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Blood Death Knight Tank Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 13:37 by Vlad 70 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Blood Death Knights in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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 Aughyssul, a top Blood Death Knight who raids in WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, streams on Twitch, and whom you can follow on Twitter.

1. Basics

The stat priority for Blood Death Knights depends on whether you are going for maximum survivability, maximum DPS, or for a balanced mix of the two.

1.1. Survivability

  1. Strength;
  2. Haste;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility.

1.2. DPS-oriented

  1. Strength;
  2. Critical Strike >= Haste;
  3. Versatility = Mastery.

1.3. Balanced (Recommended)

  1. Strength;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery >= Versatility.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do, and it also increases your chance to parry.

Mastery provides you with larger shields from Mastery: Blood Shield Icon Mastery: Blood Shield, your Mastery, which in turn translates into more absorbed damage and a smoother damage intake. At a certain point, the shields from your Mastery will end up being so large that additional increases will fail to smoothen the damage intake out any more; at this point, additional Mastery will not have the same value and impact as when your shields are low.

Critical Strike increases your chance for your abilities to deal 100% more damage, and all of your Critical Strike chance is converted into parry chance.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Haste increases your attack speed and Rune regeneration, the latter granting you more resources and therefore allowing you to use more abilities.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. As such, you need a minimum amount of Stamina. This amount will, in most cases, simply come from the Stamina found innately on your gear. Therefore, you should never have to go out of your way to gem for Stamina.

3. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2016: Merged balanced and survivability stat priorities since they end up being identical.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Updated the survivability and DPS-oriented stat priorities (Haste is now on top).
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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