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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 14, 2016 at 15:59 by Vlad 119 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Blood Death Knight in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Blood specialisation relies on self-healing, taking more damage (on average) than other tanks and healing more to make up for this. Through Death Strike Icon Death Strike, Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield, and other leech effects, Blood Death Knights can easily reach extremely high amounts of healing.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects that are specific to Blood Death Knights, and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. Significant Legion Changes

The Blood specialisation has not changed significantly from Warlords of Draenor, but there are still notable differences to keep in mind.

  • Presences have been removed.
  • Resolve has been removed.
  • The Rune System has been drastically simplified (there is now only one type of Rune, and Runes recharge individually).
  • Outbreak, Frost Fever, Army of the Dead, and Soul Reaper have been removed.
  • Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield is now applied each time you use Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend (a new ability).
  • Death Strike Icon Death Strike now costs Runic Power, and there is no other Runic Power spender.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 14 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Further edited the Icebound Fortitude section to mention its usefulness in dealing with certain abilities like Elerethe Renferal's Web of Pain.
  • 10 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Added some Return to Karazhan and Trial of Valor items to the BiS list.
  • 10 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Made a small tweak to the Icebound Fortitude recommendation.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added Icebound Fortitude to the guide since it was re-added in patch 7.1
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Removed a mention to sometimes use the Stoneskin Gargoyle weapon runeforge, which was incorrect.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Revamped the BiS list.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (this page): Revamped the introductory paragraph to bring it in line with the current stat of the spec.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendations and added a mention that Potion of the Old War should always be the pre-pot choice.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (addons page): Added a Death Grip macro and the Compact Runes addon.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Slightly redesigned the artifact path, removed one of the two alternative paths, and updated relic recommendations.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Tweaked and improved the descriptions and discussions of several talents, although no recommendations have changed (except for Tremble Before Me being viable in Mythic+ dungeons).
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated all 3 stat priorities.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Massively reworked rotation, as well as improved and updated various other sections.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Fixed an error whereby we were not recommending weapon runes.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the damage reduction granted by Bone Shield to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated the descriptions of Tremble Before Me and Red Thirst to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Added Strength flask option if trying to maximise DPS output.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small issue in the description of Tombstone.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Merged balanced and survivability stat priorities since they end up being identical.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Slightly updated the single target and AoE rotations to give Blood Boil more importance. Also clarified that Death Strike should not simply be used on cooldown, since it is part of your active mitigation.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Haste being the best stat in all cases. Also updated potion suggestions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated tier set bonus recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated the survivability and DPS-oriented stat priorities (Haste is now on top).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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