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This FAQ is for new rogues. It is full of simplifications and generalizations. The focus is on optimal leveling speed and viability. This is not how things will work for end game pve/pvp.
Some things like the stat priorities are much different. Be sure to read though the notes, as I've tried to explain major exceptions and caveats. Bold/underline is direct question answer. But, as you will see, many choices can not be made in a vacuum. If any class is about experimentation and situational planning, the rogue class is and to fully understand the class, you will need to think this way as well.
As always, I do my best to field questions in this thread as fast as possible. But don't be afraid to pop in a say hello, and ask a question on the floating community thread which is nearly always active. Just look for the "Tricks of Our Trade" thread and I guarantee that you will get a near immediate response from a knowledgeable and friendly rogue who will gladly take the time to help you. Or you can contact me on youtube, twitter or email.
For returning players.
Ask me anything.
What is the best spec for leveling a rogue?
What stats should I be looking for?
What weapons do I use?
What heirlooms should I buy?
Stained Shadowcraft Tunic
What enchants should I use.
What poisons do I use?
Which talents should I choose?
What Glyphs should I use?
What is my rotation?
Edited by Aeriwen on 11/22/2013 3:17 AM PST
These specs aren't designed the same as end game specs, as I've noted here and there. At cap, and soloing for 80-90, mobs live much longer and you often finish multiple times during a fight including buffs. At lower levels, finishing is a rarity. A typical fight usually involves spamming a combo point builder until it dies. Use the leftover points to buff up SnD or Recuperate and move on. Don't underestimate Slice and Dice it is a very strong buff, every spec does large amounts of physical damage.
It is not as hard to level now as it once was, but try and practice your CC abilities. It possible to take on 3-4 opponents at once with most having been CC'd at least once. I also encourage every rogue to try PvP. It really teaches you how to play your class more than any PvE encounter ever could. And you can bring that experience back to PvE and be a better player.
Most of all, have fun and chime in if you are having problems or questions.
Edited by Aeriwen on 10/14/2012 7:05 AM PDT
It is to start attacking even when you don't have enough energy to activate the special ability.
So it's to replace right click or attack nearest/next target keybinds?
Edited by Oppressor on 11/20/2010 2:22 PM PST
Yeah, if you use those keybinds. I personally only click if I need to switch targets. Otherwise I run up to whatever I'm attacking and press my main attack, it'll automaticly start autoattacking my nearest target even if I don't have enough energy. I have it on my fan of knives ability as well for those aoe situation, though it is less of a dps less now that we don't get energy returns from auto attacking. Combat does though.
I know what a macro is, i have/use them, i just didn't understand the purpose of those macros when you can just as easily right click or use your attack next/nearest enemy keybinds and mash the ability you would like to use, untill it is used was all.
Also, i do know that simply selecting the ability to begin with will put you in combat with your target, so again, i just don't understand the point when you factor in the keybind/right click.
I thought those things were just givens (right click or keybind).
I apologize if i'm coming off as either snooty or inept, i should probably not be doing this on my phone at work as i believe i'm simply making things worse.
Whoa, hello wall of quotes! :P
If you don't have enough energy or you are out of range of your target, using the ability button will not start attack until you are in range or have enough energy. Those macros solve that problem.
I'm curious why it's recommended that you use Envenom over Eviscerate starting at level 54 for Assassination. From personal experience it seems that non-boss mobs die too fast for Deadly Poison to stack to enough for Envenom to out damage Eviscerate. Eviscerate has many of the talent-based benefits of Envenom (namely SnD refresh to 5pt max), but Envenom does allow for faster Deadly and Instant poison application. Generally speaking, though, I tend to find that after an Eviscerate my primary target is dead or will die after a Deadly Poison tick or auto attack. However, using Envenom, it feels that the same mob dies much slower.
Am I missing something?
Edited by Amielle on 11/20/2010 8:38 PM PST
Its debatable. However, after the coming damage nerfs you should be finishing more and eviscerate is going to mitigated by armor. Make sure you are using a fast offhand to stack deadly poison as well. This isn't an end all be all guide. Some amount of intelligence will be needed. Like blinding and sapping multiple targets and whatnot. That was a good question though.
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