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Blood Death Knight Tank Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 17:40 by Vlad 170 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Blood Death Knights. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5.

The other pages of our Blood Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Volstatsz, a Blood Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator for the Acherus Death Knight community. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression

We currently recommend a single artifact path, which along the way will pick up important survivability traits (such as  Icon Rattling Bones and  Icon Vampiric Fangs as quickly as possible.

Artifact Progression - Survivability
  1.  Icon Consumption
  2.  Icon Sanguinary Affinity
  3.  Icon Vampiric Fangs
  4.  Icon Rattling Bones
  5.  Icon Bonebreaker
  6.  Icon All-Consuming Rot
  7.  Icon Unending Thirst
  8.  Icon Iron Heart
  9.  Icon Veinrender
  10.  Icon Umbilicus Eternus
  11.  Icon Mouth of Hell
  12.  Icon Grim Perseverance
  13.  Icon Skeletal Shattering
  14.  Icon Blood Feast
  15.  Icon Dance of Darkness
  16.  Icon Meat Shield
  17.  Icon Coagulopathy
  18.  Icon The Hungering Maw

The order of  Icon Mouth of Hell and  Icon Grim Perseverance+ Icon Skeletal Shattering is up to personal preference. Mouth of Hell is a quality of life improvement for the pull rotation (with Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon active, one Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend will give you a full set of 9-10 stacks of Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield, leaving 4 runes to build Runic Power). It also makes Dancing Rune Weapon a meaningful DPS cooldown, but choosing Mouth of Hell delays reaching all 3 golden traits, slightly.

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between relics that grant the same item level, your top priority should be to choose relics that improve  Icon Vampiric Fangs, which is an extremely strong trait. Aside from this, improving  Icon Bonebreaker for single target situations and  Icon Veinrender for AoE situations is a good idea.

3. ChangeLog

  • 09 Jan. 2017: Made a change in relic recommendation for AoE situations.
  • 04 Oct. 2016: Slightly redesigned the artifact path, removed one of the two alternative paths, and updated relic recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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