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Subtlety Rogue DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated Today at 05:30 by Furty 207 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Subtlety Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. 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.

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. 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

4. 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

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Subtlety is currently the strongest specialization 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 Assassination 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 Dec. 2016 (this page): A few updates to viability and strengths/weaknesses following Kiwifruit's review.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Updated paths to include a split for single target vs. dungeon oriented & updated relic priority.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat weights and added a short Versatility vs Mastery discussion.
  • 08 Dec. 2016 (enchants page): Update enchants, gems, and consumables to reflect the slight adjustment to the stat priority.
  • 06 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated T1 talents (Weaponmaster>=MoS) and added a note about situational uses of Alacrity and Death From Above.
  • 06 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Big update; Action Priority List split into single/multi target, resource management updates, many tweaks to "Important Notes" sections.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 11 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent build and descriptions.
  • 08 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths, weaknesses, and viability.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 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 (rotation page): Many small improvements (more notes on Pandemic, Subterfuge, and many tweaks).
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Tweaked Level 30 talent recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated Level 45, 75, 90, and 100 talent recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed the trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this 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 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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