DK Tank: Grim Toll + Heavy Strike Build
Ok, at first this might sound a bit odd, but I've been going over it and I keep coming to the same result. I thought I'd ask the forum what you think about it.
I currently use Monarch Crab and Greatness for my tanking set. I used to use Repelling Charge (with Rune of Sword Shattering) and Greatness. When Stoneskin Gargoyle came out, I made the switch.
My Monarch Crab has a +24 stam and a +27 hit. In fact, I use 2x +27 hit gems in my gear in order to stay at the magical 11% base (my tanking spec has Virulence). My spell hit is actually 11.17 in my tanking gear.
Gemmed as it is, the Monarch Crab gives:
98 stam: +63 base, +24 gem, +9 socket bonus
27 hit: prismatic hit gem
Grim Toll gives 83 hit. This allows me to regem completely by eliminating the need for the +27 hit prismatic, and 3x +16 hit gems.
+27, +16, +16, +16 = 75 hit
This gives me a gain of +8 hit and 4 free sockets (and an available prismatic). I also use a +8 hit/+12 stam gem to stay at/above 11% spell hit, so technically I'd be freeing up .5 of another slot (assuming it was gemmed with a +24).
Replacing all of those slots with stam, I would gain:
1): 29 stamina (+41, +24, +24, +24, +12 = 125, subracting 96 from Monarch Crab)
2) +/- 0 hit (+27, +16, +16, +16, +8 = 83)
3) Grim Toll (15% chance to proc +39.76% ArP for 10 seconds, 45 sec cooldown).
I use a deep frost tanking build which can be found [ here ].
I also use the rotation of:
IT, HB, OB, BS
HB, IT, OB, BS
HB, OB, IT, BS (repeat forever)
It is important to note that my FS dumps do not always come at the end of the sequence. If HB is on CD, KM is up, and I have the RP, I use FS there and continue my rotation. FS eats the vast majority of my KM procs.
The build and rotation is very strike oriented. The only reason I start it up the way I do is because I want to use HB right away and get the damage bonus. Once I get Sigil of Awareness, I will no longer use HB except to eat Rime procs. I might just use OB instead of HB anyway with GT.
So, after all of that text, the question is:
Is it worth dropping the Monarch Crab for a Grim Toll.
The benefits are 29 stamina (so about 300 HP for my Tauren) and a 40% armor pen proc every 45-55 seconds (for 10 seconds)? I retain the exact same amount of hit.
It seems rather obvious to me, but I'd like to get a second opinion.
Side note: I may be specced differently on armory if I'm doing power runs through instances (where I pick up HCold). Gear may be ridiculous as well, as we were having an e-Peen contest on ArmoryLite.