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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 11, 2017 at 13:51 by Vlad 148 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. 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. What Has Changed in legion?

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. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

  • Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap has been buffed to reduce damage by 40% up from 25%.
  • Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield charges are now only consumed by melee attacks made against you.
  • Vampiric Blood Icon Vampiric Blood now also increases absorbs received while it is active by 30%.
  • Many talents have received small buffs, although notably Purgatory Icon Purgatory has been nerfed.

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

  • 11 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added Blooddrinker to tier 1 talent recommendation.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 1 talent discussion (recommendations changed).
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions for Patch 7.1.5 and changed the evaluations of tier 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the description of how Bone Shield works to account for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Death and Decay macro.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated a few ability descriptions to account for 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Made a change in relic recommendation for AoE situations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Changed tier 6 talent recommendation and stat priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the balanced stat priority.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 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 (gear page): Revamped the BiS list.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Removed a mention to sometimes use the Stoneskin Gargoyle weapon runeforge, which was incorrect.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated all 3 stat priorities.
  • 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 (artifact page): Slightly redesigned the artifact path, removed one of the two alternative paths, and updated relic recommendations.
  • 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 (this page): Revamped the introductory paragraph to bring it in line with the current stat of the spec.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Massively reworked rotation, as well as improved and updated various other sections.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (addons page): Added a Death Grip macro and the Compact Runes addon.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants 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.
  • 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 (stats page): Merged balanced and survivability stat priorities since they end up being identical.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small issue in the description of Tombstone.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated the survivability and DPS-oriented stat priorities (Haste is now on top).
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated tier set bonus recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (enchants page): Added bit about Potion of Prolonged Power.
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