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Subtlety Rogue DPS Guide (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Oct 11, 2016 at 13:38 by Furty 155 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Subtlety Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. 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

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.

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. Strengths

  • Strong single target damage
  • Strong 2-3 target cleave
  • Good burst damage
  • Good burst AoE damage
  • Scales exceptionally well
  • Strong defensive utility and crowd control

4. Weaknesses

  • Mediocre sustained AoE
  • Cooldown dependent
  • Using cooldowns to bolster AoE comes at the expense of single-target damage (and vice versa)

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Subtlety is currently the strongest speciality for raiding once a high item level is achieved, as it scales best with items among the Rogue specializations. At around 870 item level it starts to become competitive with Outlaw in a raid setting and only gets better from there. Note that Outlaw is still the clear choice at any item level for Mythic+ dungeons, and is still a superior spec for heavy cleave and AoE.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 8 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 08 Oct. 2016: Updated strengths, weaknesses, and viability.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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