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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide (Legion 7.2)

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

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2. 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 7.2 Changes

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

  • Rune Tap Icon Rune Tap has been buffed to reduce damage by 40% up from 25%.
  • Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield charges are now only consumed by melee attacks made against you.
  • Vampiric Blood Icon Vampiric Blood now also increases absorbs received while it is active by 30%.
  • Many talents have received small buffs. This includes Purgatory Icon Purgatory, for which the life-saving effect lasts the entire 3 second duration now (instead of going away whenever you are first healed during the 3 seconds), meaning that random deaths to it will be much less frequent.

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

  • 17 Apr. 2017 (gear page): Removed an outdated mention about Blood Death Knights preferring Mastery.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 (addons page): Updated Death Grip macro to fix an error.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Added Rethu's Incessant Courage to the list of legendary items and reviewed the ranking.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 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.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for 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 (easy mode page): Updated tier 6 talent recommendation to Foul Bulwark.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Updated the introductory text.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Updated 2, 3, and 6 talent discussions slightly.
  • 07 Feb. 2017 (this page): Updated the 7.1.5 changes text regarding the Purgatory talent to be more accurate.
  • 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 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Made a change in Relic recommendation for AoE situations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated the description of how Bone Shield works to account for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 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.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Updated the balanced stat priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Death and Decay macro.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated the legendary item ranking.
  • 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 (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 (gear page): Revamped the BiS list.
  • 16 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Removed a mention to sometimes use the Stoneskin Gargoyle weapon runeforge, which was incorrect.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (this page): Revamped the introductory paragraph to bring it in line with the current stat of the spec.
  • 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 (addons page): Added a Death Grip macro and the Compact Runes addon.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Slightly redesigned the Artifact path, removed one of the two alternative paths, and updated Relic recommendations.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated all 3 stat priorities.
  • 04 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Massively reworked rotation, as well as improved and updated various other sections.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 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 (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 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 09 Jan. 2016 (enchants page): Added bit about Potion of Prolonged Power.
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