- Fantasy: Death Knights use San’layn blood magic in combat to draw the life force out of opponents.
- Resources: Death Knights use Runes and Runic Power as resources. Runes are used for main offensive abilities and, when consumed, generate Runic Power, which in turn is used for healing.
- Weapon: two-handed axes, swords, blunt and pole weapons.
- Armor: plate armor.
- Races: starting from Shadowlands Pre-Patch, all races can be Death Knights.
- Mastery: Blood Shield — grants a shield after using Death Strike that absorbs physical damage.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of the Death Knight tank.
- A wide range of different defensive cooldowns.
- Great self-healing capabilities, allowing for better control of your health.
- Unique abilities Death Grip and Gorefiend’s Grasp.
- Access to a battle resurrection.
- Limited mobility.
- Low survivability without active cooldowns.
- Unique survival mechanic — when taking a large amount of constant damage, the Death Knight heals a few seconds later. In some cases this may be considered a flaw.
TIER 1 — 15 LVL. SURVIVABILITY
- Heartbreaker — Heart Strike generates 2 additional Runic Power per target hit.
- Blooddrinker — active ability, costs 1 Rune, CD 30 sec. Drains 9 health from the target over 3 sec. You can move, parry, dodge, and use defensive abilities while channeling this ability.
- Tombstone — active ability, CD 1 min, no GCD. Consumes up to 5 Bone Shield charges. For each charge consumed, you gain 6 Runic Power and absorb damage equal to 6% of your maximum health for 8 sec.
Blooddrinker — strictly for single target combat.
Currently, there are no situations where Tombstone would come in handy, as this talent is weaker than the others in this tier.
TIER 2 — 25 LVL. HEALING
- Rapid Decomposition — Blood Plague and Death and Decay deal damage 15% more often. Additionally, Blood Plague leeches 50% more health.
- Hemostasis — Each enemy hit by Blood Boil increases the damage and healing done by your next Death Strike by 8%, stacking up to 5 times.
- Consumption — strikes up to 8 enemies in front of you, dealing damage and healing you.
Hemostasis is the only choice in this tier, other talents are much weaker in damage and healing.
TIER 3 — 30 LVL. SURVIVABILITY
- Foul Bulwark — each Bone Shield charge increases your maximum health by 1%.
- Relish in Blood — while Crimson Scourge is active, your next Death and Decay heals you for each Bone Shield charge and grants 10 Runic Power.
- Blood Tap — active ability, CD 1 min, 2 charges. Generates 1 Rune. Recharge time reduces by 2 sec whenever a Bone Shield charge is consumed.
The choice in this tier depends on your playstyle and type of content.
Pick Foul Bulwark for high M+ keys to gain additional health.
Relish in Blood — default choice for any type of content, aside from moments where you need extra health.
TIER 4 — 35 LVL. SURVIVABILITY
- Will of the Necropolis — damage taken below 30% Health is reduced by 30%.
- Anti-Magic Barrier — reduces the cooldown of Anti-Magic Shell by 20 sec and increases its duration and amount absorbed by 40%.
- Mark of Blood — active ability, 6 sec cooldown. Marks an enemy for 15 sec. The enemy’s damaging auto attacks will heal their victim for 3% of the victim’s maximum health.
Will of the Necropolis — default choice. If you need to use Anti-Magic Shell more often (for example when you want to prevent a certain debuff, but the base cooldown is too long) — pick Anti-Magic Barrier.
Mark of Blood is situational. For now there are no situations where this talent could come in handy, at least in Shadowlands raids.
TIER 5 — 40 LVL. CONTROL/MOBILITY
- Grip of the Dead — Death and Decay slow targets in the area by 90%, decaying by 10% every sec.
- Tightening Grasp — reduces the cooldown of Gorefiend’s Grasp by 30 sec.
- Wraith Walk — active channeling ability, 1 min cooldown. Makes you immune to slowing effects and increases movement speed by 70% for 4 sec. Taking any action cancels the effect.
This tier is entirely situational.
Grip of the Dead — default choice for M+, you can kite mobs without damage.
Pick Tightening Grasp if the base cooldown is too long for certain fights or M+ dungeons.
Wraith Walk can be chosen when you don’t need additional control.
TIER 6 — 45 LVL. HEALING
- Voracious — Death Strike healing is increased by 20% and grants you 15% Leech for 8 sec.
