Using Death Strike as Frost
So forgive me if this was answered elsewhere (I searched through all 10 pages of the excellent Satorri DK Guide and couldn't find it), but I had a thought that I wanted to bounce it off the TS community.
One of the big problems I've seen as a healer (main is a priest) and as a DK tank, is survivability. Take HHoR for example, I can heal pretty much any tank in there, but when a DK comes along... ouch. And god forbid it's a blood spec'd tank.... The damage just gets out of control and it's harder to heal a DK tank in HHoR than ICC. Frost tanks aren't too bad, they last a lot longer than blood tanks in HHoR (from what I've experienced), but they still aren't anywhere near Pallys and Warriors.
So here's my thought... What if you combined the survivability of frost with the self-healing of blood? Basically, replace Obliterate with Death Strike in the FU pair? I macro my strikes to RS, so I get extra threat there, and with Howling Blast, AoE doesn't seem to be a big problem. In the few runs I experimented with I took a dps hit for sure, but was still able to keep mobs sticky with some decent tps.
Has anyone else tried this? Does anyone else think this is viable?