Subtlety Rogue PvP Best Covenants, Soulbinds, Conduits, and Legendary Powers (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)
On this page, you will find information about which Covenant you should be unlocking. After choosing your Covenant, you will have to unlock your best Soulbind and collect Conduits. This page will outline which of these is the best, including the correct Soulbind path you should choose. Finally, we will tell you which Legendary Powers are the best to have for PvP and in which situations you should be swapping them.
This page is part of our Subtlety Rogue PvP Guide.
Best Covenant for Subtlety Rogue in PvP
For more information about what Covenants bring you, please refer to our page about Covenant abilities for Rogues.
There are four Covenants available: Night Fae, Kyrian, Venthyr, and Necrolord. Each Covenant will provide you with a class ability and a Covenant ability. Luckily for Subtlety Rogue players, with Patch 9.0.5 the underperforming Covenants have been buffed and now all four options are viable up to at least Gladiator. Venthyr is the most popular at the moment, followed by Night Fae, and then Necrolord. Kyrian is the worst option.
- Venthyr is the Covenant that will give you the most burst damage. The class ability, Flagellation, deals large amounts of damage for every Combo Point spent, even more so with the Lashing Scars Conduit. It also gives a bit of Haste, but that is not a great stat for Subtlety. This ability works particularly well with Marked for Death, since your burst rotation will include two Eviscerate back to back, causing Flagellation to deal a lot of damage in a very short period of time. The Covenant ability, Door of Shadows, is decent as it allows you to escape a dangerous situation and may even allow you to re-Stealth, but it can be interrupted, making it unreliable when enemies have their interrupts ready.
- Night Fae is the Covenant that will give you the most mobility. The class ability, Sepsis, deals moderate damage and allows you one use of a stealth-based ability without being Stealthed. One of the Night Fae Soulbinds will also allow Sepsis to give you a significant Mastery buff, making it a nice addition to your burst. The Covenant ability, Soulshape, is the reason why Night Fae is such a great Covenant for Rogues. It allows you to teleport 15 yards away every 4 seconds for 12 seconds. This is a great tool to escape lethal situations and go for re-Stealths. This gives you more mobility, allowing you to get re-Stealths more. Of course it can also be used to reach a target that has been kiting you. An instant teleport effect that can be repeated a few times while the enemy is using its mobility spells really is a boon to a class such as Rogue, as escaping damage and going back into Stealth is really core to the gameplay.
- Necrolord is the Covenant that will give you the most survivability. The class ability, Serrated Bone Spike, deals decent damage, is very cheap, and allows you not only to generate Combo Points from a distance, but also to keep dealing damage to an enemy who managed to get away from you. A great spell overall. The Covenant ability, Fleshcraft, is a channeled ability that grants you a large shield and reduces all damage you take by 20% while channeling the shield. This is a very powerful defensive ability, especially with the Ultimate Form passive that comes with one of the Soulbinds, as you will get a crowd control immunity and healing on top of the shield.
- Kyrian is the worst Covenant you can pick. While it will not prevent you from being successful in PvP, all the other options would make you have an easier time. The Covenant ability, Echoing Reprimand, deals very little damage in PvP combat due to being heavily nerfed in PvP, so the only benefit you would get from it is the possibility of landing a 7 Combo Point Eviscerate. This is decent damage, but it is also random due to the fact that you cannot know which of your Combo Points will be anima-charged, and you will have a hard time controlling your Combo Point generation because of the passive Shadow Techniques. The Covenant ability is a spell that will summon a steward, and the steward will give you Phial of Serenity. The cooldown on this heal is excessively long, and it does not start until you leave combat. It is not worth the healing from the Necrolord ability, or the ability to simply avoid damage by escaping provided by both Venthyr and Night Fae. With a mediocre class ability and a Covenant ability overshadowed by all other Covenant abilities, it is easy to see why Kyrian is the worst option.
Best Soulbinds for Subtlety Rogues in PvP
Soulbinds are unlocked as you progress your character with a Covenant. Each Covenant features 3 Soulbinds, and every Soulbind has its own set of passive effects. In every Soulbind you will have to choose a path, and that path is important as it determines what passives you get, and what kind of Conduits you can use.
Here are the Soulbind and path you should take if you chose Venthyr.
This Soulbind gives you the Soothing Shade passive. While this is a proc, and thus unreliable, if it procs on your burst window it will increase your damage output by a lot. You also gain Leisurely Gait, granting you a second charge of Door of Shadows at the cost of a slight cooldown increase. And last but not least you gain the passive Wasteland Propriety. This will give you 6% Versatility when using Flagellation, and since you use this spell when you burst, you gain a flat buff to damage on your burst windows. This will be further amplified by the PvP trinket set bonus.
Night Fae Soulbind
Here are the Soulbind and path you should take if you chose Night Fae.
