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GeneralEdit

Do not use Death Grip to initiate a fight. It is very crucial for ranged classes or other players who decide to run. If you have a ghoul, make sure that its stun is on manual control.


Please note that some information is outdated and some skills have been removed, like Mark of Blood.

MageEdit

Death knights are well equipped to handle any threat that a mage has to offer, but the opening sequence is key. The trump cards of this fight will be Anti-Magic Shell, Anti-Magic Zone, as well as Death Grip.

How the opening sequence is handled will determine the rest of the fight. Have your ghoul stay away from you. The mage will generally run at you and Frost Nova you in place. If they get the frost nova off, Deep Freeze is sure to follow. To counter this, you can build runic power before fight starts by placing Death and Decay on the ground and using your horn of winter. As soon as the fight starts, use Anti-Magic Shell to absorb the snare and use this time to place your diseases. If the mage blinks at this point, you can Death Grip it back, but a good mage will Counterspell which silences you (if the mage has Improved Counterspell) and makes you unable to death grip. At this point the mage will have the advantage, being able to get some damaging spells off. Reapply your Chains of Ice throughout the fight, you will need all the crowd control you can get. If the mage tries to Polymorph you, immediately use Lichborne. It turns you undead, which makes you immune to being polymorphed. Do NOT use Anti-Magic Shell to absorb Polymorph, as you will need it to absorb damaging spells. When the mage uses Mirror Image, this is where you use Pestilence and spread the disease from the mage to the clones. If you can get the spread off, they die quickly. But remember, when the mage uses its clones, you lose target of the real one. Quickly use Anti-Magic Zone if possible to give you a few seconds to determine the real clone. If the mage uses Ice Block, immediately switch to its pet and do as much damage as possible before the mage's Ice Block wears off. Killing the pet is helpful. The main attacks you will be using are Chains of Ice, Plague Strike, Death Strike, and Death Coil. Do not try to use Scourge Strike against a mage because when you get close enough to a mage for melee, you will need the runes for Death Strike. Apply spell interrupts like Mind Freeze and Strangulate as necessary. Keep enough runic power for Anti-Magic Shell, should he/she use the Shatter combo. There is no bad time to use it since all their attacks are magic based. The rest of the fight should solve itself in your favor so long as you continue to deal damage since mages have no healing skills.

PaladinEdit

Currently, Retribution paladins are extremely easy for death knights. As blood, you need to damage them to regenerate health, however whenever you are in melee range, they always seem to destroy your health too fast, so stay in blood prescence. Therefore, it's important that you start using cooldowns early. Try to anticipate their Hammer of Justice and use Icebound Fortitude to counter it. Try and keep them at a distance, damaging them with Icy Touch and Death Coil. Staying close to a retribution pally will never be fun, so it's suggested to try keeping them a few feet away, and only coming in for Rune Strike/Death Strike/Frost Strike combos. If you're going to be close to them, only let it be for an instant, as their slow 2 handed weapon is going to cause damage faster than you can regenerate with blood abilities. Mark of Blood is relatively useless against DPS paladins, as their two-handed weapons don't attack fast, so keep them away, make them use bubble, run away, rune tap and prepare to kill again. A huge pain for fighting Ret pallies is when they cleanse spam. Assuming you are Shadowfrost spec (No blood heals or points in blood for that matter), all they have to do is kite, cleanse, and release seal for mana basically. Do not use Chains of Ice, as they are cleanse spamming so it will be almost pointless, plus they have hand of freedom. Use your frost runes for Icy Touch. Also use plague strike whenever you can, because the paladin can't cleanse the AoE slowing effect, and if hand of freedom is on cooldown, you will have some time to apply your diseases and heal with death strike. Use Anti-Magic Shell whenever it's necessary and if you have the add-on known as Afflicted, which allows you to see your enemy's cooldowns, try to time it for when the pally turns to release a seal because absorbing that will cause the pally to not regain mana, which will make him unable to cleanse as much.

