"Heart Strike, while it is the "signature" ability of the Blood tree, is actually something you will use rarely on single targets because you want to maximize your Death Strikes. What this means is that even though Runic Empowerment will proc Death Runes, you aren't going to use them immediately on a Heart Strike. You're going to sit on them until you have the Runes for a Death Strike."
so your trying to tell me that i should just sit there and not generate threat until i can deathstrike, so that way i can do a little self healing and create a bloodshield that will be down in 1-2 hits. somehow, i doubt that.
Allow me to try to change your mind. First of all, when I say "sit on them", this is not as clear as it could be. You're not actually sitting on them for very long. What it means is that if you Rune Strike and get a Death Rune from an RE proc, you don't use it immediately on Heart Strike. You just Rune Strike again. You're not sitting there generating no threat, as you interpreted it. I'll clarify this better in the post.
Now, here's a comparison (albeit at 85) of the average of 50 eight minute fights, and trust me, it's hilarious. Note: In order to show this, I have to do really stupid things, because these new forums don't have the [pre] tags, so I apologize.
Notice - The DPS and total threat are almost identical. The damage you gain from using those Death Runes on HS instead of on DS is 2/10ths of a percent. But the significant thing that happens is that you take 10% more damage