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Blood Death Knight Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jun 13, 2017 at 22:22 by Vlad 214 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 20 Set Bonuses

The 4-piece Tier 20 Set Bonus should be actively pursued. Only attempt to maintain the 2-piece Tier 19 Bonus and the 4-piece Tier 20 Bonus if you do not have Skullflower's Haemostasis Icon Skullflower's Haemostasis.

The Gravewarden Icon Gravewarden buff should have 100% uptime assuming you are executing the rotation correctly.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 970, 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 (the only exception being through use of Blood Boil Icon Blood Boil during Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon, when you can gain 3), but it is overall still your best legendary item.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Soul of the Deathlord Icon Soul of the Deathlord: this grants Foul Bulwark Icon Foul Bulwark for free. Effectively, this means you would run both Foul Bulwark and Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap, making this a cooldown-focused legendary. How good this is compared to, for instance, Service of Gorefiend Icon Service of Gorefiend or Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn depends on what kind of cooldown you need, how often, and for how long.
  5. 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.
  6. Soulflayer's Corruption Icon Soulflayer's Corruption: this provides +100% damage and healing to Blood Plague Icon Blood Plague. This is a solid throughput legendary, though not as good as Skullflower's Haemostasis Icon Skullflower's Haemostasis or Shackles of Bryndaor Icon Shackles of Bryndaor against a single target. It shines on multi-target encounters, and against 3 or more targets it becomes the best throughput legendary we have; the bonus healing does affect your gold trait  Icon Umbilicus Eternus.
  7. 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.
  8. Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn: again, not as good as the top legendaries, but still good.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
Everyone
Trinkets Demon Hunters, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors

5. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated the wording on Skullflower's Haemostasis to mention the interaction with Dancing Rune Weapon, and also rephrased the evaluation of Soulflayer's Corruption.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations and updated the legendary item ranking (including adding the new Patch 7.2.5 legendaries).
  • 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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