Now, Protection paladins can be tough but are currently handle-able. They gain mana and HP due to your melee attacks, so keeping distance can be very useful. As Protection paladins have immense amounts of HP and armor, as they're usually tanks, you will need a lot of time for them, so try not to waste your life-draining spells by using them with almost full HP. Use Anti-Magic Shell early into the fight and try to avoid the Avenger's Shield because most PvPing protection paladins will crit 7-8k with that. Save your Icebound Fortitude for when the pally uses wings. Also use Anti-Magic Zone and keep the pally inside it with you. If he runs out, death grip him back in. You could also kite the protection pally. Being crowd controlled and kited its probably a protection paladin's number one weakness. It is almost impossible for a protection pally to beat a mage. When the Paladin is above level 75, they will have their Shieldbash, dealing out big amounts of damage. Also, all Paladins can fear undead for 20 seconds. This practically removes your undead pet, or worse: can keep you feared in your undead form. If you use army of the dead as a "last resort" and the paladin hasn't used his divine protection yet he will probably use it then to counter all the blows your army has to offer.

One on one with a well geared retribution paladin, or tanking paladin will most likely result in a win fight. Lore-wise, Paladins are horrible against death knights, but overpowered against most other classes.

Death KnightEdit

Against the same class, the only differences will lie in gear, experience and talent build. Eliminating gear and experience from the mix, on a purely build based competition, certain abilities are optimal against others.

For PvP, your enemy DK will most likely have some blood abilities. Rune tap is just too godly, unless they're full frost or unholy. Regardless of your build, if you are against a Blood DK, look out for mark of blood. Any damage the marked target deals, returns 4% of his targets health. When Mark of Blood is on you, don't attack your opponent with auto attacks, or weak attacks like Icy Touch. instead, save up your runes for Death Strikes, wait for Rune Strikes, and if you have the health, feel free to use Obliterate (only if you have the frost talents).

As a Blood Death Knight, against any DK with a pet, as well as any class that has a pet in general, it is usually more effective to place your mark of blood on the pet, rather than on the player. The pet generally attacks with faster, less damaging auto attacks, each replenishing 4% of its targets health. This works equally well against Hunter pets and Warlock pets, but not so effective on Water Elementals.

Against Frost DK's, who have weaker Deathcoils, effectively trading it for Frost Strike. That means, they're going to snare you with Chains of Ice, then get within melee range to alternate between Obliterate and Frost Strike for quick burst damage. Trying to keep them at range is the key. If they are dual wielding, all the more reason to Mark of Blood them.

Unholy DKs are going to kill more slowly, keeping someone confined with the area of Death & Decay and desecration. As Blood, again, try and stay out of their melee range as SS hurts, damage them from a range as much as possible. Blood DK's should have the advantage in this situation, due to far superior health regen/damage output.

As a bit of a psychological trick, it is sometimes worthwhile to wait for the enemy DK to drop a Death and Decay. When you see where their radius has been laid, feel free to add your own which partially overlaps it. If the enemy is not perceptive enough to realize what just happened you can often lure or pull them into fighting on your side of the D&D. They will presume you are taking damage from their spread while inadvertently fighting in yours.

RogueEdit

Rogues are not a very difficult class for death knights due to our parry chance and heavy armor. Using your Rune Strike will make your melee attacks more powerful but don't use your Death Coil unless you decide to kite them.

Stun is still very bad for DK's, so save your trinket for his kidney shot. A good strategy if you have runic power is to trinket out of his from his cheap shot and pop Icebound Fortitude to block a Kidney Shot. If blood, put Mark of Blood on them as with a rogue's fast attack speed it will very effectively counter their ability to damage you for 20 seconds, try to use Mark of Blood after a rogue has used they're Cloak of Shadows CD. Try and keep the rogue at range, damaging them with death coils or your ghoul, and alternating with Icy Touch and Chains of Ice depending on the situation. Oftentimes, against Rogues, you might not even want to attempt Icy Touch, unless frost spec. If you can break out of their stun lock and pop some cooldowns to mitigate the damage, and kite the rogue, the fight should be yours.

