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Assassination Rogue DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.2)

Last updated on Nov 30, 2017 at 23:51 by Furty 457 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Assassination Rogues. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.2.

The other pages of our Assassination Rogue guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. 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 Perfecto, an Outlaw/Assassination Rogue who raids in Method.

1. Artifact Progression — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

After acquiring the initial point,  Icon Assassin's Blades, head left into  Icon Toxic Blades and grab  Icon Urge to Kill. This is useful as you no longer have to pool Energy in anticipation of Vendetta Icon Vendetta and allows you to dump all your Energy in the opener before popping Vendetta Icon Vendetta. Moving into  Icon Master Assassin will allow you to use Vendetta Icon Vendetta more often, which boosts your single target noticeably and has much better synergy with Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate.  Icon Gushing Wound is one of the best traits on the tree as Rupture Icon Rupture comprises a large majority of your damage. Snag your first Golden Trait,  Icon Blood of the Assassinated, which is a huge boon to your over damage on both single target and cleave.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Move up from  Icon Gushing Wound into  Icon Master Alchemist for the increase to poison damage. Grab your second Golden Trait,  Icon Bag of Tricks, which is a nice boost to single target and cleave and procs about once a minute.

1.3. Third Golden Trait

Going back to the starting point,  Icon Assassin's Blades, head downwards into  Icon Poison Knives. Head into  Icon Surge of Toxins and grab the juicy Rupture Icon Rupture critical chance in  Icon Serrated Edge. Acquire your final Golden Trait,  Icon From the Shadows, which is a nice boost to round out your Kingslayers.

1.4. Final Point Investment

 Icon Balanced Blades should be your first pickup after grabbing all the Golden Traits. It is largely personal preference after this point, but I personally like to head upwards from  Icon Blood of the Assassinated into  Icon Fade into Shadows for the cooldown reduction on Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows.  Icon Shadow Swiftness is a good pickup for 1 point as well, especially for players that are quick to jump the trigger on the opener and end up getting instantly killed on the pull (you know who you are). Finally, the cooldown reduction on Sprint Icon Sprint next to  Icon Bag of Tricks is a good choice for your final points as it is not very helpful.

2. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Silence of the Uncrowned Icon Silence of the Uncrowned
  2. Strangler Icon Strangler
  3. Dense Concoction Icon Dense Concoction
  4. Sinister Circulation Icon Sinister Circulation
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Master Assassin
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Gushing Wound
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Toxic Blades
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Balanced Blades
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Serrated Edge
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Poison Knives
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Master Alchemist
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon Shadow Walker
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Fade into Shadows
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

3. Relic Choice

  1.  Icon Master Alchemist;
  2.  Icon Master Assassin (x1 or x3);
  3.  Icon Toxic Blades;
  4.  Icon Gushing Wound;
  5.  Icon Balanced Blades;
  6.  Icon Serrated Edge;
  7. Strangler Icon Strangler;
  8.  Icon Poison Knives.

The second Master Assassin relic only adds a negligible boost, and therefore it is advised that you only use 1 or 3  Icon Master Assassin relics.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated Relic Priority.
  • 10 Sep. 2017: Updated Relic Priority and added a note about the 3-Master Assassin relic setup.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated Relic Priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated Relic Priority.
  • 17 May 2017: Updated Relic Priority and 7.2 pathing slightly.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 05 Mar. 2017: Added further exposition in the Duskwalker's section.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Updated Relic priority, added additional explanation for Master Assassin Relics.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated Relic priority; Toxic Blades roughly on par with Gushing Wound with Tier 19 4-piece bonus.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Added a new Relic priority for players with Duskwalker's Footpads.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Dec. 2016: Updated Relic priorities (Master Assassin/Master Alchemist).
  • 07 Oct. 2016: Updated Relic choice.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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