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Subtlety Rogue PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Feb 16, 2020 at 10:52 by Mysticall 1 comment

Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.

This page is part of our Subtlety Rogue PvP Guide.

1.

Azerite Essences for Subtlety Rogues

Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Subtlety Rogues in PvP.

For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.

Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Subtlety Rogue. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.

1.1.

Major Essences

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame gives you a Major Power that blasts the target for damage (Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame). Each time you use this ability, it increases the damage dealt by 100% and stacks up to 2 times. This is a solid Essence that deals good single target damage.

If you want something that does a bit more damage when an enemy is at lower health, Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying grants the ability Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames. This Essence is almost an "execute" ability that will help you and your team kill enemies when they are at low health.

1.2.

Minor Essences

In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams gives your spells and abilities a chance to refund 50% of the Energy spent on them and heal you. This is great for increasing your damage, as you will frequently be refunded Energy throughout a match.

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.

Breath of the Dying Icon Breath of the Dying grants the minor ability Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes. This will increase your overall damage output and also help with your survivability.

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame gives the minor ability Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame. This gives your spells and abilities a chance to put a dot on an enemy that took damage. This will be an overall increase to your sustained damage.

2.

Azerite Traits for Subtlety Rogues

Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.

For a general guide to the Heart of Azeroth and Azerite gear, check out our dedicated guide.

2.1.

Outer Rings

Below are the best Outer Ring traits.

  1. Night's Vengeance Icon Night's Vengeance
  2. The First Dance Icon The First Dance
  3. Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness
  4. Inevitability Icon Inevitability
  5. Blade In The Shadows Icon Blade In The Shadows

Subtlety Rogues do not depend on one single trait to increase their damage. Instead, they want a mix of the above traits. Because most of your damage is increased by your Mastery, you want to maximize the damage of your Eviscerate Icon Eviscerates. This means Night's Vengeance Icon Night's Vengeance will give you the most burst and sustained damage. You want at least one The First Dance Icon The First Dance for the stat increase and the Combo Points that are generated. Blade In The Shadows Icon Blade In The Shadows and Inevitability Icon Inevitability both increase your overall damage output and work well with the above traits. If your Corruption Level is 25 or higher, Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness provides a great boost to your secondary stats.

2.2.

Middle Ring

Below are the best Middle Ring traits.

  1. Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call
  2. Earthlink Icon Earthlink
  3. Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power
  4. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl

The Middle and Inner rings are important for additional damage. Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl, Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power, and Earthlink Icon Earthlink give an increase to your stats. These are minor stat boosts, but still increase your damage. Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call will help increase your single target pressure.

2.3.

Inner Ring

Below are the best Inner Ring traits.

  1. Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection
  2. Shrouded Mantle Icon Shrouded Mantle
  3. Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage

All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving. These are all passive, but are crucial to have.

3.

Changelog

  • 16 Feb. 2020: Updated Recommended Azerite Traits.
    • Updated Major and Minor Essences.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 05 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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