If you have a Glyph of Raise Dead you could try to get lucky, better in unholy presence because of reduced global cooldown. When he cheap shots you, trinket out of it, summon a ghoul for 20 runic power and Icebound Fortitude to get away from their Kidney Shot and turn the tides of the gank.

If you happen to stumble upon a rogue, or get them with a DaD, and they try to fight, use Icebound Fortitude ASAP, as they'll use Kidney Shot ASAP as well. If the rogue spots your immunity and waits, at least it is not as devastating, as the stun is mostly bad when you have unused runes, and you can spam them before it wears off.

Casting any disease on a rogue is a good way to stop vanish, but CloS can remove them once. Instead, cast Unholy Blight or Summon Gargoyle whenever you can, as they'll keep attacking even while vanished.

Another good way to stop a running rogue is to tell your ghoul to follow you and then attack them again, if they stealth in the meantime your ghoul will know where to find him.

Most Dks dont know that rogue poison is considered nature and nature is considered magic. In which case, your Anti-Magic Shell will absorb the poisons. Popping your AMS when a rogue attacks is a great way to kite them, seeing how it absorbs crippling poison. However, this technique is ineffective if the crippling is already applied to you. If your Icebound Fortitude attempt fails before the rogue gets its KS off, pop your trinket and IMMEDIATELY use AMS. Your trinket will remove crippling and using your shield soon enough makes you immune and able to kite. Just throw a Chains of Ice on it and use your ranged attacks till it wears off. A Glyph commonly used is Glyph of Anti-Magic Shell. It increases your AMS duration by 2 seconds. 2 seconds does not seem like much, but in PVP it can decide a battle.All classes except one utilize magic, warriors.

ShamanEdit

Shamans are about as diverse as druids, but far less annoying as they can't shift out of Chains of Ice (Ghost Wolf does NOT remove roots and snares). Enhancement Shamans are melee-oriented, whilst Elementalists are casters and Restoration are healers. The totems you'll have to watch mostly are the earthbind totem, the grounding totem. The Earthbind Totem is an aoe slow of 50%, which is an easy kite for him, Icy Touch it or let your ghoul jump for it ahead of you. The grounding totem eats a spell. The most damaging thing this can do is eat a chains of ice at a vital moment. The cleansing totem does not exist in the live game any more, but they can cast a cleanse to remove diseases, so keep an eye on your targets' debuffs. Regardless of spec, they deal a fair bit of magic damage, so Anti-Magic Zone is always nice to have.

Enhancement shamans deal their damage up close. They can deal damage at range with shocks, but they're not very good unless supported by Stormstrikes and Maelstrom Weapon fueled lightning bolts. Your own ranged attacks may well be better, especially if you have Howling Blast, so you can do quite well by kiting. He can slow you with Frost Shock and Earthbind, but Chains is better, especially if you destroy his totem quickly. He can summon two Spirit Wolves with Feral Spirit but they can be neutralized with Mark of Blood. If the shaman gets close and is beating on you then Mark of Blood is very effective on the Shaman as most enhancement shamans dual-wield, and the DoT from Flame Shock will also benefit Mark of Blood. If he runs low on mana he will pop Shamanistic Rage to regenerate it by attacking you, chaining him and kiting until it wears off will leave him at a severe disadvantage.

Elemental shamans can be easy, but if played well can be a tough match for a Dk. Get your Chains of Ice off asmuch as you can. Save your Strangulate for when hes low and starts to heal and save your AMS for the Lava Burst. And if he manages to fake cast you, and you blow your Mind Freeze, having Strang up is a life saver. Save your Death Grip for when he blasts you away with Thunderstorm, just pull him with you and chain again. but watch for the grounding totem after Thunderstorm, because you will waste your Death Grip. If he tries to Lightning Bolt or heal from melee range then Mind Freeze. It's best to allow him to cast Lava Burst even though it is highly damaging, because it has a cooldown and locking out his Fire school will still leave him free to Lightning Bolt and heal. But if you managed to save your AMS for when the shaman starts to cast Lava Burst, wait till its about done casting then toss up your shield and absorb the damage.

