Assassination Rogue PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 21, 2021 at 08:23 by Shadenox 13 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Rogue PvP guide.

1.

Assassination Rogues in the Current Meta

Assassination Rogues have high consistent damage thanks to their bleeds as well as powerful burst damage with Vendetta Icon Vendetta. They also have improved poisons, allowing them to have a strong slow and a strong healing reduction effect. The recently added Hemotoxin Icon Hemotoxin ability grants them an extremely high healing reduction effect on a short cooldown, making their setups even more lethal. They provide less control than other Rogue specializations but their damage and their silence effect, Garrote Icon Garrote, make up for it.

2.

Noteworthy Patch 9.1 Changes

  • The Honor Talent Hemotoxin Icon Hemotoxin has been added. As a consequence, Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison will often be played over Wound Poison Icon Wound Poison. Hemotoxin applies a powerful healing reduction effect to your target on your kill attempts and it overrides Wound Poison, so it is better to have more damage by using Deadly Poison. The increased overall damage is sometimes as high as 20% to 25%!
  • The Honor Talent Dismantle Icon Dismantle has been added.
  • The Honor Talent Thick as Thieves Icon Thick as Thieves has been added.
  • The Honor Talent Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability has been slightly buffed and now removes roots upon use.
  • The Cloaked in Shadows Icon Cloaked in Shadows Conduit has been nerfed and now lasts up to 4s (was permanent).
  • The Mark of the Master Assassin Icon Mark of the Master Assassin Legendary has been nerfed and now lasts 2.4 seconds in PvP combat (was 4 seconds).
3.

Strengths of Assassination Rogues

  • Great burst
  • Good sustained damage
  • Decent control
  • Excellent utility
4.

Weaknesses of Assassination Rogues

  • No defensive abilities when stunned
  • Long cooldown on defensive abilities
  • Reliant on teammates to stay alive
  • Predictable burst damage
5.

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.

6.

Changelog

  • 21 Jul. 2021: Added small changes.
  • 03 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 06 Apr. 2021: Rewritten by Shadenox and further updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 10 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Removed old Azerite mentions and updated gear page.
  • 27 Nov. 2020: Added Covenant page.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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