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Frost Death Knight DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 03, 2016 at 13:37 by Vlad 284 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Frost Death Knight in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Totemlord, a Frost Death Knight enthusiast and respected theorycrafter on the Frost Death Knight Discord. You can contact him on Discord under the name Nic#9561.

1. Class Overview

The Frost specialisation (which now only allows for dual-wielding One-Handed Weapons) provides reasonable single target and AoE DPS, and it seems to be on par with Unholy in terms of performance.

Its playstyle is straightforward, and its rotation is easy to learn and master.

2. Significant Legion Changes

The Frost specialisation has undergone considerable changes from Warlords of Draenor. While several key abilities have been retained and the playstyle has similarities, many things have changed. Here are the most important differences.

  • The Rune System has been drastically simplified (there is now only one type of Rune, and Runes recharge individually).
  • Dual-wielding One-Handed Weapons is now the only possible way of playing the specialisation.
  • Runic Empowerment Icon Runic Empowerment is now a passive ability, and is the only means of increasing Rune regeneration rate.
  • Presences have been removed.
  • Blood Plague has been removed, and Frost Fever Icon Frost Fever can only be applied by Howling Blast Icon Howling Blast.
  • Soul Reaper, Icy Touch, Plague Strike, Blood Boil, Death and Decay, and Army of the Dead have been removed.
  • Rime Icon Rime now also increases the damage of Howling Blast.
  • Killing Machine Icon Killing Machine now has a chance to proc from auto attack critical strikes (as opposed to just from auto attacks).

3. Strengths

  • Good sustained cleave damage
  • Very strong short burst AoE damage

4. Weaknesses

  • Lacks mobility, making it one of the slowest specs in the game
  • Nothing unique that it can bring to help the raid

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 03 Nov. 2016 (this page): Updated the page a bit to account for buffs to Frost resulting in it no longer being behind Unholy in performance.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added a mention explaining the lack of a Best in Slot section.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority including breakpoints.
  • 31 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a mention of how the stat breakpoints will affect your gearing.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated legendary item ranking.
  • 28 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Amended the Obliterate line in the single target priority to include one with and one without a Killing Machine proc.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 6 and 7 talent recommendations to account for a non machine gun playstyle now also being viable.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority (Versatility is now the best secondary stat).
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Versatility now being the preferred secondary stat.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added the Runic Attenuation + Obliteration rotation to the guide.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated relic priority.
  • 24 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the description of Frozen Pulse to account for patch 7.1 changes.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the relic priority slightly.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Haste now being the single preferred secondary stat.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated the tier 3 talent discussion to state that Avalanche is best for raiding, while Icecap is recommended for Mythic+ dungeons.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Split the rotation into single target and AoE.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority considerably (Haste is now the best secondary stat, without any soft cap).
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Improved the single target rotation.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendations and removed mentions of a ratio between Critical Strike and Haste.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Tweaked the legendary recommendations somewhat.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Further updated the page to account for the prevalence of the Machine Gun rotation.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed the non-machine gun rotations.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority considerably.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention of taking Icy Talons for the Machine Gun rotation.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the guide to reflect that the machine gun rotation is currently recommended in all situations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Potion of the Old War as a recommended potion, alongside Potion of Deadly Grace.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Several updates.
    • Tweaked the Frostscythe line in the Machine Gun rotation.
    • Removed mentions of Rime procs from all rotations except single target one, since not using Obliterate means you will never have them.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (this page): Added Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Revamped the trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1 and 2 talent discussions.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added machine gun rotation to the guide.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Changed the evaluation of Icy Talons to include the possible situation where Murderous Efficiency results in you having too many resources, in which case Icy Talons could be a viable replacement.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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