Restoration shamans generally do not provide as big as threats as Enhancement and Elemental, however some of the more experienced players may require more effort. Most Shaman heals almost have cast times and can be taken interrupted with Mind Freeze and Strangulate should it be needed. They can be a hard match, but quite a possible one.

Shamans over level 70 can summon powerful elementals which can cause problems. The fire elemental deals heavy Fire damage, but anti-magic zone will mitigate it. The earth elemental deals only moderate physical damage, but is quite tough. Using Chains to lock up elementals until they go away is a good tactic. The elemental cannot go far from his totem, so running away from it and yanking the shaman to you is also a viable tactic. If a fire elemental overwhelms you and causes you to retreat, be secure in the knowledge that he can't do it to you again for another 10 minutes. 5 Minutes if he has the Fire Elemental Glyphed. (Which if he's a smart shaman he won't glyph it) Fighting cooldown with cooldown and summoning your Army of the Dead will even the playing field again, but be sure not to let him interrupt your cast.

WarriorEdit

Warriors are only strong at melee combat, and the common warrior will decide to close in on you with Charge to start the battle. You have three approaches to counter this: use Death Grip to pull him in and prevent a stun, stay within a distance and cast Chains of Ice to prevent him from moving at normal speed, or use your Horn of Winter and D&D before the fight starts and pop Icebound Fortitude. Your horn and D&D will generate just enough runic power for your IB, which will make you immune to the stun from Charge.

From there, you should figure out what type of warrior you're dealing with: arms, fury or protection? If Protection, activate Frost Presence to raise your armor over his, whilst having the upper hand with shadow and frost damage attacks. If the warrior is Fury, then try to keep your distance, as he can gain extra attack speed through Flurry if he scores a critical hit. You may want to watch out for racials like Berserking as well. Use Unholy Presence to raise your attack speed and movement speed as well. Arms warriors can reduce your healing through Mortal Strike; it is up to you to choose between Blood Presence for extra damage and healing yourself a little bit, or Frost Presence to prevent lots of damage coming from his burst DPS. Also, if you wanna take the more "annoying" approach, you can spam your Chains of Ice and kite the warrior. Throwing in Icy Touch here and there is always helpful, and these two abilities will give you runic power for your deathcoils. When the warrior charges, turn and get your plague strike off and heal with your death strike if needed, then rinse and repeat.

Before he uses Demoralizing Shout on you, use Strangulate; it can also prevent you from being feared and then being stunned with Intercept if he decides not to heal himself. Whatever you do, keep getting behind him, and use all your strikes accordingly. Constantly refresh Plague Strike on him to keep up the DoT disease. Only use Frost Strike on a protection warrior whenever you have lots of Runic Power to spend.

Most of Warriors will go defensive versus Death Knights, And using Shield Block You should then use Chains of ice and stay ~ 6-7 yards away from him, this is because you will do almost no dmg to him, and he will get procc on every your hit to use Revenge, which deals alot of dmg, after Shield Block is off, He will most likely either attempt to Disarm you, if so you continue kiting, or then they will use Spell Reflection When you see Warrior using Spell Reflection Especially if your partner is caster, You should use Mind Freeze Asap to remove it.

Buffs: you have one main buff, much like the Warrior his AP buff and at higher levels Commanding Shout to raise maximum health. Keep up your buff, which is Horn of Winter due to the increased strength and agility gained, useful to dodge their abilities. Rune Strikes can be used after the Death knight dodges or parries an attack made against him. If you are Unholy spec, Scourge Strike ignores armour, whereas Death Strike does not, so save your frost and unholy runes for Scourge Strike.

