Blood Death Knight

Blood is all about tanking ability and self-heals. Blood tap is the rune generator of choice and a little utility can be found in Gorefiend’s Grasp, Plague Leech, and Death’s Advance.

Most Popular Talents:

  • Plague Leech
  • Lichborne
  • Death’s Advance
  • Death Pact
  • Blood Tap
  • Gorefiend’s Grasp

Stat Priority

Mastery > Stamina > Expertise (7.5%) = Hit (7.5%) > Parry > Dodge > Haste

Mastery is the top concern for Blood DKs and if a piece of gear doesn’t have this stat then reforge it by reducing the weakest stat for Mastery. With melee attacks and abilities so important you want to reach the minimum pvp soft cap on hit at 7.5% as well as 7.5% Expertise. This will make sure you don’t miss or waste runic power. Parry and dodge are also very important in that they reduce incoming damage. Maintain around 2.5x parry to dodge. These stats do the following:

Major Glyphs

Glyph of Pestilence
Glyph of Death Coil
Glyph of Vampiric Blood
Glyph of Death and Decay
Glyph of Anti-Magic Shell
Glyph of Icy Touch
Glyph of Icebound Fortitude

Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Path of Frost


Weapon: Rune of Swordshattering
Weapon: Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle
Legs: Ironscale Leg Armor
Boots: Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
Shoulders: Greater Ox Horn Inscription
Cloak: Enchant Cloak – Greater Protection
Chest: Enchant Chest – Superior Stamina
Bracers: Formula: Enchant Bracer – Mastery
Gloves: Enchant Gloves – Superior Mastery Sha Armor Kit
Belt: Living Steel Belt Buckle


Red: Fine Vermilion Onyx, Keen Vermilion Onyx
Yellow: Fractured Sun’s Radiance
Blue: Puissant Wild Jade, Sensei’s Wild Jade
Prismatic: Fractured Sun’s Radiance
Meta: Austere Primal Diamond


For the min/maxer Blood DK the professions of choice will be Jewelcrafting and Blacksmithing. With these you have more options to increase Matery and Stamina which will free up points in other areas to further grow your build. The perks you will use with the above professions are:

Blood Death Knight in Action

About This Build

Although the video above doesn’t show ability rotation very clearly it does illustrate the crazy survivability of the Blood DK post 5.2 update. Your damage will be low compared to the other talent spec lines, but your ability to survive and cause mayhem on the battlefield will be immense.

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