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Blood Death Knight Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Sep 21, 2016 at 08:41 by Vlad 79 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Blood Death Knights. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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 Aughyssul, a top Blood Death Knight who raids in WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, streams on Twitch, and whom you can follow on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Venom-Fanged Barbute Icon Venom-Fanged Barbute Elerethe Renferal
Neck Cursed Beartooth Necklace Icon Cursed Beartooth Necklace Ursoc
Shoulders Midnight Herald's Pauldrons Icon Midnight Herald's Pauldrons Xavius
Cloak Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Cenarius
Chest Horror Inscribed Chestguard Icon Horror Inscribed Chestguard Dragons of Nightmare
Wrists Dragonbone Wristclamps Icon Dragonbone Wristclamps Dragons of Nightmare
Gloves Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Icon Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Cenarius
Belt Waistplate of Nameless Horror Icon Waistplate of Nameless Horror Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Legs Storm-Battered Legplates Icon Storm-Battered Legplates Elerethe Renferal
Boots Trampling Warboots Icon Trampling Warboots Ursoc
Ring #1 Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Icon Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Ring #2 Mindrend Band Icon Mindrend Band Dragons of Nightmare
Trinket #1 Grotesque Statuette Icon Grotesque Statuette Xavius
Trinket #2 Phantasmal Echo Icon Phantasmal Echo Dragons of Nightmare

2. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (currently 1, but this number will increase throughout Legion). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

  1. Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor: this is very powerful, and is useful on every fight. When tanking, almost every Death Strike Icon Death Strike should heal for more than 10% of maximum health, resulting in an effective 25% decrease in the cost of this ability.
  2. Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend: this is also very powerful, and useful on every fight. Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike will generally be your most used ability, and giving it the added benefit of reducing the cooldown on our most versatile cooldown is invaluable.
  3. Rattlegore Bone Legplates Icon Rattlegore Bone Legplates: these have interesting potential, as they allows you to save more Runic Power to Death Strike Icon Death Strike only when needed. While powerful, they are not as strong as the previous legendaries, though they should still be worn if they are the only ones acquired.
  4. Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride: this is another interesting legendary. Once again, it is not as powerful as Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor or Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend, but they amend the biggest issue with Death Knight tanks, namely the lack of mobility.
  5. Lana'thel's Lament Icon Lana'thel's Lament: this is close behind both Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor and Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend. We want Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay to be used as often as possible already, and this just adds another great benefit to using the ability.

Additionally, Acherus Drapes Icon Acherus Drapes deserves a special mention. It is very powerful on fights which involve magic damage. Though the increased duration may not be useful, as any significant damage will break Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell, it does give significant healing when used smartly.

3. Loot Competition

Blood Death Knights use Plate Armor with Strength and Stamina as their main stats. Additionally, they prefer Mastery over Critical Strike and Haste . Apart from other Blood Death Knights, they will also be competing for items with the classes listed below:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Plate Armor Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Demon Hunters, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

4. ChangeLog

  • 21 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Updated tier set bonus recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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