- Death Pact — active ability, 2 min cooldown. Heals you for 50% of your max health, but absorbs incoming healing equal to 30% of your max health for 15 sec.
- Bloodworms — your auto attacks have a chance to summon a Bloodworm. Bloodworms deal minor damage to your target for 15 sec and then burst, healing you for 15% of your missing health. If you drop below 50% health, your Bloodworms will immediately burst and heal you.
Voracious — default choice for high M+ keys and moments when you need a constant and consistent heal.
Bloodworms — pick for other situations, including raids.
Death Pact is not used.
TIER 7 — 50 LVL. SURVIVABILITY
- Purgatory — prevents fatal damage once every 4 min, instead absorbing incoming healing equal to the damage prevented, lasting 3 sec. If any healing absorption remains when this effect expires, you will die. Basically a Cheat Death effect.
- Red Thirst — reduces the cooldown on Vampiric Blood by 1.5 sec per 10 Runic Power spent.
- Bonestorm — active ability, 1 min cooldown. Costs 10-100 Runic Power. Hits up to 8 nearby enemies, dealing damage and healing you for 3% of your max health every time it deals damage (up to 15%). Lasts 1 sec per 10 Runic Power spent.
Purgatory can be used to learn raid bosses, preventing sudden death.
For Mythic+ and AoE raid fights pick Bonestorm.
HERE ARE YOUR COMMON BUILDS:
For raid single-target encounters:
- Relish in Blood
- Will of the Necropolis
- Wraith Walk
- Red Thirst (Purgatory if you need to cheat death)
For high M+ keys:
For raid AoE encounters and medium M+ keys:
- Venthyr > Night Fae >= Necrolord > Kyrian
- Kyrian > Night Fae >= Venthyr > Necrolord
Kyrian — best choice for raids. Even though their Soulbinds have been nerfed significantly throughout the last weeks of the beta, the ability to drop raid debuffs with the Covenant’s signature ability pays for itself. It’s also a good option in terms of DPS.
Venthyr — great for M+. Their class ability generates a lot of Runic Power, boosting your self-healing capabilities.
Night Fae have been revamped since beta but they still remain viable. Plus their Soulbinds are pretty powerful, which makes up for their mediocre class ability.
Necrolord are at the bottom of the list for now, due to their weak ability with a long cooldown. However, even this Covenant can be called playable.
Note that only Night Fae and Venthyr increase mobility. Given the Death Knight’s limited movement, these Covenants will always come in handy.
- Class ability: Shackle the Unworthy — damages the target over 14 sec and reduces the damage they deal to you. While Shackle the Unworthy is active on an enemy, your direct-damage attacks that spend runes have a 50% chance to spread this effect to a nearby enemy.
- Signature ability: Summon Steward — summons a minion that gives you 3 Phial of Serenity that restore 20% health and remove all diseases, poisons, curses, and bleeds. These potions have a separate cooldown.
Pros: High DPS for ST and cleave, Phial of Serenity removes debuffs.
Cons: Weak AoE DPS.
- Class ability: Swarming Mist — lasts 8 sec, CD 1 min. Increases dodge chance by 10%, deals damage every second to enemies within 10 yds. Generates 3 Runic Power per damage tick, up to a maximum of 15. Deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets (but still damages all of them).
- Signature ability: Door of Shadows — blink with a 1.5 sec cast time. CD 1 min.
Venthyr — great choice for M+ and pretty solid for raids. Their ability synergizes with Bonestorm and generates a lot of Runic Power in AoE fights, allowing you to use Death Strike more often. The first Shadowlands raid, Castle Nathria, has multi-target fights, making Venthyr a decent choice for raids.
Pros: High DPS and survivability in AoE, good mobility.
Cons: Low effectiveness in ST fights.
- Class ability: Death’s Due — replaces Death and Decay and has the same cooldown (15 sec). While in its area, your Heart Strike applies a stacking effect that reduces damage enemies deal to you by 1%, up to a maximum of 8% and their power is transferred to you as an equal amount of Strength.
- Signature ability: Soulshape — teleports you 15 yds forward and increases your movement speed by 50% for 12 sec. CD 1.5 min. While this effect is active, you can activate it again to use blink every 4 sec.
Night Fae is an average Covenant for DK-tanks. Their Death’s Due ability is quite complicated to use effectively (the last GCD must be used on Heart Strike). Nevertheless, its bonus is pretty good and uptime is high in raids, allowing you to reduce incoming damage and increase damage dealt. In Mythic+ this ability is not as good, but still has uses. For dungeons this Covenant’s signature ability Soulshape allows to kite dangerous packs of mobs easily.
