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Frost BB and help with binds

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Hi,

Since I first read the frost dk rotation I have this doubt in my mind. Instead the suggested icy veins rotation, isnt better to apply both diseases (via outbreak or PS+HB) and then spread then using Blood Boil, instead of using Plague Strike on every mob? I ask this because the suggested rotation uses one rune for every mob while blood boil just uses one rune for all mobs.

 

I also have another question. Is there any useful binds regarding some abilties of the dk without losing functionality? Mainly I ask about plague leech since its very annoying pressing it every time.

 

Thanks you very much

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I think simulations suggest using blood boil when 4+ targets are present and at that threshold you switch to AoE rotation.

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It would depend if you're talking about 2H frost or DW first of all.

 

For DW plague strike would be using 1 unholy rune which is pretty much a throw away rune for DW anyways, whereas blood boil would be using a rune which otherwise would go towards howling blast, your second hardest hitting ability. for DW it makes sense to plague strike at least 2 or 3 targets individually because other than defile you wouldn't have done anything useful with those runes anyways.

 

For 2H you definitely want to blood boil even for 2 targets. both plague strike and blood boil are costing you 1 rune which otherwise would have gone towards half an obliterate, so in that regard they're an equal dps loss. however blood boil is definitely a dps gain over plague strike at just 2 targets. however it is a dps loss compared to howling blast in any situation, and a dps loss to obliterate at less than like 4 targets, so don't start blood boiling for aoe spam

 

The real question though is if it's even worth it to spread blood plague to the multiple targets. BP only does about 2-3k damage per tick (3 sec tick means about 1k dps). even for 2H just maintaining your single target rotation, 1 rune = half an obliterate = 22k+/- damage. So you have to ask yourself, are the targets you're about to aoe disease going to be a.) enough targets or b.) alive long enough to get at least 7-8 ticks of blood plague? It makes sense to spread blood plague on a fight like twins where the second target is a boss and you'll get the full disease duration (10 ticks +/-) and it makes sense when you have 3-4+ targets. but if it's just 1-2 extra adds and they may die fast then it isn't even worth changing your rotation to spread diseases to them? they'll get caught in a howling blast eventually, and you can basically ignore blood plague. for example: putting diseases on the arcane add during imperator is a dps loss no matter how you apply it, because the add mostly likely won't be alive long enough to take more than 2-3 ticks of damage.

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