Death Knights and Blackrock Foundry: all you need to know.

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Blackrock Foundry is coming out next week (Feb. 3). Here’s some important things you need to know:

  • BRF is not part of the 6.1 patch. If you were feeling relieved after seeing the Necrotic Plague buff (hoping that it somehow makes up for the controversial Blood Boil nerf), don’t get your hopes up too high: it won’t see the light until 6.1 is out. There’s no 6.1 release date yet.
  • Things won’t change much in terms of rotations and talents: Plague Leech and Defile are still the way to go for single target and AoE. Necrotic Plague has some situational uses as Unholy, but it won’t result in a sizable dps increase until the buff goes live. Once it does, pairing it with Unholy Blight and the Festerblight play-style (extending a 15-stack via FS and making it last long enough so that it expires when UB comes off cd) will make it a very competitive talent on single target (vs PL+Defile) and a considerable dps increase in AoE and high downtime/movement scenarios.
  • Using Blood Boil on AoE will continue to be a dps loss (vs. single target rotation w/spread dots) until +4 targets are present. DW Frost continues to surpass Unholy in +2 target scenarios, and may be a solid option for progression (non-6.1) if we’re properly itemized for the spec.
  • The reaping bug is finally fixed!

The numbers

DW, 2H and Unholy DPS simulation results (6.0.3 -live-, @400 secs, 680 and 695 ilvl, PL+Def, patchwerk):

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BiS Lists and Stat Weights

Unholy

Head: Ogreskull Boneplate Greathelm/Lava-Dipped Greathelm
Neck: Thogar's Serrated Chain (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Shoulders: Ogreskull Boneplate Pauldrons/Overdriven Spaulders
Chest: Ogreskull Boneplate Breastplate
Waist: Ironcrusher's Collar
Legs: Ogreskull Boneplate Greaves
Feet: Sabatons of Fractal Earth
Wrists: Fleshmelter Bracers
Hands: Gauntlets of Dramatic Blows
Finger1: Spellbound Runic Band of Elemental Power (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Finger2: Phosphorescent Seal (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Trinket1: Vial of Convulsive Shadows
Trinket2: Forgemaster's Insignia
Back: Cloak of Sanguine Terror (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Main Hand: Ka'graz's Burning Blade

Note: Since the Unholy 4pc bonus provides a very small increase in dps, gearing for it will depend on the properties (ilvl/wf/socket) of your drops.

Stat weights: Str > Mult > Mastery > Haste > Crit > Vers
Gemming: Multistrike - Weapon enchant: Rune of the Fallen Crusader

DW Frost

Head: Ogreskull Boneplate Greathelm
Neck: Thogar's Serrated Chain (enchant: gift of mastery)
Shoulders: Ogreskull Boneplate Pauldrons
Chest: Ogreskull Boneplate Breastplate
Waist: Uktar's Belt of Chiming Rings
Legs: Ogreskull Boneplate Greaves
Feet: Sabatons of Fractal Earth
Wrists: Fleshmelter Bracers
Hands: Flamefury Gauntlets
Finger1: Spellbound Runic Band of Elemental Power (enchant: gift of mastery)
Finger2: Seal of the Savage Howl (enchant: gift of mastery)
Trinket1: Horn of Screaming Spirits
Trinket2: Forgemaster's Insignia / Vial of Convulsive Shadows
Back: Cloak of Sanguine Terror (enchant: gift of mastery)
Main Hand: Kromog's Brutal Fist
Off Hand: Kromog's Brutal Fist

Note: FI and Vial are within 300 dps of each other.

Stat weights: Str > Mastery > Mult > Haste > Vers > Crit
Gemming: Mastery - Weapon enchant: Rune of the Fallen Crusader/Rune of Razorice

2H Frost

Head: Ogreskull Boneplate Greathelm
Neck: Thogar's Serrated Chain (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Shoulders: Unstable Slag Shoulderplates/Overdriven Spaulders
Chest: Ogreskull Boneplate Breastplate
Waist: Ironcrusher's Collar
Legs: Ogreskull Boneplate Greaves
Feet: Sabatons of Fractal Earth
Wrists: Bracers of Martial Perfection / Fleshmelter Bracers / Bracers of Visceral Force
Hands: Ogreskull Boneplate Gauntlets
Finger1: Spellbound Runic Band of Elemental Power (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Finger2: Phosphorescent Seal (enchant: gift of multistrike)
Trinket1: Vial of Convulsive Shadows
Trinket2: Forgemaster's Insignia
Back: Berserker's Windwrap (enchant: gift of multistrike) 
Main Hand: Crescent of Living Magma / Ka'graz's Burning Blade

Note: Due to the extremely close stat weights, the dps difference between weapon, shoulder and wrist items is negligible. The 2H 2pc/4pc bonuses offer a minor dps increase, so gearing for them will depend on the properties (ilvl/wf/socket) of your drops.

Stat weights: Str > Mult > Vers = Haste > Crit = Mastery
Gemming: Multistrike - Weapon enchant: Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Remember to leave a comment if you’ve got any questions or concerns!
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2 comments

    1. It depends. Unholy has the upper hand on single target, and due to the powerful dots and pet, it will always be stronger on high movement/downtime scenarios. Then again, if 6.1 doesn’t go live soon, it may be a good idea to get a couple of 1Hs – itemization for DW isn’t that different from Unholy, since both want to go for Mastery and Multistrike.

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