Blood Death Knight Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Blood Death Knight in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

1. Blood Death Knight Overview

The Blood specialization has an engaging playstyle, using self-healing through Death Strike Icon Death Strike as a primary source of damage mitigation. Blood has a versatile defensive toolkit and is effective in the full range of current content.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects that are specific to Blood Death Knights and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. Patch 8.2 Changes for Blood Death Knight

Blood Death Knights received no changes in Patch 8.2, except for the addition of Essences for the Heart of Azeroth.

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Blood Death Knight

  1. Healing from Bonestorm Icon Bonestorm now caps at 15% maximum health per tick.
  2. Will of the Necropolis Icon Will of the Necropolis now absorbs 30% of all damage taken below 30% health, down from 35% of damage below 35% health.
  3. The debuff from Purgatory Icon Purgatory no longer clears upon death.
  4. The Azerite trait Embrace of the Darkfallen Icon Embrace of the Darkfallen has been removed and replaced with Bloody Runeblade Icon Bloody Runeblade.
  5. Veteran of the Third War Icon Veteran of the Third War no longer provides additional armor.
  6. The PvP talent Dark Simulacrum Icon Dark Simulacrum has had its Runic Power cost removed, and the cooldown reduced to 20 seconds, down from 25 seconds.
  7. The PvP talent Heartstop Aura Icon Heartstop Aura is no longer available to Blood Death Knights.

4. Viability of Blood Death Knight in 8.1

Despite a noticeable nerf to Armor, Blood Death Knight remains viable in both raiding and Mythic+. Blood will struggle with encounter mechanics that deal massive damage, but continues to have strong self-healing that allows for fast recovery from dangerous damage situations.

5. Blood Death Knight Strengths

6. Blood Death Knight Weaknesses

  • Limited mobility
  • Reactive mitigation model, leading to spiky health

7. Changelog

  • 26 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Added new potions section.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): Added notes about spending runes.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.2. Removed false claims about rune strike and re-worked the Defensive vs. Offensive section.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.2. Minor changes and clarifications, including changes to the priority list to reflect up-to-date knowledge.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): Macro added for Re-controling pet.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 26 May 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Page was completely reworked with new information and recommendations.
  • 25 May 2019 (easy mode page): Removed Reference to Refreshing Blood Shield.
  • 21 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated wording in the introduction.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Guide created for Season 2.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Fixed the ordering of secondary stats in the stat priority.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added Season 2 trinkets; removed Legion legendary discussion.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Season 2 traits and added discussion of a larger array of trait choices.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Added rotation consideration for Bloody Runeblade.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added 8.1 viability section.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated stats answer; added race selection.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added change to Purgatory.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated stat distribution answer.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Added new 8.1 food, clarified runeforge recommendation, updated flask/feast usage for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated and clarified stat priority.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated recommendations for Fetid Devourer, Vectis, Zul, Mythrax, and G'huun.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated tips for Freehold.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated trait recommendations for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Added Patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Added consideration of Bloody Runeblade to the Crimson Scourge proc.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Simulations updated to use Raidbots.
  • 09 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Removed references to legendary effects and tier bonuses, fixed an error in Icebound Fortitude Detailed Usage, clarified wording in rotation.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated recommendations for several bosses.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated consumables with changes to stat priority.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated tips for Atal'Dazar and Temple of Sethraliss.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added trinket recommendations.
  • 24 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority.
  • 06 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated MOTHER and Fetid Devourer recommendations.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Uldir boss recommendations.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Added Strength gem recommendation.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added dungeon tips.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Fixed Death and Decay macro to cast at cursor.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Made minor changes to talent recommendations.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations for Levels 56, 75, and 100.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Clarified stat/upgrade priority.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Made a few tweaks to the page.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated Azerite Trait and Gear recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated the rotation to include new optimizations.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated Rotation to include new optimizations.
  • 23 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated Legendary ranking.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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