Unholy Death Knight Macro: Suppressing the Death Grip Ghoul Leap

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If you’re leveling unholy, and have specced Master of Ghouls, you may be familiar with the following situation:

There’s a group of mobs relatively close by. Your plan: pick one out with Death Grip, load him up with diseases so that by the time any adds follow, you can hit pestilence and spread the infection around for AoE goodness.

You hit Death Grip… and while your pull flies to you, your Ghoul leaps to its former position, pulling the rest with it and getting trounced fast. Your clean pull is now a bit of a mess.

The macro solution requires two macros.

For Death Grip:

#showtooltip Death Grip
/petautocastoff Leap
/cast Death Grip

Then for your first disease (I usually use Icy Touch when DG is on cooldown for the ranged pull)

#showtooltip
/petautocaston Leap
/cast Icy Touch

Why not enclose Death Grip between autocastoff and autocaston? Apparently the server doesn’t really handle the player cast and the toggles in their proper sequence, that means Leap is toggled off and on before Death Grip is executed and the Ghoul still leaps. Silly, eh?

Anyway, the above works pretty well too.

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10 Responses to Unholy Death Knight Macro: Suppressing the Death Grip Ghoul Leap

  1. Dragontear (1 comments) says:

    Thnx for post is realy usefull. I had met this problem several times. :)

  2. Typhoon Andrew (9 comments) says:

    I’ve just turned the Ghoul Leap ability off. That way it only leaps when I trigger it.

    I can pull using Icy Touch or Deathcoil at Range on single mobs, and the Ghoul still runs in to attack. It does not waste energy on leaping, and I want the aggro anyway so the mob is within melee range. Likewise pulling using Deathgrip, its far easier to not use the leap.

    To disable the leap just right click on the ability on your pet’s action bar. Same reason you turn off some powers for Warlock pets, so the player chooses when to use them, not the pet’s AI.

  3. Typhoon Andrew (9 comments) says:

    I think a few macros for multi-mob pulling and farming might be handy, and I’m working on them now. Having a pet that can leap pull will be handy for areas that are high population. I’m thinking of the DK doing a body pull or iT on one mob, Death Grip to get a 2nd, then Pet leap to get a 3rd and bring it back. Then stack the Unholy diseases and aoe.

  4. Gwaendar (217 comments) says:

    I think a few macros for multi-mob pulling and farming might be handy,

    True.

    How about this?
    #showtooltip
    /clearfocus [focus=dead, nomodifier, modifier: alt]
    /focus [modifier: alt, harm] target
    /stopmacro [modifier: alt]
    /cast [target=focus] Leap
    /cast Death Grip
    /petfollow

    Hit once while holding alt to set your focus which will be leap-pulled, then go body pull while targeting something else. Hit the macro without alt and you’ll DG your target while the Ghoul leaps at the other. The /petfollow should normally ensure the Ghoul comes back even despite it having aggro

  5. ahamling27 (1 comments) says:

    The macro above from Gwaendar:

    #showtooltip
    /clearfocus [focus=dead, nomodifier, modifier: alt]
    /focus [modifier: alt, harm] target
    /stopmacro [modifier: alt]
    /cast [target=focus] Leap
    /cast Death Grip
    /petfollow

    When i use it in-game is says:
    “Unknown macro option: focus=dead”
    So did you mean something else then? Please clarify. Thanks

  6. Gwaendar (217 comments) says:

    Oops, got my conditionals garbled. Try this instead:

    #showtooltip
    /clearfocus [target=focus, dead, nomodifier] [modifier:alt]
    /focus target
    /stopmacro [modifier: alt]
    /cast [target=focus] Leap
    /cast Death Grip
    /petfollow

  7. Dan (1 comments) says:

    Unholy is best…….WHY?

  8. Gwaendar (217 comments) says:

    @Dan Because that’s the spec I play :D

  9. Skoliss (1 comments) says:

    The best DK talents is UnHoly 17/0/54 Unholy PVE/raiding……

    http://www.wowhead.com/?forums&topic=54138

    http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=jfVMVZZfM0Ixcogcq0csux

  10. Williedabull (1 comments) says:

    if You seriously think that is a raiding spec for unholy i feelsorry for your guildies. desecrate sucks for 90% of the fights unholy blight> death coil in any rotation. you didnt take gargoyal. please read a little about your class before you post to others on how to spec.