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    Death Knight DPS Pre-Raid Gear Guide by jfreedan

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    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
    
    Death Knight Unholy / Blood DPS Pre-Raiding Gear Guide
    
    Written by Jim Freedan
    Copyright Jim Freedan 2009
    
    
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    Version 1.
    December, 30th 2008
    
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    1. About this Guide  .................................................... [001]
    2. Weapons .............................................................. [002]
    3. Head  ................................................................ [003]
    4. Neck  ................................................................ [004]
    5. Bracer  .............................................................. [005]
    6. Shoulders ............. .............................................. [006]
    7. Cloak ................................................................ [007]
    8. Belt ..................................................................[008]
    9. Feet ..................................................................[009]
    10. Hands ................................................................[010]
    11. Chest ................................................................[011]
    12. Legs .................................................................[012]
    13. Rings ................................................................[013]
    14. Enchants .............................................................[014]
    15. Gems .................................................................[015]
    16. Sigils ...............................................................[016]
    17. Professions ..........................................................[017]
    
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    1. About this Guide  .................................................... [001]
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    This is a list of gear for 2hander Death Knights in a DPS role who want to 
    prepare for raiding. I Originally posted this guide to the official WoW forums
    using my own Death Knight character, Morglaif, but it was never sticky'ed so 
    I am putting it on GameFAQs so more people can see it.
    
    I am not going to go into discussion about what stats are optimal for Death 
    Knights; other guides on the internet exist about this topic already.
    
    I have compiled this gear list because other lists I have seen include items
    that I do not believe are very good for Death Knights who want to gear for 
    raiding (ie Runeblade of Demonstratable Power, Icier Barbed Spear) or skip 
    a few quest rewards that are very good. I created this list for myself but 
    thought I would share it with others.
    
    To be practical, I have included several possible items for each slot that 
    will all be adequate for raiding, but not all of these items are equal to one
    another. To make things easy to understand and ensure people know “which item 
    is better”, I will rank items by number; the lower the number, the more 
    desirable the item is (ie #1 is the best, #2 is second best, and so forth).
    
    Unlike some lists, I will not include any Naxx or Arena items. All items will
    be things you can obtain within a week of hitting 80 and without needing to 
    step into a raid or Arena. I will also not include Mail or Leather items, 
    as these really are inferior to Plate items for us (due to the lack of STR 
    and Armor, both of which are stats that gives us more AP than whatever you’re
    going to find on items itemized for Rogues, Druids and Hunters). 
    
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    2. Weapons .............................................................. [002]
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    #1: Titansteel Destroyer (Crafted- Blacksmithing, Bind on Equip)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41257
    
    Thoughts: This is the best 2hander you are going to find outside Naxx. 
    Amazingly, it is even better than a Naxx drop (Demise). If you can afford 
    to buy or create one, go for it.
    
    #2: Colossal Skull-Clad Cleaver (Heroic Halls of Lightning- Loken)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37852
    
    Thoughts: This is a very nice 2hander offering quite a’bit of damage and
    crit (from AGI). However, you will be hard pressed to find a party capable
    of taking down Loken due to the skill required of all party members. I would 
    advise you not to “aim” for this drop, but if you happen to encounter it and
    don’t have a Titansteel Destroyer, go for it!
    
    #2: Dreadlord's Blade (Normal Culling of Stratholm- Dark Runed Chest)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37108
    
    Thoughts: This has more STR than the Sword of Justice can obtain and 68 
    hit rating, which makes it very desirable.
    
    #3: Sword of Justice (Normal Halls of Stone – Tribunal Chest)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37653
    
    Thoughts: This sword has a red gem slot, so you can slot it with a +16 STR
    gem, which (along with the Crit) makes it superior to the Argent Skeleton 
    Crusher.
    
    #4: Argent Skeleton Crusher – (Argent Crusade Rep Reward at Revered)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44244
    
    Thoughts: This is the best reputation reward for Death Knights because of 
    the STR (which Runeblade of Demonstrable Power lacks). Armor penetration is 
    more helpful to Blood than Unholy, but it is still a solid DPS weapon if you
    don’t have anything else on this list and it is pretty easy to get the 
    Reputation. 
    
