Season of Discovery Assassination Rogue DPS Talents and Runes

Last updated on Jul 06, 2024 at 10:00 by Sellin 7 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talents for your DPS Assassination Rogue in WoW Classic — Season of Discovery, as well as advised runes.

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Assassination Rogue DPS Talent Build

Your talent build as an Assassination rogue is largely set in stone due to the strength of talents found towards the bottom of the Assassination talent tree such as Vile Poisons Icon Vile Poisons and Cold Blood Icon Cold Blood which make it difficult to branch into other specializations. As we reach the level cap we will now be able to delve into the Combat tree to find great talents like Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry and Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization. If your group is without another source of Improved Expose Armor Icon Improved Expose Armor or you are assigned to it, you can move the points found in Improved Poisons Icon Improved Poisons there to recieve the full benefit of your Sebacious Poison Icon Sebacious Poison.

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Gloves — Mutilate Icon Mutilate

Pants — Envenom Icon Envenom

Chest — Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew

Waist — Poisoned Knife Icon Poisoned Knife

Feet — Master of Subtlety Icon Master of Subtlety

Helm — Focused Attacks Icon Focused Attacks

Wrist — Cut to the Chase Icon Cut to the Chase

Back — Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives

Ring — Dagger Specialization Icon Dagger Specialization

Ring — Nature Specialization Icon Nature Specialization

Mutilate Icon Mutilate is an incredibly strong ability and thanks to the changes in its Energy cost it will be our default ability in the Gloves slot. Saber Slash Icon Saber Slash is another great option but unfortunately just deals less damage compared to Mutilate Icon Mutilate. Mutilate Icon Mutilate also synergizes incredibly well with the other Runes we have recommended such as Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew and Envenom Icon Envenom.

Envenom Icon Envenom deals by far the most damage of the options found on your Pants with Between the Eyes Icon Between the Eyes being much more focused on control and acting as a ranged finisher we default to Envenom Icon Envenom as our primary way to spend excess combo points and apply additional poisons.

Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew applies a stack of Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison anytime you inflict any kind of a poison to a target, this synergizes incredibly well as Mutilate Icon Mutilate and Envenom Icon Envenom deal additional damage to targets effected by poisons. Once you have learned Occult Poison I Icon Occult Poison I this will be applied instead of Deadly but you will still receive the same benefits as having Deadly Poison active on the target as well as the target having a stacking Magic damage taken debuff making our Poison damage even more potent.

Poisoned Knife Icon Poisoned Knife is another great ability to deal DPS and should be used on cooldown once you have achieved 5 stacks of Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison/Occult Poison I Icon Occult Poison I. If you have 5 stacks of either poison active on the target this will refund the full amount of energy it consumes making it a bascially free source of damage while also applying a Combo Point to the target.

Master of Subtlety Icon Master of Subtlety increases your damage by 10% after leaving Stealth Icon Stealth just generally strengthening our opener against enemies but also allowing for Vanish Icon Vanish to be used as a small DPS cooldown.

Focused Attacks Icon Focused Attacks is an incredible source of Energy that will allow you to cast more abilities over the course of an encounter. Due to the massive amount of Critical Strike rating we are likely to have and multipliers found throughout the Rouge talent tree like Malice Icon Malice and Improved Backstab Icon Improved Backstab we will have another near constant source of incoming Energy thanks to Focused Attacks.

Carnage Icon Carnage gives us a considerable damage increase when we have a bleed effect active so this will require us to apply Rupture Icon Rupture while doing our DPS rotation. With the addition of Sebacious Poison Icon Sebacious Poison we will no longer have to spend combo points on Expose Armor Icon Expose Armor allowing us much more freedom to use Rupture while still maintaining our Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice.

Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives fills a massive hole in our DPS rotation giving us a spammable source of AoE damage. This synergizes incredibly with the Mutilate Icon Mutilate build recommended above as you will deal 75% of your weapons damage each time you cast Fan of Knives compared to 50% of weapon damage you would deal with any other weapon type.

Dagger Specialization Icon Dagger Specialization and Nature Specialization Icon Nature Specialization greatly increases our chance to hit with Daggers and our Poisons. Dagger Specialization gives us 5 extra weapon skill which is a massive boost towards the 9% melee Hit cap required to hit bosses and allows us to itemize towards other stats. Nature Specialization increases the hit chance of our Poisons by 6% and while we are unlikely to reach the Spell Hit cap of 16% this is still a basically free increase to our DPS.

More engravings are likely to come out as we reach later phases, so make sure to checkout our general Runes guide to get a better understanding of what all tools you have available to your Rogue.

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Notable Assassination Rogue Talents

Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes Your finish moves have a 20% chance per combo point to restore 25 energy. This talent is huge as Energy is your largest limiting factor and any chance to restore additional energy will translate immediately into additional damage.

Vile Poisons Icon Vile Poisons increases the damage dealt by poisons by 20% and makes them 40% resistant to dispels. While the Dispel aspect of this does not impact us much in PvE the additional 20% damage is massive as it synergizes incredibly well with Runes like Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew that is constantly applying poisons.

Improved Poisons Icon Improved Poisons Similar to Vile Poisons Icon Vile Poisons this talent just synergizes incredibly with the Runes we have chosen as Mutilate Icon Mutilate and Envenom Icon Envenom deal additional damage to targets that are poisoned and Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew will proc more Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison/Occult Poison I Icon Occult Poison I as a result of the increased application rate.

Cold Blood Icon Cold Blood a guaranteed crit that not only deals additional damage but also gives a chance at regenerating additional energy thanks to our Relentless Strikes Icon Relentless Strikes talent.

Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry increases your attack speed by 20% and causes your attacks to deal damage to an additional nearby target, while this will be used primarily for the attack speed its a great way to deal cleave damage even with the addition of abilities like Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives Rogue can have a tough time in 2-target cleave situations.

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Changelog

  • 06 Jul. 2024: Updated for Phase 4.
  • 01 Apr. 2024: Updated for Phase 3.
  • 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Guide updated.
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