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PostSubject: DK Unholy Viable For Tanking!?!   4/19/2009, 12:29 pm

B4 3.1 i was tanking in a heavey unholy spec, had a few things frosm frost and a couple things from blood, but other than that it was unholy... Now with teh tree changes, i dunno what really to do... anyone know of a good unholy spec/rotation?
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PostSubject: Re: DK Unholy Viable For Tanking!?!   4/20/2009, 2:24 pm

I always used to tank Unhoy as well. Bone shield was difficult to pass up along with all that AoE threat for heroics. Since the changes in 3.1 though, Bone Shield doesn't hold quite the allure that it once did, simply because of the 2 minute cooldown on it.

For me, a change was necessary since I didn't feel like I had enough avoidance (parry and dodge for those not familiar with DK avoidance) to be able to keep Bone Shield on long enough. Once I get some more avoidance gear in Ulduar, I may switch, although I've heard some things about Unholy single target threat that gives me pause.

For now, I'm using 12/52/7 which seems to be working okay. I have like 28% dodge and 22% parry with buffs, so it's not bad. I just like the extra mitigation so the damage is a bit more consistent and not as spiky when my cool downs aren't up. My gear is all hand me downs from the tanks that already had stuff, so it all needs some improvement, but /meh... it'll come around.

Here's to hoping Worldcarver drops off of Ignis when we finally get him down. Would be a nice step up from Death's Bite

Dunno if this helps, but I'll keep looking for some unholy specs for you. Tankspot.com is a good place to start.


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PostSubject: Re: DK Unholy Viable For Tanking!?!   4/20/2009, 8:25 pm

I guess my biggest problem with tanking and my Dk is, I have NEVER messed with frost, and i remember how long it took me to find a good Unholy DPS Rotation, and a good Unholy Tanking Rotation, Now that dual spec is here, i want to attempt to use frost, but am afraid of spending hours infront of a target dummy trying to maximize my rune/runic power useage... guess ill just have to play with Frost some... But ill miss my lil off tank buddy that comes with unholy Razz
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PostSubject: Re: DK Unholy Viable For Tanking!?!   4/21/2009, 12:00 am

I don't think the rotation has changed at all with Unholy as tank or as dps (at least not much). If you're comfortable with Unholy, then roll with it for sure.

For me, trying to tank in Ulduar with a 2 minute cooldown on bone shield just won't fly. It drops too quickly for me wi9th my current avoidance and leaves me with little to do but stand around and eat crap till the cd is up again. I still have Icebound fortitude of course, but it just makes me a little too nervous.

If you're comfortable with the rotation, I don't think the tree has changed enough (other than the Bone shield thing) to justify a change to a tree you're not comfortable with.
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