Subtlety Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 02, 2021 at 06:00 by Ashine 46 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Subtlety Rogue in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics for Subtlety Rogue

Subtlety can be a very involved specialization, requiring knowledge and understanding of the specialization to produce good damage. It can be simplified into some key principles, which we will address here. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons without sacrificing too much DPS.

If you are completely new to Subtlety and need more information regarding the spells, make sure to check out our spell summary page first to get a good graps of what each ability does.


Talent Choice for Subtlety Rogue

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. The talents recommended here aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

If you are looking for the absolute best performing talents for Subtlety, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.


Stat Choice for Subtlety Rogue


Single-Target Stat Priority

The general single-target stat priority for a Subtlety Rogue is:

  1. Versatility;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Mastery.

Multi-Target Stat Priority

The general multi-target stat priority for a Subtlety Rogue is:

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Haste.

To learn more about how stats interact in different scenarios and why in the stats page below.


Basic Priority List for Subtlety Rogue

  1. Cast Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades on cooldown.
  2. Maintain Rupture Icon Rupture on your primary target.
  3. Maintain Slice and Dice Icon Slice and Dice.
  4. Cast Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death on cooldown. Aim to pair it with Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance every time. Go into Shadow Dance with low amount of Combo Points.
  5. Cast Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate to spend Combo Points with 5+ when talented into Deeper Stratagem Icon Deeper Stratagem.
  6. Cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike to generate Combo Points if Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance is active. Otherwise, use Backstab Icon Backstab (from behind the target if possible to gain 20% extra damage on it).

Use Vanish Icon Vanish on cooldown outside of Shadow Dance and cast Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike.

Cast Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm when 2+ targets, and 3+ when Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance is active.

Cast Black Powder Icon Black Powder instead of Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate on 3+ targets.

Make sure to have Instant Poison Icon Instant Poison on at all times.

For the opener sequence and to see how the rotation changes with multiple targets, visit the rotation page.


Best Legendary for Subtlety Rogues

Obedience Icon Obedience is the best single-target Legendary for Venthyr Rogues.

Resounding Clarity Icon Resounding Clarity is the best single-target Legendary for Kyrian Rogues.

Finality Icon Finality is solid choice for AoE situations. To see more in-depth analysis of the Legendaries, make sure to check our dedicated Legendary page below:


Best Covenant and Soulbind for Subtlety Rogues

We recommend selecting Venthyr as your Covenant and Theotar the Mad Duke as your Soulbind.

All of the Covenants are quite close to each other and some excel slightly better than others in specific scenarios. For more in-depth analysis, check our dedicated Covenant page below:



  • 02 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands and added recommended Legendary and Covenant.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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