Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)
Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Blood Death Knight. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.
Single Target Rotation
When pulling, you’ll want to apply diseases using Outbreak. Then you can Heart Strike with both Blood Runes, and use Death Strike to take advantage of the Death Strike mechanics (healing for damage taken in preceding 5 sec).
You’ll want to keep diseases active at all times. The most efficient way to refresh your diseases is with Blood Boil thanks to Scarlet Fever. However, if a disease expires, refresh the disease via Outbreak. If Outbreak is on cooldown, then use Icy Touch and/or Plague Strike.
Beyond diseases, you’ll want to Death Strike as much as possible with your Frost, Unholy, and Death Runes. Use Heart Strike with Blood Runes, and Rune Strike whenever all Runes are depleted or when you are capped with Runic Power. Soul Reaper Blood replaces Heart Strike when your target has 35% or less Health.
Blood Tap: Blood tanks benefit from Blood Tap and its regular return of Death Runes. Because Blood Tap is off the GCD, you can effectively manage it with a macro. However, as a tank it’s recommended that you don’t use the macro because it’s very helpful to have complete control over your Death Runes.
#showtooltip Rune Strike
/cast Rune Strike
/cast Blood Tap
With this macro you’ll automatically refresh a Death Rune every 2-3 Rune Strike. Consume the Death Rune by following the single target tanking priority. If you choose not to use a macro, remember to consume the charges on Blood Tap at <= 10 so you don't waste them.
Presence: Blood Presence
When tanking multiple mobs, you will want to immediately drop a Death And Decay. Then, apply diseases and spread them via Pestilence. Use Blood Boil with your Blood Runes if you are tanking a lot of adds (4+) or to refresh diseases on your targets via Scarlet Fever. Use Heart Strike if it’s just a handful of adds (2-3). Continue to Death Strike and Rune Strike as you would in the single target scenario.
These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.
These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.