Death Knight

Artifact Challenge boss nerfs and other WoW Hotfixes for April 10 So far, I’ve seen a lot of complaints about Thunderslash being nerfed and not any complaints about Inquisitor Variss getting watered down in this round of hotfixes for Patch 7.2. DKs, Demon Hunters, Hunters, Mages, Warlocks and Warriors all saw Artifact Traits get some buffs or nerfs, and there were changes to dungeons, class halls...

Plaguebearer: Legion Death Knight talents and abilities in patch 7.0 Legion’s pre-patch is nearly upon us. There are a lot of changes coming in patch 7.0 tomorrow, so if you’re currently one of our dead but loving it knightly sorts, we’ll be covering some of the most important changes here. While this isn’t an exhaustive compilation of every change made to Death Knights in Legion,...




Plaguebearer: The evolution of Death Knight mobility in Legion In my previous Death Knight article, I outlined the functionality of mobility as a feature of gameplay in World of Warcraft. I also covered different types of mobility, as well as some of the changes made to Death Knight mobility on the Legion alpha up until now — hopefully most of you recognized this as a way...

Plaguebearer: Matters of mobility for Death Knights As new builds unfold on the Legion alpha, adjustments, revisions, additions, and cuts continue to be made to various class toolkits. Given that Death Knights have received a substantial revamp to both their resource structure and talent system, it should come as little surprise that things continue to shift from build to build. Ultimately, however, the...

Legion’s item changes will scuttle many transmog sets Are you a Shaman or Hunter? Do you like collecting transmog sets? Well, then I have some bad news for you, although it’s good news for any transmog minded DK’s, Warriors and Paladins out there. You see, Legion is changing its transmog system, and as a part of that change, it’s changing the way armor...

Plaguebearer: Death Knight rotational changes in Legion In my previous column I went over the basics of how AOE for all three Death Knight specs was shaping up in the Legion alpha thus far. Given that my guess about talents seeing a massive overhaul came true (less than 24 hours after the article went live!), it’s time to turn our attention to how...




Plaguebearer: AOE damage for Death Knights in Legion This article has been in the making for some time. In my previous column, I focused on the proposed rune revamp that is slated for Death Knights in Legion, with the intent that the followup column would serve as an analysis of the preview blog for our class that was released on the 11th of...

Know Your Lore: Death Knight Artifact lore in Legion What does Death Knight Artifact lore tell us? What secrets of foul necromancy do these powerful weapons unlock? What will the Knights of the Ebon Blade do with such amazing power, and more importantly, considering all they’ve already lost, what will they have to sacrifice to attain them? The Blood Artifact is fascinating, and it...



Plaguebearer: The redesign of the Death Knight rune system in Legion After an initial deluge of information about system changes in Legion at BlizzCon, Blizzard is busy preparing the player base for followups in the form of class specific blogs. In fact, as I write this article, I am cognizant of the fact that the Death Knight class preview is scheduled for tomorrow. It is sure...

WoW Legion Death Knight class preview With the arrival of Legion we’re seeing tons of class changes to bring each class back in line with what Blizzard sees as the fantasy of each class. This afternoon, we have our first glimpse at what’s coming for Death Knights, and most of the class changes here revolve around a revamped rune system. While, presently,...

BlizzCon 2015: Class stacking buffs removed One of the changes to class design revealed during the Legion systems panel is to stacking buffs and complicated resource systems. At the panel Kris Zierhut talked about how the core philosophy of the class design going into Legion is all about empowering the player — not being overpowered, but feeling in control of your...

Plaguebearer: Thoughts on Death Knight ability pruning in Warlords of Draenor Continuing in the tradition of reflecting on the past while we wait for the inevitable tide of Legion news to break, today’s Death Knight column will be a retrospective look at some of the ways in which ability pruning worked out for the class in Warlords of Draenor. In particular, I hope to reflect on...

Plaguebearer: Reminiscing on Death Knight fantasy and flavor As the general lull in information about Legion continues, players are largely left to their own devices in attempting to piece together an analysis of what the expansion might bring. In terms of class changes, it’s been emphasized that Legion seeks to reexamine the core fantasy behind every class/spec in the game, and make changes...

Plaguebearer: A retrospective look at Death Knight level 100 talents As is the case with the final tier of every expansion, we find ourselves in the midst of a lull. Although this is sure to be alleviated with the release of further Legion information, it also presents an opportune time for class communities to reflect on their course this expansion. Today’s column, therefore, aims to...

Plaguebearer: Initial Death Knight impressions from Legion When I first began writing this week’s column I seriously contemplated going with my original idea about gearing in Hellfire Citadel for DKs. Of course, common sense prevailed — none of you are really interested in gear from this boring tier when there’s a brand new (announced!) expansion in the works, are you? Thus, today’s...

Plaguebearer: An overview of the 6.2 Death Knight Before I begin today’s column: A sincere apology to all readers who have been patiently waiting for another installment in the Plaguebearer series. Real life raiding and balancing acts tend to take priority over my ability to discuss and analyse the state of our beloved class and as loath as I am to miss a...