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Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Oct 16, 2016 at 16:41 by Vlad 271 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Unholy Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Unholy Death Knight in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Tegu, one of the best DPS Death Knights in the world, who raids in Serenity. You can follow him on Twitter, and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

The Unholy specialisation currently provides higher single target and sustained/burst AoE damage than Frost, and it is an otherwise very strong specialisation.

2. Significant Legion Changes

The Unholy specialisation has changed significantly from Warlords of Draenor.

  • The Rune System has been drastically simplified (there is now only one type of Rune, and Runes recharge individually).
  • Runic Corruption Icon Runic Corruption is now a passive ability, and is the only means of increasing Rune regeneration rate.
  • Presences have been removed.
  • Diseases are now replaced by a single DoT, Virulent Plague Icon Virulent Plague. It can only be applied/refreshed by Outbreak Icon Outbreak.
  • Festering Strike Icon Festering Strike no longer extends the duration of diseases, instead applying a new debuff called Festering Wound Icon Festering Wound.
  • Dark Transformation Icon Dark Transformation is now a simple 20-second buff to your pet, and has no more baseline interaction with Death Coil Icon Death Coil (though the tier 6 Shadow Infusion Icon Shadow Infusion talent causes Death Coil to reduce the cooldown of Dark Transformation).
  • Soul Reaper Icon Soul Reaper is now a talent.
  • Blood Boil and Empower Rune Weapon have been removed.

3. Strengths

  • Excellent burst cooldown (Dark Arbiter Icon Dark Arbiter)
  • Strong single target, AoE, and cleave DPS
  • Great AoE DPS against targets that are spread out
  • Excellent defensive cooldowns that make soaking damage easy

4. Weaknesses

  • One of the slowest-moving specs
  • A considerable random element

5. Contents

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

6. ChangeLog

  • 16 Oct. 2016: Reworded a "strength" to no longer mention that Unholy does some of the best DPS, but simply that its DPS is strong.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2016: Added Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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