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Unholy Death Knight DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 22:14 by Abyssalwave 27 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Unholy Death Knight DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. 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 Author

This guide has been written by Abyssalwave, a top level Death Knight player. He is a former US #2 hardcore raider who currently raids with Club Camel. You can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Class Overview

The Unholy specialisation currently provides excellent single target damage, as well as excellent cleave damage against 2-3 targets. It is better in this regard when compared to many other specialisations.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Unholy Death Knights

3. Unholy Death Knight Strengths

  • Strong single target, AoE, and cleave DPS depending on talent setup
  • Excellent damage-mitigation capabilities
  • High raid utility in the form of Death Grip Icon Death Grip and Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate
  • Has ability that provides immunities to knockback and movement-impairing effects

4. Unholy Death Knight Weaknesses

  • Poor target switching due to Festering Wound application
  • Lack of damage immunity
  • Low movement speed
  • A variable amount of ramp-up time before it can deal effective DPS (due to the application of Festering Wound Icon Festering Wounds)

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 12 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated the legendary list and tier 21 description to fix some mistakes.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Fixed a typo in the War Mode section.
  • 30 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Removed Corpse Shield from the macro list.
  • 30 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated the legendary list to better reflect the current meta.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated level 56 talent choices to be more accurate.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Updated the stat priority for the pre-patch with a more accurate priority.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Fixed the Cold Heart tooltip to show the Legendary instead of the Frost talent.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Fixed the single target rotation priority to show Defile and to better word Death Coil usage.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated the talent page with more detailed explanations on certain talents.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated the recommended talents and rotation priority.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated the strengths and weaknesses section to better reflect Unholy's current strengths and weaknesses.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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