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by Scott Helfand
There comes a time, in the lives of many WoW players, when they realize they can no longer delay the inevitable. Their primal urges call out to them. Though they had resisted so strongly for so long, they know, deep down in their hearts: It’s time to give in to that sinfully sweet siren call.

It’s time to level a rogue.

To those of you who have recently elected to join the rogue legion — and to those of you who are contemplating this devious journey — I have some guidance to offer as you embark. I have seen many of your ilk level rogues before you, and will see many more do so after you. I have seen the questions they ask, and the myths they wrongly believe.

I am here to stab you with truth.

Let us begin.
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by Scott Helfand
There comes a time, in the lives of many WoW players, when they realize they can no longer delay the inevitable. Their primal urges call out to them. Though they had resisted so strongly for so long, they know, deep down in their hearts: It’s time to give in to that sinfully sweet siren call.

It’s time to level a rogue.

To those of you who have recently elected to join the rogue legion — and to those of you who are contemplating this devious journey — I have some guidance to offer as you embark. I have seen many of your ilk level rogues before you, and will see many more do so after you. I have seen the questions they ask, and the myths they wrongly believe.

I am here to stab you with truth.
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by Chase Christian

 

The task of giving rogues three unique specs is incredibly difficult. Our class design doesn’t allow for much flexibility in our mechanics. Assassination, combat, and subtlety all rely on the same energy bar and the same combo points to get the job done. The cyclical rotation of generators and finishers is always going to make up the core of our button presses.

Rogue spec diversity is maintained by three main tenets: differing finishers, interesting cooldowns, and a unique generator mechanic. All rogues will be using Shadow Blades as often as possible and Feint to reduce their damage taken. The utility abilities of the class have been consolidated, and the variance in how we deal our damage is what’s left to separate each spec.
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by Chase Christian

 

The official rogue forums are one of the last places that I expect to find a blue post. The community managers tend to avoid the class-specific boards, and our rogue nook tends to have a poor signal-to-noise ratio. However, the recent thread titled “Why we are energy starved” was graced with several blue posts from Daxxarri. The original poster, Cloake, was lamenting on the fact that our finishers cost both energy and combo points to use.

Several posters commented on how our cousins, the windwalker monks, have solved this by having their chi finishers only consume chi and not energy. Daxxarri commented that Jab, their version of Sinister Strike, isn’t exactly a great damage-dealer like our generators, so it’s hard to make a direct comparison. Rogues aren’t monks, and monks aren’t rogues. But the question remains: why does the windwalker monk rotation feel so much more active and engaging than a rogue rotation?
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by Chase Christian

 

With the launch of Mists of Pandaria, the season of world PvP is upon us once again. Over the next few weeks, there will be thousands of players trying out the new monk class. These rerollers are likely to be undergeared and inexperienced, making them perfect targets for your daggers. Rogues were able to take advantage of fledgling death knights as they were still learning to use their awkward new bodies in Wrath. Blizzard promised to bring world PvP back in Mists, and with the massive influx of grounded players trying to level, they’ve made good on their promise.

Don’t plan on facing many mistweaver monks out in the open world, as they’ll be safe inside of their dungeon queues. The staff-wielding brewmaster tanking monks will be very difficult to defeat unless they’re at a significantly lower level than you, so be careful. Our primary targets will be our melee DPS rivals, the windwalker monks. You can identify them by their dual weapons and smug (likely pandaren) faces.
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by Chase Christian

 

I’m not a fan of gearing up. I hate watching my gear fade into obsolescence. I hate swapping out my legendary Fangs of the Father for a set of blue weapons that were given to me after I washed a few yaks and played the role of a pre-employment drug screener for some amped-up goats.

Bill Gates infamously picks lazy people to do difficult jobs, because they’ll find the easiest way to do it. I am that lazy person. I am always looking for the quickest way to get my rogue into raid-ready shape. The quicker that my rogue is geared up, the quicker I can get back toEviscerating leveling players of the opposing faction. With a couple of weeks of grinding daily quests and some heroic dungeons mixed in, your rogue can be ready for the first tier ofMoP raiding.
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by Chase Christian

 

Regardless of your spec of choice, leveling your rogue in Mists of Pandaria should be an enjoyable experience. I tend to enjoy combat’s simple Sinister Strike-spamming playstyle for the leveling grind, but subtlety’s amazing burst and assassination’s potent poisons are more than powerful enough to get the job done. If you were lucky enough to acquire your Fangs of the Father, they’ll carry you until level 88 or 89 with their awesome damage.

The first key to a swift leveling experience is to minimize your downtime. The less time you spend in combat, the longer it will take to hit 90. The second key is to increase your damage output. While our damage is already formidable, taking out targets faster is always a good thing. The third and final key is to eliminate the competition. If a member of the opposing faction is killing mobs in the same area that you are, you need to increase the supply of mobs by reducing the demand.
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by Chase Christian

 

Patch 5.0.4 might not have brought all of Mists of Pandaria’s content, but it did contain all of its mechanics and class changes. Our new talent trees are active and Swirly Ball has finally returned. As with all of the pre-expansion patches, we are given a few weeks to cope with the new changes before the actual expansion goes live. While we’re still missing out on our level 87 abilities and our level 90 talents, we still need to be able to deftly control our rogues for a few more weeks.

The majority of our rotations have remained intact, and you should feel right at home after a few cycles. Most of the changes that rogues are seeing are passive or quality of life improvements. Other classes are faced with relearning major facets of their playstyle, but combo points and energy continue to hold steady.
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by Chase Christian

 

The upcoming patch 5.0.4 only contains part of Mists of Pandaria‘s content, but it does bring all of its class changes. Our new talent trees and glyphs will be in place, and our specializations will be dramatically revamped. While rogues are receiving fewer changes than any other class, we will experience a shift.

Our new mechanics will be in place following patch 5.0.4′s release on Aug. 28. We will have nearly a month to learn our rotations before Mists‘ official launch. That should be plenty of time to get our gear and glyphs in order in preparation for leveling in Pandaria. Poisons and talents will be at the forefront of our effort to adjust.
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by Chase Christian

 

The upcoming Mists of Pandariaexpansion looks to repeat most of the last two expansions’ changes: a complete poison revamp, talent trees slashed to the core, and no news on our missing Swirly Ball. Wait, Swirly Ball is back? Everything I know about rogues just went out the window.

The developers avoid implementing major class changes via patches, preferring to deploy them via expansions. There’s a natural separation between expansions that softens the blow of redesign a class mechanic. While rogues weren’t fundamentally altered during Cataclysm‘s patches, there are already several changes brewing for us in Mists. We’re gaining more raid utility, dropping a few outdated mechanics, and becoming more flexible with our abilities. How will these changes affect your day-to-day lifestyle?
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