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

Last updated on Jan 24, 2017 at 20:35 by Furty 246 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Subtlety 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 Subtlety 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 Kiwifruit one of the top parsing Subtlety Rogues.

1. 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.

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 Doomblade Cowl Icon Doomblade Cowl Grand Magistrix Elisande
Neck Zealous Timestone Pendant Icon Zealous Timestone Pendant Chronomatic Anomaly
Shoulders Mantle of the Torn Sky Icon Mantle of the Torn Sky Star Augur Etraeus
Chest Doomblade Tunic Icon Doomblade Tunic Krosus
Cloak Doomblade Shadowwrap Icon Doomblade Shadowwrap Trilliax
Wrists Bracers of Impossible Choices Icon Bracers of Impossible Choices Grand Magistrix Elisande
Gloves Gloves of Synchronus Elements Icon Gloves of Synchronus Elements Spellblade Aluriel
Belt High Shadow Councilor's Wrap Icon High Shadow Councilor's Wrap Gul'dan
Legs Doomblade Pants Icon Doomblade Pants Gul'dan
Boots Grove-Tender's Moccasins Icon Grove-Tender's Moccasins High Botanist Tel'arn
Ring #1 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Ring #2 Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Icon Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Spellblade Aluriel
Trinket #1 Nightblooming Frond Icon Nightblooming Frond High Botanist Tel'arn
Trinket #2 Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates Grand Magistrix Elisande

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:

380×0.65 + 1150×0.38 + 976×1 = 1660.0

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:

450×0.38 + 970×0.70 + 976×1 = 1826.0

We can clearly see that 1826.0 > 1660.0, and therefore, the second pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. 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 Subtlety so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest. If you choose to play Night Elf, you should be sure to take advantage of Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld for an extra Stealth Icon Stealth when it is off cooldown.

5. Legendaries

The best combination of legendary items, assuming perfect play, is currently Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin + Shadow Satyr's Walk Icon Shadow Satyr's Walk.

Shadow Satyr's Walk Icon Shadow Satyr's Walk is the best legendary overall for Subtlety. It awards great single target sustain and offers the second highest single target benefit of any of the legendaries.

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 and amounts to a large overall DPS increase. This is the third best legendary for single target when considering overall DPS.

Denial of the Half-Giants Icon Denial of the Half-Giants is the fourth best legendary for single target damage, is good for adding an extended burst window if you need to push damage checks more aggressively.

Insignia of Ravenholdt Icon Insignia of Ravenholdt adds shadow cleave to all targets up to 15 yards in front of you when you use abilities that generate combo points. This is good for sustained cleave, and is fifth best numerically for single target damage.

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 useless for single target but useful if you need burst AoE. Very niche.

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.

5.1. Mantle of the Master Assassin

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. Unfortunately, this does not work with Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance which devalues this legendary considerably. It does, however, benefit from Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge's extended duration, but only when used from Vanish Icon Vanish. When using this legendary, the player should aim to use it in a window where Nightblade Icon Nightblade will not be refreshed. The player should also aim to have a  Icon Finality buff ready, as well as 5 Combo Points ready (10 with Anticipation Icon Anticipation). You should then vanish, spend your pooled up Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate, then continue with the regular rotation. A very advanced technique is to make use of the  Icon Flickering Shadows trait, which causes you to Vanish Icon Vanish after using Sprint Icon Sprint for 3 seconds without dealing or taking damage. This can be assisted with a simple macro:

  • #showtooltip Sprint
  • /stopattack
  • /cast Sprint

This is quite hard to pull off, as the player has to be keenly aware of the parts of the fight where they will be able to avoid damage for 3 seconds. Perfect use of this mechanic results in a very large dps gain when used with Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin, which can make Mantle far and away the strongest legendary for Subtlety rogues.

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 Assassination/Combat/Outlaw Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Druids, Monks, and Assassination/Combat/Outlaw Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, Assassination/Combat/Outlaw Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

7. ChangeLog

  • 24 Jan. 2017: Fully updated Best-in-Slot for Nighthold.
  • 23 Jan. 2017: Added a separate section dedicated to Mantle of the Master Assassin further explaining its use.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items.
  • 11 Oct. 2016: Updated trinket list.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed the trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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