Assassination Rogue Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jun 24, 2019 at 23:57 by GrayHound 63 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Assassination Rogue, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.

1. Azerite Essences for Assassination Rogues

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.

2. Notable Essences for Assassination Rogues

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams's Major effect is not as strong as some of the other Major effects for Assassination; however, until you have access to the second Essence slot, this is the only way to use its Minor, which is one of the strongest, if not the strongest Minor Essence power for single target. This Minor loses almost all of its value once you get into consistent cleave or AoE situations, and should be avoided for this.

Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris's Major effect is great for AoE situations, with the only downside being that you need to channel it for 3 seconds (affected by Haste). It is worth noting that you can pre-cast it if you know when the enemies will spawn, and it can be cast while moving. The Minor has a stackable Haste buff, which is nice, but nothing too crazy.

Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy's is potentially one of the strongest Major effects. It has great single target synergy with our 2 minute long cooldowns, while also buffing critical strike, which is one of the more desirable stats. At the same time, this is good for AoE, as it will synergize further with Echoing Blades Icon Echoing Blades via both the primary and secondary effect. The Minor is another passive that is not extremely exciting, but still not bad.

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection's Major and Minor combination is interesting, but currently feels questionable in regards to the most optimal use, as it generally gets de-synced from Vanish Icon Vanish and any on-use trinket. One of the potential builds for this could revolve around getting 3 Nothing Personal Icon Nothing Personal traits and simply using Vendetta Icon Vendetta on cooldown, holding other cooldowns to line up with the next use (or proc). It is currently hard to estimate until simulations get fully updated.

3. Essence Comparison Simulations for Assassination Rogues

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use to sim your own character.

This section will have some basic comparisons when the Essences are implemented properly in the simulation tools we use.

3.1. Major Essences

For the complete simulation results, check out

3.2. Minor Essences

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4. Changelog

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