Unholy PVE Guide (5.2)

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Much appreciated :)
Heartless, first I want to say thank you for taking this over from Consider back when you did. It's an understatement to say your work is appreciated!

I have a selfish question to ask now - have you been playing beta? And if so, do you have any thoughts to share on the current state of UH dks? Will you be upgrading your guide?

Ok, so I can't count :)

Thanks Ghatok!

A lot of work is going on in the community towards expressing the problems/concerns with beta Death Runes: partly for the lvl 75 tier of talents (i.e. the Death Rune costs making BT the de facto) and also for Soul Reaper's impact on resource usage.

I'm a big fan of this thread, and in particular, this post by Magdalena (it sums it up nicely!):

I'll definitely be updating the guide when the dust settles on our builds come release.


Thanks for that - I've been following now for a while. Lots of good info there, and smart dk's posting! I'm happy to see SR's change; though I wish that they'd do something about UH rampup and aoe.

Regardless, I'll be UH for MoP :) Looking forward to your revised guide in a few months! Keep up the great work!
Lol, gave unholy a go following these guide lines, reforge, rotation, etc 27k self-buffed on raiders dummy. Switched over to frost dw, with 0 expertise, and retained unholy stat priority, str, hit, haste, crit, mastery, exp, etc, which is not the viable choice for a frost dw dk and still got 100 more dps(Yes only 100) as frost dw. This was persistant 10 min att on dummy each time. But never mind, mop will be out soon and time to learn all over again.
Despite the fact you're probably not gonna read this, but target dummy dps will always have rng involved-there's nothing you can do to stop that. Play which ever you like.

And 10 minutes is quiet high.
07/20/2012 04:49 PMPosted by Heartless
Much appreciated :)

Is Heartless your main DK?
Yes. I've taken time off from playing because of moving and my new job, but I'm still actively reading the forums and researching for the guides. This guide will be updated for 5.0.4. in the coming days too. I'll be returning to play once MoP is released which will be a nice change of pace.
Yay! Ty Heartless!
It's pretty late at night so I will be porting the new Unholy guide for 5.0.4 here tomorrow evening (8/28). In the meantime, you are more than welcome to view my EJ version :D

Elitist Jerks Unholy Guide | 5.0.4

Edit: It's now online here as well.
Yay, thanks for the update Heartless.

I don't believe that you're without a heart though.
Haha, thanks JB.
Heartless, don't forget to update your EJ guide and this one as well about UB proccing tentacles. It is something that gurth-using dks might want to consider when speccing!

I can't back it up with anything more than anecdotes but I even pop it for single target now due to the increased tentacle proc chances. Even on single target fights like Morchok I was using it to generate tentacles.
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but as of yesterday (8/30/2012), many of the addons listed in the guide are out of date and may or may not have issues. DDR's author, in particular, doesn't even have an account at the moment, so it isn't likely that it's going to be updated any time soon. For what it's worth, here's a quick list of a few updated rune mods:

RuneHUD: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/runehud
Very simple set of moveable runes, uses default Blizzard skin. Doesn't appear to have RP bar or timers.

Vex Runes: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/vexrunes
Similar to RuneHUD, but with DDR-style bars with countdown support. No RP bar or timers here, either.

Umber Runes: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/umberrunes
Features Blizzard skin runes, RP bar, and disease timer. Can be configured to show basic target information.

mRunes (my current choice): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/mrunes
Full-featured Death Knight mod, uses bars for everything. Modular with some customization options. I use this for runes/RP, but let my ElvUI handle my class timers.
This is so lame what they've done to the game. Why didn't they just leave things alone!?!?! It's an old adage, if it's not broke, DON'T fix it. Now they just gone and made it worse. I've lost all my glyphs, even ones I've made or bought!!! They just ruined the whole game now. I think I will be looking for a better game to play now....
Compact Runes, a DDR remake, is up on Curse. http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/compact-runes
Nice - good mod recommendations, Cyancyde.
Interesting factoid I picked up from the rogues in my guild: The 390 PvP trinket http://us.battle.net/wow/en/item/73491 now gives 429 str and 1452 str on proc, and based on testing the proc has an uptime of approximately 36%, which means the pvp trinket is worth +951 str, which makes it second BiS if I'm not mistaken (right behind Eye).

There aren't many good trinkets in MoP for DKs (they mainly give crit) so you might want to pick one of these up.

EDIT: Did some tests with simcraft, and apparently I'm wrong, it's not second BiS, so ignore that part. It's still pretty good if you don't have Heroic trinkets yet.
Very nicely done, I applaud you
Great guide.
can unholy use 1h swords etc is it better ?
What is the best race for Unholy Horde? I know Forsaken got buffed.

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