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Assassination Rogue PvP Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on May 10, 2017 at 08:05 by Mysticall 1 comment

Table of Contents

Introduction

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play an Assassination Rogue in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, artifacts, 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.

About The Author

This guide has been written by Mysticall, a seasoned PvP player who has repeatedly achieved Arena Master and 2300 rating. You can watch his stream on Twitch, and you can also check out his YouTube channel.

1. Spec Overview / Place in the Current Meta

Assassination Rogues have the strongest consistent damage out of all three Rogue specializations. With an emphasis on poisons and using them for sustained damage, they are a threat to all classes. This strong sustained damage in combination with stuns, Blind Icon Blind, and countless other forms of crowd control means the Assassination Rogue has some of the best control a spec can have.

2. Gear

With regards to gear, the biggest change in Legion is that there is no more PvP gear. Your strength in PvP will be determined based on the average item level of your gear (as displayed on your character sheet). For example, the base item level at level 110 is 800, so your stats in PvP will be adjusted accordingly. For every 10 item levels you gain, your stats are increased by 1%.

The implication is that it does not matter where your gear comes from, and all that matters is its item level. Gear from quests or PvE content is just as good as gear you get as a reward from PvP (which, in fact, will be very similar to PvE gear; there are no more PvP stats on gear).

Practically, you will simply look to collect gear with the highest item levels possible, and the stat distribution on the gear will not matter.

3. Artifact Traits

Below, we will explain what the recommended order for artifact traits is, if you wish to maximise your PvP potential. It is quite possible that your artifact path (at the time of reading this guide) differs from our suggestions. If this is the case, do not worry, and use the information below to help you understand your traits and guide your future choices.

If you have suddenly decided that you want to turn to PvP, the best thing to do in your artifact progression is continue to your closest Golden trait, and then follow the recommendations below. Picking up the most useful traits ( Icon Urge to Kill,  Icon Master Assassin, and  Icon Fade into Shadows) along the way is a great way to boost your potential.

3.1. First Golden Trait

The first Golden trait you should go for is  Icon Bag of Tricks.

  1. Take  Icon Assassin's Blades.
  2. Take  Icon Toxic Blades. Increasing the damage of your Envenom Icon Envenom is crucial for your sustained damage output.
  3. Take  Icon Urge to Kill. This makes your burst much more powerful. There will be very little downtime when using your Vendetta Icon Vendetta.
  4. Take  Icon Shadow Walker. This reduces the cooldown of one of your mobile abilities, making you very hard to get away from.
  5. Take  Icon Bag of Tricks. Although it does depend on RNG, if your enemy stays in the vile pool, it does a significant amount of damage to enemies.

3.2. Second Golden Trait

The second Golden trait to take is  Icon Blood of the Assassinated.

  1. Backtrack and take  Icon Master Assassin. This gives you the ability to use your burst rotation more frequently.
  2. Take  Icon Gushing Wound. Rupture Icon Rupture is a core ability for Assassination Rogues, and this will increase your overall damage.
  3. Take  Icon Blood of the Assassinated. This is a very strong trait for your sustained damage. This is why it is important to have Rupture Icon Ruptures on multiple enemies.

3.3. Remaining Traits

After this, start making your way to the final golden trait,  Icon From the Shadows. Important traits to take along the way are  Icon Fade into Shadows and  Icon Shadow Swiftness.

4. Relics

Relics are disabled in PvP, so they are not a concern to you.

5. Talent Choices

Regular talents work in both PvP and PvE content (although they may sometimes work differently in the two environments, which is indicated by their tooltips). In other words, they are always active.

On the other hand, Honor talents are inactive outside of a PvP environment.

5.1. Regular Talents

5.1.1. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Master Poisoner Icon Master Poisoner is the best choice in this tier. This is not only an increase to sustained damage, but a buff to your Wound Poison Icon Wound Poison that will now reduce healing by 30%.

5.1.2. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Subterfuge Icon Subterfuge is the best choice in this tier. This talent gives you more control when you leave Stealth Icon Stealth. You can use multiple Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shots or Garrote Icon Garrotes on enemy teams.

5.1.3. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Vigor Icon Vigor is the best choice in this tier. This gives your less downtime when trying to pool Energy, increasing your damage and your uptime on enemy teams.

5.1.4. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness is an all-around solid choice, and the best talent in this tier. Just make sure to keep applying it to yourself.

5.1.5. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak is the best choice in this tier. This makes it much easier to kill an enemy when you have them constantly stunned with Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shots or Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot.

5.1.6. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Alacrity Icon Alacrity is the best choice in this tier. This talent will increase your overall damage as the arena match continues.

5.1.7. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Venom Rush Icon Venom Rush is the best choice in this tier. This allows you to have a consistent way to passively regenerate Energy. This will allow you to use bleeds on multiple enemies without much downtime.

5.2. Honor Talents

5.2.1. Tier 1 Talents

If you are an Orc, Relentless Icon Relentless is the best choice in this tier. Rogues are weak to stuns and reducing their duruation is crucial for surviving.

If you are Human or playing against a team that can only kill you every once in a while, the best talent in this tier is Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, which provides a standard PvP trinket effect.

If you are playing against a team with very little crowd control for you, Adaptation Icon Adaptation is the best choice in this tier.

5.2.2. Tier 2 Talents

We recommend Reinforced Armor Icon Reinforced Armor in this tier. This improves the effect of Crimson Vial Icon Crimson Vial, making it a good all-around talent. However, if the enemy team has two melee classes on the team, Sparring Icon Sparring is best.

