Death Strike heals

90 Human Death Knight
6750
Greetings fellow DKs,

Just wondering about the DS heal. In the final Cata patch, our DS healed us regardless of if it hit or not. A while ago I read that in MoP, the DS heal mechanic was changed so that only a successful DS hit will heal you. Is this still true?

I'm almost geared for raids so I'm starting to contemplate my gemming and reforging and I'll probably cap hit/exp if DS only heals when it successfully hits.
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100 Blood Elf Death Knight
12905
they also changed it so it cant be parried

plus you now have a shorter gcd. not a huge deal as long as you have some hit/exp to avoid back to back misses
Edited by Kusari on 10/1/2012 8:00 AM PDT
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90 Human Death Knight
6750
Okay, so it doesn't heal you when it misses then?
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100 Blood Elf Death Knight
12905
nope
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90 Tauren Death Knight
8920
While we all thought they were removing the ban-aid fix for DS, it is still giving a shield on misses and dodges, making hit/exp nearly useless for survivability as blood. Now, they are still extremely valuable in terms of tank DPS, but that's about it.
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
9260
10/01/2012 01:24 PMPosted by Reniat
While we all thought they were removing the ban-aid fix for DS, it is still giving a shield on misses and dodges, making hit/exp nearly useless for survivability as blood. Now, they are still extremely valuable in terms of tank DPS, but that's about it.


Pretty much, it seems to me that as long as you can hold aggro hit/expertise will stay useless to DK tanks
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90 Draenei Death Knight
15410
I do remember when people were typing just after the 5.0 patch that it wasn't healing/shielding on misses despite the fact that it was working even against the lvl 90 raid dummy as lvl 85. Even now it still functions. It's the same reason why the runes go on CD regardless.

I do wager that the devs just don't want hit/expertise to not be relied on for survival. We are starting at the lower end so I wager hit/expertise would not be as valuable until later. I'm currently turning those into mitigation first.
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90 Human Death Knight
9495
I like having hit + exp caps, and I still have pretty high mastery, and have no problem surviving.
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90 Human Death Knight
6750
Yeah, I was gearing with the impression that DS doesn't heal if it misses. So maybe I'll go back to just trying to stack mastery. I haven't done any serious reforges or gemming yet, I'm still missing a few pieces.
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