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Subtlety Rogue DPS Easy Mode

Last updated on Feb 21, 2018 at 07:35 by Furty 382 comments

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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.

1. 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.

2. 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. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

3. Stat Choice for Subtlety Rogue

Currently, you will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

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

4. Basic Rotation for Subtlety Rogue

  1. Cast Backstab Icon Backstab to generate Combo Points.
  2. Cast Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm to generate Combo Points on 2+ targets.
  3. Apply Nightblade Icon Nightblade to the main target and any additional high priority targets.
  4. Cast Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate to spend excess Combo Points with 5+.
  5. Use Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance when you are high on Energy. You should use Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike (or Shuriken Storm Icon Shuriken Storm on 3+ targets) while in Stealth Icon Stealth to generate Combo Points. You should spend Combo Points as normal, when you reach 5+.
  6. Activate Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death when you are low on Energy, in combination with Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dance.
  7. Use Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades when available.
  8. Use Goremaw's Bite Icon Goremaw's Bite when available.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Gray_Hound, a Subtlety Rogue and theorycrafter who raids in Strawberry Puppy Kisses. You can find him on Twitch and Twitter.

5. ChangeLog

  • 21 Feb. 2018: Updated talent choices.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Updated rotation slightly.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Updated talent build.
  • 03 Apr. 2017: Changed the recommended default talent tree.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 22 Dec. 2016: Added easy mode for Subtlety Rogues.
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