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rogue iconSubtlety Rogue

WoW Class Guide • WoW Shadowlands Patch 9.2.5 • Noxxic Legacy

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns

During combat you are constantly making decisions for what to cast next. Knowing what to do and when is critical for being effecting at DPS. This rotation guide should help give a basic understanding of what to do, what's most important, and how to prioritize Subtlety Rogue abilities and cooldowns.

DPS Rotation

Shadowlands brought back poisons for all rogue specializations. Use Deadly Poison (Lethal) and Crippling Poison (Non-Lethal.)

As a rogue, you'll be building then spending combo points while utilizing cooldowns as they come available.

Building Combo Points

  1. Shadowstrike (if available)
  2. Gloomblade (if talented) or Backstab

If fighting multiple targets, prioritize Shuriken Storm over Shadowstrike

Spending Combo Points

Be sure to spend combo points when at 4 or more using the following priority:

  1. Slice and Dice (Maintain)
  2. Rupture (Maintain)
  3. (if have talent) Secret Technique (On CD)
  4. Eviscerate

If you talented for Deeper Stratagem than you can spend combo points at 5+ instead.

If fighting multiple targets, you can prioritize applying Rupture on additional targets (ones that will survive the full duration) higher than using Eviscerate.

Cooldowns

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