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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 21, 2016 at 14:48 by Vlad 27 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Blood Death Knight in a raid environment, although most of the content also applies to normal and heroic dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Blood specialisation relies on dodging and parrying attacks (as they cannot block them) and on self-healing. In fact, due to this ability to routinely self-heal using Death Strike Icon Death Strike, Blood Death Knights are surprisingly self-sufficient.

In addition to self-healing, Blood Death Knights also have a high number of defensive cooldowns to use throughout the fight, leading to the player having a very active role. This means that mastering the specialisation is particularly important in order to have a smooth damage intake.

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 7.0.3 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

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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