Blood Death Knight Tank Macros and Addons (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

Macros and addons are an integral part of a raider's arsenal as they can make it easier to perform a variety of tasks, improving your overall game experience. On this page, we present macros and addons that can be useful to a Blood Death Knight in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4.

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 Reniat, the author of the Blood Death Knight guides on the Official Forums and MMO-Champion.

1. Macros↑top

1.1. Generic Macros for Death Knights

1.1.1. Raise Ally

  • #showtooltip Raise Ally
  • /cast [@mouseover,help][@target]Raise Ally

This macro casts Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player. Otherwise, it casts Raise Ally on your current target.

1.2. Specific Macros for Blood Death Knights

1.2.1. Hand of Protection Cancelaura Macro

  • /cancelaura Hand of Protection

This macro is very useful to have. It allows you to cancel a Hand of Protection Icon Hand of Protection that may have been cast on you, allowing you to resume your attacks. It is also important because, while you are under the effect of Hand of Protection, mobs will not attack you and instead will just attack the next person the aggro list (usually a DPS player).

1.2.2. Raise Dead + Death Pact Macro

  • #showtooltip Death Pact
  • /cast Raise Dead
  • /cast Death Pact

This talent makes it easy for you to use Death Pact Icon Death Pact without having to worry if your ghoul is summoned.

1.2.3. Casting Lichborne

  • #showtooltip Lichborne
  • /cast Lichborne
  • /cast [@player] Death Coil

This macro will allow you to cast Lichborne Icon Lichborne and then cast Death Coil Icon Death Coil on yourself with a single button.

1.2.4. Blood Tap Macro

  • #showtooltip Blood Tap
  • /cast Blood Tap
  • /cast Blood Tap

Since Blood Tap is off the global cooldown, this macro allows you to use up 10 charges (assuming you have them) and instantly generate two Death runes.

2. Addons↑top

2.1. Generic Addons for Death Knights

2.1.1. ElvUI

Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon.

2.1.2. Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.

2.1.3. GTFO

GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.

2.1.4. Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.

2.1.5. Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.

2.1.6. Recount

Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). We advise you to also use it for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.

A lightweight alternative to Recount is Skada Damage Meter.

2.1.7. Magic Runes

Magic Runes is a useful and customisable addon that allows you to better track the cooldown and state of your runes. While having this addon is not mandatory in order to perform well as a Death Knight, we feel that it can be very helpful, either as a replacement or an addition to the default Blizzard interface.

There exist several alternatives to Magic Runes, and we provide some of the more popular here in case you wish to try something else.

2.1.8. Omen Threat Meter

Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to check on your current threat levels and ensure that you are not being overtaken in aggro.

2.1.9. Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)

ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to mouseover dead raid or party members in order to resurrect them with Raise Ally Icon Raise Ally. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.

2.2. Specific Addons for Blood Death Knights

2.2.1. Blood Shield Tracker

For tracking the amount of damage you have taken in the last 5 seconds, and thus the potential efficiency of your Death Strike's self-heal and of your Blood Shield, we recommend the Blood Shield Tracker addon.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 06 Aug. 2013: Added GTFO to the addon list.
  • 03 Apr. 2013: Added several viable alternatives to Magic Runes.
  • 31 Mar. 2013: Added a Blood Tap Icon Blood Tap macro.