Subtlety Rogue DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Mar 22, 2022 at 18:00 by Ashine 48 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Subtlety Rogue in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic DPS Rogue gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing a Subtlety Rogue

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Subtlety Rogue, this section will help you to find out which item pieces aim for to maximize DPS.

This page does not refer to enchants, gems or consumables so in case you need help with getting the most out of your newly acquired item, make sure to check out what enchants and gems are the best for Subtlety Rogues in the page below.

2.

Tier Set Acquisition

The Class specific tier sets in Patch 9.2 can be acquired through three different sources:

  • Sepulcher of the First Ones bosses can drop tokens that you convert into the respective tier piece.
  • Tier pieces can drop in The Great Vault and the item level of those pieces depend on the difficulty of the content you did, similar to regular items.
  • Any Season 3 item can be converted into a tier piece using the Creation Catalyst with Cosmic Flux Icon Cosmic Flux.
3.

Subtlety Rogue Tier Set in Patch 9.2

3.1.

Subtlety Rogue Tier Set Analysis and Deeper Thoughts

The Immortal Technique Icon Subtlety Rogue 2-Piece provides us with very high uptime (roughly around 50-60%) on Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades which feels great to play with. The set bonus is very self-explanatory, but getting a new proc on top of existing Shadow Blades buff extends the duration up to 20 seconds of Shadow Blades.

The Immortal Technique Icon Subtlety Rogue 4-Piece gives us good amount of extra Combo Points, especially on AoE situations. Each Shadowstrike Icon Shadowstrike gives Combo Points and it works with Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades and Weaponmaster Icon Weaponmaster. The tier set proc Shadowstrikes do not, however, apply Find Weakness Icon Find Weakness.

Overall the Subtlety tier set feels really fun, providing us with extra Combo Points which in turn leads into more Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dances which, once again, gives us more resources.

The Subtlety tier set is very strong, resulting in roughly 18% DPS increase on single-target.

The best set piece to ignore is Gloves as the tier Gloves for Subtlety Rogues have very mediocre stats.

3.2.

Subtlety Rogue Tier Set Rotational Changes

The Subtlety Rogue tier set does not impact our playstyle much apart from gaining increased resources means that you will sometimes be using Shadow Dance Icon Shadow Dances without pairing it up with Symbols of Death Icon Symbols of Death to avoid overcapping on charges.

4.

Upgrading Your Gear with Valor Points

Valor Points can be acquired by completing Covenant Callings or finishing Mythic+ dungeons. They can be used to upgrade the item level of any item you have received in a dungeon. The maximum item level that you can upgrade an item to is limited by your success in timing Mythic+ Keystones. If you have completed 2000 Mythic+ rating, the maximum item level is 272.

The best items for Subtlety Rogues to focus on from Mythic+ are weapons and Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction. Other than these items, focus on upgrading items with good stats and replacing your weaker slots.

You can find out more about this new upgrade system on our dedicated Valor page.

5.

Legendary Powers

This section will briefly list the Legendaries that are good for Subtlety Rogues. For more in-depth information on them and how to craft them (through Runecarving), make sure to check our dedicated Legendary Powers page, as well as our Runecarving guide:

  1. Obedience Icon Obedience (Best single-target and AoE Legendary for Venthyr Subtlety Rogues)
  2. Resounding Clarity Icon Resounding Clarity (Best single-target Legendary for Kyrian Subtlety Rogues)
  3. Finality Icon Finality (Best for multi-target situations and decent on single-target)
  4. Akaari's Soul Fragment Icon Akaari's Soul Fragment (Good for single-target, falls off on AoE)
6.

Domination Sockets for Subtlety Rogue

In Patch 9.2, domination sockets will not work outside of Korthia, the Maw and Torghast making them mostly irrelevant for any current content./p>

7.

The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Subtlety Rogue

At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose optimal gear such as Legendaries trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

8.

Droptimizer

The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.

9.

Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from Sepulcher of the First Ones

Slot Raid Item Source
Helm Soulblade Guise Icon Soulblade Guise or Akaari's Soul Fragment Icon Akaari's Soul Fragment Anduin Wrynn in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Shoulders Soulblade Nightwings Icon Soulblade Nightwings Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Chest Soulblade Leathers Icon Soulblade Leathers Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Wrists Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Icon Devourer's Sandblown Hidebinders Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Gloves Soulblade Grasps Icon Soulblade Grasps or Akaari's Soul Fragment Icon Akaari's Soul Fragment Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Belt Runecarver's Twisted Ward Icon Runecarver's Twisted Ward The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Legs Soulblade Leggings Icon Soulblade Leggings Halondrus the Reclaimer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Boots Treads of Titanic Curiosity Icon Treads of Titanic Curiosity Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Ring #1 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid Vigilant Guardian in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Ring #2 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Trinket #1 Earthbreaker's Impact Icon Earthbreaker's Impact Halondrus the Reclaimer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Trinket #2 Chains of Domination Icon Chains of Domination The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Weapon #1 Observer's Umbral Shiv Icon Observer's Umbral Shiv Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Weapon #2 Edge of Night Icon Edge of Night Sylvanas Windrunner in Sepulcher of the First Ones

Note that Edge of Night Icon Edge of Night will remain Best in Slot if the off-hand slot for rest of the expansion. Mythic iLvl Daggers will beat it out in main-hand.

Trinkets are still very unfinished so it is impossible to tell which ones will be best. This page will be updated when the trinkets have received necessary tuning.

10.

Best in Slot Items for Subtlety Rogue from Dungeons

Slot Dungeon Item Source
Helm Vicious Surge Faceguard Icon Vicious Surge Faceguard Spires of Ascension
Neck Azure-Venom Choker Icon Azure-Venom Choker Spires of Ascension
Shoulders Far Traveler's Shoulderpads Icon Far Traveler's Shoulderpads De Other Side
Cloak Blighted Margrave's Cloak Icon Blighted Margrave's Cloak Plaguefall
Chest Anima-Splattered Hide Icon Anima-Splattered Hide Sanguine Depths
Wrists Bands of the Undergrowth Icon Bands of the Undergrowth Mists of Tirna Scithe
Gloves Gloves of Obscure Rituals Icon Gloves of Obscure Rituals Plaguefall
Belt Girdle of Shattered Dreams Icon Girdle of Shattered Dreams Theater of Pain
Legs Anomalous Starlit Breeches Icon Anomalous Starlit Breeches Tazavesh
Boots Viscera-Stitched Footpads Icon Viscera-Stitched Footpads The Necrotic Wake
Ring #1 Entwined Gorger Tendril Icon Entwined Gorger Tendril Sanguine Depths
Ring #2 Ritual Commander's Ring Icon Ritual Commander's Ring The Necrotic Wake
Trinket #1 Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device De Other Side
Trinket #2 Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction Plaguefall
Weapons Voracious Gorger Spine Icon Voracious Gorger Spine Sanguine Depths
11.

Trinkets

This trinket list compares all current trinkets at various equal item levels, meant as a guideline to help prioritize upgrades, so care should be taken when assessing your own pieces should they vary in item level or bonuses. As always, simming your own gear is recommended.

11.1.

Single-Target

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11.2.

Single-Target with Add Waves

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12.

Changelog

  • 22 Mar. 2022: Updated BiS lists to reflect new simulations.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Added Dungeon and Sepulcher of the First Ones Best in Slot lists.
  • 02 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 06 Jul. 2021: Best in Slot updated for Sanctum of Domination.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 10 Mar. 2021: Added Valor section.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated page for Shadowlands release with gearing recommendations.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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