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Frost Death Knight DPS Guide (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 16, 2017 at 07:24 by Vlad 472 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Frost Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3. 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. Patch 7.3 Changes

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

4. Patch 7.2 Changes

5. Strengths

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

6. Weaknesses

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

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 16 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added proper tier 2 trait rankings.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Frost Death Knight.
  • 05 Sep. 2017 (stats page): Updated the stat priority (Haste is now the best secondary stat).
  • 05 Sep. 2017 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for Haste now being the best secondary stat.
  • 01 Sep. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated page to reflect changes made to talents and rotation (adding Breath of Sindragosa viability, notably).
  • 01 Sep. 2017 (rotation page): Updated AoE rotation to include Breath of Sindragosa.
  • 01 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 2 and 7 talent recommendations.
  • 31 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Removed an outdated mention regarding how Obliteration works.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated the page to account for the changes to talents that came with Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation sections.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated page to reflect changes made to the rest of the guide (talents and rotation).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Made a small tweak to the Breath of Sindragosa rotation to remove the mention of Hungering Rune Weapon.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic priority slightly.
  • 11 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking and added a trinket list.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 6 talent discussion to mention that Frostscythe can be taken if you have the new legendary ring, Soul of the Deathlord.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated Rime description to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated Rime description to account for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking (adding the two new legendary items) and added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations.
  • 22 May 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary item ranking slightly.
  • 22 May 2017 (artifact page): Added a mention to better give context to the relic priority.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (talents page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (stats page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (easy mode page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (rotation page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (enchants page): Removed mentions of Machine Gun playstyle.
  • 24 Apr. 2017 (artifact page): Removed mention of Machine Gun playstyle and slightly updated relic priority.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary rankings to account for Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priorities.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the page to show the two viable playstyle (Breath of Sindragosa, the most prominent, and Machine Gun).
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated Breath of Sindragosa stat priority.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Revamped most talent descriptions to account for Breath of Sindragosa now being the dominant playstyle.
  • 21 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to account for the various updates made to the guide in other parts.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Moved the legendary helm to the number one spot for legendary item ranking.
  • 22 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated description of Volatile Shielding to account for the change in damage school.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the Breath of Sindragosa rotation.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added trinket simulations and updated the text for Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendation to only Mark of the Hidden Satyr, fixed an issue where we were recommending an Agility gem, and updated potion recommendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Made a few small updates to some talent evaluations and updated the introductory text for the Breath of Sindragosa playstyle further. Also added checkmarks to talents viable in the Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Reworded the introduction section for the Breath of Sindragosa build slightly, to confirm that it does indeed perform very well.
  • 17 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Added a mention of a different Relic priority if using Breath of Sindragosa as your tier 7 talent, and removed a mention of different Relic priorities for AoE damage.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added a mention of Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish as well as a Tier 19 Set Bonus recommendation.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Changed the text to reflect that the only recommended tier 6 talent for the Breath of Sindragosa playstyle is Gathering Storm.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Changed tier 6 Breath of Sindragosa talent recommendation to Gathering Storm.
  • 13 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Changed tier 6 talent evaluation to Gather Storm only (for Breath of Sindragosa).
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Added Breath of Sindragosa rotation.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Added Breath of Sindragosa stat priority.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added alternative talent choices to support Breath of Sindragosa build, and updated talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added Breath of Sindragosa build mentions/recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added mention of new legendary item and revised existing legendary recommendations slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added alternative recommendations for the Breath of Sindragosa build.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed a typo in the rotation section and one in the Cooldown Usage section.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Versatility now being the preferred secondary stat.
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority (Versatility is now the best secondary stat).
  • 27 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added the Runic Attenuation + Obliteration rotation to the guide.
  • 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 (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 (stats page): Updated the stat priority considerably (Haste is now the best secondary stat, without any soft cap).
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Haste now being the single preferred secondary stat.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Split the rotation into single target and AoE.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated the Relic priority slightly.
  • 26 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Improved the single target rotation.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Further updated the page to account for the prevalence of the Machine Gun rotation.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendations and removed mentions of a ratio between Critical Strike and Haste.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Removed the non-machine gun rotations.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Tweaked the legendary recommendations somewhat.
  • 25 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated the stat priority considerably.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the guide to reflect that the machine gun rotation is currently recommended in all situations.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Added a mention of taking Icy Talons for the Machine Gun rotation.
  • 20 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added Potion of the Old War as a recommended potion, alongside Potion of Deadly Grace.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats 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 (gear page): Revamped the trinket and set bonus recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (this page): Added Strengths and Weaknesses.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear 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 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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