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Assassination Rogue PvP Rotation and Playstyle (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 16, 2020 at 00:52 by Mysticall 5 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilizes your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as an Assassination Rogue, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Assassination Rogue PvP Guide.

1.

Playstyle for Assassination Rogues

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 or Cheap Shot Icon Cheap 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.

1.1.

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 Wound Poison Icon Wound Poison and Crippling Poison Icon Crippling Poison.

2.

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. Also make sure that if you are swapping or attacking someone with more than 80% health and using the Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying Major essence, you should use that first to get the cooldown reduction on it.

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 Icon Blind for when the enemy healer does not have their trinket. You can follow this up with a Vanish Icon Vanish to Sap Icon Sap the enemy healer.

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 Icon 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 Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death.
  2. Use Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot.
  3. Use Garrote Icon Garrote.
  4. Use Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames if you are using this Major essence and the enemy is above 80% health.
  5. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate if you do not have 5 Combo Points.
  6. Use Rupture Icon Rupture.
  7. Use Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot.
  8. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate until you have 5 Combo Points.
  9. Use Envenom Icon Envenom.

After this the rotation is a priority list of things you should be doing. Make sure you are maintaining your Rupture Icon Rupture and Garrote Icon Garrote on your main target. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate to generate Combo Points for these abilities. If your main target has these Bleeds already and they can be stunned, use your Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade and Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot your main target. You can then generate Combo Points to use Envenom Icon Envenom. Also make sure that if you are swapping or attacking someone with more than 80% health and using the Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying Major essence, you should use that first to get the cooldown reduction on it.

3.

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 Garrote Icon Garrote.
  2. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate until you have 5 Combo Points.
  3. Use Rupture Icon Rupture.
  4. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate until you have 5 Combo Points.
  5. Use The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame or Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying, whichever Major Essence you might be using.
  6. Use Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot. This will apply Internal Bleeding Icon Internal Bleeding.
  7. Use Vendetta Icon Vendetta.
  8. Use Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade (if you have taken this talent).
  9. Use Mutilate Icon Mutilate until you have 5 Combo Points.
  10. Use Envenom Icon Envenom.
  11. Use Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death.
  12. Use Envenom Icon Envenom.
  13. Use Garrote Icon Garrote.

Important note: If you are using Cheap Shot Icon Cheap Shot instead of Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot while using your burst cooldowns, you can use Marked for Death Icon Marked for Death for a Kidney Shot on the healer for additional crowd control. This is the versatility of Marked for Death. It can be used aggressively on a second Envenom Icon Envenom or you can use it for additional crowd control.

4.

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. If you cannot keep it on multiple enemies, at least keep it on your main target.
  3. Maintain your Garrote Icon Garrote on multiple enemies. If you cannot keep it on multiple enemies, at least keep it on your main target.
  4. Use Envenom Icon Envenom at 5+ Combo Points when you do not have to refresh Rupture Icon Rupture.
  5. Use Toxic Blade Icon Toxic Blade right before you put your target in a full Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot. This will deal a large amount of damage and might make the enemy player panic and use defensive cooldowns.
  6. If the enemy team has pets nearby or is stacked, use Fan of Knives Icon Fan of Knives to generate Combo Points quickly.
  7. Use The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame.
  8. Use Poisoned Knife Icon Poisoned Knife if your target is far away or to apply your poisons to a target that you cannot reach.
  9. Use Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames if you are using this Major essence and the enemy is above 80% health or below 20% health.
5.

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.

6.

Macros

It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.

7.

Changelog

  • 16 Feb. 2020: Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 26 Dec. 2019: Page added.
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