Pros: High mobility, damage reduction in raids.
Cons: Complicated ability, average Soulbinds, low damage bonus.
- Class ability: Abomination Limb — instant use, 2 min cooldown. Sprout an additional limb, dealing damage over 12 sec to nearby enemies. Every 1 sec, an enemy is pulled to your location if they are further than 8 yds from you. The same enemy can only be pulled once every 4 sec. Gain 3 Bone Shield charges instantly, and again every 6 sec.
- Signature ability: Fleshcraft — after channeling for 4 sec, grants a shield equal to 20% of your max health. Channeling near a corpse boosts the shield even further — up to 50% of your max health. Bosses and powerful enemies grant the maximum shield bonus. CD 2 min.
Necrolord — average Covenant for a DK-tank. Abomination Limb deals a lot of damage, but you’ll have to put up with its target cap and long cooldown. Moreover, their Soulbinds are mediocre and signature ability Fleshcraft wastes 4 sec every 2 min on channeling. During that you can’t move or use abilities, which outweighs all its pros.
Pros: Good AoE DPS, interesting pulling effect.
Cons: Average ST DPS, mediocre Soulbinds.
It’s worth noting that each Soulbind has predetermined slots for Conduits in their talent tree, and each of them comes in three types. A Conduit of a certain type can only be inserted into a slot specifically designed for its effect.
Plan your Soulbind’s talent tree carefully — if you make a mistake when choosing Conduits, you’ll have to wait a long time to replace them.
Let’s look at the more powerful passive effects of every Soulbind.
- Let Go of the Past — grants +3% magic damage reduction.
- Combat Meditation — grants a bonus to mastery for 10 sec after using Shackle the Unworthy.
- Valiant Strikes — occasionally, depending on the frequency of your critical hits and those of your allies, it stacks a buff and heals you when you drop below 50% health. CD 1 min.
- Bron’s Call to Action — after using 90 abilities, summons Bron, who’ll attack your enemies.
- Pelagos: universal choice for any type of content.
- Kleia: good choice for M+, but weak in raids.
- Mikanikos: not used.
- Thrill Seeker — being in combat and killing opponents grants you stacks of “Thrill Seeker”. At 40 stacks it grants you Euphoria, increasing your Haste by 20% for 10 sec.
- Refined Palate — extends the duration of combat potions by 50-150%.
- Wasteland Propriety — Swarming Mist increases versatility of you and your allies by 4% for 10 sec.
- Enduring Gloom — Door of Shadows grants you a shield that absorbs damage equal to 15% of your maximum health.
- Service In Stone — damage taken below 40% health is reduced by 10%. Upon death you leave a stone husk behind which shatters after 3 sec, inflicting damage to enemies around it.
- Nadjia: good choice due to haste bonus.
- Theotar: weak option.
- General Draven: great choice for survivability.
- Grove Invigoration — your abilities generate up to 10 stacks of Redirected Anima. Death’s Due increases your max health by 1% and mastery by 25 per stack. Given the Death’s Due cooldown, the health bonus will have 100% uptime.
- Field of Blossoms — Death’s Due creates a zone at your feet for 15 sec that increases Haste by 12%. Given the Death’s Due cooldown, the haste bonus becomes indefinite, but limits your positioning.
- Podtender — when you take fatal damage, creates a wildseed with 9700 hp. If it gets destroyed in 10 sec, you’ll die. Otherwise, you rejuvenate with 30% health. May only occur once every 30 min.
- First Strike — damaging an enemy before they damage you increases your chance to critical strike by 25% for 5 sec.
- Hold the Line — after standing still for 5 sec, you take 15% less physical damage until you move.
- Wild Hunt Tactics — your damage to targets above 75% health is increased by 10%.
- Niya: good starting choice for low Renown.
- Dreamweaver: best choice for high Renown.
- Korayn: good for M+.
- Volatile Solvent — casting Fleshcraft near corpses grants a benefit based on the creature’s type.
- Ooz’s Frictionless Coating — when reduced below 50% health, you gain a shield equal to 20% of your max health. May only occur once per 30 sec.
- Ultimate Form — while channeling Fleshcraft, you are immune to crowd control for 4 sec.
- Emeni’s Magnificent Skin — Fleshcraft increases your maximum health by 5% for 30 sec.
