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Assassination Rogue DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1)

Last updated Today at 08:06 by Furty 284 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Assassination Rogues in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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 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.

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

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Master Poisoner Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Elaborate Planning Hemorrhage Hemorrhage
30 Nightstalker Nightstalker Subterfuge ? Subterfuge Shadow Focus Shadow Focus
45 Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Anticipation Anticipation Vigor ? Vigor
60 Leeching Poison ? Leeching Poison Elusiveness Elusiveness Cheat Death Cheat Death
75 Thuggee Thuggee Prey on the Weak ? Prey on the Weak Internal Bleeding Internal Bleeding
90 Agonizing Poison Agonizing Poison Alacrity Alacrity Exsanguinate Exsanguinate
100 Venom Rush Venom Rush Marked for Death ? Marked for Death Death from Above Death from Above

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

It should be noted this build takes extremely high levels of gear and Mastery to be effective. If you are running a high Critical Strike/Versatility build, you should instead use Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate in place of Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison for only a minor loss in DPS.

2.2. General Purpose/Leveling

This build is an excellent starting point for questing and general purpose usage.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Master Poisoner Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Elaborate Planning Hemorrhage Hemorrhage

Tier 1 talents offer playstyle choices that have strong synergy with other talents.

  • Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner increases your poison damage by 40% and their non-damaging effects by 20%.
  • Elaborate Planning Icon Elaborate Planning grants 12% damage for 5 seconds after using a finishing move.
  • Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage is an ability that applies a bleed for 20 seconds that also increases bleed damage by 25% for the duration.

Elaborate Planning Icon Elaborate Planning is currently the best choice for most situations. Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner becomes the best talent with very high amounts of Mastery and an Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison build, and scales best into future tiers out of all the talents on the tier. Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage is only useful for bleed focused builds in Mythic+ dungeons, though it is very situational and Elaborate Planning Icon Elaborate Planning is generally preferred even in Mythic+.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Nightstalker Nightstalker Subterfuge ? Subterfuge Shadow Focus Shadow Focus

Tier 2 talents improve your Stealth Icon Stealth functionality.

  • Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker increases movement speed by 20% and damage by 50% while Stealth Icon Stealth is active.
  • Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge allows abilities requiring Stealth to be used for an additional 3 seconds after Stealth breaks. Garrote Icon Garrote also has no cooldown when used from Stealth and deals 100% additional damage while Subterfuge or Stealth is active.
  • Shadow Focus Icon Shadow Focus reduces the Energy cost of abilities by 50% when used from Stealth.

Nightstalker Icon Nightstalker is overall the best option for all situations and results in a moderate damage gain. Your Vanish Icon Vanish should generally be used to apply a fresh Rupture Icon Rupture, as the entire duration of the bleed benefits from this damage bonus.

Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge is great for Mythic+ as you are able to apply Garrote Icon Garrote to several targets in your opener, which greatly improves your cleave.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Deeper Stratagem Deeper Stratagem Anticipation Anticipation Vigor ? Vigor

Tier 3 talents augment your resource systems.

  • Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem increases maximum Combo Points to 6, allows finishing moves to consume 6 combo points, and increases the damage of finishing moves by 10%.
  • Anticipation Icon Anticipation increases maximum Combo Points to 8, but finishing moves still consume 5 combo points.
  • Vigor Icon Vigor increases your maximum Energy by 50 and increases Energy regeneration by 10%.

Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem is the best choice for raiding, as it allows for stronger finishers and more talent point flexibility. Outside of Vendetta Icon Vendetta it is best to use 4-6 Combo Point finishers for higher Elaborate Planning Icon Elaborate Planning uptimes and less Combo Point loss.

Vigor Icon Vigor is a good choice for questing and world content as it improves Energy quality of life considerably. It can also become a competitive option when paired with Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads. Anticipation Icon Anticipation is not as useful as it was in the past, and should not be considered.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Leeching Poison ? Leeching Poison Elusiveness Elusiveness Cheat Death Cheat Death

Tier 4 talents improve your personal survivability.

  • Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison grants 10% leech to your damage.
  • Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness causes Feint Icon Feint to also grant 30% reduced damage taken from all sources.
  • Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death causes fatal damage to instead reduce you to 7% of your maximum health and grant 85% reduced damage taken for 3 seconds. Cheat Death cannot save you from damage great that double your maximum health.

Cheat Death Icon Cheat Death is a good choice for players in a raid environment, as it is entirely passive and great for soaking raid mechanics when needed. Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is a great talent in the right situation, but requires you to be extremely proficient with Feint Icon Feint usage and very aware of incoming damage. Generally, Cheat Death is best for learning encounters and soaking high damage mechanics, whereas Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is great for sustained incoming damage, or soaking frequently occurring mechanics (such as Blood Ritual on Iron Maidens). Leeching Poison Icon Leeching Poison is useless for max level content, but the most useful choice while questing or doing world content.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Thuggee Thuggee Prey on the Weak ? Prey on the Weak Internal Bleeding Internal Bleeding

Tier 5 talents improve your crowd control utility.

Thuggee Icon Thuggee should be your default choice on the tier as it can result in a solid DPS increase through extra uptimes on Garrote Icon Garrote. Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak is a great choice in certain situations, as 10% increased damage from all sources can be incredible for bursting down important adds. Internal Bleeding Icon Internal Bleeding does not offer the same damage potential, even while leveling.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Agonizing Poison Agonizing Poison Alacrity Alacrity Exsanguinate Exsanguinate

Tier 6 talents alter your playstyle significantly.

  • Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison is a new lethal poison that increases the target's damage taken from your abilities by 4%, stacking up to 4 times.
  • Alacrity Icon Alacrity causes finishing moves to have a 20% chance per Combo Point to grant 1% haste for 20 seconds, stacking 20 times.
  • Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate is a new ability that causes your bleed effects to bleed out 100% faster when activated.

Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison is the best choice on this tier currently. This will replace Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison as your lethal poison of choice. Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate is slightly behind Agonizing Poison Icon Agonizing Poison currently but is a better option if you do not have a Mastery heavy setup. It can also be a good option for bursting down important adds.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Venom Rush Venom Rush Marked for Death ? Marked for Death Death from Above Death from Above

Tier 7 talents offer some additional damage utility.

  • Venom Rush Icon Venom Rush causes Venomous Wounds Icon Venomous Wounds to grant 3 additional Energy every time it procs.
  • Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death marks a target and instantly generates 5 Combo Points. The cooldown is reset if the marked target dies.
  • Death from Above Icon Death from Above is a two-part finishing move with a short cooldown that ends with an automatic cast of a 50% stronger Envenom Icon Envenom.

Venom Rush Icon Venom Rush is overall the best choice in every end-game situation, currently. Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death is the talent of choice for leveling and questing.

10. ChangeLog

  • 09 Dec. 2016: Updated talent tiers (T1/T2/T3/T6) to include further details and references to legendaries and Mythic+.
  • 02 Nov. 2016: Updated Raid Encounters build to include a reference to Exsanguinate for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 05 Oct. 2016: Updated talent build.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Made Thuggee an alternative to Prey on the Weak in Tier 5.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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