Lichborne: Further reflections on death knights in Pandaria

Bridge in Pandaren Temple

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Lichborne for blood, frost, and unholy death knights. In the post-Cataclysm era, death knights are no longer the new kids on the block. Let’s show the other classes how a hero class gets things done.

Now that we’ve all had a couple of weeks to absorb the latest updates to the Mists of Pandaria talent calculator, it’s worth going back and taking a second to look to see if we can dredge up anything else. I’ve been keeping track of various errata, as well as discussions among the death knight community, and I feel it’s worth taking another week to take a second look at a few skills and talents and see where we lie as we wait for a new update, the Mists beta, or both.

Those annoying rune costs

You remember that Death Siphon and Soul Reaper have no rune cost in the current calculator, right? Alas, it’s not that simple, and I must make a mea culpa here for not noticing this sooner: Blue posts have clarified that those two skills do cost a single death rune each.

This, of course, throws their proper use into a little more question. Is it worth it to use Soul Reaper when you could be spending that rune on a Scourge Strike or half of an Obliterate? Is the healing of Death Siphon worth giving up the extra damage from one of those weapon strikes? This is, again, where we’ll need solid numbers to make that choice. At the least, though, I’d say it makes Death Pact an even more tempting choice for unholy death knights on the level 60 talent tier. As beta progresses, we’ll definitely want to keep a close eye on these type of talents and try to answer that question. Are they worth the rune they’re spending? If not, how do we fix them?

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