- Emeni’s Ambulatory Flesh — Fleshcraft can be cast while moving.
- Lead by Example — Abomination Limb increases your primary stat by 5% and nearby allies’ primary stat by 2% for 10 sec. You gain 2% additional primary stat for each ally affected, up to 8%.
- Serrated Spaulders — enemies that attack you in melee, take damage from dark magic.
- Heirmir’s Arsenal: Marrowed Gemstone — after landing 10 critical strikes, you gain 12% increased crit chance for 10 sec. May only occur once every 50 sec.
- Forgeborne Reveries — upon death your armor comes to life for 10 sec, allowing you to continue fighting. You cannot be healed and your damage is reduced by 50%.
- Marileth: a weak Soulbind.
- Emeni: the only good Necrolord choice.
- Heirmir: not worthy of attention.
- Raids, Mythic+: Pelagos
- DPS: Nadjia
- Survivability: General Draven
- Raids: Dreamweaver
- Mythic+: Korayn
- Raids, Mythic+: Emeni
Put a Conduit for your Covenant ability in the first slot.
If you have a second slot, pick Withering Plague, but it’s best to choose a Soulbind without a second Potency slot.
- Debilitating Malady — Blood Boil increases the damage enemies take from your Blood Plague by 1% for 6 sec, stacking up to 3 times. A very weak Conduit.
- Withering Plague — Heart Strike deals more damage to enemies infected by Blood Plague.
- Proliferation (Kyrian) — increases the duration by 3 sec and damage of your Shackle the Unworthy.
- Impenetrable Gloom (Venthyr) — increases Swarming Mist damage by 12.5% and dodge bonus by 3%.
- Brutal Grasp (Necrolord) — Abomination Limb deals more damage.
- Withering Ground (Night Fae) — Death’s Due deals more damage.
- Blood Bond — Rune Tap heals you and your party for a percentage of your maximum health.
- Hardened Bones — while Lichborne is active, you receive less damage.
- Insatiable Appetite — increases healing done by Death Strike.
- Meat Shield — increases the duration of Dancing Rune Weapon by 3 sec, and while active, your parries increase your maximum health, stacking up to 2 times for 15 sec.
- Reinforced Shell — Anti-Magic Zone‘s radius is increased by 15% and the duration is increased by 2 sec.
- Chilled Resilience — reduces cooldown on Icebound Fortitude.
- Fleeting Wind — Death’s Advance grants additional movement speed over the first 3 sec.
- Spirit Drain — successfully interrupting an enemy with Mind Freeze grants additional Runic Power.
- Unending Grip — Death Grip slows enemy movement speed for 3 sec.
Finesse Conduit doesn’t give bonuses to damage and survivability, so pick whichever you like the most.
- Bryndaor’s Might — Death Strike refunds 15% of Runic Power spent if it heals you for more than 10% of your maximum health.
A great defensive choice for high M+ keys and tough raid fights. With Voracious this legendary procs on each Death Strike, since it’s minimal healing increases to 10.5%.
- Superstrain — Your Frost Fever, Blood Plague, and Virulent Plague also apply the other two diseases at reduced effectiveness.
This legendary procs every time, applying diseases from other Death Knight specs. In addition to damage, Frost Fever also has a chance to generate additional Runic Power.
If you’re interested in both raids and Mythic+, you should craft both of these legendaries.
RUNES AND RUNIC POWER
The Death Knight has Runes and Runic Power in their arsenal.
- 6 Runes. A maximum of three runes can be recharged at a time, base recharge time — 10 sec (scales with Haste). For each Rune spent, you receive 10 Runic Power.
- Runic Power — energy bar that’s replenished by spending Runes and used for abilities like Death Strike and Bonestorm.
As a tank, Death Knight should optimize generation and consumption of Runes and Runic Power, avoid Runic Power overcap and keep at least 3 Runes on recharge. Base rotation priority — the use of Death Strike at the right time for self-healing.
Plus, a DK tank should maintain their Bone Shield with Marrowrend. Shiled charges are spent on enemies’ auto attacks, but no more than 1 charge every 2.5 sec. In addition, it’s important to minimize the use of Marrowrend in favor of Heart Strike for 5 additional Runic Power.
Unlike other tanks, Death Knights are weak without cooldowns and receive more damage. In turn, they have a lot of defensive abilities with short cooldowns. Moreover, DKs can self-heal more often than other tanks thanks to Death Strike. This ability heals 25% of damage received in the last 5 seconds, so you should time it correctly and use it right after getting a lot of damage.
