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Unholy Death Knight DPS Macros and Addons (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Jul 18, 2016 at 23:48 by Vlad 304 comments

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General Information

Macros and addons are an integral part of a raider's arsenal as they can make it easier to perform a variety of tasks, improving your overall game experience. On this page, we present macros and addons that can be useful to an Unholy Death Knight in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

The other pages of our Unholy Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Macros

1.1. Generic Macros for Death Knights

1.1.1. Raise Ally

  • #showtooltip Raise Ally
  • /cast [@mouseover,help][@target]Raise Ally

This macro casts Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player. Otherwise, it casts Raise Ally on your current target.

1.1.2. Mind Freeze

  • #showtooltip Mind Freeze
  • /cast [@focus,harm,nodead][] Mind Freeze

This macro allows you to interrupt your focus target, if you have one, and if not to simply interrupt your current target.

1.2. Specific Macros for Unholy Death Knights

1.2.1. Outbreak Mouseover Macro

  • #showtooltip Outbreak
  • /cast [target=mouseover,exists] Outbreak; Outbreak

This macro will cast Outbreak Icon Outbreak on your mouseover target.

1.2.2. Death Grip Mouseover Macro

  • #showtooltip Death Grip
  • /cast [target=mouseover,exists] Death Grip; Death Grip

This macro will cast Death Grip Icon Death Grip on your mouseover target.

1.2.3. Pet Hook Grip Mouseover Macro

  • #showtooltip Hook
  • /cast [target=mouseover,exists] Hook; Hook

If you have the Sludge Belcher Icon Sludge Belcher talent, this macro will cast Hook Icon Hook on your mouseover target.

1.2.4. Corpse Shield

  • /cast Dark Transformation
  • /cast Huddle
  • /cast Protective Bile
  • /cast Corpse Shield

This macro, combined with the Corpse Shield Icon Corpse Shield talent, allows you to transfer 90% of the damage you take to your pet while your pet has 60% damage reduction from Huddle Icon Huddle (or from Protective Bile Icon Protective Bile, if you have the Sludge Belcher Icon Sludge Belcher talent).

1.2.5. Dismissing Pet

  • /petdismiss [pet]

This macro allows you to dismiss your pet, which might be required for dungeons, especially if you also have All Will Serve Icon All Will Serve talent.

1.3. Generic Addons for Death Knights

1.3.1. ElvUI

Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon and our forum moderator Pandacho has written a quick configuration guide for it.

1.3.2. Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.

1.3.3. GTFO

GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.

1.3.4. Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.

1.3.5. Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.

1.3.6. Recount / Skada / Details!

Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). This add-on is not really lightweight, and provides a very high amount of information (and it can sometimes cause issues with performance). It is generally a good option to use Recount for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.

An alternative to Recount (similar in function, so the choice is personal preference) is Details!.

A lightweight alternative to Recount and Details! is Skada Damage Meter.

1.3.7. Omen Threat Meter

Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to avoid taking aggro when the tank is still building up threat on an enemy.

1.3.8. Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)

ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to mouseover dead raid or party members in order to resurrect them with Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.

1.4. Specific Addons for Unholy Death Knights

Currently, we do not believe that you need any additional addons to play your specialisation to its full potential.

2. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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