Season of Discovery Subtlety Rogue DPS Talents and Runes
On this page, you will find out the best PvE talents for your DPS Subtlety Rogue in WoW Classic — Season of Discovery, as well as advised runes.
Subtlety Rogue DPS Talent Build
Recommended Rune Engravings
Gloves — Mutilate
Pants — Envenom
Chest — Deadly Brew
Waist — Shadowstep
Feet — Master of Subtlety
Mutilate will be the default choice for gloves thanks to recent changes that have reduced its energy cost to 40. It also synergizes incredibly well with the talent Opportunity as well as many of the other Runes we have chosen like Envenom and Deadly Brew. Mutilate deals 20% additional damage to a target afflicted by a Poison while Envenom and Deadly Brew also work to constantly apply more poisons.
Envenom deals bonus damage to targets that are afflicted by Deadly Poison which Deadly Brew works constantly to apply. This also synergizes incredibly with Mutilate as it also deals more damage to a poisoned target. Between the Eyes is a great toolif you find yourself needing a ranged stun but deals considerably less damage and will not benefit from the other Runes we have chosen the same way Envenom does.
Deadly Brew applies a stack of Deadly Poison anytime another poison is applied to the target, this scales incredibly well with other talents such as Mutilate and Envenom which both deal additional damage against a target that is poisoned.
Shadowstep is an incredibly powerful mobility cooldown that teleports you behind your current target and increases your movement speed by 70% for 3 seconds. This can also be used in conjunction with the talent Preparation in a situation where you need to cover a lot of distance quickly. Shuriken Toss is another great choice however as it allows you to deal AoE damage. AoE is Rogues single greatest weakness so should you find yourself in a situation where consistent AoE is required definitely switch to Shuriken Toss.
Master of Subtlety increases your damage by 10% for 6 seconds after exiting stealth, this greatly strengthens our opener and turns Vanish into a DPS cooldown. Also consider using Preparation to reset your Vanish cooldown for even more uptime on the Master of Subtlety buff.
More engravings are likely to come out as we reach higher level caps so make sure to checkout our general Runes guide to get a better understanding of what all tools you have available to your Rogue.
Notable Subtlety Rogue Talents
Preparation instantly resets the cooldown of all other Rogue abilities. This can be used in a plethora of ways to either refresh the cooldown of a defensive ability such as Evasion or Blind or push the damage by resetting your Vanish cooldown allowing you to re-enter stealth and deal 10% more damage thanks to Master of Subtlety.
Deadliness Increases your attack power by 10% while this is an incredibly simple talent it will greatly increase the damage you deal and makes gear scale even better when receiving an upgrade.
- 11 Feb. 2024: Updated for Phase 2.
- 15 Dec. 2023: Guide updated.
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- Season of Discovery Hotfixes: February 20th
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- Season of Discovery and Classic Era Hotfixes: February 16th