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Assassination Rogue DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Jan 12, 2018 at 10:40 by Furty 481 comments

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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.

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.

1. The Basics for Assassination Rogue

Assassination primarily focuses on maintaining damage over time effects for potent sustained damage and cleave. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

2. Talent Choice for Assassination Rogue

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Choice for Assassination Rogue

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Mastery:
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Haste.

4. Basic Rotational Priority for Assassination Rogue

  1. Keep Rupture Icon Rupture and Garrote Icon Garrote applied to the main target at all times.
  2. Use Vendetta Icon Vendetta, Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane, and Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade on cooldown.
  3. Activate Vanish Icon Vanish on cooldown, when you have full Combo Points, and apply Rupture Icon Rupture.
  4. Cast Envenom Icon Envenom to dump Combo Points.
  5. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate to generate Combo Points on 1 target. Use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives to generate Combo Points on 2+ targets.

4.1. Tips and Tricks

4.2. Basic Opener

This opener is not tailored to any specific legendary items.

  1. Use Potion of Prolonged Power Icon Potion of Prolonged Power at 1 second on the pull countdown.
  2. Apply Garrote Icon Garrote.
  3. Cast Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  4. Apply Rupture Icon Rupture.
  5. Activate Vendetta Icon Vendetta.
  6. Cast Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade.
  7. Cast Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane.
  8. Cast Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  9. Activate Vanish Icon Vanish.
  10. Apply Rupture Icon Rupture.
  11. Cast Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  12. Cast Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  13. Cast Envenom Icon Envenom.
  14. Continue with normal priority.

5. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jan. 2018: Updated talents, restructured Rotation section, added Tips and Tricks, added Basic Opener.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated talents for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 21 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Assassination Rogues.
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