Assassination Rogue Pre-Patch Guide for WotLK Classic
The Pre-Patch period of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a time to allow players to level or gear up characters while experiencing some of the class changes of the coming expansion before its official launch. Here you will find recommended talents, gear, and some rotation tips for a Assassination Rogue when you can only reach a maximum level of 70.
Rogues in general have some amazing changes coming their way in Wrath of the Lich King Classic, but 2 of the 3 most important changes only take effect after the expansion releases. For the pre-patch, all Rogue specs can enjoy the implementation of their poisons now scaling with Attack Power, which is massively useful for Assassination especially.
Assassination has solid single-target damage in the pre-patch, while bringing the Master Poisoner debuff to the raid group, which increases the critical strike chance of all attacks made against enemies you have poisoned by 3%.
The talent tree listed above uses the points available at Level 70 to get as many of the desired talents as possible, but it still falls short. For example, while Opportunity is a solid talent, it simply does not provide as much of a DPS increase as Dual Wield Specialization or Relentless Strikes in raids.
We would expect Rogues to be at the hit cap, as well as near Expertise cap during the pre-patch, so you should take Fleet Footed instead of Quick Recovery, due to the fact that you will not be missing many of your finishers.
At Level 70, you will only have access to 2 of your 3 major glyph slots.
For Level 70, you will want to have the Mutilate and Slice and Dice glyphs for your major glyphs.
- Hit Rating to cap;
For Assassination Rogues, the majority of secondary stats are fairly similar in their priority, with Hit, Expertise, and Agility taking priority over the others. Point-for-point, these 3 are the strongest stats for Assassination in the pre-patch.
The rotation as an Assassination Rogue is fairly simple, but it is important to ensure that you get a proper opener, depending on the raid setup you are currently in.
Opener without Bleeds
If another player is able to apply bleeds to the boss, your opener will look like this:
Opener with Bleeds
If another player is not able to apply bleeds to the boss, your opener will look like this:
- Slice and Dice
- Hunger For Blood
Rotation Following Opener
The rotation for Assassination is massively simple after your opener: you will simply alternate between Mutilate and Envenom for most of the fight. You should aim to use Mutilate if you have 1-3 combo points and Envenom if you have 4-5 combo points.
Make sure not to use Envenom too early, to avoid wasting the buff from your previous cast.
If you have to put bleeds on the boss yourself, then you will need to re-apply Rupture when you next want to use Hunger For Blood. Simply replace an Envenom with Rupture in order to do so.
If you do not have any Warriors in your group, you will need to use Expose Armor and maintain the buff at all times. You should aim to always have it active and should prioritise the usage of it over your own Envenoms, if it prevents the buff from falling off.
Gearing in the Wrath of the Lich King Classic Pre-Patch
The 4-set bonus for Assassination is fairly weak, due to the lower reliance on your CP-generator abilities and their relatively lower damage out percentage. You can aim to get your 2-set bonus of the Slayer set.
Weapons for Assassination Rogue
There are a number of options for you, but as long as you follow these rules, your combination will work fine:
- At least one fast weapon, with 1.3-1.5 speed.
- The second weapon can be any speed.
- Take the highest DPS daggers you can, as long as one of them is fast.
For your poisons, you should use Instant Poison on your slow weapon and Deadly Poison on your fast weapon.
Gems for Assassination Rogue
The gems you choose to use will depend on the gear you have, but for the most part, you should aim to fill the slots with the following:
- Meta: Relentless Earthstorm Diamond
- Red or Blue: Shifting Shadowsong Amethyst
- Red or Yellow: Glinting Pyrestone
The gems you choose to use should never "waste" Hit Rating by overcapping you. You should also only aim to use a minimum of 2 purple gems to active your meta gem, but beyond that, you should be using red/orange gems for the highest DPS per stat increase.
For your enchants, you should use the following:
|Arcanum of Ferocity
|Might of the Scourge
|Enchant Cloak - Greater Agility
|Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats
|Enchant Bracer - Assault
|Enchant Gloves - Superior Agility
|Nethercobra Leg Armor
|Enchant Boots - Dexterity
|Enchant Ring - Striking
|Enchant Weapon - Mongoose
Flask of Relentless Assault is your typical go-to flask of choice.
Elixir of Major Agility is our best choice for your in-fight potion.
- 30 Aug. 2022: Added glyph notes, as well as changed trinket recommendation to account for Ashtongue not applying to poisons.
- 29 Aug. 2022: Guide added.
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