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Assassination Rogue DPS Guide (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated Today at 08:15 by GrayHound 14 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Assassination Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft 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 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.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 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.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated opener.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Split talents based on gear build (T21 4p vs T21 4p, T20 2p).
  • 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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