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Assassination Rogue DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 02, 2016 at 05:39 by Furty 281 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Assassination Rogue in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Assassination Rogue focuses primarily on dealing damage through the application of lethal poisons and bleed effects. They have a wide array of abilities to deal with a multitude of fight types, but they especially excel at dealing high single target burst damage. Similar to other Rogue specializations, Assassination also provides a wide array of crowd control utility which can be invaluable in controlling adds. Rogues also excel at dealing with abilities that need to be soaked and deal high damage, as they have a variety of defensive tools to mitigate or avoid damage. High personal mobility also makes them excellent at kiting fixates or sticking to mobile targets.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Additional focus on damage over time effects
  • New bleed focused playstyle when specced Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate and Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage
  • Many glyphs are no longer present within the game.
  • Many changes to the talent tree, including a variety of new abilities and passives.

3. Strengths

  • Strong and consistent single target damage
  • Good 2-3 target cleave
  • Exceptional defensive utility
  • Fantastic mobility

4. Weaknesses

  • Extremely weak AoE
  • Low burst damage, ramp up

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Assassination is currently on par with Outlaw and Subtlety on a single target, and vastly inferior to Outlaw on cleave and AoE. Players that find the variance of Outlaw's damage output to be frustrating may prefer this specialization for boss encounters due to its stable nature. With the appropriate gear (Mastery heavy setup) this specialization can even eclipse the other specializations on single target damage, though it scales poorly when compared with Subtlety.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 02 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Added Exsanguinate priority for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated pooling section to make note of Urge to Kill.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Raid Encounters build to include a reference to Exsanguinate for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): No changes in patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Kingsbane section to note that it generates a Combo Point in Patch 7.1.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated viability.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated relic choice.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Adjusted page to be further in line with the Agonizing Poison build.
  • 06 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated best in slot & legendary list.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent build.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority and weights.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants and food to be in line with current stat priority.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated Weapon Enchants with a note on Shadowmoon ICD.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Opening Sequence & added note about 5-6 CP vs. 6 CP finisher usage.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention about safe Pandemic refresh for Rupture.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Made Thuggee an alternative to Prey on the Weak in Tier 5.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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