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Assassination Rogue DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 14, 2017 at 14:32 by Furty 326 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Assassination Rogues. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Disclaimer

2. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Mask of Multitudinous Eyes Icon Mask of Multitudinous Eyes Elerethe Renferal
Neck Cursed Beartooth Necklace Icon Cursed Beartooth Necklace Ursoc
Shoulders Otherworldly Leather Mantle Icon Otherworldly Leather Mantle Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Chest Scarred Ragefang Chestpiece Icon Scarred Ragefang Chestpiece Ursoc
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Wrists Wristwraps of Broken Trust Icon Wristwraps of Broken Trust Elerethe Renferal
Gloves Dreamsculptor's Gloves Icon Dreamsculptor's Gloves Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Belt Lifeless Buckled Girdle Icon Lifeless Buckled Girdle Nythendra
Legs Splotched Bloodfur Leggings Icon Splotched Bloodfur Leggings Ursoc
Boots Stained Maggot Squishers Icon Stained Maggot Squishers Nythendra
Ring #1 Mindrend Band Icon Mindrend Band Dragons of Nightmare
Ring #2 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Trinket #1 Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command Viz'aduum the Watcher
Trinket #2 Ethereal Urn Icon Ethereal Urn Nightbane

2.1. Trinket List

2.1.1. Agonizing Poison

  1. Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command
  2. Ethereal Urn Icon Ethereal Urn
  3. Eye of Guarm Icon Eye of Guarm (with Mastery)
  4. Hunger of the Pack Icon Hunger of the Pack
  5. Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda
  6. Tempered Egg of Serpentrix Icon Tempered Egg of Serpentrix
  7. Thrice-Accursed Compass Icon Thrice-Accursed Compass
  8. Chaos Talisman Icon Chaos Talisman
  9. Spontaneous Appendages Icon Spontaneous Appendages
  10. Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct
  11. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  12. Any of the other dungeon/raid trinkets

2.1.2. Exsanguinate

  1. Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command
  2. Hunger of the Pack Icon Hunger of the Pack
  3. Chaos Talisman Icon Chaos Talisman
  4. Ethereal Urn Icon Ethereal Urn
  5. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  6. Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct
  7. Thrice-Accursed Compass Icon Thrice-Accursed Compass
  8. Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda
  9. Tempered Egg of Serpentrix Icon Tempered Egg of Serpentrix
  10. Spontaneous Appendages Icon Spontaneous Appendages
  11. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  12. Any of the other dungeon/raid trinkets

3. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Agility, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.84 + 1150×0.46 + 976×1 = 1824.2

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Agility, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.46 + 970×0.67 + 976×1 = 1832.9

We can clearly see that 1832.9 > 1824.2, and therefore, the second pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. Based on the relative closeness of these items you can also assert that the DPS delta is negligible and you should use the upgrade with any additional bonuses, e.g. Speed or Socket. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

4. Racial Bonuses

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Assassination so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

5. Legendaries

The best combination of legendary items for most raid encounters is currently Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads + Zoldyck Family Training Shackles Icon Zoldyck Family Training Shackles.

Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads reduces Vendetta Icon Vendetta's cooldown by 1 second for every 50 Energy spent. This is the best legendary item overall, and it has incredible synergy with Vigor Icon Vigor and  Icon Master Assassin relics.

The Zoldyck Family Training Shackles Icon Zoldyck Family Training Shackles cause your poisions and bleeds to deal increased damage to targets below 30% health. This is a strong legendary for dealing single target damage. It is especially good in situations with prolonged or multiple execute phases, or fights with long lived adds that allow for additional execute opportunities (for example, the Manifest Corruption on Xavius P1).

Insignia of Ravenholdt Icon Insignia of Ravenholdt adds shadow cleave to your basic attacks that hits everything in front of you. A flexible legendary for any situation, though only middling in overall value compared with the other available choices.

Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin grants 100% increased Critical Strike while in Stealth Icon Stealth, and for 6 seconds after breaking Stealth Icon Stealth. This can be helpful if you need to quickly nuke down a priority target, though it has relatively low value for overall damage. This legendary has considerably higher impact if you are playing with Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is an underwhelming legendary, as it takes up a valuable trinket slot and has very low impact for sustained damage. It could be useful if there are a horde of stacked adds, but is otherwise lacklustre in every way.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote causes your attacks to deal 50% extra physical damage when your targets are above 90% health. This legendary is exceptional in situations where an early damage check is paramount. Unfortunately it doesn't have much use if damage early in the fight is not important.

The Dreadlord's Deceit Icon The Dreadlord's Deceit gives you a stacking damage bonus to your Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives. This legendary is only a minor gain for single target but highly useful for Mythic+ and burst AoE.

6. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Mages, and Combat/Outlaw/Subtlety Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Druids, Monks, and Combat/Outlaw/Subtlety Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, Combat/Outlaw/Subtlety Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

7. ChangeLog

  • 14 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items and updated ranking.
  • 09 Dec. 2016: Updated trinkets and legendary lists.
  • 06 Oct. 2016: Updated best in slot & legendary list.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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