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    #1: Spiked Titansteel Helm (Crafted; Blacksmithing, Bind on Equip)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41386
    
    Thoughts: This helm has a lot of STR, AGI, Hit and a Meta slot, enabling
    you to socket it with Chaotic Skyflare Diamond (+21 Critical Strike Rating 
    and 3% Increased Critical Damage; http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41285) It is 
    also pretty easy to obtain because it is a crafted Bind on Equip.
    
    #2: Charged Titanium Specs (Crafted- Engineering 400)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=42552
    
    Thoughts: This is actually an epic, but it has a level 72 requirement, so 
    if you are an Engineer you might actually own this helm before you become 
    level 80. This helm possesses a meta socket and a yellow socket, so it is
    pretty nice.
    
    #3: Chitin Shell Great helm (Heroic Azjol-Nerub–Anub’arak)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37237
    
    Thoughts: This is a really nice helm because it has a meta socket, a yellow 
    socket, and 60 critical strike rating. It also looks like the Death Knight 
    starter set helm, which makes it pretty cool. Unfortunately, it drops off a
    boss who is difficult to kill because his high damage single target attack 
    is currently bugged and capable of causing a swift party wipe. You will have
    a hard time convincing people to run this instance.
    
    #4: Fang-Deflecting Faceguard (Argent Crusade Rep Reward at Revered)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44247
    
    Thoughts: This is the best helm Reputation reward available. Blood will get
    more benefit out of the Armor penetration than Unholy does, but it is still a
    solid upgrade if you have nothing else.
    
    #5: Faceguard of Punishment (Quest Reward in Utgarde Pinnacle)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44412
    
    Thoughts: This has a nice chunk of Hit on it, so if you are needing to get 
    Hit capped this is pretty good to start with. 
    
    
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    #1: Gold Amulet of Kings (Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle- King Ymiron)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37397
    
    Thoughts: This is the only STR neck outside of raids. Ideally you want to 
    have this, as 47 Str is 94 AP (unbuffed) and 43 Critical strike rating is a 
    nice benefit.
    
    #2: Titanium Impact Choker (Crafted; Jewelcrafting. Bind on Equip)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=42645
    
    Thoughts: 84 AP is good, and it has a red socket so you can pop a +16 STR 
    gem into it.
    
    #2: Pendant of the Outcast Hero (purchase with badges in Dalaran)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40678
    
    Thoughts: This is a good DPS necklace, but the lack of STR really makes it 
    less appealing for Death Knights.
    
    #2: Necklace of Arcane Spheres (Heroic Violet Citadel- Xevozz)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37861
    
    Thoughts: This is a solid DPS necklace but it lacks STR.
    
    
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    #1: Vengeance Bindings (Crafted- Blacksmithing, Bind on Equip)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41355
    
    Thoughts: These are probably what you will be using at level 80 in order to 
    get Hit capped. If you are already hit capped, look at the Golden Limb Bands 
    below.
    
    #2: Golden Limb Bands (Heroic Azjol-Nerub – Krik’thir the Gatewatcher)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37217
    
    Thoughts: 42 Critical strike rating is pretty good, but they have 9 less STR 
    than Vengeance Bindings and lack the Hit. If you are well above the Hit Cap I 
    would take these over Vengeance Bindings.
    
    #3: Cast Iron Shackles (Bind on Equip, drops in Violet Hold or obtained from 
    Rusted Prisoner Footlockers in Dalaran) 
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37891
    
    Thoughts: 29 hit rating and 43 STR. If you need the hit, these are a solid 
    upgrade.
    
    #4: Bands of the Stoneforge (Heroic Halls of Stone-Sjonnir The Ironshaper)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37668
    
    Thoughts: These are epics, but I rate them so low because they have haste
    rating, which isn’t a particularly useful stat compared to the Hit and Crit 
    contained on the other pieces. 50 STR is still pretty solid AP, but I 
    wouldn’t go out trying to obtain these when Vengeance Bindings are so much 
    easier to get, and better.
    
