How To Improve As Frost Death Knight — Dragonflight 10.0.2
On this page, you will find out how you can improve at playing Frost Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. We list the common mistakes that you should try to avoid and the small details that can greatly improve your performance.
Not Capping Runes or Runic Power
Because you can have 3 Runes recharging at the same time, any time you are holding 4 or more Runes, you are effectively capped on Runes and wasting potential Rune regeneration. There is never a point in your play where it would be valuable to not cast anything, or where you need more than 3 Runes saved up; always keep 3 Runes on cooldown.
Similarly, every point of Runic Power you generate when already at maximum Runic Power is a fraction of a lost Frost Strike. There are instances when you will overcap Runic Power because you are prioritising not overcapping on Runes, especially in AoE. This is fine and expected behaviour.
Not Managing Your GCDs in Your Obliteration Window
It is crucial that you only use the correct abilities in your Pillar window. Using Remorseless Winter for instance must be done before you enter your Pillar of Frost window! The only exception to this is in AoE where Death and Decay is used the GCD after your Pillar of Frost!
It is also important that you trigger your first Killing Machine as soon as possible. We recommend creating a macro that casts Pillar of Frost and then immediately uses Howling Blast, Frost Strike or Glacial Advance (one macro for each). This ensures you generate the maximum number of Killing Machine procs as possible.
Making Sure not to Accidentally Cancel Breath of Sindragosa
There is a macro that will prevent this from occurring, which is provided in the Macros and Addons section.
Pooling Runes for Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm requires you to spend Runes to increase the strength of your Remorseless Winter. It is generally a good idea to spend your Runic Power just before Remorseless Winter comes off cooldown. This passively pools Runes which helps empower your Remorseless Winter!
High Icy Talons and Unleashed Frenzy Uptime
If you are running the talents Icy Talons or Unleashed Frenzy, then you want to make sure to use your Runic Power frequently. One way of doing this more easily is to naturally weave your abilities. Don't press multiple Frost Strike in a row, instead use an ability in-between to better keep up your buffs!
Pooling Resources for Breath of Sindragosa
If you are running the talent Breath of Sindragosa, then you have noticed it draining your Runic Power fairly quickly. To maximize the duration of your Breath of Sindragosa, you want to start pooling Runic Power about 8-10 seconds before your Breath of Sindragosa comes off cooldown. We recommend you pool about about 60+ Runic Power.
Using Anti-Magic Shell on Non-Magical Damage
The defensive cooldown Anti-Magic Shell only absorbs magical damage, therefore making it useless when it comes to physical damage. A common mistake is people casting it to protect against physical damage and not gaining the benefit of a defensive absorb or the Runic Power generation. Make sure you know if an ability from a boss is a physical or magical ability.
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