(For Unholy in patch 3.3: read my full analysis.)
Updated to patch 3.22.
Sept 28: note that no-epidemic is now the highest threat tank build. This below post relates to traditional unholy spec.
October 1st: the below analysis had a error in the character sheet I used, overweighting attack power. Look at the no-epidemic or 3.3 posts for the latest on unholy. I have deleted the data that was below and take the below recommendations with caution.
In this simulation I wanted to work out:
- does the Unholy Obliterate tank build beat deep Unholy for tanks? Answer no, but it doesn’t suck as much as I’d expected
- how does an Unholy build compare on single-target to Frost build?
- is Desolation or Bladed Armour better for an Unholy tank?
- how does Unholy-Vot3W stack up now?
Also for 3.22, the highest threat Unholy tanks spec is in this simulation.
spec 13/8/50 with bladed armour | vs Desolation
the only differences between these two specs is moving 5 pts between bladed armour or desolation.
Key finding: the talents are basically equivalent. You can safely pick one or the other talent, the difference is insignificant.
DPS for the tank is 7.5% to 10% more in Frost according to this simulation, depending if you bias to single-target talent or not (like Suno does).
Suno’s fireside build | EJ thread
DPS 3138. Not posting sim results for sake of brevity.
the spec loses corpse explosion, loses Scent of Blood, has 2/3 wandering plague and 1/5 desolation for a gain of 2.1% DPS.
However, I can’t model SoB and the benefit to Rune Strike procs, so that result (like all of these) needs to be seen with that limitation in mind.
Frost does 7.5% more dps than this build.
No longer viable in 3.22. Don’t use it.
Spec example was virulence not BCB.
The Unholy-Veteran of the Third War spec was necessary for Sartharion-3D, but is not so popular now. I tested its tps in the Sim. It might work actually if you have the full 3/3 Ebon Plague or Warlock CoE put up by someone else to boost your threat. As it stands though, the threat in deep unholy is about 6.3% more than this spec, which is a fair bit more.
So you wouldn’t take Unholy-Vot3W unless you had a threat lead all the time (from gear advantage) and you didn’t need to bring the full 3/3 debuff to the raid.
Caveats and shortfalls
I can’t model Scent of Blood (RP generation) vs two-handed weapon specialisation. In-game you’d test whether you are ever RP-starved, in which case SoB will likely be better because it will give you more Rune Strikes. My general principal now is to favour 2H-spec.
See the bottom of Frost post for other details on the simulation method, which remained the same in this seim, and shortfalls.