This Soulbind gives you the Grove Invigoration passive. This will allow you to gain 300 Mastery when using Sepsis, greatly increasing the burst damage of your finishing moves such as Eviscerate. You also get Run Without Tiring, which is a bit of healing when kiting away with Soulshape. The last row of passives is not powerful enough to matter, so you will pick the Finesse Conduit as it is your best option.
Here are the Soulbinds and paths you should take if you chose Necrolord. There are two good options, depending on the situation.
You should use this Soulbind when facing a team with a lot of consistent damage. This Soulbind gives you the Ooz's Frictionless Coating passive, which will amount to a lot of healing overall. You also gain the passive Ultimate Form that allows Fleshcraft to heal you and provide you with crowd control immunity for a short period of time. This can be useful in many situations if you know the enemy team is about to crowd control you. The issue with this Soulbind is that it forces you to play two Potency Conduits, and these are not good as Subtlety Rogue.
You should use this Soulbind when facing a team that will try to kill you in a stun, such as a Rogue team or a Feral team. The first passive of the Soulbind, Lead by Example, is a decent damage increase. The third row allows you to channel Fleshcraft while moving, which helps not being interrupted or controlled while channeling. The last passive, Sulfuric Emission, is the reason why you want to pick this Soulbind when facing a team that will kill you in a stun. As soon as you go below 20% health, everyone around you is feared for 4.5-second, and this can happen every minute. This will allow you to survive burst damage by fearing the enemy melee DPS.
Here are the Soulbind and path you should take if you chose Kyrian.
This Soulbind gives you the Combat Meditation passive. This will allow you to gain Mastery when using Echoing Reprimand, increasing the burst damage of your finishing moves such as Eviscerate. You also get Phial of Patience, greatly increasing the healing of Phial of Serenity, but causing it to be dealt over 10 seconds. This is powerful if you manage to use it just before being stunned. That being said, there will be situations in which an instant 20% heal is better than a bigger heal dealt over time. In that case, you can pick the leftmost path instead. Lastly, you get the passive Let Go of the Past, which is a small defensive bonus.
Best Conduits for Subtlety Rogues in PvP
Conduits are passive buffs that you can use to fill empty slots in your Soulbind Trees. There are three types of Conduits: Potency, Endurance, and Finesse. Here are the best Conduits for each of those different types:
Best Potency Conduits for Subtlety Rogues in PvP
- If you are Venthyr, Lashing Scars increases the damage of your Flagellation, increasing your burst damage.
- If you are Night Fae, Septic Shock increases the damage of your Sepsis, increasing your burst damage.
- Deeper Daggers makes Eviscerate increase your Shadow damage after using it. This will increase your burst damage, as your Eviscerate deals shadow damage when Find Weakness is on the target.
Best Endurance Conduits for Subtlety Rogues in PvP
- Cloaked in Shadows gives you a shield when you enter Stealth. As a Subtlety Rogue, you will often attempt to re-enter Stealth once you failed to kill an enemy. This Conduit will allow you to re-Stealth with DoTs on you. As long as the shield holds you will not get pulled out of Stealth by DoT damage. This Conduit is a must-have.
- Recuperator makes Slice and Dice heal you over time. This is good to help your healer with sustained healing as you will have Slice and Dice up most of the time.
Best Finesse Conduits for Subtlety Rogues in PvP
- Rushed Setup reduces the energy cost of your crowd control spells, such as Cheap Shot, Kidney Shot and Sap. This will greatly help you manage your energy on your kill windows.
- Quick Decisions reduces the cooldown of Shadowstep and increases its range. This is great for both running down enemies or kiting away from them if you need to.
Best Legendaries for Subtlety Rogues in PvP
Legendaries have many different effects and some can alter how you should use some of your abilities. For more information on Legendaries, check out our general guide on them.
Here are the best Legendaries for a Subtlety Rogues.
- Mark of the Master Assassin is the best Legendary to have. This This gives you 100% Critical Strike chance for a 4 seconds after Stealth breaks, making your burst damage when coming out of Stealth very dangerous. You also have the option to use Vanish offensively if you know that having 100% Critical Strike chance for 4 seconds will make you kill your target. You may feel like you are lacking burst damage if you do not pick this Legendary.
- Invigorating Shadowdust is the second-best Legendary you can get. This makes it so Vanish reduces the cooldown of your other abilities by 20 seconds. This is powerful, as this means you can use Blind and if the enemy healer trinkets, you can Vanish and they will not have trinket for the next Blind. You can also Kick, use Vanish and Kick again. This gives you much more utility and control over the enemy team.
- 28 Mar. 2021: Rewritten by Shadenox and updated for Patch 9.0.5.
- 18 Mar. 2021: Updated Best Covenants.
- Added Soulbind Paths.
- Updated Conduits.
- 15 Feb. 2021: Updated Soulbind Calculator.
- 11 Jan. 2020: Updated Legendary list.
- 29 Dec. 2020: Updated Potency Conduits.
- Updated Soulbind Tree.
- 29 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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