    #5: Vambraces of the Vengeance Bringer (Quest Reward – Utgarde Keep)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39680
    
    Thoughts: This is a really, really easy to obtain piece you probably got as
    soon as you entered Northrend. 
    
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    #1: Spaulders of the Giant Lords (Sons of Homir Reputation reward at Revered)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44195
    
    Thoughts: Let me tell you upfront, you will have a difficult time finding 
    really amazing DPS plate shoulders outside of a raid. Sons of Homir 
    reputation is a slow grind, but this will be the best choice for you until 
    you do get a raid drop. (However, as the rep grind is so slow, you might 
    actually obtain a raid drop before you get Revered with them).
    
    #2: Mantle of Volkan (Quest reward from Sons of Homir)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43198
    
    Thoughts: In order to get these, you must go through a long quest chain.
    
    Fortunately, you will have to do the quest chain anyway to unlock Sons of 
    Homir, so you’ll probably pick these up whether you want them or not.
    
    Unfortunately, the quest to obtain these is at the very end of the long 
    chain, and by that point you may not need the Hit.
    
    #3: Gold Star Spaulders (The Oracles Reputation reward at Revered)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44111
    
    Thoughts: If you fully understood that you could swap your Reputation levels 
    with Frenzyheart and the Oracles by doing a simple quest, these will probably 
    be the shoulders you have at level 80.
    
    However, if you are kind of a dork like me and decided to help out an injured 
    Oracle without realizing this act of kindness toward the big tongues would 
    make you unable to transfer the reputation you had built with the 
    Frenzyhearts to the Oracles, just screw these shoulders and aim for the 
    Sons of Homir ones (lol!)
    
    #4: Savage Saronite Pauldrons (Crafted- Blacksmithing, Bind on Equip)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41351
    
    Thoughts: I hate to recommend welfare PVP plate for raiding, but these 
    really are a solid piece of gear for PvE due to the 52 STR and 43 Crit. If 
    you find yourself hit capped, these can be better than the Mantle of Volkan 
    due to the Crit. 
    
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    #1: Cloak of Bloodied Waters (Bind on Equip, Drops in Gundrak Heroic)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37647
    
    Thoughts: This is the best cloak in the game for DPS Death Knights. 
    Do not allow the fact it is a blue to confuse you. 68 STR = 136 attack power 
    for a DK, which is more AP than any other DPS cloak in the game will give us. 
    With Rune of the Fallen Crusader and Blessing of Kings that both boost STR 
    (and thus, the final AP we receive from our STR), it should be obvious this 
    is the best DPS cloak we can get right now.
    
    Absolutely DO NOT waste 2,000 gold on a Ice Striker’s Cloak. Cloak of 
    Bloodied Waters commonly sells for 200g and is vastly superior. 
    
    #2: Durable Nerubhide Cape (Crafted- Leatherworking 430, Bind on Equip)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43565
    
    Thoughts: At first glance you’d think this would be terrible for DPS, but 
    you’d be mistaken. This is more of a tanking cape but this is one of the 
    few capes with expertise and STR, which are both useful for DPS. The AP 
    value we get from the STR is 82 (before buffs).
    
    #3: Illskar’s Greatcloak (Quest reward in Icecrown)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43924
    
    Thoughts: Yes, this is a green, but this might be what you start with at 
    level 80 if you did any questing in Icecrown. This does have 20 Strength 
    (40 AP before buffs) and a yellow socket, so you could choose to socket 
    more Crit or do what I’d do-- slam a +16 STR gem in there for an end result 
    of 36 STR (72 AP before buffs).
    
    #4: Cloak of the Gushing Wound (Heroic Violet Hold- Erekem)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43406
    
    Thoughts: Not a single piece of STR on this one, and the attack power is 56. 
    However, it has 29 hit so if it drops and you feel you need just a wee bit of 
    Hit, you might want to roll on it if no Hunter or Rogue is in the party.
    
