Beta Build Patch 12604 unofficial DK Patch Notes

Insolence has documented the incoming changes, many for us DKs.



  • Crimson Scourge is now a 2 rank talent. Increases damage dealt by Blood Boil by 20/40% (Down from 15/30/45%) and 50%/100% chance to proc. (Up from 33/67/100%)
  • Improved Blood Presence is now a Tier 4 talent, down from Tier 5.
  • Blood Parasite is now a 2 rank talent with a 5/10% chance to proc. (Up from 3/6/9%)
  • Toughness is now a Tier 3 talent. Down from Tier 4.
  • Sanguine Fortitude is now a Tier 4 talent, down from Tier 3. 2 ranks instead of 3.
  • Hand of Doom *New* – Reduces the cooldown of your Strangulate ability by 60 sec.


  • Festering Strike *New* – An instant attack that deals 150% weapon damage plus 840.54 and increases the duration of your Blood Plague, Frost Fever, and Chains of Ice effects on the target by up to 6 sec. / 5 yd range, Instant
  • Runic Empowerment *New* is now baseline – When you use your Death Coil, Frost Strike, or Rune Strike ability, you have a 45% chance to activate a random fully depleted rune.
  • Chains of Ice now reduces movement speed by 60% for 8 sec. (Down from 95% + 10% movement each sec over 10 seconds)
  • Chill of the Grave now has a chance to generate 5/10 Runic Power. (Up from 2.5/5)
  • Nerves of Cold Steel is now a Tier 1 talent, down from Tier 2.
  • Improved Icy Touch now increases the damage of Icy Touch by 10/20/30%. (Up from 5/10/15%)
  • On a Pale Horse is back as a Tier 2 talent.


  • Anti-Magic Shell no longer costs Runic Power.
  • Ebon Plaguebringer is now a 2 ranks talent (Down from 3) and now increases damage taken from Disease by 15/30%. (Old – 10/20/30%)
  • Dirge now has a chance to generate 5/10 Runic Power. (Up from 2.5/5)
  • Virulence now increases your chance to hit with spells by 2/4/6%. (Up from 1/2/3%)

Insolence’s comments:

Nice changes to Crimson Scourge, Imp. BP still sucks. A lot of stuff got moved around and Ranks reduced, this is nice, we’ll be able to get Morbidity and DRW now¬†:)
Runic Empowerment went baseline as expected, and Festering Strike seems to be the “filler” Talent for RE procs for Unholy DKs, looks interesting. Very interesting. Chains of Ice got…. Er well it got something. Chill of the Grave got buffed, more RP Regen for Frosts? Wow. Imp. IT is looking pretty sweet for Frost DKs too!
AMS no longer costs RP, sweet <3. Well hey Dirge got buffed too…. Interesting. And Ebon Plaguebringer got a nice change, awesome. And Virulence got a sweet buff, guess I can see our Sub-Spec Unholy Tier 1 already!
Frozen Plate Specialization looks like we’ll be seeing the end of Leather in BiS Lists, GOOD. Pity it doesn’t have 5% Stamina D:


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