View Full Version : Unsure about gemming and a few pieces.

07-10-2009, 01:45 AM
Hello. I have been a DPS for nigh on forever but a friend of mine finally convinced me to try to tank because he loves it and wanted to get everyone to try it. I have picked up gear from random heroics, vendors, raids, and crafters to get my defense up and I think I have picked the best enchantments for my gear, though I could be wrong.

I have a few questions that I would like some feedback on that my friend can't help me with because he is a Warrior and doesn't know much about DK tanking, except to complain they are OP. I gemmed what I thought were the best choices at the time but I seem to come up lacking when I compare my stats to others. I only have around 30k unbuffed and I've seen some tanks in PUGs ive been in have a lot more than that.

I also have a few questions about my trinket choices. I am not really sure if the ones I have equipped are the right choices for me currently. I don't know if it would be better to use Seal of the Pantheon to cover my gemming needs or to stay with what I have or to use a hit trinket to get close to cap and I think the neck piece I use is a little suboptimal.

Here is my Armory.
The World of Warcraft Armory (http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Eredar&n=Tulipohare)

Also can someone recommend where to put an extra point in my talent tree? I had one left over and put it in Dancing Rune Weapon but it was the worst idea and can't think of what would be good.

Thanks a lot for looking at this and hopefully I can end up being a non-fail tank.

07-10-2009, 01:39 PM
If you want to go blood, I recommend World of Warcraft Europe -> Info -> Classes -> Death Knight -> Talents (http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/basics/talents/deathknight/talents.html?tal=035532053000330320102013135030500 00000000000000000000000005230000000000000000000000 000) with death strike (DS), vampiric blood (VB), and rune strike (RS) glyphs. I suppose you could also exchange dark death glyph either for VB or RS since you get more death coils (DC) in blood spec, but it probably depends on your healing or gear situation.

You probably want to talent for VB because without it you now only have IBF, which works best on slower, harder hitting mobs, and AMS, which is for decreasing magic damage, and then your dodge trinket. VB can save your life in Heroics and t7.5 level raids.

Get rid of DRW for tanking (grab bloodworms to ease healer's job slightly) and blood-caked blade (switch for improved icy touch). White attacks don't generate as much threat as a PS + RS combination.

This tanking spec requires better runic power (RP) management than the others because you want

RP >= 25 so you get the maximum threat from the glyphed DS (as well as for emergencies and you need to pop icebound fortitude [IBF] or anti-magic shield [AMS])
while keeping RS macro'd for all of your strikes (plague strike (PS), icy touch [IT], DS, and heart strike [HS]) which will proc whenever you dodge an attack so it's unpredictable
and without maxing out your RP, which you dump with DC

You can probably get rid of one of your expertise gems since each +8exp gives about 2 exp skill.

Your trinkets are good, I'd keep them.

07-10-2009, 03:21 PM
oh for some reason it linked my DPS spec instead of my tank spec.

this is the tank spec I am using.

http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?deathknight=0055321503303313201020131350305000000 0000000000000000000005200000000000000000000000000&glyph=261020000000&version=9767

it just has 1 extra point in it left and I put it in DRW and I ee now that it is bad.

07-10-2009, 03:40 PM
http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?deathknight=0055321503303313201020131350305000000 0000000000000000000005200000000000000000000000000&glyph=261020000000&version=9767

Took Morbidity and Bloodworms and dumped WotN and one point out of Spell Deflection. You should be using a cooldown if you're below 35% anyway, either IBF, AMS, or VB as the situation may require.

07-13-2009, 03:23 AM
Thats a good point. Never thought about it that way. Gonna go change it now. The morbidity seems a great choice too to get DnD online more. thanks a lot.