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Blood Death Knight Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Apr 17, 2017 at 15:35 by Vlad 187 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Blood Death Knights. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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 Volstatsz, a Blood Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator for the Acherus Death Knight community. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

We do not currently provide a Best in Slot list, but we do provide advice for set bonus and legendary item choices below.

2. Tier 19 Set Bonuses

The 4-Part Tier 19 Set Bonus is very desirable as a Blood Death Knight, and as such you should make it a point to try to obtain it as quickly as possible.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 910, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

  1. Skullflower's Haemostasis Icon Skullflower's Haemostasis: this works out to be a direct copy of our old Scent of Blood ability. It is impossible to get more than 2 stacks of the effect without wasting either Runes or Runic Power, but it is overall still your best legendary item.
  2. Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend: this is very powerful, and useful on every fight. Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike will generally be your most used ability, and giving it the added benefit of reducing the cooldown on our most versatile cooldown is invaluable.
  3. Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor: this is also very powerful, and is useful on every fight. When tanking, almost every Death Strike Icon Death Strike should heal for more than 10% of maximum health (due to your Versatility), resulting in an effective 25% decrease in the cost of this ability.
  4. Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus: this is a very strong item, and while ranking it precisely is difficult, it is definitely among your best legendaries.
  5. Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret: this is the best choice for Mythic+ dungeons. It also works quite well for raid encounters where you can consistently interrupt spellcasting.
  6. Rattlegore Bone Legplates Icon Rattlegore Bone Legplates: these have interesting potential, as they allows you to save more Runic Power to Death Strike Icon Death Strike only when needed. While powerful, they are not as strong as the previous legendaries, though they should still be worn if they are the only ones acquired.
  7. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn: again, not as good as the top legendaries, but still good.
  8. Lana'thel's Lament Icon Lana'thel's Lament: this is close behind the top 3 legendaries. We want Death and Decay Icon Death and Decay to be used as often as possible already, and this just adds another great benefit to using the ability.
  9. Rethu's Incessant Courage Icon Rethu's Incessant Courage: this is an underwhelming item that has to compete for a slot with Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend; the heal is pretty weak, and it is overall not an item to pursue, but using it is better than using an off-spec or a situational legendary.
  10. Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride: this is another interesting legendary. Once again, it is not as powerful as Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor, Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend, or Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus, but they amend the biggest issue with Death Knight tanks, namely the lack of mobility.
  11. Acherus Drapes Icon Acherus Drapes: this is very powerful on fights which involve magic damage. Though the increased duration may not be useful, as any significant damage will break Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell, it does give significant healing when used smartly.

4. Loot Competition

Blood Death Knights use Plate Armor with Strength and Stamina as their main stats. Apart from other Blood Death Knights, they will also be competing for items with the classes listed below:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Druids, Mages, and Rogues
Plate Armor Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Demon Hunters, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 17 Apr. 2017: Removed an outdated mention about Blood Death Knights preferring Mastery.
  • 28 Mar. 2017: Updated the legendary ranking slightly.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added Rethu's Incessant Courage to the list of legendary items and reviewed the ranking.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 10 Nov. 2016: Added some Return to Karazhan and Trial of Valor items to the BiS list.
  • 16 Oct. 2016: Revamped the BiS list.
  • 21 Sep. 2016: Added BiS recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Updated tier set bonus recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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