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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Oct 16, 2016 at 08:50 by Vlad 105 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 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

  • 04 Oct. 2016: Revamped the introductory paragraph to bring it in line with the current stat of the spec.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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