Subtlety Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 13:18 by Ashine 6 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Subtlety Rogue in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, 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. Critical Strike;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Haste.

Multi-Target Stat Priority

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

  1. Mastery;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Versatility;
  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 and Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike to extend the duration of your Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness.

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

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

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


Best Azerite Traits for Subtlety Rogue

When obtaining Azerite gear, you should always look out for these traits:

  1. The First Dance Icon The First Dance
  2. Inevitability Icon Inevitability

For more information on what Azerite traits are good in which situations, read the Azerite page below.


Best Essences for Subtlety Rogue

Be aware that these essences might not be the best choices for every situation, therefore it is recommended to check out the Essences page below to gain better understanding.



  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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