Hey! I’m Tokaine, the best tank you’ve never heard of and the number 1 advocate for T.D.M (Tank Damage Matters). I’ve been tanking since cataclysm, mainly playing protection warrior until legion where I branched out into other tank classes as I climbed the world ranks.
Now! Let's get into it. Blood Death Knight, otherwise known as the bouncy castle spec, or the number one cause of healer angst from your health yo-yo-ing up and down as you snipe all their precious heals.
Overall it is a pretty versatile class. You aren’t the fastest or strongest tank in the world however, you are versatile which can be an invaluable trait when it comes to what tanks you want to bring. Death Grip & Gorefiend's Grasp are both very strong tools when utilised properly on fights where they can shine.
Additionally, when it comes to tanks there are two types of play, proactive and reactive. Blood DK (BDK) is by far the most reactive tank out of all the classes to choose from. Our main bread and butter Death Strike allows us to heal a portion of the damage that was recently inflicted on us. Additionally, BDK has a wide variety of cooldowns. Although the cooldowns themselves may not be as potent as other tanks, the versatility of them allows for flexible planning on a fight by fight basis.
What has changed
- Blood DK received a flat 6% damage buff across the board to all of our abilities.
In the Sanctum of Domination there are special types of gear which drop with “Domination Sockets” in them, these sockets grant powerful bonuses from Shards of Domination which you obtain from killing the raid bosses. If you have 3 of the same type of shard you are able to obtain a powerful set bonus that works in both the raid and torghast, the 3 set bonuses are as followed:
- Unholy - Chaos Bane grants you a stacking main stat buff based on the level of your shard, at 15 stacks you gain a massive main stat buff for 15 seconds before it resets and starts stacking again.
- Blood - Blood Link places a DoT on your primary target which leeches health from them healing you for the amount of damage it deals, it heals an ally if you are full health.
- Frost - Winds of Winter makes it so your critical strikes start storing up a % of the critical hits damage and after 20 seconds it will explode and deal all the stored up damage, you are then granted an absorb for 100% of the damage dealt by the winds.
Our 4 new covenant specific legendaries are as followed:
- Kyrian - Final Sentence, this legendary gives your Shackle the Unworthy the added effect of increasing your damage by 2% every time it bounces as well as regenerating a rune, stacking up to a total of 5 times.
- Necrolord - Abomination’s Frenzy, this legendary increases the duration of Abomination Limb by 4 seconds and increases the frequency in which it grants Bone Shield charges by 2 seconds. Enemies that are gripped in by the ability will also take 10% increased damage from you for 12 seconds.
- Venthyr - Insatiable Hunger, this legendary gives your Swarming Mist a burst of AoE damage when it ends based on how much runic power you have spent while it is up, increasing by 2% for every 1 runic power. Additionally, you are healed for 25% of the damage dealt when it explodes.
- Night Fae - Rampant Transference, this legendary increases the effectiveness of your Death’s Due, increasing the strength gained by 1% per stack as well as making the effect last 2 seconds longer. Additionally, your runic power generation is increased by 20% while inside your Death’s Due.
Unfortunately none of the new legendaries will really see any play compared to the current viable one for blood death knight.
- Fleshcraft became incredibly strong, increasing the shield amount as well as adding a 20% damage reduction buff while channeling. Additionally tanks are able to dodge, parry and block during the channel.
- Crimson Rune Weapon became a viable option for high uptime tanking fights as well as M+. It’s main benefit allows for Dancing Rune Weapon to have about a 50 second cooldown which is incredibly strong offensively and defensively.
- The biggest change from BFA to SL is Death Knights gaining Anti-Magic Zone; this is an exceptionally strong raid cooldown and gives BDK a lot of utility. Additionally, the abilities Lichborne, Rune Tap, Raise Dead and Death Coil are all baseline to the class.
- The playstyle of BDK is still the same as it was in BFA, we were just granted a few extra tools to make us more of a team player tank.