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

Last updated on Sep 12, 2018 at 01:54 by GrayHound 37 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Outlaw 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 a Outlaw 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

Ahoy! Outlaw Rogue is a specialization that centers around managing resources while sustaining high damage to stacked targets. As in previous expansions, Outlaw is a fantastic jack of all trades that can comfortably handle any situation or fight type. Between the three Rogue specializations, Outlaw is the most effective in situations involving heavy cleave or AoE.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Outlaw Rogue

Overall, Outlaw has not received significant changes. The single target rotation remains effectively the same as before, with minor deviations depending on talents. The only change that is noticeable is that Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry cannot be kept up 100% of the time, and as such, on prolonged AoE fights, you will need to work on timing it well, to line it up with your other cooldowns or maximum number of targets, to min-max damage. However, on short-term burst AoE , especially if it is infrequent, that still might not be too noticeable; due to having multiple charges, you can chain back to back.

  • Blade Flurry Icon Blade Flurry is no longer a toggle, and cannot be maintained permanently.
  • Feint Icon Feint has a cooldown, and cannot be maintained permanently.
  • Grappling Hook Icon Grappling Hook is now baseline.

3. Outlaw Rogue Strengths

  • Strong cleave and AoE
  • Very versatile
  • Exceptional defensive utility

4. Outlaw Rogue Weaknesses

  • Variance in damage output
  • Weak in spread AoE — targets can be quickly switched to, but not in cleave range
  • Resource/cooldown-reliant
  • Average single target damage

5. Outlaw Rogue Viability in the Current Patch

Outlaw 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 Outlaw. However, Outlaw does appear to have an edge over other specializations where it comes to AoE burst in lower level keystones.

6. Contents

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 12 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for hotfixes.
  • 07 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added raid gear.
  • 04 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 (rotation page): Updated rotation for more Azerite conditionals, added meme build.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Added memebuild.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Bloodmallet charts, added top 5 Azerite pieces to the page, removed disclaimer.
  • 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 (stats 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.
  • 24 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated single-target cooldown usage.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Split talents based on gear build (T21 4p vs T21 4p, T20 2p).
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Added new gear builds using T20. Re-update of Soul Ring.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket list order, fixed Soul ring description.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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