WarlockEdit

Warlocks excel at long ranged DoT and has a lot of HP but not much armor. Start off with D&D around the target to build some runic power, then Chains of Ice, and follow up with plague strike. Most warlocks will either start with their Shadowfury or Immolate. If they choose shadowfury, use the runic power building, into Icebound Fortitude method as shown in the warrior section and completely throw off their starting rotation. If immolate, then quickly build runic power, and pop AMS. If the warlock tries to cast fear, let it. You can just pop lichborne and be immune to it. By letting the warlock finish casting fear, you have more time to get your attacks off. Use Mind Freeze to interrupt Unstable Affliction, and save Strangulate for later on in the fight when you need it. The rest plays into itself.

Anti-Magic Shell gives you 5 seconds (7 with glyph) of Fear as well as spell damage immunity, use it when the warlock tries to fear you. If you have Lichborne, use it for fear immunity if you have the upper hand and rip the Warlock apart, or, if you cannot close distance fast enough, use it to break his first fear.

Mark of Blood is a most interesting spell on a lock, as the great amount of dots should only replenish your health. It is at this point uncertain, but can easily be checked <wink>, if the mark needs to be on the lock before dotting or if the dots get 'marked' at the same time the lock is, in which case you could just use mark as an emergency save, or if nothing happens at all to the dots.

--Min's-- Imps die pretty fast from any damage, and are mostly used as batteries or for their buff, both which you can remove with a few simple strikes. Voidwalkers should, of course, not be paid attention too. Felpuppies can eat your diseases off a lock, making your Strikes rather less powerful. They are nearly immune to spell damage, so only kill if you are blood, or just give them a Mark of Blood and let him eat away. If a lock has a succubus, he could seduce-kite you, so tear the fragile thing apart when the lock can't harm you. (Lichborne also makes you immune to seduce) Felguards are dangerous, they're about as strong as a BM hunter's pet, but can easily be chained to the ground for extended periods of time.

HunterEdit

The key to fighting a Hunter is keeping him as close to you as possible, as this will render most of his moves completely useless. You can start off by having your per stay away from where you are. The Hunter will most likely lay traps infront of you leaving you immoblized and having your pet stuck with you won't help. Start by using Chains of Ice to slow him down, making it easy to get into his melee range. His first reaction will be to Disengage to distance himself from you, at which point you can pull him towards you again with Death Grip. Save your death drip for disengage, otherwise the hunt will get away anyways if you blow it sooner. (Be careful in the use of Death Grip as a good hunter will use this chance to lay their trap, if they have not done so already). ALSO, a more skilled hunter will pop Deterrence after the disengage to deflect the death grip. This can decide a fight. Simply stack your Diseases on him, saving Frost Runes to refresh Chains of Ice, and dps away. It is best to get your Icebound Fortitude off early into the fight because Dk vs Hunter tends to be a quick burst or be bursted fight. IB prevents a Beast Mastery Hunter from using Intimidate or other possible stuns, and make any dps he can do while in your melee range truly negligible. You can use your Ghoul to occupy his pet, or add some extra dps on the Hunter. If the hunter manages to get away while you being cc'd, you're gonna be glad to placed your pet out of harms way, because if you manually control your pets stun, which you should, you can have him leap over to the hunt and stun during the cc duration. If you are blood spec make sure to place Mark of Blood on their pet and try to summon your rune weapon as quickly as possible. If the hunter is Beast Mastery and uses Bestial Wrath, then switch to Frost Presence to ride it out and keep Icy Touch on him and his pet.

Having Icy Reach to increase your Icy Touch and Chains of Ice range to 30 yards helps against hunters considerably. You do not want him to kite you with Aspect of the Cheetah.

DruidEdit

Druids can be a tough fight for Death Knights, and much will depend on the skill of the druid you are fighting and their spec.