    #5: Cloak of Holy Extermination (Argent Crusade Rep Reward at Honored)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44216
    
    Thoughts: This is the best Reputation reward for DPS. Unfortunately, it is not
    terribly good so unless you don’t want to do a very easy quest in Icecrown 
    for the Illskar’s Greatcloak, I wouldn’t bother. 
    
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    #1: Flame-Bathed Steel Girdle (Heroic Nexus- Keristrasza)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37171
    
    Thoughts: This is an excellent belt that is actually on par with Naxx gear 
    when you consider you can add an Eternal Belt buckle to obtain two gem slots, 
    then put two +16 STR gems into it for a total of 98 STR.
    
    This belt is also really easy to obtain given it drops in Nexus.
    
    #2: The General’s Steel Girdle (Heroic Halls of Lightning- General Bjarngrim)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37826
    
    Thoughts: This is a pretty good belt, although it is inside Heroic Halls of 
    Lightning, which is considered more difficult to find a group for than Nexus, 
    which offers a vastly superior belt.
    
    #3: Spiked Metal Cilice (Normal Culling of Stratholme – Salramm the 
    Fleshcrafter)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37088
    
    Thoughts: This is a pretty solid DPS belt, offering 51 STR, 37 AGI and 51 
    Hit rating. 
    
    
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    #1: Death-Inured Sabatons (Knights of the Ebon Blade Reward at Exalted)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44306
    
    Thoughts: This is the best reputation reward available for DPS Death Knights, 
    as well as the best DPS boots you will find outside a raid. Two gem slots and 
    66 Critical Strike rating. These will last you quite a long time and should 
    be one of the first reputation rewards you grind for.
    
    #2: Rift Striders (Heroic Nexus – Anomalus)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37150
    
    Thoughts: These are an excellent pair of boots with a red gem slot, 50 STR 
    and 50 Crit. In my experience they also drop quite often and because Nexus is 
    one of the easiest Heroics, these are quite obtainable. This is a very solid 
    piece of gear that will last you until you (inevitably) obtain Death-Inured 
    Sabatons.
    
    #3: Berserker Sabatons (Bind on Equip, drops in Utgarde Pinnacle Heroic)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37068
    
    Thoughts: These are nice boots that have Hit, but less AP potential than 
    Rift Striders. If you feel yourself needing Hit, you might want these.
    
    #4: Spiked Titansteel Treads (Crafted- Blacksmithing)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41391
    
    Thoughts: These are epic boots, but not terribly good compared to Rift 
    Striders. You’ll get a little more AP than Rift Striders but won’t have as 
    much Crit. These are also rather expensive to purchase or create.
    
    #5: The Obliterator Greaves (Heroic Violet Hold- Zuramat the Obliterator)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43402
    
    Thoughts: Haste and Armor penetration is not terribly good for Death knights, 
    but you can slot this with a +16 STR gem and obtain slightly more AP than the 
    Rift Striders will offer.
    
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    #1: Heroes Scourgeborne Gauntlets (Purchase with Badges of Heroism in Dalaran)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39618
    
    Thoughts: I really consider these the best glove investment you could make 
    since if you raid and the T7 shoulders drop, you will have 2 pieces of the 
    set and obtain the 5% Critical Strike increase for Scourge Strike and 
    Obliterate, which are the DPS staples for Unholy and Blood. These also have 
    46 Critical strike rating and a socket.
    
    #2 Gauntlets of Dragon Wrath (Heroic Oculus- Cache of Eregos)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37363 
    
    Thoughts: These are pretty solid DPS gloves with 38 hit and 67 STR. 
    However, they lack slots.
    
    #3: Gauntlets of The Culling (Quest reward- Culling of Stratholme)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44399
    
    Thoughts: These are pretty solid gloves due to the 50 hit rating and 52 STR. 
    You may start level 80 with these. 
    
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    #1: Bonegrinder Breastplate (Heroic Old Kingdom- Prince Taldaram)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37612
    
    Thoughts: This is the best DPS chest piece you are going to find outside of 
    a raid. It is actually better than the T7 DPS chest because of the additional 
    Crit rating. It has 2 sockets a red and a blue. There is also a +6 Critical 
    strike rating socket bonus that is worthy of mention.
    
