Quick Starter DK Tank guide

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Fastor
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Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#1 » 30 Jan 2015 23:17

Writing this mostly to myself so l dont forget :P
l also recommend to those that just hit lvl 80 and to those who doesnt know much about tanking with DK. Rotation is easy.
UPDATE: l /hide all parts that are just deeper explanations, leaving pure what where.

Short info
Talents
Highlight Crucial Talents
Macros
Addons
Keybinds
Spells
Rotations
Stats
Gems + Head Enchant


Short info



This is Single weapon, Single target oriented.
As tank we are looking weapon that provides large Damage per hit, not per second.
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Talents


http://www.truewow.org/talent-calculato ... x0b:mskVmM
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Summary
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Highlight crucial talents


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Macros


Simply put, /cast Runestrike with all.
#showtooltip Icy Touch(Rank 5)
/cast Icy Touch(Rank 5)
/cast Rune Strike

#showtooltip Plague Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Plague Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Rune Strike

#showtooltip Death Strike(Rank 5)
/cast Death Strike(Rank 5)
/cast Rune Strike

#showtooltip Frost Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Frost Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Rune Strike

#showtooltip Blood Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Blood Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Rune Strike

#showtooltip Pestilence
/cast Pestilence
/cast Rune Strike

#showtooltip Rune Tap
/cast Rune Tap
/cast Horn of Winter(Rank 2)

#showtooltip Raise Dead
/castsequence Raise Dead, Death Pact



Addons


Power Auras Classic - Best solution that quickly show you what you need and when you need to click what. Just need to configure it, but l already did that so you need to copy paste config.

Configuration of addon:

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Keybinds


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Spells



Three spells are crucial: Rune Strike(most OP agro), Icy Touch (almost most OP agro), Frost Strike (wannabe Icy Touch).

Supportive spells - l wont say here what each does. l will only say that you read them yourself and also yourself figure out when to use it, especially at 25% or less HP.

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Rotations



Ok rotation is all about which Runes are on CD. Remember that Death Runes are worth as any Rune but use it only for Icy Touch.

Start combat with Icy Touch x2, than add Plague Strike once for Crypt Plague, than use Blood Strike x2 so you get -5% dmg taken and convert them to Death Runes.
Next Round you will have 2 Frost and 2 Death Runes, that means you will go Icy Touch x4. Use Plague Strike if your Crypt Plague is 5 sec or less.

If your Frost and Blood/Death Runes are on CD and your Crypt Plague have more than 5 sec, spam Frost Strike until time to repeat rotation comes again or you run out of Power.

AoE

In AoE Fights its bit different. You got two options, whit these talents, probably both bad but than again its starter guide. You will probably want to use Empowered Rune Weapon.

1) Start with Icy Touch x2, Plague Strike x1, Pestilence, Blood Boil. Next round save 1 of each rune and do Death and Decay and repeat Pestilence. Add Icy Touch, Plague Strike, Frost Strike on mobs where you got less agro.
2) Start with Death and Decay, Icy Touch x1, Plague Strike x1, Pestilence. Next round improvise.

Of this two options l prefer first one, because l need to pray less that some DPS`s AoE wont pull them all at start.


Stats



There is this older DK Tank guide that said some stuff right: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=4597
Summed up in order by priority:
Hit>Expertise>Armor>Defense>Stamina>Strength>Dodge>Parry>Attack Power>Armor Penetration.

So, when you looking at item you will see in description it have Upper part which is before Gem slots and Lower part.

    In Upper part must say: Armor, Stamina and Strength.
    In Lower part must say: Hit, Expertise, Defense, Dodge, Parry.
If some other stat is there and its not weapon, than its most likely not tank item.


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Gems and Head Enchant



When comes to Geming priority is on Stamina, now you got two options.
1) To use all +30Stamina (blue) and 1 red so you can activate Meta, this way you get most HP
2) Or to go Proper geming, each slot proper color gem. This way you get balanced stas of all.

Proper Gems would be:

Blue: +30Stamina [url]Solid Majestic Zircon[/url] Blue
Red: +10Strength +15Stamina [url]Sovereign Dreadstone[/url] Purple
Yellow: +10Defence +15Stamina [url]Enduring Eye of Zul[/url] Green

Head Enchant is bought from Argent Crusade quatermaster which is just below Dalaran. You need to be Exalted with them.

Thank you to Gubbo (whos DK lm using), Virdo, Inno, Iced and all who gave me guidance of Single weapon Frost spec tanking.
Last edited by Fastor on 28 May 2016 15:16, edited 4 times in total.

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benzviliran
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Re: Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#2 » 30 Jan 2015 23:19

Yes i recommend this build for random dungeons.
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Fastor
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Re: Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#3 » 31 Jan 2015 03:51

Simplified guide a bit and added config for Power Auras.

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Relina
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Re: Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#4 » 31 Jan 2015 08:17

The guide is semi-decent enough as a starting point for any new dk tank, though I'd advise any & all dk tanks to take a look at the wotlk articles on pwnwear.
Corrected the Runestrike macro's, so that you wouldn't keep toggling RS on/off with each ability.

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#showtooltip Icy Touch(Rank 5)
/cast Icy Touch(Rank 5)
/cast !Rune Strike


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#showtooltip Plague Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Plague Strike(Rank 6)
/cast !Rune Strike


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#showtooltip Death Strike(Rank 5)
/cast Death Strike(Rank 5)
/cast !Rune Strike


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#showtooltip Frost Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Frost Strike(Rank 6)
/cast !Rune Strike


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#showtooltip Blood Strike(Rank 6)
/cast Blood Strike(Rank 6)
/cast !Rune Strike


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#showtooltip Pestilence
/cast Pestilence
/cast !Rune Strike
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Wilcox
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Re: Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#5 » 31 Jan 2015 16:59

i do have fingers like aliens.. i can reach the enter key from tab with my hand wide open

wat do i do fastur
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Fastor
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Re: Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#6 » 19 Feb 2015 00:55

Shadow Edge vs Bryntroll, the Bone Arbiter

Shadow Edge wins since it produce more agro.
Bone Arbiter have 15% chance to heal 2000HP per hit.

Bone Arbiter is good to have in bag so when heals start to fail or they die, you can switch to it and live bit longer.

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cherno666
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Re: Quick Starter DK Tank guide

Post#7 » 19 Feb 2015 02:40

this build is ok for starter tanking easier raids and rhc , if you are speaking of end-game DK tanking , build will be completely different
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