The Frost Death Knight quest starts the same as Blood – The Lich King invades your mind, and wants you to go do things for him. Before I do this however, it’s the normal – set up my bars, organize my stuff, take a screenshot of talents.
So I’ve set up my bars and ensured auto loot is on (Why is it never on by default? So frustrating!) and set my talents. I’ve gone with the following:
Icy Talons, Horn of Winter, Avalanche, Flash Freeze, Permafrost, Frozen Pulse, and Glacial Advance. I get lots of extra little bits as passives and a bunch of icicles that come out of the ground with Glacial Advance.
So, talents now set as well, I head to Duke Lankral and see where he wants me to go this time. I follow the path as per the Blood DK, and this time I choose Icebringer as my artifact. The Duke reckons it’s a good choice again and I head to Acherus to begin carrying out this new Lich King’s will.
The first thing I notice is that Acherus is now ‘docked’ straight outside Icecrown Citadel and I’m being asked to enter the citadel, alone. Highlord Darion Mograine assures me that we’re not beholden to this new Lich King and that we’re allies of a sort. This is good, I’d hate to find myself under his thrall again! Lady Alistra and Lord Thorval have made a bet as to who the one chosen is, and sure enough it was one of Amal’thazad’s students (that’d be me. He’s a lich, and has apparently taught me all the things about frost.)
Icecrown’s upper area hasn’t changed – there’s still those frost gate things that you have to time your way through. Frost seems to hit hard, and the first two mobs I kill go down rather quickly. There’s also a new animation for Blood Elves and Death Strike, which is nice.
After making my way through the frost wall things, there’s two stone gargoyles I have to kill on some pressure plates. After figuring out what needs to be done, I open the door and face the first of four mini bosses. I murder him good, get a fragment of Frostmourne (Does it still hunger?) and move on.
So far, however, I haven’t really had to do much other than kill things. Hrmm. I do like the fact that I have Death Strike though to help keep my HP up, however.
I kill the second and third defenders, but I’m a little confused at this point. On the second one, the Lich King is all “hey, he forsake the light, slay him!” and the third one the Lich King is all “He refused to forsake the light, show him the error of his ways!” so… are we upset they forsake the light, or upset they didn’t?
Oh well. I kill, get my parts, and move on. The last guy goes down, and it looks almost like he has the crusader from diablo’s swirling hammers… cool!
I head through a teleporter, and there’s the hilt of the Dread Blade itself, Frostmourne. I channel amazing power into it and then have to purge it of the powerful spirits. Inside the blade I go… I fight Arthas, and then kill a bunch of Scourge – that’s actually kinda cool, you have to use your skills for both AOE and single target. I tore through them and whee! I get new shiny blades. The Lich King grants me his boon, yadda yadda, I head back to Acherus, become Deathlord, pick a new place… just like before.
Frost was cool, and the pun is completely intended. I felt wickedly powerful, and I didn’t feel like I was resource starved. I did find myself having to choose between Obliterate and Death Strike a bit while questing, but the choice of Death Strike over Obliterate for survival was a bit of a no-brainer – I prefer to live. Obviously, your mileage may vary when you play but it was good to have that active mitigation there as a choice. Tune in next time for my delving into my least favourite Death Knight Spec – Unholy!