PVP Blood Death Knight Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Blood Death Knight

Welcome to my Blood Death Knight PVP guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide for Arena and Battleground players, describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchants and Team Compositions you might use.

Talent Tree

The first build is for players who like to use Blood presence. PVP Blood Death Knight Talent Tree, 51/0/20 spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Second build is with Lichborne. This is for Unholy presence. Taking the path to Lichborne will cost so some DPS.

PVP Blood Death Knight Talent Tree, 51/17/3 spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs:

Glyph of Disease – Musthave
Glyph of Dancing Rune Weapon – Also a musthave. +5 seconds to Dancing Rune Weapon
Glyph of Death Strike – Increases your Death Strike damage by 1% for each runic power you have, up to a 25% increasement. Blood presence players choice.
Glyph of Heart Strike – After hitting your targets with Heart Strike, their movement will be reduced by 50% for 10 seconds. Take it if problem with keeping enemy in range.

Small Glyphs:

Glyph of Pestilence
Glyph of Blood Tap

Glyph of Horn of Winter
Glyph of Death's Embrace – Take this, instead of Horn of Winter if you went for the Lichborne


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational.

Meta: Chaotic Skyflare Diamond
Blue: Puissant Dreadstone
Yellow: Mystic King's Amber or Inscribed Ametrine
Red: Fractured Cardinal Ruby


Head – Arcanum of Triumph
Shoulder – Inscription of Triumph
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Exceptional Resilience
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Crusher
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Earthen Leg Armor
Boots – Greater Assault
Weapon – Rune of the Fallen Crusader

Gameplay & Rotations

Rune Tap – every 30 seconds get 20% of your health.

Vampiric Blood – 15% of extra health + increased healing effect

Mark of Blood – 4% HP from every hit done to you by affected enemy.

Hysteria – Damage boost at cost of HP. Keep in mind, that Rogue and Hunter can dispell it.

Dancing Rune Weapon – Copies your damaging abilities with half of the damage. Applies on-hit effects.

Stat priority:

ARP > STR > Hit/Expertise cap > Critical Strike > Resilience

Team Complications:

Blood Death Knight is very, and I mean, VERY hard to kill on an arena. Though he usually just gets CC'd and his partners get focused, then DK gets rolled over. You main problem is Crowd control, since you are very easily kited.

This spec is somewhat of a troll-pick, actually. You can win by just living so long, that the enemy team will surrender. Blood Death Knight is pickable at the start, to have some fun, not at high rating matches. You can try stuff like:

Blood DK + Holy Paladin + Priest. - Unkillable. Freedom + lifegrip + deathgrip will get anyone anywhere at anytime. By the way, this solves your mobility issue.

PVP Blood Death Knight Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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