Legion Frost DK WoW PvP Guide | 7.3 Talents

by Bigmoran // October 3, 2017

This guide will cover supplemental information for Frost DK in Legion. Bear in mind that as the meta develops in the early stages of the season, you can expect to see some changes to the following information. All information in this guide has been provided by Cervantes (EU Regionals Qualifier, 5x Rank 1, 7x Gladiator).

Tier 1

Just like Unholy, you should always try and pick the talents that give you the most consistent damage in an arena setting. Icy Talons is the strongest talent on this tier because it provides the best damage between all three talent options.

Tier 2

Freezing Fog is the best talent on this tier as it offers the highest DPS increase.

Tier 3

Your primary offensive CD as a Frost DK is Pillar of Frost. During its duration you will deal significantly more damage and cause massive pressure to the enemy team. Avalanche is the best talent on this tier because it buffs your already powerful offensive CD. Icecap is an alternative talent that can be taken to reduce the cooldown of your Pillar of Frost if you want to have access to offensive cooldowns more frequently.

Tier 4

Even though the stun effect isn’t completely reliable, Winter is Coming the primary talent on this tier if you need a stun effect. Being able to stun a target while your Pillar of Frost is active is extremely important for dealing meaningful damage. If you are playing with classes that have reliable stuns, then Binding Sleet is a better option as it gives your team access to an additional CC DR.

Tier 5

Inexorable Assault is your default talent. It’s generally the best talent in this tier against teams where you won’t be able to maintain 100% up-time as it offers you a DPS increase whenever you get kited. When playing against comps that you will be able to maintain 100% up-time against (such as melee cleaves), Permafrost becomes the best talent. Volatile Shielding can be selected against heavy burst caster comps (such as destro lock/boomkin) for a stronger AMS.

Tier 6

Again, because it provides the most consistent damage in arena, Gathering Storm is the strongest talent for this tier. This talent allows you to deal extra damage with your Remorseless Winter, and allows you to extend its duration.

Tier 7

Hungering Rune Weapon is the optimal talent for your final tier. This talent works really well with both Overpowered Rune Weapon and Gathering Storm.


Tier 1

Gladiator’s Medallion is your best talent choice. Most teams will check for Adaption before using any meaningful CC on you. Having an on demand CC break is really important as a DK, especially when you need to use it in combination with a defensive CD. Relentless can be an option against teams that have spammable, non-DRing CC. This talent is often useful if you are not the kill target, but will be getting constantly Polymorphed or Feared throughout a matchup.

Tier 2

Your talent choice for this tier will depend on what you are playing against. If the enemy team has two melee DPS, Sparring is the best option as it represents the highest damage reduction. If the enemy team has at least one caster DPS, then Reinforced Armor is a more optimal choice.

Tier 3

Anti-Magic Zone is definitely the strongest talent on this tier if the enemy team has a caster DPS. Being able to mitigate damage dealt to you and your partners really adds to your utility toolkit as a DK. If the enemy team has an important CC you can steal, then Dark Simulacrum is a stronger option if you don’t need Anti-Magic Zone. Overall this tier doesn’t have much to offer for dealing with physical damage, but you can use Dark Sim on a healer to try and steal important spells.

Tier 4

Decomposing Aura should be selected when you are playing with something that deals physical damage (such as warriors, windwalker monks and hunters) as it increases the kill potential on your teams burst. Necrotic Aura should be used when playing without a physical DPS partner. Heartstop Aura should be used with Delirium against mages (mostly arcane) and mistweaver monks as it allows you to train them effectively by reducing their mobility).

Tier 5

Overall Frozen Center is the most consistent option for this tier. Many DK comps deal damage to multiple targets at once. Being able to root more than one target makes it much easier to deal AoE damage, especially when combined with stuns like Fist of Fury. Against Mage teams, Delirium (with Heartstop Aura) is a really good talent choice. Selecting this talent can drastically nerf Mage mobility by increasing the cooldown on Blink.

Tier 6

Overpowered Rune Weapon is the best talent in your final tier. It works well with Hungering Rune Weapon and offers you the most DPS.

  • 0
    cans
    1 month ago
    Should I use Shattering strikes against pally's? I've had some luck using shattering strikes against a pally's BoP. Stun the healer when a dps has BoP on them to apply more pressure?
  • 2
    Shuupa
    1 month ago
    And about runeforging? main hand and off hand?
  • 2
    cans
    1 month ago
    What are your thoughts on shattering strikes?
     
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      Mystic
      1 month ago
      It's less DPS then Icy Talons.
 
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