Hello everyone! As promised, here are the 6.1 results for Unholy Death Knights. If you’re wondering about Frost, here’s a quick FAQ:
q: “What about Frost?”
a: Frost remains unchanged for 6.1. There’s been a slight Rune of the Fallen Crusader RPPM nerf across all specs, but it shouldn’t affect any of the previous results.
q: “Wasn’t Dual Wield Frost a solid alternative to Unholy?”
a: DW is definitely viable with the right gear, but Unholy remains the superior spec.
Unholy 6.1 Simulations (BiS gear, @450 sec)
Plague Leech + Defile
• Single target: 44258 dps Weights: Str (7.11) > Mult (4.46) > Mastery (3.68) > Crit (3.55) > Vers (3.28) > Haste (3.11) • 3 targets: 62093 dps Weights: Str (10.56) > Mult (6.45) > Mastery (5.94) > Crit (4.98) > Vers (4.61) > Haste (4.23) • 5 targets: 84945 dps Weights: Same as 3 targets.
Unholy Blight + Necrotic Plague
• Single target: 42271 dps Weights: Str (6.93) > Mult (4.39) > Haste (3.52) > Mastery (3.46) > Crit (3.29) > Vers (3.09) • 3 targets: 61857 dps Weights: Str (10.15) > Mult (5.65) ~= Mastery (5.64) > Haste (4.78) > Crit (4.59) > Vers (4.34) • 5 targets (using Horn of Screaming Spirits and Vial of Convulsive Shadows): 81815 dps Weights: Str (14.05) > Mastery (8.45) ~= Mult (8.42) > Haste (6.66) > Crit (6.39) > Vers (6.03)
With the 20% buff, Necrotic Plague becomes a much more attractive talent. It offers comparable dps to Defile (which requires near-perfect usage and ideal enemy positioning to produce the simulated results), and can be “gamed” to further improve output on many situations and encounters. However, Defile remains a solid burst ability: you still want to use it on single target (paired with Plague Leech), and on encounters where you can’t efficiently keep up 15 stack NP’s. Breath of Sindragosa is a very interesting talent too, and may have it’s uses depending on how long you can keep it up via AMS soaking, ERW, etc.
Since we’ll be using the Unholy Blight/Necrotic Plague combo very often, I recommend aiming for a healthy balance between multistrike and mastery. At BiS/near BiS gear, both stats should be roughly equal (~1500 unbuffed). On heavy AoE encounters, using Horn of Screaming Spirits instead of Forgemaster’s Insignia is also recommended.
Using Unholy Blight over Plague Leech represents a ~10-15% increase in downtime, so remember you’ll need some haste to avoid prolonged periods of rune starvation (making it hard to keep up a 15 stack NP). AMS-soak wisely.
Last but not least: the Blood Boil bug (where it was resetting diseases, preventing them to properly tick when repeatedly using the ability) has been fixed! Now you can safely spam it (with +4 targets present).
Feel free to ask any questions on the comments pane!