Legion Frost DK WoW PvP Guide | 7.1.5 Talents
February 1, 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 expansion, 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).
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.
Frozen Pulse is the strongest talent on this tier. This talent gives you some form of damage when you are fully depleted of runes. This allows you to continue building pressure even when you cannot use some of your damaging abilities.
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. The only time you would want to play Hungering Rune Weapon is if you want to completely all-in a target in a short game.
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. 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.
The talent choice for this tier entirely depends on what you are playing against. Permafrost should be selected against most teams with at least one physical DPS. Volatile Shielding should be selected against teams that have multiple caster DPS. It dramatically increases the power of your AMS, allowing it to absorb more and deal damage back to enemy casters.
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. Overall this synergizes well with Winter is Coming by giving you more chances to land a stun on enemy targets.
As of 7.1.5, Obliteration is currently the best talent choice for this tier. Breath of Sindragosa was recently nerfed in PvP, making the talent significantly less viable. Overall Obliteration is highest consistent increase to your DPS on this tier.
As of 7.1.5 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.
Your talent choice for this tier will depend on what you are playing against. If the enemy team has a melee DPS, Sparring is the best option as it represents the highest damage reduction. If the enemy team has a caster DPS, then Reinforced Armor is a more optimal choice. You can play Hardiness against DoT comps that are unlikely to kill you (such as Feral/Shadow Priest) if you anticipate that you will mostly be above 80% for the entire game.
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 has an important CC you can steal, then Dark Simulacrum is a stronger option. 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.
Heartstop Aura is a really unique mechanic and is my talent of choice for this tier. Slowing down the recovery rate of enemy CDs is really good for allowing you to stay ahead in the tempo game in nearly every matchup. If you are playing with an Affliction Warlock, then Necrotic Aura can be a better choice. Overall this talent represents more DPS for your team. Decomposing Aura can be played if you plan on only training the enemy healer as a melee cleave.
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 is a really good talent choice. Selecting this talent can drastically nerf Mage mobility by increasing the cooldown on Blink.
In longer matches Overpowered Rune Weapon is the best talent on this tier. This talent will give you more frequent access to one of your primary offensive CDs. In shorter games Chill Streak is the alternate talent. This ability allows you to deal some initial damage to a target while also putting out some AoE pressure.
This section is currently under review.