- Marrowrend if you’re about to run out of Bone Shield charges.
- (Night Fae) Heart Strike as the last GCD during Death’s Due.
- Death Strike if you’re close to overcapping Runic Power.
- Blood Boil if 2 charges are available.
- Use your Covenant ability.
- Bonestorm if there are 2+ enemies around you.
- Death and Decay if Crimson Scourge is active.
- Blood Boil if there are enemies around without the Blood Plague debuff.
- Marrowrend if you have 4 or less Bone Shield charges.
- Death and Decay if there are 2+ enemies around you.
- Heart Strike if you have 3+ Runes available.
- Blood Boil during Dancing Rune Weapon.
- Heart Strike
AOE ROTATION (3 OR MORE TARGETS)
- The rotation doesn’t change in AoE, aside from Death and Decay priority. This ability should be used on recharge, despite Crimson Scourge procs.
Note that sometimes you have to keep your Runes and Runic Power full, if you know that you’re about to need a full heal from Death Strike. These situations might occur during dangerous pulls in high Mythic+ keys and epic dungeons. In these moments, immediately exhaust your Runic Power on healing, replenish it with Runes, and heal again.
Versatility is a good passive stat for all tanks — increases damage dealt and reduces damage taken by half.
Haste reduces the intervals between your auto attacks, GCD, and helps generate Runes faster (by 1.1% per each percent of Haste).
Critical Strike is basically a pure dps stat. Critical Strike Rating increases the chance to parry an attack, but has a diminishing effect — the more crit you have, the less chance to parry is given by each stat increase. In general, it’s quite a weak stat for a tank, hence its ranking in last place.
Tanks can use Simcraft for DPS calculations. Therefore, the use of raidbots and Pawn for character optimization is welcome.
Based on the priorities above and simulations of your character you can choose gems, enchants, and consumables.
- Rings: Enchant Ring – Tenet of Versatility
- Chest: Enchant Chest – Eternal Stats
- Cape: Enchant Cloak – Soul Vitality
- Gloves: Enchant Gloves – Eternal Strength
- Weapon: Rune of the Fallen Crusader
- Steak a la Mode for versatility
CHOOSING A RACE
- Dark Iron Dwarf — good defensive choice. Fireblood can remove most debuffs and increase primary stat once every 2 min.
- Blood Elf — great choice for M+ due to their AoE dispel.
BIS GEAR + TRINKETS
- Head: Darkfrost Helmet (The Necrotic Wake)
- Neck: Azure-Venom Choker (Spires of Ascension)
- Shoulder: Prankster’s Pauldrons (Mists of Tirna Scithe)
- Back: Crest of the Legionnaire General (Castle Nathria, Commanders of the Stone Legion)
- Chest: Rampaging Giant’s Chestplate (Castle Nathria, Sludgefist)
- Wrist: Vambraces of the Depraved Warden (Sanguine Depths)
- Hands: Colossal Plate Gauntlets (Castle Nathria, Sludgefist)
- Belt: Girdle of the Soulflayer (De Other Side)
- Legs: Halkias’s Towering Pillars (Halls of Atonement)
- Feet: Sabatons of the Rushing Juggernaut (Sanguine Depths)
- Weapon: Drustlord’s Greataxe (Mists of Tirna Scithe)
- Finger: Stitchflesh’s Misplaced Signet (The Necrotic Wake)
- Finger: Ritual Bone Band (Theater of Pain)
- Finger: Ritual Commander’s Ring (The Necrotic Wake)
- Trinket: Sanguine Vintage (Castle Nathria, Sire Denathrius)
- Trinket: Blood-Spattered Scale (De Other Side)
- Trinket: Gluttonous Spike (Hungering Destroyer, Castle Nathria)
/cancelaura Blessing of Protection
“Pool” on cursor:
/cast [@cursor] Death and Decay
Taunt on cursor:
/cast [@mouseover] Dark Command
Grip on cursor:
/cast [@mouseover] Death Grip
Resurrect on cursor:
/cast [@mouseover,help] Raise Ally
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WAs can be found on wago.io, but I’ll list the most important ones:
- ZenTracker + Interrupt Tracker and Party CDs. An essential tool for M+, allowing you to keep track of party cooldowns. For raids, tracking the defensive cooldown of your healers can be useful.
