec used?

I know you meantioned it was 0/0/53 however that link not working for me and wanted to see the breakdown you had.

Thanks

Jame's picture

Should be working now.

Should be working now.