Assassination Rogue DPS Easy Mode in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 19:13 by GrayHound 61 comments

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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. Foreword

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.

2. 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.

3. 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. The talents recommended here aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

4. Stat Choice for Assassination Rogue

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

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

5. 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 on cooldown.
  3. Activate Vanish Icon Vanish on cooldown, when you have full Combo Points, and apply Garrote Icon Garrote.
  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.

5.1. Tips and Tricks

  • Refresh/apply your bleeds before activating Vendetta Icon Vendetta.
  • Always cast finishers at 4-5 Combo Points.

6. Azerite Traits

Azerite Traits play an important role for Assassination Rogue. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our Azerite page for more details.

7. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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