Subtlety Rogue DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Jan 21, 2018 at 20:50 by Ashine 73 comments

On this page, we explain how to easily play Subtlety Rogue in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

1. Foreword

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.

2. The Basics for Subtlety Rogue

Subtlety can be a very involved specialization, requiring knowledge and instinct to produce good damage. It can be simplified and distilled into some key principles, however, which we will address here. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

3. 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.

4. Stat Choice for Subtlety Rogue

4.1. Single-Target Stat Priority

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

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

4.2. Multi-Target Stat Priority

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

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

5. Basic Rotation for Subtlety Rogue

  1. Cast Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades on cooldown.
  2. Maintain Nightblade Icon Nightblade on your primary target.
  3. Cast Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death in combination with Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance. When talented into Enveloping Shadows Icon Enveloping Shadows cast Shadow Dance twice every time Symbols of Death buff is up.
    • Aim to be between 50 to 60 Energy when activating Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance if Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death is available to make sure you are entering Shadow Dance with as much Energy as possible without wasting any.
  4. Cast Vanish Icon Vanish and Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike to extend the duration of your Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness.
  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).

6. 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. Blade In The Shadows Icon Blade In The Shadows
  3. Inevitability Icon Inevitability

7. Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated page stat priority slightly.
  • 14 Dec. 2018: Added The First Dance to traits to lookout for.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 Sep. 2018: Added multi-target stat priority and updated the page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2018: Updated stat priority.
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