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Blood Death Knight Tank Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jun 12, 2017 at 06:24 by Vlad 262 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Blood Death Knights in World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Blood Death Knight guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Basics

The stat priority for Blood Death Knights depends on whether you are going for maximum survivability, maximum DPS, or for a balanced mix of the two.

In general, Haste and Versatility are your two best stats, with Haste having the slight edge. At very high levels of Haste, the marginal value of Haste begins to decline and Versatility begins to be the slight favorite. There is no "soft cap" or "break point" — where one becomes better than the other depends on too many factors to assign a numerical value that would be generally applicable. Do not consistently sacrifice item level (and therefore Stamina, Armor, and Strength) to chase Haste — practically any non-trinket item that provides a 10+ item level increase should be treated as an upgrade. When you have the freedom to optimise gear, choose based on the following priorities.

1.1. Survivability

  1. Haste;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike.

1.2. DPS-oriented

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Mastery.

1.3. Balanced (Recommended)

  1. Haste;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery.

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Blood Death Knight Stats

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It improves your self-healing (through Leech), and it provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do, and it also increases your chance to parry.

Mastery provides you with larger shields from Mastery: Blood Shield Icon Mastery: Blood Shield, your Mastery, which in turn translates into more absorbed damage and a smoother damage intake.

Critical Strike increases your chance for your abilities to deal 100% more damage, and all of your Critical Strike chance is converted into parry chance.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Haste increases your attack speed and Rune regeneration, the latter granting you more resources and therefore allowing you to use more abilities.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. As such, you need a minimum amount of Stamina. This amount will, in most cases, simply come from the Stamina found innately on your gear. Therefore, item level is the determining factor in keeping your health pool growing.

As a Blood Death Knight, Stamina is particularly important since so many of your defensive abilities are based on your maximum health.

3. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jun. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 07 Feb. 2017: Updated the introductory text.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated the balanced stat priority.
  • 04 Oct. 2016: Updated all 3 stat priorities.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2016: Merged balanced and survivability stat priorities since they end up being identical.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Updated the survivability and DPS-oriented stat priorities (Haste is now on top).
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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