- Dungeons – Targeted Spells — highlights party frames if a mob casts a dangerous spell, also shows their targets on the enemy’s nameplate. Useful for M+.
- Afenar Paladin — a nice WA for Paladin’s class abilities and active buffs.
- Castle Nathria + Co-Tank Auras — WA for main abilities of bosses in the first Shadowlands raid — Castle Nathria, as well as important debuffs on other tanks in the raid.
A multipurpose addon for nameplates. With it you can easily see which enemies are aggroed on you, how and who they attack. In addition it shows you certain buffs and debuffs on enemies, including control effects.
Moreover, Plater supports third-party mods suitable for a variety of situations. You can download them on wago.io in the Plater section.
An addon that shows your group/raid damage and healing. That’s it? Not quite — it can show you the uptime of buffs and debuffs, damage to specific targets and during specific boss phases. In M+ you can see who broke control, who and how many times interrupted spellcasting, and much more.
Shows you the cooldown of bosses and mobs, reminds you when these abilities are about to go off. Very useful for raids and Mythic+. Alternatively, you can use the Deadly Boss Mods. Their functionality is very similar.
Useful little addon that allows to automatically repair gear, sell junk to vendors, accept and complete quests, includes the ability to quickly loot items, and much more.
Despite it not having any particularly important features, it’s very popular among players. With it, you can customize frames, command bars, and almost every aspect of the UI.
PRO TIPS & TRICKS
- Preventing Rune and Runic Power overcap. Since you can recharge 3 Runes at the same time, you should not have more than 3 Runes off cooldown. Otherwise it will negatively impact your Runic Power generation and self-healing.
Similarly, by generating Runic Power while having a maximum amount, you miss out on more Death Strike uses. Even at full health, Death Strike deals significant damage and grants a shield from Mastery: Blood Shield.
- Effective use of Runes. Due to additional Runic Power generated by Heart Strike, it’s best not to use Marrowrend on 5+ Bone Shield charges, since each extra Marrowrend takes away Runic Power from Death Strike. Thus, 2-3 extra Marrowrends = 1 wasted Death Strike. Some especially challenging bosses or pulls in Mythic+ can punish you for incorrect use of Runes.
- Death Strike timing. Its healing depends on the amount of damage you received in the last 5 sec, so it’s crucial to use Death Strike immediately after taking a large amount of damage.
Try anticipating the damage — stock up on Runic Power prior to taking a big hit. Your goal is to use 1-2 Death Strikes in a 5-second window after taking damage and heal up without bothering your healers.
- Maintaining Bone Shield uptime. In most cases you’ll have to refresh Bone Shield when its charges drop below 5. Except sometimes you can have enough charges, but its duration is about to expire. In these situations make sure to refresh Marrowrend charges, as it’s more useful than just generating charges from scratch.
- Use of defensive cooldowns. DK-tank relies heavily on defensive abilities. Without them, this spec is pretty weak. Always have an approximate plan with a sequence of abilities in mind — this applies to both Raid and Mythic+.
Thankfully, raid bosses and trash mobs in M+ are very predictable and you can easily plan your sequence of defensive cooldowns. You should use abilities with the shortest recovery time first.
For example, you can use this rotation in M+:
- Rune Tap and Vampiric Blood for the first pull
- Rune Tap and Dancing Rune Weapon for the second pull
- Vampiric Blood and Rune Tap for the third pull
- Icebound Fortitude and Rune Tap for the fourth pull
During raids you can use a similar rotation for boses. That way, your cooldowns can be extended a bit longer.
- Use of external cooldowns. Your healers have saves, too — they can use them on you at the right moment. Coordinate with your healer, schedule your cooldowns so that they don’t overlap with their defensive abilities.
External cooldowns include:
- Druid: Ironbark
- Discipline Priest: Pain Suppression and Power Word: Barrier
- Holy Priest: Guardian Spirit
- Monk: Life Cocoon
- Paladin: Blessing of Sacrifice
Dealing damage. A common notion among tanks is that it’s unnecessary to inflict maximum damage, you should just stay alive. That’s only partially true. Undoubtedly, the tank’s top priority is survivability. Still, it’s always worth maximizing your damage. The more damage you deal, the faster you can finish a dungeon or kill a boss. As such, tanks and healers are no different from simple damage dealers in this regard — everyone should maximize their damage output. Sometimes a total respec is necessary.
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