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Subtlety Rogue DPS Guide (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 24, 2017 at 20:35 by Furty 247 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Subtlety Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Subtlety 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 Kiwifruit one of the top parsing Subtlety Rogues.

1. Class Overview

Subtlety has received an array of changes in Legion, altering both their core identity and their strengths and weaknesses. Subtlety Rogues continue to provide strong single-target pressure, but it now brings respectable AoE to the table as well. Much of the rotation involves actively shifting between two stances, in and out of Stealth Icon Stealth. Some abilities can be used at anytime, however, certain abilities can only be used while you are in Stealth Icon Stealth. There are only a limited number of ways to activate Stealth Icon Stealth during combat, and therefore the core component of this specialization revolves around managing your abilities to correctly time windows of burst.

2. What Has Changed?

  • Many basic abilities, such as Hemorrhage Icon Hemorrhage, have been removed from Subtlety's kit or shifted to talents.
  • Several core abilities, such as Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance, have received significant changes and now resemble their Warlords of Draenor versions in name only.
  • A variety of new Combo Point finishers and generators have been added.
  • Poisons removed.
  • The toolkit has been expanded and improved to better handle AoE.
  • 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 single target damage
  • Strong 2-3 target cleave
  • Good burst damage
  • Good sustained AoE
  • Scales exceptionally well
  • Strong defensive utility and crowd control
  • Great mobility

5. Weaknesses

  • Cooldown dependent
  • Using cooldowns to bolster AoE comes at the expense of single-target damage (and vice versa)
  • Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike can be risky as it can occasionally teleport you unpredictably

6. Viability in the Current Patch

Subtlety is currently slightly behind Assassination for raiding, but is overall a perfectly viable specialization for Normal or Heroic raiding. It should be noted, however, that this specialization is more well rounded than its counterparts, having the ability to deal strong damage in any situation.

7. Contents

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

8. ChangeLog

  • 24 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Fully updated Best-in-Slot for Nighthold.
  • 23 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated APL for Anticipation bug.
  • 23 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added a separate section dedicated to Mantle of the Master Assassin further explaining its use.
  • 23 Jan. 2017 (this page): Small update to viability section.
  • 23 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Added a section explaining the Finality bug for Anticipation.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated 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 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.1.5 changes list and updated strengths/weaknesses and viability sections.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 22 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Subtlety Rogues.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Updated paths to include a split for single target vs. dungeon oriented & updated relic priority.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Update enchants, gems, and consumables to reflect the slight adjustment to the stat priority.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (this page): A few updates to viability and strengths/weaknesses following Kiwifruit's review.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights and added a short Versatility vs Mastery discussion.
  • 06 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Big update; Action Priority List split into single/multi target, resource management updates, many tweaks to "Important Notes" sections.
  • 06 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated T1 talents (Weaponmaster>=MoS) and added a note about situational uses of Alacrity and Death From Above.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent build and descriptions.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths, weaknesses, and viability.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents 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.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Made enchants match new stat priority.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): New stat priority to account for Bleeding Hollow Toxin Vessel.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated Level 45, 75, 90, and 100 talent recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Tweaked Level 30 talent recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Many small improvements (more notes on Pandemic, Subterfuge, and many tweaks).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed the trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells 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 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents 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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