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Blood Death Knight Tank Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Yesterday at 12:32 by Volstatsz 24 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Blood Death Knight tank guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. 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 Author

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Volstatsz who raids in Eternal Kingdom. He is a Blood Death Knight theorycrafter and moderator for the Acherus Death Knight community. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class 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 8.0.1 Changes for Blood Death Knights

  1. Tank threat generation has been significantly reduced, from +900% to +350%.
  2. Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon, Death Grip Icon Death Grip, and Tombstone Icon Tombstone have been added to the global cooldown.
  3. Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield now increases armor instead of absorbing damage.
  4. All Blood Death Knight abilities now use a normalized damage formula incorporating weapon damage.
  5. Mastery: Blood Shield Icon Mastery: Blood Shield has been buffed 33%.
  6. Death Strike Icon Death Strike has been buffed to heal 25% of recent damage, with the floor value reduced to 7% of maximum health.
  7. Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is now a talent, and all Death Knight specs now have Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance as a baseline ability.
  8. Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp now has a range of 15 yards, down from 20 yards.
  9. Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon now has a 2-minute cooldown, down from 3 minutes.
  10. The snare effect on Heart Strike Icon Heart Strike now reduces movement speed by 20%, down from 50% in Legion.
  11. Several talents have been added or removed, and many others have had their position in the talent tree moved. More information regarding talent changes can be found in the Builds and Talents page.

3. Blood Death Knight Strengths

4. Blood Death Knight Weaknesses

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

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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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