Blood Death Knight Tank Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 16:40 by Mandl and Panthea 5 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Blood Death Knight in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1.

Foreword

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 specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous subtleties and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

2.

The Basics of Blood Death Knights

Blood Death Knights are highly reliant on self-healing. They take more damage than other tanks, but heal more to make up for this.

Your main goal throughout fights will be to maximize 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).

3.

Talent Choice for Blood Death Knights

These choices are optimized 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 game-breaking.

You can find more detailed information as to why these talents are taken, along with alternatives, on the talents page:

4.

Stat Choice for Blood Death Knights

Other than trinkets and jewelry, prioritize item level over second stat itemization. Prioritize stats as follows:

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

There are situations where this gearing advice falls short. However, for the overwhelming majority of content, you will not notice such problems. Just in case, there is a primer available on the stats page as to the reasoning behind this priority list:

5.

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. As usual, more information is available on the in-depth rotation page!

  1. Before engaging anything, use Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap a second before you get meleed for the first time.
  2. Use Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend if your Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield is about to expire.
  3. Use Death Strike Icon Death Strike if your health is low, or to avoid capping Runic Power.
  4. Use Blooddrinker Icon Blooddrinker.
  5. Use Blood Boil Icon Blood Boil if any nearby enemies do not have your Blood Plague Icon Blood Plague disease, or you have 2 charges of Blood Boil.
  6. Use Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend if you have 6 or fewer stacks of Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield.
  7. Use Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay if you are fighting 3 or more enemies.
  8. Use Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike if you have 3 or more Runes.
  9. Use Blood Boil Icon Blood Boil.
6.

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 above 5 stacks 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 30% for 8 seconds. It should mostly be used proactively when you anticipate taking high damage, such as from specific boss abilities.
  • Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon increases your Parry chance by 40%, and also increases your damage dealt and resource generation significantly. You should use it on the pull, and then generally as soon as its available, provided you are actively tanking and will benefit from the increased Parry.

To get a better understanding of how the abilities mentioned above, as well as many more, work you can look into the Spells Summary guide linked below.

7.

Covenant Choice for Blood Death Knights

While all of the Covenants have their place some simply perform better on a day to day basis than others. Kyrian and Venthyr are the two that stand out the most for Blood Death Knight due to their powerful class abilities and Soulbinds.

7.1.

Kyrian for Blood Death Knight

The Kyrian Covenant ability is Shackle the Unworthy Icon Shackle the Unworthy. It deals a large amount of damage over time, provides you with 5% damage reduction and has as a small chance to spread from Rune-spending attacks (Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike and Marrowrend Icon Marrowrend).

The Kyrian signature ability is Summon Steward Icon Summon Steward. This summons an Owlkin steward. You can speak with your steward and he will offer you a range of services, the most important of which are Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity. This potion restores 20% of your health and more importantly removes all diseases, poisons, curses and bleeds on you.

7.1.1.

Pelagos is your go to Soulbind. Combat Meditation Icon Combat Meditation is a powerful throughput increase, and Let Go of the Past Icon Let Go of the Past is a consistent piece of Magical Damage Reduction.

7.2.

Venthyr Soulbind For Blood Death Knight

The Venthyr covenant ability is Swarming Mist Icon Swarming Mist. It functions very similarly to Bonestorm Icon Bonestorm, where you are surrounded by a mist that will deal damage and generate Runic Power based on the amount of targets hit.

The Venthyr signature ability is Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows. This is a targeted teleport; pick a location that is within line of sight and after a 1.5-second cast you are teleported there.

7.2.1.

Nadjia the Mistblade provides you with a mini bloodlust in the form of Thrill Seeker Icon Thrill Seeker and increases the effectiveness of consumables with Exacting Preparation Icon Exacting Preparation.

You can read more about all of the Covenants on the Covenant page.

8.

Conduit Choice for Blood Death Knight

Below is a short list of the best Conduits of each type for Blood Death Knight.

8.1.

Best Potency Conduits for Blood Death Knight

  1. Proliferation Icon Proliferation Impenetrable Gloom Icon Impenetrable Gloom Brutal Grasp Icon Brutal Grasp or Withering Ground Icon Withering Ground
  2. Withering Plague Icon Withering Plague
8.2.

Best Endurance Conduits for Blood Death Knight

  1. Meat Shield Icon Meat Shield
  2. Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones
8.3.

Best Finesse Conduits for Blood Death Knight

  1. Spirit Drain Icon Spirit Drain
  2. Chilled Resilience Icon Chilled Resilience

You can read more about all of the Conduits on the Covenant page.

9.

Legendary Choice for Blood Death Knight

In the table below, the recommended slot for each item is bolded.

Focus Legendary Available Slots Source Stats
Raiding Bryndaor's Might Icon Bryndaor's Might Back or Feet Torghast (Mort'regar, Layer 3+) Haste and Versatility
Mythic+ Superstrain Icon Superstrain Neck or Chest Stone Legion Generals (Castle Nathria) Haste and Versatility
Torghast Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure Neck, Wrist or Back Torghast (Layer 6+) Haste and Versatility
Generic Legendary Superstrain Icon Superstrain Neck or Chest Stone Legion Generals (Castle Nathria) Haste and Versatility

You can read more about all of the Legendaries and alternate recommendations for each style of content on the Legendaries page.

10.

Changelog

  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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