A feral druid will likely start in cat form and stealth. Throw down your D&D for a chance to break its stealth, but this will most likely fail because the druid will know to keep distance while the aoe wears off. It will open up with Leap, then follow up with Maim. After this, some druids technique will be different. Some will continue to dps you (which usually fails), some will switch to bear form fast for an additional stun from Bash, and some will follow up with Cyclone, then attempt to restealth. Do not waste your trink on the stuns unless you believe you can get your Icebound Fortitude off before the next stun, because you will need your trink for cyclone. When the druid gets low he will try to heal himself, and preventing this is what will win you the match. Use Icebound Fortitude when he seems likely to heal to try to waste his Bash. If he tries to Cyclone you Mind Freeze to interrupt it or pop Anti-Magic Shell to absorb it and the fight will likely be yours before his Nature school recovers.

  • Also* Most feral druids spec into Predatory Strikes which will allow them to instant cast cyclone after the stun lock. If you do not have your trink for this, the druid will restealth and repeat.

More experienced druids will use Nature's Grasp to root you and run away to heal, if so then a quick Anti-Magic Shell may waste his Nature's Grasp. If he succeeds in rooting you then Death Grip him back before he gets too far to give yourself some more time (he will simply run away again as you are still rooted, so it is not a permanent solution) and then Strangulate as he goes out of range to silence him and hope that this gives you time for the root to fade. Time your death grip tho. Let him get range then save it for an interrupt when he starts casting his heal. Chains of Ice is a waste of runes as he will simply shift out of it. If the druid doesn't move far enough away before healing then wait until his heal is nearly done and use Death Grip or Strangulate to interrupt.

A balance druid is more dangerous, as they will try to root you and nuke from range, while shifting out of Chains of Ice, preventing you from keeping them close to you. Try to interrupt their initial Entangling Roots, which will force them to blow their Nature's Grasp instead. If you have Runic Power then Anti-Magic Shell will prevent them from rooting you immediately and cause them serious problems. If (likely when) they succeed in rooting you then wait for them to run and start casting and use strangulate to silence them if they are still in range. Summon a ghoul and send it at them, then go Frost Presence and use Anti-Magic Zone and try to survive the onslaught. Do not use your Death Grip, ghoul stun or Icebound Fortitude unless the situation is dire, as they will be needed later. If the druid allows the root to fade or you can trinket out of it AND they already used their Nature's Grasp, then death grip them to you immediately. If they keep it refreshed or they still have Nature's Grasp to root you, then you will have to survive until the diminishing returns on roots prevent them from refreshing it, THEN Death Grip them to you. In either case immediately unload on them as quickly as possible in Unholy Presence. When they pop trees, quickly use Pestilence to spread the diseases from the druid and take out the trees. and if you find yourself rooted without and silence, stun, death grip, or trink, Anti-Magic Zone is your best friend. But im sure you will find a time earlier in the fight for your AMZ.

If they stand and nuke then use Mind Freeze only on Nature spells (NOT Starfire) as if you lock out their Arcane school they will be free to Cyclone you and run or heal while your Mind Freeze is on cooldown, and otherwise you should quickly gain ground your melee strikes are far more damaging than his spells. Unfortunately a smart druid will instead now Typhoon or Bash and use travel form or Dash to get away from you then root your ghoul and kite you until they can root you again. But watch out for fake casting!!!! If you fall for a fake cast and blow your mind freeze, they are free to cast Starfire.....which hurts. If you do fall for fake casting, use your pet stun. Do not waste Strang yet. If he shifts to bear then use Icebound Fortitude to prevent you from being Bashed and then you pretty much have to hope that the several hits on their low armor form, followed by as many Death Coils as you have runic power for will kill them, as if they get away you are in trouble. A timely ghoul stun can be a big help at this point. Also, remember balance druids have alot of spell power, so if you let them los you, thy will get some pretty big heals off. Do not allow this.

