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Subtlety Rogue DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.1)

Last updated Today at 05:15 by Furty 216 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 Subtlety Rogues. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

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

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.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Kiwifruit one of the top parsing Subtlety Rogues.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

There is a choice to be made at some point, depending on whether you are mostly raiding or doing dungeons. If you are mostly raiding, then take  Icon Demon's Kiss and  Icon Precision Strike first, before taking  Icon Soul Shadows and  Icon Shadow Nova. If you are mostly doing dungeons, then take  Icon Soul Shadows and  Icon Shadow Nova first, before taking  Icon Demon's Kiss and  Icon Precision Strike.

1.1. Early Point Investment

Artifact Progression - Early Point Investment

From the starting point,  Icon Shadow Fangs, take the upper path and grab the Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate critical chance in  Icon Gutripper.  Icon Catlike Reflexes is not very useful but it should be your next point as it lies on the most efficient path. Grab  Icon Ghost Armor for even more Dodge chance (yay! ...not) before acquiring  Icon Energetic Stabbing, the strongest trait on the entire tree. Snag your first Golden Trait,  Icon Finality.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Second Golden Trait

Go right from  Icon Ghost Armor into  Icon Flickering Shadows, which can be quite useful in the right situations. Head up into  Icon The Quiet Knife for some filler damage and pick up  Icon Akaari's Soul, which gives a noticeable boost to your single target.

1.3. Third Golden Trait

Artifact Progression - Third Golden Trait

There are two paths you can take from here.

1.3.1. Single Target/Raid Oriented Build

Start at the bottom of the tree and grab  Icon Demon's Kiss for the Nightblade Icon Nightblade damage. Move up into  Icon Precision Strike. Hop up to the top of the tree and talent into  Icon Soul Shadows. Finally, invest into your final Golden Trait,  Icon Shadow Nova.

1.3.2. AoE/Dungeon Oriented Build

Start at the top of the tree and grab  Icon Soul Shadows before acquiring your final Golden Trait,  Icon Shadow Nova. Head down to the bottom of the tree and grab  Icon Demon's Kiss and  Icon Precision Strike.

1.4. Final Point Investment

Grab  Icon Fortune's Bite for additional Combo Point generation.  Icon Second Shuriken should be acquired next for the additional damage while cleaving and dealing AoE damage. Put your final point into  Icon Embrace of Darkness.

2. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Energetic Stabbing for the Energy return.
  2. Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate critical chance from  Icon Gutripper is valuable.
  3. Keep an eye out for increased Nightblade Icon Nightblade damage from  Icon Demon's Kiss.
  4. Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike damage from  Icon Precision Strike is great.
  5.  Icon Fortune's Bite for the extra Combo Points.
  6. Increased Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades duration from  Icon Soul Shadows.
  7.  Icon The Quiet Knife is great for extra filler damage.

As Relics affect the item level of your weapons, it is recommended you always take the highest item level options if there is a great disparity as it will increase your weapon damage.

3. ChangeLog

  • 08 Dec. 2016: Updated paths to include a split for single target vs. dungeon oriented & updated relic priority.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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