5.2.3. Tier 3 Talents

We recommend Cut to the Chase Icon Cut to the Chase in this tier. It can be very useful if, for example, there is a Druid in Travel Form Icon Travel Form next to you, as you will match their movement speed and exceed it by 5%.

5.2.4. Tier 4 Talents

Unfair Advantage Icon Unfair Advantage is the best choice in this tier. It is likely that over the coarse of an arena match, you will be attacking an enemy with less health than you. You will benefit from this talent multiple times, increasing your overall damage.

5.2.5. Tier 5 Talents

Deadly Brew Icon Deadly Brew is the best choice in this tier. This talent allows you to apply both Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison and Wound Poison Icon Wound Poison to targets, which is an increase in overall damage.

5.2.6. Tier 6 Talents

Creeping Venom Icon Creeping Venom is the best choice in this tier. This talent is an overall damage increase and is easy to apply to enemies.

6. Racial Bonuses

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction.

6.1. Horde

Blood Elf is the best race for Assassination Rogues, thanks to the Silence (Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent), which is very strong. This increases the spec's crowd control kit.

The passive Orc racial bonus (Hardiness Icon Hardiness) is also great if you find yourself being stunned a lot and having a hard time against melee classes.

6.2. Alliance

The Human racial bonus (Every Man for Himself Icon Every Man for Himself) is a great way to get out of stuns. This helps with survivability and when kiting away from players.

7. Playstyle

The Assassination Rogue has two roles in PvP: shutting down casters/healers with relentless mobility and crowd control and having strong sustained damage outside of burst cooldowns. With high damage, high control and great sustained damage, this is one of the top PvP specs for Rogues.

To lock down healers, you will aim to push in and get crowd control on the healer (Sap Icon Sap, Blind Icon Blind when they do not have trinket, Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot).

The ability to deal sustained damage is what makes Assassination Rogues so deadly. They have the ability to damage an enemy down to below 50% without using a single cooldown. It is at this point that they can stun you and use their burst rotation.

7.1. Before Gates Open

Have a plan for who you will be mainly using your crowd control on. Rogue crowd control is powerful, but dealing any damage to the target and will break and waste it. Also, remember to enter Stealth Icon Stealth and apply your Deadly Poison Icon Deadly Poison and Crippling Poison Icon Crippling Poison.

7.2. Offensive Rotation

7.2.1. The Opener

The opener refers to your team's opening crowd control chain and damage done as soon as you get out of the gates. The main goal in the opener is to force your enemies to use their cooldowns.

If the enemy healer uses their trinket in the opener, they are in trouble. Blind Icon Blind is one of the most devastating crowd control abilities in the game, with very few ways of getting out of it without having a trinket. Save Blind for when the enemy healer does not have their trinket.

If an enemy DPS uses their trinket, you can crowd control the healer and stun the DPS without a trinket. This means they can be burst down in a stun and possibly killed.

When opening, always try to Sap Icon Sap the enemy DPS player who is trying to bring you out of Stealth Icon Stealth,then Sap the healer. Then, use your burst rotation. After you are done with your burst rotation, perform your sustained damage rotation until your burst abilities are available again.

This is the rotation you should use on your target at the beginning of the game. This opener stuns your target and applies your bleeds.

  1. Use Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot.
  2. Use Garrote Icon Garrote.
  3. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  4. Use Rupture Icon Rupture.

7.2.2. Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

  1. Use Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot.
  2. Use Garrote Icon Garrote.
  3. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  4. Use Rupture Icon Rupture.
  5. Use Vendetta Icon Vendetta.
  6. Use Kingsbane Icon Kingsbane.
  7. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  8. Use Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot.
  9. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  10. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  11. Use Envenom Icon Envenom.
  12. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  13. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  14. Use Envenom Icon Envenom.
  15. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  16. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate.
  17. Use Rupture Icon Rupture.

7.2.3. Sustained damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate to generate Combo Points.
  2. Maintain your Rupture Icon Rupture on multiple enemies.
  3. Maintain your Garrote Icon Garrote on multiple enemies.
  4. Use Envenom Icon Envenom at 5+ Combo Points when you do not have to refresh Rupture Icon Rupture.
  5. If the enemy team has pets nearby or is stacked, use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives to generate combo points quickly.

7.3. Defensive Techniques

Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows is a strong defensive cooldown when playing against casters. Use this when in trouble against caster teams and run to your healer or re-enter Stealth Icon Stealth.

Evasion Icon Evasion is a strong defensive when playing against melee. This grants you 100% Dodge chance. Use this when the enemy team has melee and is focusing you.

Vanish Icon Vanish is a very versatile ability. You can use this offensively, to use Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shots and Garrote Icon Garrotes on enemies, or defensively. If you are overextended or need to get away quickly, use Vanish Icon Vanish to get away from the enemy team.

Feint Icon Feint (with the Elusiveness Icon Elusiveness talent) grants you a flat 30% damage reduction from everything. This is a buff that should be active on you at all times. A Rogue is very weak against stuns, so having Feint up when stunned greatly increases your chance of surviving heavy damage from the enemy team.

Crimson Vial Icon Crimson Vial is the trickiest, but most useful defensive ability a Rogue has. If you feel a hard swap onto you or you are about to be stunned, use Crimson Vial. Using this efficiently can enable you and your teammates to save your other cooldowns.

8. ChangeLog

  • 10 May 2017: Guide created.
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