wotlk pve assa bestinslot
  • Author: Jamielolx
  • Date: August 6, 2022
  • Expansion: WotLK Classic

Equipment will be the main source of your character’s power, contributing the biggest bulk of your stats. It is therefore very important that you choose the correct equipment for each slot — commonly referred to as “best in slot” equipment – in order to maximize your power.

This guide will help you choose the best equipment possible for each phase, but also the best equipment you can find outside of raids, known as “pre-raid” gear or “pre-BiS”.

As an assassination rogue, you should be Engineering regardless, so these are essentially free for you!
If you chose not to pick Engineering, there are of course alternatives:

Alternatives:

Note: There is a big difference between the epic necks and the blue ones, so try going for those.

Alternative: Advanced Tooled-Leather Bands (Halls of Lightning HC)

However, I cannot stress enough how important the Tier 6 2 set is for Assassination rogue.

Alternative: Slayer’s Leg guards Tier 6 item from Black Temple to match with the bracers — in case you cannot obtain the boots. It should be noted that the boots + bracer combo is superior.

While these boots are not useful as a standalone item, they are BiS together with Slayer’s Bracers.

Alternative: Boots of Nevermelting Path requires Argent Crusade Exalted, which is very easy to achieve — see here for details.

There are currently debates going on if a slower main-hand weapon may prove to be more DPS, while some are skeptical if this holds true, especially for higher item-level weapons. So I will just put this one here with that warning in notice! The difference between Flesh x2 Paper cutters won’t be large however, as I have tested on the beta it swings both sides

There are no solid alternatives, paper cutterss are extremely easy to get and a far better option than the rest!

Alternative: Drake Mounted Xbow

Alternatives:

Alternative: Aged Winter Cloak (significant downgrade)

This is by far the most powerful item available in this slot.

Thrusting Bands exists as an alternative, but it is significantly weaker.

Alternative: Belt of the Tortured

Alternatives (note that these alternatives are vastly inferior to the two BiS trinkets):

Webbed Death x2 is considered the strongest option for the weapon slot conventionally, but there are tests on the beta that have shown Sinister’s Revenge x2 to be slightly stronger, though by less than 10 DPS.

We will be recommending Webbed Death for the time being / until more testing is done, but bear in mind that Sinister’s Revenge is an excellent option regardless.

Alternatives:

 

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I played this expansion hardcore for 10 years
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Budrix
Budrix
23 days ago

when can we expect a phase 2 update

Romillanis
Romillanis
3 months ago

Have you looked at the Wowhead guide? It disagrees on what the BiS for phase 1 is and I was wondering your take on it. I generally think this site is better but would like to hear from the one writing it since I know very little myself.

Last edited 3 months ago by Romillanis
Redcutter
Redcutter
3 months ago

Any news regarding the wep? ( talking about the dmg difference?

Enryyu
Enryyu
2 months ago

Hey is the 4.Set legit weaker? 😀

Cobraboy
Cobraboy
24 days ago

Can you give us a BiS list for Phase 2?

Rlyehwgah
Rlyehwgah
5 months ago

Thanks for the guide! I noticed a couple things:

The pre-BiS list recommends the mail engineering goggles instead of (I assume) the leather ones. Also, it may be strictly true that 2pc T6 is best, but I imagine most people will not actually pursue those on a fresh character. Finally, it may be worth noting in the guide that Bonescythe pieces can be sourced from Heroism badges. I had to think about that a little bit before commenting.

Thanks again!

salmon
salmon
Reply to  Rlyehwgah
5 months ago

what is the BIS pre raid headpiece then?

Karlthenth
Karlthenth
Reply to  Jamielolx
1 month ago

Lost the roll first run, the one time it dropped. It hasn’t dropped once since. Bought Greatness and Mirror, just got Fury, still never seen the Whetstone again. Mirror gives bigger windows for timing Mutilate/Envenom casts with your buffs, resulting in higher real-practice dps than Whetstone, I believe.

David
David
3 months ago

truesight ice blinders are mail. Did you link correctly?

milliondollarpuppy
milliondollarpuppy(@milliondollarpuppy)
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Reply to  David
3 months ago

Hey David, thanks for pointing that out. We’ve updated the guide so that it correctly links to Weakness Spectralizers. Thanks again!

