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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Oct 15, 2017 at 12:37 by Vlad 230 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Blood Death Knight in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

The Blood specialisation relies on self-healing, taking more damage (on average) than other tanks and healing more to make up for this. Through Death Strike Icon Death Strike, Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield, and other leech effects, Blood Death Knights can easily reach extremely high amounts of healing.

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 7.3 Changes

  • No notable Patch 7.3 changes.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

4. Patch 7.2 Changes

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

6. ChangeLog

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  • 15 Oct. 2017 (easy mode page): Added Blooddrinker to the rotation.
  • 15 Oct. 2017 (rotation page): Added a mention of using Blooddrinker in the rotation.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Blood Death Knight.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Updated the potion section, and added a mention of Healthstones being preferable to potions. Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 2, and 6 talent sections slightly.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (addons page): Removed Death Grip mouseover macro, and added link to mRunes addon.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes (of which there were none).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the rotation and talent recommendations slightly.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Slightly reworded part of the Patch 7.2.5 change summary to better reflect how significant the buff to certain abilities was.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Added a mention of Skullflower's Haemostasis to the Dancing Rune Weapon section.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): 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 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated the DPS potion section, and added Azshari Salad as a non-feast food alternative.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations and updated the legendary item ranking (including adding the new Patch 7.2.5 legendaries).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated rotation slightly and corrected the damage reduction provided by Icebound Fortitude.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated rotation slightly, and made a few more minor edits (including adding a mention of the new Heart of Ice talent).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 2 talents to account for the new Heart of Ice talent.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Corrected the amount of damage reduction provided by Icebound Fortitude.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic recommendation.
  • 23 May 2017 (enchants page): Added a mention of switching to Frost or Unholy before eating in order to receive the Strength buff.
  • 23 May 2017 (artifact page): Updated relic recommendation.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Removed an outdated mention about Blood Death Knights preferring Mastery.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic recommendations.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking slightly.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Added Rethu's Incessant Courage to the list of legendary items and reviewed the ranking.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (addons page): Updated Death Grip macro to fix an error.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added a small mention of how to use the Souldrinker Artifact trait.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 14 Feb. 2017 (addons page): Fixed an issue with the Death and Decay macro.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (this page): Updated the 7.1.5 changes text regarding the Purgatory talent to be more accurate.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated 2, 3, and 6 talent discussions slightly.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated the introductory text.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated tier 6 talent recommendation to Foul Bulwark.
  • 11 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added Blooddrinker to tier 1 talent recommendation.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 1 talent discussion (recommendations changed).
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the description of how Bone Shield works to account for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Made a change in Relic recommendation for AoE situations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Death and Decay macro.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the balanced stat priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated talent descriptions for Patch 7.1.5 and changed the evaluations of tier 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated a few ability descriptions to account for 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Changed tier 6 talent recommendation and stat priority.
  • 16 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Fixed an error referring to tier 7 talents being available at level 110, instead of 100.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (spells page): Page added.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Further edited the Icebound Fortitude section to mention its usefulness in dealing with certain abilities like Elerethe Renferal's Web of Pain.
  • 10 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Made a small tweak to the Icebound Fortitude recommendation.
  • 10 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Added some Return to Karazhan and Trial of Valor items to the BiS list.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Added Icebound Fortitude to the guide since it was re-added in patch 7.1
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Removed a mention to sometimes use the Stoneskin Gargoyle weapon runeforge, which was incorrect.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Revamped the BiS list.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Massively reworked rotation, as well as improved and updated various other sections.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Tweaked and improved the descriptions and discussions of several talents, although no recommendations have changed (except for Tremble Before Me being viable in Mythic+ dungeons).
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated all 3 stat priorities.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated neck enchant recommendations and added a mention that Potion of the Old War should always be the pre-pot choice.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (addons page): Added a Death Grip macro and the Compact Runes addon.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (this page): Revamped the introductory paragraph to bring it in line with the current stat of the spec.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Slightly redesigned the Artifact path, removed one of the two alternative paths, and updated Relic recommendations.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Fixed an error whereby we were not recommending weapon runes.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the damage reduction granted by Bone Shield to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated the descriptions of Tremble Before Me and Red Thirst to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 28 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Added Strength flask option if trying to maximise DPS output.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Merged balanced and survivability stat priorities since they end up being identical.
  • 22 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed a small issue in the description of Tombstone.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Slightly updated the single target and AoE rotations to give Blood Boil more importance. Also clarified that Death Strike should not simply be used on cooldown, since it is part of your active mitigation.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations to account for Haste being the best stat in all cases. Also updated potion suggestions.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated tier set bonus recommendations.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated the survivability and DPS-oriented stat priorities (Haste is now on top).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (enchants page): Added bit about Potion of Prolonged Power.
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