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Assassination Rogue DPS Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 04, 2018 at 09:36 by Furty 471 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Assassination Rogue in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

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. Class Overview

Assassination Rogues deal damage through the application and empowerment of poison and bleed effects. The damage toolkit of Assassination is somewhat limited, mainly focusing on dealing single target damage over a long period. As with the other Rogue specializations, Assassination sports phenomenal defensive abilities that allow them to soak and survive mechanics that most other classes cannot.

2. Patch 7.3 Changes

  • None

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

  • New legendary items have been added.
  • All damage done increased by 10%.
  • Agonizing Poison has been removed and replaced by Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade.
  • Exsanguinate bleed out speed increased to 150% (up from 100%). It now costs 25 Energy to cast.
  • Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives damage increased by 40%.
  • Vendetta Icon Vendetta now affects Poison Bomb Icon Poison Bomb damage.

4. Patch 7.2 Changes

  • New Artifact traits added.
  •  Icon Bag of Tricks is now a 2.5% chance proc per Combo Point spent.
  •  Icon Urge to Kill now causes Vendetta Icon Vendetta to grant 60 Energy, plus an additional 60 Energy over 2 seconds.

5. Strengths

  • Strong and consistent single target damage
  • Exceptional defensive utility

6. Weaknesses

  • Weak AoE and cleave
  • Very cooldown reliant, and cooldowns only affect one target

7. Viability in the Current Patch

Assassination is arguably the best Rogue specialization, in terms of pure numbers, in Antorus, the Burning Throne. Due to their limited damage profile, focusing exclusively on single target damage, Assassination is not the ideal choice on every encounter. Overall, however, it is a strong specialization and a suitable choice for any Rogue looking to progress through Antorus.

8. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 11 pages:

9. ChangeLog

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  • 04 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Added a note to Subterfuge about use on Coven of Shivarra.
  • 04 Feb. 2018 (bosses page): Added Antorus bosses.
  • 03 Feb. 2018 (gear page): Updated Antorus recommendations to be in line with our new Boss by Boss section. Small update to Best-in-Slot list, added notation for Shadow-Singed Fang.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talents, restructured Rotation section, added Tips and Tricks, added Basic Opener.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (this page): Updated intro text, strengths/weaknesses, and viability section.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Fully updated talents page.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (artifact page): Cleaned up early point investment section.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Restructured gear page. Added Antorus legendary recommendations and further expanded tier lists.
  • 12 Jan. 2018 (enchants page): Updated Exsanguinate neck enchant.
  • 11 Jan. 2018 (rotation page): Restructured and fully updated the page. Split APL & openers into poison/bleed sections.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 & 3 hierarchy.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Updated Tier 2 & 3 talents.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendaries, best in slot, and added Tier 21 explanation.
  • 30 Nov. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic Priority.
  • 13 Oct. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Swapped positions of Dark Sorrows and Light Speed on hierarchy.
  • 17 Sep. 2017 (gear page): Updated 4-set bonus from 40% to 60%.
  • 13 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated Tier 2 priority after recent rebalancing based on new SimCraft results.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Assassination Rogue.
  • 10 Sep. 2017 (gear page): Updated Best-in-Slot and trinket list with a new paragraph on recommended trinket combinations.
  • 10 Sep. 2017 (bosses page): Added boss by boss page for Tomb of Sargeras. Updated Nighthold talent choices.
  • 10 Sep. 2017 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 10 Sep. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic Priority and added a note about the 3-Master Assassin relic setup.
  • 29 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added a mention about Healthstones in Patch 7.3, removed a mention of Old War, and slightly redesigned "Consumables" section.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section. Added 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Added a more detailed explanation of Toxic Blade usage.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated talents for Patch 7.3.
  • 28 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic Priority.
  • 28 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket list.
  • 28 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 18 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added Tomb of Sargeras Best-in-Slot and Tier 20 set bonus.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added The Empty Crown and Soul of the Shadowblade to the Legendary items section.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated consumables according to our new split stat priorities.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Split stat priority into 3 sections for each T6 talent combination and removed stat weights.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): A few improvements here and there. Split opener in 2 sections: with and without Mantle of the Master Assassin.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic Priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 (Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 6).
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 12 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated talents for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 17 May 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic Priority and 7.2 pathing slightly.
  • 29 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for new 7.2 traits.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 07 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Numerous updates, new sections added, reworked several existing sections.
  • 05 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket list slightly.
  • 05 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added further exposition in the Duskwalker's section.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (stats page): Minor wording update.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority, added additional explanation for Master Assassin Relics.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (talents page): Minor update to talent descriptions.
  • 13 Feb. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket list & legendary priority.
  • 10 Feb. 2017 (bosses page): Added boss by boss page for Nighthold.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket list following stealth hotfixes.
  • 26 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated Relic priority; Toxic Blades roughly on par with Gushing Wound with Tier 19 4-piece bonus.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Full update including Nighthold Best-in-Slot list, trinket update, and set bonus explanation.
  • 18 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Trimmed some mentions of Deeper Strategem and updated opener.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Minor update to talents; Alacrity for multitarget.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Added a new Relic priority for players with Duskwalker's Footpads.
  • 14 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Added new legendary items and updated ranking.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added a Patch 7.1.5 changes section and updated strengths/weaknesses.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 09 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 21 Dec. 2016 (easy mode page): Added easy mode for Assassination Rogues.
  • 11 Dec. 2016 (this page): Further clarified wording in weaknesses to make sure no ambiguity was possible.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Relic priorities (Master Assassin/Master Alchemist).
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (this page): Revised weaknesses a little.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (stats page): Minor update to AP stat priority (Crit=Vers).
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent tiers (T1/T2/T3/T6) to include further details and references to legendaries and Mythic+.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Kingsbane section, Opening Sequence, and Action Priority List.
  • 09 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Updated trinkets and legendary lists.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Updated Raid Encounters build to include a reference to Exsanguinate for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Added Exsanguinate priority for players with lower item levels/Mastery levels.
  • 02 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Updated pooling section to make note of Urge to Kill.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Kingsbane section to note that it generates a Combo Point in Patch 7.1.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (this page): No changes in patch 7.1.
  • 22 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated viability.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Relic choice.
  • 07 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Adjusted page to be further in line with the Agonizing Poison build.
  • 06 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Updated best in slot & legendary list.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated stat priority and weights.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated enchants and food to be in line with current stat priority.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (this page): Updated strengths/weaknesses and viability section.
  • 05 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated talent build.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated Weapon Enchants with a note on Shadowmoon ICD.
  • 29 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Opening Sequence & added note about 5-6 CP vs. 6 CP finisher usage.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Added a mention about safe Pandemic refresh for Rupture.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Made Thuggee an alternative to Prey on the Weak in Tier 5.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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