    #2: Engraved Chestplate of Eck (Heroic Gundrak- Eck the Ferocious)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43310
    
    Thoughts: If you find yourself needing more Hit, this is a good chest to 
    have. It also has 2 sockets.
    
    #3: Heroes’ Scourgeborne Battleplate (Purchased with Badges in Dalaran)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39617
    
    Thoughts: Meh. Haste is not a really desirable stat when you think about how 
    the two pieces above this have more Hit and Crit, which are more valuable. 
    Still, if you find yourself full of badges, nothing else to buy, and just 
    can’t get one of those two chest pieces to drop, you might want to buy this 
    anyway.
    
    #4: Breastplate of Undeath (Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep- Novos the Summoner)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37722
    
    Thoughts: Not a bad chestpiece. It lacks gem sockets but it boasts 80 STR 
    and 112 Agility, which is nothing to mock.
    
    #5: Whalebone Carapace (The Kalu’ak Reputation Reward at Honored)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44058
    
    Thoughts: You probably are going to start level 80 with this, as most every 
    DPS DK buys this while leveling up. If not, it is pretty easy to get.
    
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    #1: Staggering Legplates (Heroic Utgarde Keep – Ingvar the Plunderer)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37193
    
    Thoughts: These are the best DPS pants you’re going to find, and since they 
    drop in Heroic Utgarde Keep (the easiest Heroic), you should probably come 
    across them within your first few days of being 80.
    
    It is worth mentioning that these add 80 Hit rating, and will probably make 
    up the bulk of your Hit.
    
    #2: Legplates of the Occulus Guardian (Heroic Oculus- Varos Cloudstrider)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37263
    
    Thoughts: These are pretty solid DPS pants. However, the Oculus is a lot 
    harder than Utgarde Keep, so you probably won’t come across these before you 
    obtain Staggering Legplates.
    
    #3: Savage Saronite Legplates (Crafted: Blacksmithing, Bind on Equip )
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41347
    
    Thoughts: These are intended for PVP, but they’ll do if you have nothing 
    else.
    
    
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    #1: Ring of the Kirin Tor (Vendor in Dalaran)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44935
    
    Thoughts: This has 50 STR (100 AP, unbuffed), 34 Critical strike rating and 
    31 expertise rating. It’s not in the game until patch 3.0.8, but it is 
    definitely one of the best rings for us. Unfortunately, it is going to cost 
    7,600gold to buy ><
    
    #2: Band of Frosted Thorns (Heroic Nexus- Ormorok the Tree-Shaper)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37151
    
    Thoughts: This is one of the few Heroic DPS rings that have STR on it—and 
    at 45 STR (90 AP, before buffs), this has a nice chunk.
    
    #3: Hemorrhaging Circle (Heroic Gundrak- Gal’darah)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37642
    
    Thoughts: This has no STR, but it has 100 AP and 33 Expertise.
    
    #3: Signet of Bridenbrad (Quest reward in Icecrown)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44039
    
    Thoughts: Ignore the Yellow Socket. Stick a +16 STR gem in there and you’ve 
    got yourself a really solid DPS ring at level 80.
    
    #4: Mobius Band (Heroic Culling of Stratholme- Chrono-Lord Epoch)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37685
    
    Thoughts: This has no STR but it has 25 Hit rating and 86 attack power. 
    If you need more Hit, and don’t have a better ring, it’ll do. 
    
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    Gloves: Major Strength or Greater Blasting
    
    Bracers: Greater Assault
    
    Boots: Icewalker
    
    Chest: Powerful Stats
    
    Cloak: Major Agility
    
    Legs: Icescale Leg Armor
    
    Belt: Eternal Belt Buckle
    
    Head: Arcanum of Torment (Knights of the Ebon Blade- Revered) 
    
    Shoulder: Lesser Inscription of the Axe (Sons of Hodir - Honored) or 
    Greater Inscription of the Axe (Sons of Hodir- Exalted) 
    
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    Red: Bold Scarlet Ruby (+16 STR)
    
