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Assassination Rogueassassination iconvssubtlety iconSubtlety Rogue

What’s the best spec for Rogues, Subtlety or Assassination? Below breaks down their current DPS potential and compares the two.

This page analyzes multiple simulations for both Subtlety Rogues and Assassination Rogues using profiles and settings intended to achieve their maximum DPS. Multiple sim environments are used to test how they perform in various conditions. Is one the AoE king? Does one scale better with gear upgrades? Is one more bursty, and more reliant on big cooldowns? Below analyzes the data to find the strengths of each.

Simulation results were created with SimulationCraft
Using game data from Patch 9.2.5 WoW ShadowlandsSeason 4

  • Assassination Rogueassassination icon
  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)Assassination Rogue achieved 0.35% more maximum boss DPS than Subtlety Rogue when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best gear scalingAssassination Rogue scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 0.63% more from 282 ilvl to 308 compared to Subtlety Rogues.
  • Simplest GameplayAssassination Rogue has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.
  • subtlety iconSubtlety Rogue
  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 2.35% more maximum boss DPS than Assassination Rogue when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Best AoE DPS (in perfect settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 5.83% more AoE DPS than Assassination Rogue when there was no movement or lag.
  • Best AoE DPS (in realistic settings)Subtlety Rogue achieved 0.63% more maximum AoE DPS than Assassination Rogue when dealing with occasional movement, lag and crowd-control.
  • Least affected by movement (single-target)Subtlety Rogue’s single-target DPS was -20.56% less affected by increased movement compared to Assassination Rogues.
  • Least affected by movement (AoE)Subtlety Rogue’s AoE DPS was -42.11% less affected by increased movement compared to Assassination Rogues.
  • DPS less dependant on big cooldownsSubtlety Rogue’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 28.26% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Assassination Rogues.

While the above highlights the DPS advantages between Assassination and Subtlety Rogues, the DPS potential should not be the only factor in your decision. Ultimately, you should also consider the playstyle that you enjoy most while crushing it in Mythics+ and Raids!


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