Frost Death Knight PvP Stat Priority, Gear, and Trinkets (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)
Choosing your gear carefully is important for your Frost Death Knight in PvP. We give you a stat priority to help you choose items with the right stats, followed by advice on how to choose the rest of your gear and your trinkets.
This page is part of our Frost Death Knight PvP Guide.
Stat Priority for Frost Death Knights in PvP
The stat priority for Frost Death Knights in PvP is as follows:
- Mastery = Haste
- Critical Strike
Versatility is the best stat by far because of the 40% increase from the PvP trinket 2-set bonus. This will be described below in the gear section. This makes Versatility have the highest contribution to output, while also heavily increasing survivabiltiy through healing and damage mitigation. No other stat can compete with Versatility in value.
Mastery and Haste are both very valuable stats and a combination of both should be used. Mastery drastically improves output to important abilities like Chill Streak and Obliterate during Killing Machine while Haste improves your ability to use your important burst windows by increasing resource generation and reducing the global cooldown.
Critical Strike is purely an output stat and does not do as much for our class as the other stats. Furthermore, during Pillar of Frost using the talent Obliteration all of our Obliterate presses will already crit, making the stat much less worthwhile during those windows.
As for gearing, there are no pieces you truly need to target for slots like legs or boots, you are just looking for the proper stats on them which can come from many different sources. PvP gear, PvE gear, profession gear, and weekly cache gear all have possible stat combinations that are usable. Therefore, the gear decisions you will have to pay the most attention to are Trinkets and Legendaries.
All PvP trinkets come with a 2-set bonus that increases the damage and healing contribution from your Versatility stat by a whopping 40%. This both makes Versatility your best stat in PvP, and also makes PvP trinkets the best option by far for PvP.
Sinful Gladiator's Medallion is the crowd control removal trinket you will generally be using. It is very good at disrupting an enemy setup or getting out of a long CC to peel for your teammates, like a Rogue's Blind or a Mage's Polymorph.
Sinful Gladiator's Relentless Brooch is a fantastic option if you are playing Human or against a spammable CC heavy comp where you are not worried about being the target. Warlock and Mage comps (without Rogues!) are definitely good examples.
Sinful Gladiator's Emblem can be an option if you need to play particularly defensive against a comp you have not been able to survive against (probably Rogue/Hunter comps). Death Knights scale very well with increased health effects, because their heals are based on a percentage of your maximum health.
Gems and Enchants
Fill every gem socket you have with Versatile Jewel Cluster.
These are the best Frost Death Knight enchants by slot:
- Gloves: Enchant Gloves - Eternal Strength
- Cloak: Enchant Cloak - Soul Vitality
- Chest: Enchant Chest - Eternal Stats
- Rings: Enchant Ring - Tenet of Versatility
Death Knights get a special weapon enchant called Runeforges. Runeforging is done by using your Death Gate to get back to Acherus, the Ebon Hold. Rune of the Fallen Crusader, Rune of Razorice, Rune of Sanguination, and Rune of Spellwarding all have value in a PvP setting. Fallen Crusader and Razorice are the standard output-increasing Runeforges. However, Sanguination provides increased survivability against all comps, and Spellwarding provides heavily increased survivability against spell-cleaves. You can have multiple weapon sets in your bag, and switch them based on the enemy team composition.
- 20 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
- 12 Nov. 2020: Updates made by new writer.
- 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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