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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jun 02, 2018 at 16:58 by Vlad 262 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. 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 for Blood Death Knights

  • No notable Patch 7.3 changes.

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Blood Death Knights

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Blood Death Knights

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 11 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 02 Jun. 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Updated Azerite Traits to remove one obsolete trait and add three new traits.
  • 29 May 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Fixed a typo regarding threat generation; updated mechanics to accurately describe the change to damage calculation.
  • 28 May 2018 (Battle for Azeroth page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Fixed an issue regarding the description of Shackles of Bryandor.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (rotation page): Added a mention of how the Tier 21 Set Bonuses impact the usage of Dancing Rune Weapon.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (enchants page): Updated the gemming recommendations (to secondary-stat only).
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Updated 1 and 4 talents to reference Tier 21 Set Bonuses.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated the trait suggestions slightly.
  • 28 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated the Set Bonus recommendations and legendary rankings slightly.
  • 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 (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 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes (of which there were none).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated the rotation and talent recommendations slightly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated rotation slightly and corrected the damage reduction provided by Icebound Fortitude.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Corrected the amount of damage reduction provided by Icebound Fortitude.
  • 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 (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 (artifact page): Updated relic recommendation.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated the DPS potion section, and added Azshari Salad as a non-feast food alternative.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated tier 2 talents to account for the new Heart of Ice talent.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 23 May 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.
  • 17 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Removed an outdated mention about Blood Death Knights preferring Mastery.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary ranking slightly.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic recommendations.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (addons page): Updated Death Grip macro to fix an error.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Added Rethu's Incessant Courage to the list of legendary items and reviewed the ranking.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Added a small mention of how to use the Souldrinker Artifact trait.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 14 Feb. 2017 (addons page): Fixed an issue with the Death and Decay macro.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated the introductory text.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated tier 6 talent recommendation to Foul Bulwark.
  • 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.
  • 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 (artifact page): Made a change in Relic recommendation for AoE situations.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Changed tier 6 talent recommendation and stat priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Updated a few ability descriptions to account for 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the description of how Bone Shield works to account for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Death and Decay macro.
  • 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 (spells page): Page added.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 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 (gear page): Added some Return to Karazhan and Trial of Valor items to the BiS list.
  • 10 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Made a small tweak to the Icebound Fortitude recommendation.
  • 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 (artifact page): Slightly redesigned the Artifact path, removed one of the two alternative paths, and updated Relic recommendations.
  • 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 (this page): Revamped the introductory paragraph to bring it in line with the current stat of the spec.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (addons page): Added a Death Grip macro and the Compact Runes addon.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Massively reworked rotation, as well as improved and updated various other sections.
  • 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.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated the descriptions of Tremble Before Me and Red Thirst to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the damage reduction granted by Bone Shield 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 (stats page): Updated the survivability and DPS-oriented stat priorities (Haste is now on top).
  • 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.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations, to fix a miscalculation regarding the value of Unending Hunger.
  • 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 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (enchants page): Added bit about Potion of Prolonged Power.
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