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 10.2.7 WoW Dragonflight

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  • Least affected by movement (single-target)

    Assassination Rogue’s single-target DPS was -2.35% less affected by increased movement compared to Subtlety Rogues.

  • Best gear scaling

    Assassination Rogue scaled better with increased item-levels, single-target DPS benefited 4.07% more from 446 ilvl to 488 compared to Subtlety Rogues.

  • DPS less dependant on big cooldowns

    Assassination Rogue’s DPS is less bursty, meaning it had more consistent damage. With 29.66% less difference in lowest and peak DPS during a fight when compared to Subtlety Rogues.

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  • Best boss DPS (in perfect settings)

    Subtlety Rogue achieved 1.74% more maximum boss DPS than Assassination Rogue when there was no movement or lag.

  • Best boss DPS (in realistic settings)

    Subtlety Rogue achieved 1.62% 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 19.56% more AoE DPS than Assassination Rogue when there was no movement or lag.

  • Simplest Gameplay

    Subtlety Rogue has fewer damaging abilities which could indicate a simpler rotation.

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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