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Blood Death Knight Tank Easy Mode

Last updated on Oct 15, 2017 at 12:37 by Vlad 262 comments

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This page is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialisation without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics of Blood Death Knights

Blood Death Knights are the most self-healing-reliant tanking class in the game. They take more damage than other tanks, but heal more to make up for this.

Your main goal throughout fights will be to maximise your Runic Power generation, and then use this Runic Power on Death Strike Icon Death Strike to heal yourself (as well as to apply the damage absorption shield it provides thanks to your Mastery: Blood Shield Icon Mastery: Blood Shield).

2. Talent Choice for Blood Death Knights

These choices are optimised for ease of use. That said, only viable talents are suggested and the gains in survivability and DPS from choosing only the "best" talents are not gamebreaking.

3. Stat Choice for Blood Death Knights

Currently, you will want to prioritise secondary stats as follows:

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

4. Basic Rotation for Blood Death Knights

The basic rotation as a Blood Death Knight is based on this priority. It includes both single target and AoE recommendations.

  1. Use Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend if your Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield is about to expire.
  2. Use Blood Boil Icon Blood Boil if any nearby enemies do not have your Blood Plague Icon Blood Plague disease.
  3. Use Death Strike Icon Death Strike when your health is low, or right after taking a big hit.
  4. Use Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay when you have a Crimson Scourge Icon Crimson Scourge proc.
  5. Use Death Strike Icon Death Strike to avoid capping Runic Power.
  6. Use Blooddrinker Icon Blooddrinker.
  7. Use Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend if you have 6 or fewer stacks of Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield.
  8. Use Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay when you have 3 or more Runes.
  9. Use Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike if you have 3 or more Runes, or if you need to quickly build Runic Power for Death Strike Icon Death Strike.
    • Always make sure you do not leave yourself unable to use Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend to keep Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield from falling off (or falling below 5 stacks with the Ossuary Icon Ossuary talent).
  10. Use Consumption Icon Consumption (your Artifact ability).
  11. Use Blood Boil Icon Blood Boil.

5. Active Mitigation and Cooldowns for Blood Death Knights

You have 2 active mitigation abilities that you need to use to keep yourself alive, although simply making use of the above priority will ensure you are doing this to a great degree.

Death Strike Icon Death Strike is your primary means of keeping yourself alive, and you should use it whenever you can benefit from the healing it provides, particularly after you have sustained high damage (since its healing is based on the amount of damage taken in the preceding 5 seconds).

Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield (applied by your Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend) should be kept up at all times.

In addition to the active mitigation abilities, you must also use your defensive cooldowns as necessary.

  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell absorbs up to 30% of your maximum health in magic damage over 5 seconds, and should be used to mitigate magic damage and generate Runic Power.
  • Vampiric Blood Icon Vampiric Blood increases your maximum health and the amount of healing you receive by 30% for 10 seconds. It should be used either proactively in anticipation for high amounts of damage, or reactively when low on health and in danger of dying.
  • Icebound Fortitude Icon Icebound Fortitude reduces all damage taken by 20% for 8 seconds. It should mostly be used proactively when you anticipate taking high damage, such as from specific boss abilities.

Moreover, Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon increases your chance to Parry, as well as your damage done. It is typically used to boost damage, but you can use it defensively if necessary.

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.

6. ChangeLog

  • 15 Oct. 2017: Added Blooddrinker to the rotation.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Updated the rotation and talent recommendations slightly.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated rotation slightly and corrected the damage reduction provided by Icebound Fortitude.
  • 07 Feb. 2017: Updated tier 6 talent recommendation to Foul Bulwark.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Added Blooddrinker to tier 1 talent recommendation.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Changed tier 6 talent recommendation and stat priority.
  • 16 Dec. 2016: Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 08 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode page.
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