Assassination Rogue DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 31, 2018 at 15:50 by GrayHound 61 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. 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

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. 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 8.0.1 Changes for Assassination Rogue

Overall, very little changed for Assassination. Its core gameplay remains the same going into Battle for Azeroth; a number of abilities that were lost in the Legion prune have returned as talents along with some artifact effects, however the core gameplay is unchanged.

  • Bleed and Poison damage over time effects scale with Haste.
  • Feint Icon Feint has a cooldown, and cannot be maintained permanently.
  • Mastery: Potent Assassin Icon Mastery: Potent Assassin also affects bleed damage.

3. Assassination Rogue Strengths

  • Strong and consistent single target damage
  • Strong sustained cleave (good for council fights)
  • Exceptional defensive utility

4. Assassination Rogue Weaknesses

  • Burst AoE and short-term cleave
  • Very cooldown-reliant, and cooldowns only affect one target

5. Assassination Rogue Viability in the Current Patch

Assassination is currently fairly competitive with both of the other Rogue specializations. It is hard to say definitively which spec will be the best for Uldir, as there are still numerous number changes going out, and all three specializations have the mechanical potential to be the best, so this will come down mostly to tuning. That being said, Subtlety does appear to sim about 2% higher than Assassination.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. Changelog

  • 30 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Focused trait overview.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added raid gear.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added boss spec-specific tips.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added affixes and utility descriptions.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated Azerite slots.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Bloodmallet charts, added top 5 Azerite pieces to the page, removed disclaimer.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated rotation for more Azerite conditionals.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Raidbots syntax.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page added (placeholder for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added (placeholder for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated Healthstone advice.
  • 29 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Fixed a typo.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Split talents based on gear build (T21 4p vs T21 4p, T20 2p).
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added new gear builds using T20, added more information on Sephuz and Insignia of Grand Army. Updated Suggested gear per boss.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket list order.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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