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Assassination Rogue DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Feb 13, 2017 at 07:39 by Furty 371 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Assassination Rogues. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5.

The other pages of our Assassination Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Perfecto, an Outlaw/Assassination Rogue who raids in Method.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

After acquiring the initial point,  Icon Assassin's Blades, head left into  Icon Toxic Blades and grab  Icon Urge to Kill. This is useful as you no longer have to pool Energy in anticipation of Vendetta Icon Vendetta and allows you to dump all your Energy in the opener before popping Vendetta Icon Vendetta. Moving into  Icon Master Assassin will allow you to use Vendetta Icon Vendetta more often, which boosts your single target noticeably and has much better synergy with Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate.  Icon Gushing Wound is one of the best traits on the tree as Rupture Icon Rupture comprises a large majority of your damage. Snag your first Golden Trait,  Icon Blood of the Assassinated, which is a huge boon to your over damage on both single target and cleave.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Move up from  Icon Gushing Wound into  Icon Master Alchemist for the increase to poison damage. Grab your second Golden Trait,  Icon Bag of Tricks, which is a nice boost to single target and cleave and procs about once a minute.

1.3. Third Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Third Golden Trait

Going back to the starting point,  Icon Assassin's Blades, head downwards into  Icon Poison Knives. Head into  Icon Surge of Toxins and grab the juicy Rupture Icon Rupture critical chance in  Icon Serrated Edge. Acquire your final Golden Trait,  Icon From the Shadows, which is a nice boost to round out your Kingslayers.

1.4. Final Point Investment

 Icon Balanced Blades should be your first pickup after grabbing all the Golden Traits. It is largely personal preference after this point, but I personally like to head upwards from  Icon Blood of the Assassinated into  Icon Fade into Shadows for the cooldown reduction on Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows.  Icon Shadow Swiftness is a good pickup for 1 point as well, especially for players that are quick to jump the trigger on the opener and end up getting instantly killed on the pull (you know who you are). Finally, the cooldown reduction on Sprint Icon Sprint next to  Icon Bag of Tricks is a good choice for your final points as it is not very helpful.

2. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Gushing Wound
  2.  Icon Toxic Blades (with Tier 19 4-piece bonus)
  3.  Icon Master Alchemist (if using Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison)
  4.  Icon Serrated Edge
  5.  Icon Master Assassin
  6.  Icon Balanced Blades.
  7.  Icon Toxic Blades
  8. Any other relic.

2.1. With Duskwalker's Footpads

  1. 2x  Icon Master Assassin
  2.  Icon Toxic Blades (with Tier 19 4-piece bonus)
  3.  Icon Gushing Wound (better than Toxic Blades for multitarget)
  4.  Icon Master Alchemist (if using Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison)
  5. 3rd  Icon Master Assassin relic
  6.  Icon Serrated Edge
  7.  Icon Toxic Blades
  8.  Icon Balanced Blades.
  9. Any other relic.

2  Icon Master Assassin relics are the perfect sweet spot when using Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads and Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates, allowing your Vendetta Icon Vendetta to nearly always line up perfectly with your  Icon Kingsbane. The  Icon Master Assassin relics also decrease in potency for each additional relic you use (8s -> 6s -> 4s), generally making the third Master Assassin relic much less valuable compared with other traits.

3. ChangeLog

  • 13 Feb. 2017: Updated relic priority, added additional explanation for Master Assassin relics.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated relic priority; Toxic Blades roughly on par with Gushing Wound with Tier 19 4-piece bonus.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Added a new relic priority for players with Duskwalker's Footpads.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Dec. 2016: Updated relic priorities (Master Assassin/Master Alchemist).
  • 07 Oct. 2016: Updated relic choice.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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