Slowly but surely I've been leveling Decedereful, my DK, toward 85. Last night she just dinged 84 and I plopped the resultant talent point in it's place. Our guild has unlocked the first tier of increased experience gains, so with that and rested experience, the time I've spent has been quick. The zone path went from Hyjal, to Deepholm, to Uldum. I doubt I'll be able finish Uldum without hitting 85, but it will probably be close.
My second time through, a few things have struck me. First, leveling a gathering profession is infinitely more pleasant than the tailoring/enchanting hell I went through on my main. It was amazing to me that I maxed out mining as earlier as I did. I went from 500 to 525 last night in about an hour by doing large circles of Uldum. Pretty easy compared to how I've had to beg, borrow, and steal cloth and materials for my other professions. Engineering on this toon is still behind the curve, but there are a lot of 5-pointers which make it not so bad.
Apart from professions, I don't feel that my playstyle has evolved all that much. That is, I still feel like I'm doing exactly the same things I was doing at 80. I guess I was a bit spoiled by my warlock. There were significant spells added that you really had to think about, some that should be used extensively. With a Frost DW DK, there really doesn't seem to be anything that affects what I use. Sure there's a new strike that will steal some healing and there's the nice little spell that lets you instantly apply both of your diseases, but neither have really made it into my basic set of Things To Do. I'm still: Howling Blast > Plague Strike > Obliterate > Frost Strike... rinse, repeat. I throw some blood strikes in to keep some death runes active, but otherwise, I'm just using those four abilities as needed.
I guess I find myself sort of disappointed, yet not at the same time. I can see where some of those new abilities will have situational usage, and I look forward to using that healing stealing strike thingy in PvP, but it's sort of same-old, same-old. Really makes me appreciate the care they've taken with Warlocks anew. There were really smart changes to 'locks. DKs seem to largely have been left alone, which seems odd to me given that they basically destroyed several playstyles (i.e. DW and Frost tanking in general). Maybe this is a good thing, I don't know.
Any Frost DK's out there? How do you feel?
And I don't care what anyone says, Uldum is fun the second time around too, even though it is the epitome of a Universal Studios rollercoaster.
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