Me and a fellow DK were arguing recently about using death strikes. So, simply put, do you guys death strike preemptively or reactively? I.E. You wait after talon rake to heal and gain a bit of absorb, or you do it right before to heal whatever melee damage jikun did and absorb the talon rake.
Yea depends. For a deadly physical spike you definitely want to pre-shield, like Horridon or Ji-kun at high stacks; otherwise, well you are not alive to use your good shield after anyways. For non-deadly spikes, well doesn't really matter, choose depend on situation. For magic spike like Megaera, you definitely want to DS after you take damage.