    Yellow: Rigid Autumn’s Glow (+16 HIT)
    
    Yellow: Smooth Autumn’s Glow (+16 Critical Strike Rating)
    
    Purple: (matches red or blue sockets): Guardian’s Twilight Opal 
    (+8 Expertise and +12 Stamina)
    
    Purple (matches red or blue sockets): Sovereign Twilight Opal) 
    (+8 Strength and +12 Stamina)
    
    Orange: (matches red or yellow sockets): Inscribed Monarch Topaz 
    (+8 Strength and +8 Critical Strike Rating)
    
    Orange: (matches red or yellow sockets): Etched Monarch Topaz 
    (+8 Strength and +8 Hit Rating)
    
    Green (matches a yellow or blue socket): Jagged Forest Emerald: 
    (+8 Critical Strike rating and +12 Stamina)
    
    Meta: Chaotic Skyflare Diamond (+21 Critical Strike Rating and 3% Increased 
    Critical Damage; requires 2 blue gems)
    
    (Some of these gems are not currently in the game yet. In the meantime, I 
    suggest slotting the +7 Strength multi-gems instead of the +32 attack power 
    multi gems, as stacking STR will ultimately improve your attack power more 
    than a flat AP bonus will after talents and buffs are factored in) 
    
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    16. Sigils ...............................................................[016]
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    What is best for you will depend on your spec.
    
    Sigil of Haunted Dreams: (purchased with Badges of Heroism in Dalaran)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40715
    
    Thoughts: This sigil gives your Blood Strike and Heart Strikes a chance to 
    grant 173 critical strike rating for 10 sec. This is best for Blood spec in 
    my opinion.
    
    Sigil of Arthritic Binding (purchased at Venture Bay with Venture coins)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40875
    
    Thoughts: Increases the damage dealt by your Scourge Strike ability by 203, 
    making it a clear choice for Unholy specs.
    
    Sigil of the Frozen Conscience (purchased at Venture Bay with Venture coins)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40822
    
    Thoughts: Increases the damage dealt by your Icy Touch ability by 203. This 
    is more desirable for DW specs and the odd 2h Frost spec.
    
    Sigil of the Wild Buck (purchased at Venture Bay with Venture coins)
    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40822
    
    Thoughts: I really dont think this is a very good Sigil compared to the 
    others available. This increases the damage dealt by your Death Coil ability 
    by 80, and while DC is a good runic dump, it just doesn't really compare to 
    the others in my opinion. Still someone might find an unusual use for it. 
    
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    17. Professions ..........................................................[017]
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    I want to write some information about Death Knight professions here because 
    I feel the subject has not been discussed adequately to answer the most 
    common question:
    
    "What professions are best for Death Knight DPS?"
    
    I highly recommend all Death Knights choose Blacksmithing for itemization 
    purposes. The ability to socket your gloves and bracers and add +32 Strength 
    (64 AP unbuffed) is worth the long mining grind. I once read a post that 
    compared the different AP values of different profession-only benefits, but 
    Blacksmithing is one of two Professions that allows you to add more STR to 
    your gear than other professions can. Because we can boost our Strength with 
    talents, Blessing of Kings and Rune of the Fallen Crusader, we always want to 
    go for STR instead of AP. Blacksmithing is therefore the most clear choice.
    
    Additionally, depending on your server's population you may have a difficult 
    time finding people willing to make you the Blacksmith created items, 
    especially the ones that cost Titansteel. Being able to smelt your own 
    Titansteel and make your own gear is an invaluable asset.
    
    Skinning for the +25 Critical Strike rating may seem desirable as a 2nd 
    profession, but it will be very expensive to raise Blacksmithing without 
    Mining. If you have another character who can mine for you, this won't be 
    such an issue.
    
    If you really want to min/max and money is no object, Jewelcrafting is the 
    best 2nd profession and matches Blacksmithing socket bonus perfectly. You can 
    put three Bold Dragon's Eye gems (+27 Strength) into the prismatic sockets 
    you attach to your belt, bracer and glove, giving you +81 Strength (162 AP, 
    unbuffed).