James
James
3 months ago

In the Stat priority, it is mentioned that Expertise cap of 26 is second-highest priority. But the BiS list only gets you to like 13. What am I missing here?

bombaclart
bombaclart
3 months ago

Hi,
With your P1 build, I noticed that even if you were to gem all your available sockets to have expertise gems in them, you still wouldn’t be able to hit the cap and the max you could get would be 205. Infact, by opting into this build, you would be overdoing the hit cap by 55
points. This necesarily is not a terrible thing, however I am sure that those points could be allocated elsewhere.

I do agree with you that not everyone will be able to obtain all the pieces in this build throughout the phase and that the displayed items are the best case scenario, however for the sake of optimality, I think that swapping Dawnwalkers for Footwraps of Vile Deceit as the main build would be the best solution. Below is what I’ve worked out: I have highlighted the two important stats here, Hit and Expertise, for clarity.

Hit: 237
Exp: 214

Helmet: 58C, 42EXP, 170AP META + BLUE
Neck: 31ARP, 110AP, 41C BLUE
Shoulders: 58C, 43H, 100AP RED
Cape: 49C, 31H, 126AP
Chest: 83EXP, 232AP, 63ARP
Bracers: 41C, 24H, 96AP RED
Gloves: 58HIT, 53C, 174AP
Belt: 62C, 36H, 126AP
Legs: 66HIT, 65H, 196AP RED BLUE
Boots: 50HIT, 57C, 148AP
R1: 32HIT, 43C, 112AP
R2: 28HIT, 41H, 82AP
T1: X
T2: X
WEP1: 21HIT, 31C, 66AP
WEP2: 37HIT, 24H, 98AP
WEP3: 26C, 72AP

Total /w no sockets:
Crit: 519
Haste: 240
Hit: 292
Expertise: 125
ARP: 94

With gems for EXP cap:
5x Precise Scarlet Ruby (16EXP)
1x Enchanted Tears (+6 all stats)
125 + 80 = 205EXP

Recommended changes:
Swap Dawnwalkers (50HIT, 57C, 148AP) for Footwraps of Vile Deceit (49H, 30EXP, 112AP)

242 Hit, 235EXP + 1 yellow socket
Exchange 1 socket for AP = 219 EXP, 242 Hit

This only makes it so that both the hit and expertise rating are only slight above the softcap, but I believe it is better than what you have showing up right now. I also think that the Footwraps are a better item overall since haste has a higher stat priority than crit so you just get more overall out of this combination.

Let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations to other parts of the build being tinkered in order to reach both of the caps.

EdenQQ
EdenQQ
Reply to  bombaclart
2 months ago

Since you also mention that hit cap is 237 (like many sites do).
If you need 17% hit chance, and 3% comes from Boomie/SP, 5% from Precision.
Then you would need 9% from stats (which 237 hit rating dont provide)
Can you help out here? 😀

Karlthenth
Karlthenth
Reply to  EdenQQ
1 month ago

Hey there! Spellhit has a better ratio from hit rating than melee/ranged hit, and poisons use spellhit. 237 is for spellhit cap (with Precision+Boomie/SP bonus).

  • 32.78 Hit Rating = 1% increased chance to hit with auto attacks & abilities.
  • 26.23 Hit Rating = 1% increased chance to hit with poisons.
klr
klr(@klr)
2 months ago

Hello, i understand that as game move on before patch we may get new item either from previous old dungeon perhaps or HorseMan. this Finger is missing
[Ring of Ghoulish Glee]

Karlthenth
Karlthenth
Reply to  Jamielolx
1 month ago

True, but it didn’t disappear. For those who have it, it’s like 3rd-place BiS. Worth putting it on the list with a footnote, imo.

kännerduhan
kännerduhan
2 months ago

Hi, for how long will the Greatness trinket be bis for rogues? is it replaceable in ulduar?

Narcoticks
Narcoticks
Reply to  kännerduhan
2 months ago

I think for assassination it will stay bis through Ulduar. For combat however (which a lot of rogues will be looking to transition into) it might be replaced by rocking the double ArP trinkets (grim toll and mjolnirs)

Terrence
Terrence
1 month ago

With the 2 set bonus being basically unused with assasination build if you have a bleeding effect already, would it be better to use the hood of exodus and the concealment shoulderpads that give you an extra 60 expertise rating?

Terrence
Terrence
Reply to  Terrence
1 month ago

only the shoulders*

Sugary
Sugary
5 months ago

no

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