- Author: Nevermore
- Date: August 25, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
As a Subtlety Rogue, you cannot mindlessly spam buttons and hope to achieve good results! In order to defeat your foes, you’ll need to make decisions in the moment based on the team comps and the current situation on the battlefield. In this guide, we’ll go over what your rotations might look like, discuss all of your important abilities, and cover basic strategy for playing a PvP Subtlety Rogue.
Single Target Rotation
Rogue gameplay emphasizes a need for flexibility — as our class functions upon energy, wasted button presses are extra punishing. Therefore, the rotation below is more of a decision tree, and you’ll need to make choices on the fly rather than mindlessly following a rotation.
- Sap (Either your main target or their ally)->Premeditation along with Slice and Dice -> Cheap Shot(Common opener against most classes) -> Garrote (Useful opener against casters and healers) -> Ambush(Good opener against squishy targets) -> Hemorrhage (Spam as much as possible if you are not behind your target) -> Kidney Shot -> Backstab (Spam as much as possible when behind your target) -> Rupture (Preferred finisher in long fights) -> Eviscerate (Preferred Finisher in short fights)
- Alternative priority for burst after opener: Kidney Shot -> Shadow Dance -> Ambush
- Crowd Control options in mid-fight: Blind -> Gouge
Overview of Abilities
You can’t utilize your abilities effectively if you don’t understand them, so in this section, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Rogue abilities.
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The term “Resetting a Fight” is represented by a rogue that suddenly becomes stealthed and either attempts to initiate his crowd control sequence on the enemy again, or runs away to recuperate any damage sustained. This tactic is generally used when your opponent is either weakened or when you find yourself in peril of immediate death.
The term (LoS) refers to Line-of-Sight, often used as a verb — an action that is defined by using the environment around you in order to cancel an enemy’s spell or to force your opponent to chase you. LoS tactics are usually referred to as “Hit and Run”, in which, a player quickly makes use of their environment to damage an enemy and vanish out of their sight immediately after, hiding behind the terrain.
Now that you know your options, we can discuss basic strategy and tactics in any kind of PvP scenario. When it comes to Player-versus-Player combat, as we have mentioned earlier, there is no way to actually dictate a full-on rotation, however, we can explain to you how a fight should play out and what abilities you should always prioritize.
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Depending on which type of combat theatre you find yourself in, the tactics you can employ change entirely. One thing that you really have to take into consideration is how many enemies you find around yourself, and which is the ideal target to engage on. In choosing your targets, you must always consider what they have at their disposal to counter your own arsenal.
If you find yourself in a battleground or the open world, you should choose to target the most vulnerable target that also has the highest value. This generally means targeting healers or casters. Beware however that if you have not yet mastered your spell priority, it will be extremely difficult to kill a healer, as they can recover quickly even if you manage to get them low.
If you find yourself in an arena scenario, you should always communicate with your partner regarding which target you choose to keep in a crowd control chain and which target you choose to annihilate. Always keep a calm mindset and do not act rashly, as using your abilities poorly can prove extremely punishing. Moreso than most classes, a Rogue that presses the wrong buttons at the wrong time can quickly find themselves dead on the ground of the arena.
Keep in mind that as a Subtlety Rogue, you will not benefit from LoS-ing (breaking line of site against) your target, as you will want to be the one in control of the fight and stick to your chosen target as much as possible.
With proper practice and plenty of assassination attempts under your belt, you will eventually master the ways of a Subtlety Rogue, able to rid the battlefield of any target that you set your eyes upon.