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Assassination Rogue DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated Today at 14:32 by Furty 324 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. 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 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. 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. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

4. Strengths

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

5. Weaknesses

  • Weak AoE
  • Low burst damage with Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison build because of ramp up (opener is alright though)

6. 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.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

  • 14 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Trimmed some mentions of Deeper Strategem and updated opener.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Added a new relic priority for players with Duskwalker's Footpads.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items and updated ranking.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Minor update to talents; Alacrity for multitarget.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added a Patch 7.1.5 changes section, and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 21 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Assassination Rogues.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (this page): Further clarified wording in weaknesses to make sure no ambiguity was possible.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Kingsbane section, Opening Sequence, and Action Priority List.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinkets and legendary lists.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent tiers (T1/T2/T3/T6) to include further details and references to legendaries and Mythic+.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Minor update to AP stat priority (Crit=Vers).
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (this page): Revised weaknesses a little.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Updated relic priorities (Master Assassin/Master Alchemist).
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated pooling section to make note of Urge to Kill.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Added Exsanguinate priority for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 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 (rotation page): Adjusted page to be further in line with the Agonizing Poison build.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated relic choice.
  • 06 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated best in slot & legendary list.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent build.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants and food to be in line with current stat priority.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority and weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation 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 (talents page): Made Thuggee an alternative to Prey on the Weak in Tier 5.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention about safe Pandemic refresh for Rupture.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons 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 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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