Restoration druids will generally use the same tactics as balance druids to do damage to you. A restoration druid's nukes will be much less powerful so you have much more chance of surviving a full duration root and nuke. A restoration druid will have to nuke in low armor caster form instead of Moonkin, so a death grip followed by an Unholy Presence broadside may yield a quick kill for you at lower gear levels if they aren't quick or knowledgeable enough to shift to bear form to mitigate it. In any case your ghoul can do heavy damage to them while they nuke you. Nature's Swiftness will allow them to root or cyclone you instantly, and they will probably use it in place of Typhoon (which they won't have) to get away from you. If their primary aim is to heal themselves and others then you will have a hard job locking them down. Keep your ghoul on them and try to keep Blood Plague on them and everyone else you can to remove HoTs. But in all truthness....the chance for a Deathknight to kill a PvP geared resto druid 1v1 is very low chance, seeing how we have no healing reducing abilities.

PriestEdit

The priest is a strange fight for the death knight. The trump card of any priest is the ability to heal,stave off damage, as well as abolish diseases to which the only natural response is to lay as heavy a load of diseases as possible and focus on burst DPS. As opposed to other classes that you can pick away at with leisure time to spare, priest shields have received multiple upgrades over the last few patches, between actual mechanic changes and glyphs, and so this will be the indicator throughout the fight as to what happens.

Of note, it is important to remember three skills: Chains of Ice, to keep them still; Plague Strike, Obliterate (or Rune Strike if available) to add burst damage between shields. Secondarily, Death Grip to close the gap (should one open), Death Strike to self-heal, and Anti-Magic Shell to prevent incidental damage. Runic power plays a larger role in priest fights than any other, due to its ability to translate into fast damage.

It is assumed that any fight is conducted with focus on Death Strike for health return. For the priest though it is important to let the diseases and circumstantial damage take care of the shield while "big damage" moves are used exclusively while the shield is down. Burn runes on whittling the shield and building runic power, then unload as fast as possible when it drops. If high powered strikes are used on the shield the priest will focus on fear and/or slowing spells (Mind Flay) while the shield is on cool. To counter this, you have to focus fire as hard as possible while the shield is down, forcing them to resort to large heals or HoTs, which can be interrupted or removed accordingly.

Forcing the priest into a healing pattern, instead of a defensive pattern, while doing your best to keep your own health as high as possible will result in a win for the death knight. It is a similar fight to the warlock, excepting that damage has to be unloaded at specific windows of opportunity.

When fighting a discipline priest it is important to remember that the shield they have up most likely has a reflective character; meaning you get a part of the damage done back in DPS (45%). Furthermore; a discipline priest only needs a small window of opportunity to reshield and heal himself up real fast using penance. Furthermore the discipline priest has a lot of damage mitigation ability's such as; pain supression, improved power word: shield, divine aegis, inspiration and blessed recovery. This fight can be a long fight against a well geared discipline priest.

Shadow Priests can be a huge pain for Dk's. With the silence, stun, disarm, and fears, they can be quite annoying. Start off with D&D around the target. (If they move out of the aoe thats fine, because you are mainly using it to build runic power) Chains then plague strike. Mind freeze the Vampiric touch. And save your AMS for later into the fight when you will need it. When they get theres dots off they will stun you with Psychic Horror. It also disarms so dont blow your trink cuz you wont be able to heal if your unholy. Just have your pet stun them. As soon as the stun wears off you, pop AMS so you cant be feared or dot'd and ride out the rest of the disarm. Keep your diseases refreshed at all times. And dont worry if you find yourself having to spam death strike to stay alive. Priests do alot of damage, so its normal. If the priest gets low on mana, they will try to use Divine Hymn. Mind freeze immediately. And save your strangulate till they are low on hp and leave Shadowform to heal. If you time your abilities well, it should be a good fight.

External LinksEdit

Death Knight PvP Tips - Tips and advice for death knights in PvP. Current as of patch 4.2.

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