In Cold Blood spec

Posted by Brian On January 31, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

In Cold Blood is a Death Knight spec that wraps your enemy in frigid winds and a flurry of heavy strikes. The main reason is due to Might of the Frozen Wastes with Butchery in conjunction with glyphs of Frost Strike and Howling BlastChill of the Grave allows you to build up a lot of rune power, up to a maximum of 130 with Runic Power Mastery, for a total of 4 Frost Strikes in rapid succession. In order to gain that rune power, you simply use your Obliterate after having applied your diseases to your foe.

Also, there is a lot of survivability with this spec found in Hungering Cold, Scarlet Fever, Chilblains, On a Pale Horse, and Endless Winter. It’s hard to complain against your enemy dealing 10% less damage, your enemy being stuck for 3 seconds, having 30% shorter duration of slows, and free casting spell disruptions!  Also Hungering Cold is always entertaining for survival purposes, especially if it is used after Howling Blast, since Frost Fever won’t break the effect. Also Dark Succor will help replenish any lost life while going in PvE, but for PvP or raiding, you may want Strangulate or Death Grip.  The points in the Unholy tree are an interesting choice that are up to you, but are still very important. The 30% extra damage is very handy, however, going with a 12 second longer duration would allow for more uses of Obliterate and Frost Strike without having to reapply your Plague Strike, Howling Blast, or an Outbreak cool down.

As for your rune of choice, if you keep your diseases on your enemies, then your Obliterate will pretty much always deal more damage than your Frost Strike (and I do not know how much Mastery is needed to make Frost Strike surpass it, if it even can). I do know, however, that it is just plain funny using either Razor Ice or Cinder Glacier to further increase the damage of your Frost Strike to make it somewhat close, and be a better form of burst damage. My character is in somewhat decent gear, and my critical hits were for 30-39 thousand damage and each strike was right when the GCD was completed, so I would say that is fast enough damage. Oh, and of course you should be in Frost Presence for the quick build up of rune power and extra frost damage.

For all of these reasons, this spec will help you take down any threat In Cold Blood!

Tooth & Nail spec

Posted by Brian On January 6, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Welcome to my latest Wow Yoda spec – Tooth and Nail. This is a Beast Master Hunter spec and is designed around the purpose of you helping your pet to help you.

The perfect 2 talents to explain this, are Frenzy and Focus fire.  Your pet is constantly gaining its Frenzy effect, until the point where you can unleash your Focus Fire, gaining a lot of benefits to yourself.  Mixing this in with Longevity, to decrease your pets, and your, cool downs to make you both more lethal is a huge bonus as well.  Also, with Invigoration and Go for the Throat, any time you critically hit with auto attacks, your pet gains Focus, and any time your pet critically hits, you gain 6 Focus.  Now, I know that a lot of people say that Killing Streak is a necessary talent, however I have a lot of reasons why I don’t take this.  The main, and most important reason, is because most mobs you kill only need 2 Kill Command attacks to kill, so if both critically hit, the 3rd is generally wasted.  Also, for PvP, the enemy usually gets to be too far away for you to use this, due to the fact that it has a 10 sec timer on it, and Kill Command has a 6-8 sec cooldown so really only a 2-4 sec window to use this talent, that requires 2 talent points.  So not worth it.

Since this spec gets messed up if your pet dies, you have Spirit Bond, Improved Mend Pet, and Glyph of Mending to make sure to keep your pet alive and well.  Also, remember your Master’s Call and Bestial Wrath in case somebody attempts to crowd control you or your pet.  If you want some higher survivability, then I recommend removing Pathing and Improved Kill Command, to take Hunter vs. Wild, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera.  This may reduce some of the damage you deal, but will HIGHLY increase your chance of surviving for PvP, and for groups of enemies.

One thing that I enjoy doing with this spec, is waiting for my Focus Fire to be ready to use, then I follow that up with Rapid Fire and Bestial Wrath, to deliver quick and massive blows with my gun (since I use a dwarf, I like the extra 1% extra critical hit chance with them) and can usually get to approximately a 1.5 sec speed or less 🙂


In PvP I usually use my Chimera (named Thunderfrost).  It keeps my enemies slowed down so I can just keep shooting at them.  For PvE I use my Worm (named Cupcake) due to its ability to increase enemy physical damage taken and is also a very effective tank.  I do however have a Devilsaur (Tyrant) that I use occasionally, as well as a Rhino (Mittens) in case I know I am with some people that do bleed damage, or that I need some knock back.

All in all, this spec has all that you need to fight with your companion against any opponent.