DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)

Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Subtlety Rogue. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Poison: Use the following poisons on your weapons.

Combo Point Builders: Follow this priority to generate Combo Points.

  1. Ambush Whenever possible. Applies Find Weakness.
  2. Hemorrhage Maintain the Bleed DoT.
  3. Backstab Build CP.

Finishing Moves: Follow this priority to spend Combo Points.

  1. Slice And Dice Maintain at all times.
  2. Rupture Maintain with 5 CP. Applies Sanguinary Vein.
  3. Eviscerate Use with 5 CP.

Your main ability to spam and generate Combo Points with will be either Backstab or Hemorrhage. Backstab should always be your first choice and Hemorrhage should only be used to refresh its bleed DoT or when Backstab and Ambush are unavailable. Beyond that, your highest priority is to keep Slice And Dice active and to maintain Rupture on your target. These two abilities provide the powerful Energetic Recovery and Sanguinary Vein buffs that are essential to your DPS. Spend excess Combo Points on Eviscerate. Also, always try to keep your Energy below 75 so that procs from Relentless Strikes are not wasted.

Thanks to Anticipation your Combo Point management is much easier. Honor Among Thieves CP procs will almost never to go to waste and you can execute the single target priority without fear of losing valuable Combo Points.

AoE Rotation

Poison: Deadly Poison

AoE Abilities:

At 2 targets, use Fan of Knives as your primary Combo Point builder, but continue to spend CP using the single target priority. With 5+ targets, switch to Fan of Knives + Crimson Tempest spam, but continue to maintain Slice And Dice at all times.

Effective Cooldowns

These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.

  • Shadowstep Use to quickly close the gap to new targets.

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.