Most Common and Worst Mistakes Assassination Rogues Make in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 02:20 by GrayHound 61 comments

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General Information

These are the most common mistakes that players make when playing Assassination Rogue. The goal is that you can learn how to improve your own game and avoid mistakes by being more aware of the mistakes that others are making. There is a good chance that some of these apply to you. They are listed in no particular order.

About Our Author

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Gray_Hound, a Rogue theorycrafter who raids in Strawberry Puppy Kisses. You can find him on Twitch and Twitter.

1. Overcapping Resources

Since all of Assassination's damage is tied to resources, it is important to waste as little of them as possible. You should make sure you do not find yourself being Energy capped or casting Combo Point generating abilities when at maximum Combo Points.

2. Not Pooling Energy

Pooling Energy has been a vital part of optimal Assassination gameplay for a long time now. Often players tend to spam builders / finishers without paying attention to the Energy, thus preventing them from maximizing Envenom Icon Envenom windows.

3. Holding Cooldowns For too Long

The only requirement for using Vendetta Icon Vendetta is that your target has Rupture Icon Rupture up and that ideally it will not die before it expires. However, there are no other requirements, so often enough people hold on to Vendetta for too long, and lose damage as a result of it.

4. Mismanaging Bleeds

Aim to have 100% uptime on Garrote Icon Garrote and Rupture Icon Rupture. In some fight situations it might lead to refreshing those abilities before you would normally need to, if you know that you are going to lose uptime on the boss to hit a different target and might not be able to refresh it at the optimal time. An extension of that, is to also manage Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison in multi-target situations. If you are not using Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives you might need to pay extra attention to it, and make sure it stays on all targets, so you do not lose out on extra Energy regeneration. In case you have your bleeds applied to a target, but it is about to lose the poison debuff, it might be worth to use Poisoned Knife Icon Poisoned Knife if the target is outside of melee range, to not lose any uptime.

5. Not Knowing How To Sim Yourself

It is impossible to correctly play and optimize a Assassination Rogue without using Raidbots to sim your own character, there are simply too many variables involved to intuitively figure out what gear to wear and so on without simming it first. Generally speaking, a simulation should be the first and final say in the gear you end up wearing for any given situation.

On top of this, simming is now very easy with no need to understand SimulationCraft APLs or installation yourself. All you will need is the in-game SimulationCraft AddOn, and the Raidbots website. Below you can find a video on how to sim your own character using the website.

6. Analyzing Your Mistakes as a Assassination Rogue

When it comes to identifying and improving your mistakes, we strongly recommend the website WoWAnalyzer — it will analyze your logs and give you a report detailing how you did on the problems above and more.

7. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Page added.
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