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Assassination Rogue DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3)

Last updated on Sep 17, 2017 at 11:47 by Furty 452 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Assassination Rogues. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Tier 20 Set Bonuses

The Tier 20 set bonuses further empower your Garrote Icon Garrote in several ways.

  • 2-piece bonus: Garrote Icon Garrote's cost is reduced by 25 Energy and cooldown is reduced to 12 seconds.
  • 4-piece bonus: Garrote Icon Garrote deals 60% increased damage.

These set bonuses are worth picking up and using, however, they are not strong enough that it is worth downgrading a full set of better itemized offset pieces to a lower difficult set of tier (e.g. Mythic offset to Heroic tier). If you only have to downgrade 1 or 2 pieces than this set bonus is very worthwhile and potent.

2. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Fanged Slayer's Helm Icon Fanged Slayer's Helm Demonic Inquisition
Neck Locket of Splintered Souls Icon Locket of Splintered Souls The Desolate Host
Shoulders Fanged Slayer's Shoulderpads Icon Fanged Slayer's Shoulderpads Fallen Avatar
Chest Hide of the Abyssal Behemoth Icon Hide of the Abyssal Behemoth Mistress Sassz'ine
Cloak Shroud of the Drowned Adherent Icon Shroud of the Drowned Adherent Mistress Sassz'ine
Wrists Sinew-Stitched Wristguards Icon Sinew-Stitched Wristguards Demonic Inquisition
Gloves Fanged Slayer's Handguards Icon Fanged Slayer's Handguards Harjatan
Belt Waistguard of Profane Duplicity Icon Waistguard of Profane Duplicity Kil'jaeden
Legs Fanged Slayer's Legguards Icon Fanged Slayer's Legguards Mistress Sassz'ine
Boots Felscape Pathfinders Icon Felscape Pathfinders Fallen Avatar
Ring #1 Band of Rescinded Truths Icon Band of Rescinded Truths Maiden of Vigilance
Ring #2 Scaled Band of Servitude Icon Scaled Band of Servitude Harjatan
Trinket #1 Specter of Betrayal Icon Specter of Betrayal Kil'jaeden
Trinket #2 Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates* Grand Magistrix Elisande

2.1. Trinket List

Assuming equal item levels:

  1. Specter of Betrayal Icon Specter of Betrayal
  2. Nightblooming Frond Icon Nightblooming Frond (inconsistent)
  3. Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates
  4. Engine of Eradication Icon Engine of Eradication
  5. Vial of Ceaseless Toxins Icon Vial of Ceaseless Toxins
  6. Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command (single target, no target switching exclusively)
  7. Ethereal Urn Icon Ethereal Urn,
  8. Eye of Guarm Icon Eye of Guarm (with Mastery), or equivalent stat stick
  9. Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda
  10. Hunger of the Pack Icon Hunger of the Pack

The recommended combination of trinkets for players looking to progress in Tomb of Sargeras is a Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates along with any of the following trinkets:

*Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates is the exception to the "equal item level" comparison as the proc rate and cooldown reduction do not change with item level (only the passive Agility). Therefore, it is worth using a normal version of this item even over a Mythic version of another trinket.

3. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Agility, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.84 + 1150×0.46 + 976×1 = 1824.2

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Agility, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.46 + 970×0.67 + 976×1 = 1832.9

We can clearly see that 1832.9 > 1824.2, and therefore, the second pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. Based on the relative closeness of these items you can also assert that the DPS delta is negligible and you should use the upgrade with any additional bonuses, e.g. Speed or Socket. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

4. Racial Bonuses

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Assassination so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

5. Legendaries

The best combination of legendary items for most raid encounters is currently Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads + Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin. Certain encounters will favor the combination of Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads and Zoldyck Family Training Shackles Icon Zoldyck Family Training Shackles, however, the difference between these is negligible overall.

Duskwalker's Footpads Icon Duskwalker's Footpads reduces Vendetta Icon Vendetta's cooldown by 1 second for every 65 Energy spent. This is the best legendary item overall, and it has incredible synergy with Vigor Icon Vigor and  Icon Master Assassin Relics. Best legendary overall for nearly any situation as it can allow your Vendetta Icon Vendetta to get down to an equal cooldown with  Icon Kingsbane for a massive increase in damage.

Mantle of the Master Assassin Icon Mantle of the Master Assassin grants 100% increased Critical Strike while in Stealth Icon Stealth, and for 6 seconds after breaking Stealth Icon Stealth. Second best overall. Should be paired with Draught of Souls Icon Draught of Souls for maximum effect. Has considerably higher impact with Exsanguinate Icon Exsanguinate (though this talent should not be used with proper gear regardless).

The Zoldyck Family Training Shackles Icon Zoldyck Family Training Shackles cause your poisions and bleeds to deal increased damage to targets below 30% health. This is a strong legendary for dealing single target damage. It is especially good in situations with prolonged or multiple execute phases, or fights with long lived adds that allow for additional execute opportunities (for example, the Manifest Corruption on Xavius P1).

The Empty Crown Icon The Empty Crown causes Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane to generate 40 Energy over 5 seconds when used. This can help immensely with Energy starvation during Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane usages. Currently, I expect this to be one of the best available legendaries; perhaps fourth in power ranking, behind the three aforementioned choices.

Soul of the Shadowblade Icon Soul of the Shadowblade grants the Vigor Icon Vigor talent passively. Overall not a particularly valuable legendary when compared with the top performers.

Insignia of Ravenholdt Icon Insignia of Ravenholdt adds shadow cleave to your basic attacks that hits everything in front of you. A flexible legendary for any situation, though only middling in overall value compared with the other available choices.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is an underwhelming legendary, as it takes up a valuable trinket slot and has very low impact for sustained damage. It could be useful if there are a horde of stacked adds, but is otherwise lacklustre in every way.

Cinidaria, the Symbiote Icon Cinidaria, the Symbiote causes your attacks to deal 30% extra physical damage when your targets are above 90% health. This legendary is exceptional in situations where an early damage check is paramount. Unfortunately it doesn't have much use if damage early in the fight is not important.

The Dreadlord's Deceit Icon The Dreadlord's Deceit gives you a stacking damage bonus to your Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives. This legendary is only a minor gain for single target but highly useful for Mythic+ and burst AoE.

6. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Mages, and Combat/Outlaw/Subtlety Rogues
Leather Armor Demon Hunters, Druids, Monks, and Combat/Outlaw/Subtlety Rogues
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, Combat/Outlaw/Subtlety Rogues, and Enhancement Shamans

7. ChangeLog

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  • 17 Sep. 2017: Updated 4-set bonus from 40% to 60%.
  • 10 Sep. 2017: Updated Best-in-Slot and trinket list with a new paragraph on recommended trinket combinations.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated trinket list.
  • 18 Jun. 2017: Added Tomb of Sargeras Best-in-Slot and Tier 20 set bonus.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Added The Empty Crown and Soul of the Shadowblade to the Legendary items section.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 05 Mar. 2017: Updated trinket list slightly.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Updated trinket list & legendary priority.
  • 26 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket list following stealth hotfixes.
  • 24 Jan. 2017: Full update including Nighthold Best-in-Slot list, trinket update, and set bonus explanation.
  • 14 Jan. 2017: Added new legendary items and updated ranking.
  • 09 Dec. 2016: Updated trinkets and legendary lists.
  • 06 Oct. 2016: Updated best in slot & legendary list.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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