Fans of Knives: July 18, 2017

Thank you everyone, for the kind comments about our new site, unveiled last week. We are still updating a few pages but it is coming along. We are always looking for good content. If you are interested in writing a rogue oriented blog, pitch us your ideas. We’d love to chat. You can DM Paryah @One_Rogue on Twitter or on Discord at Paryah#1616.

Aethys and Mystler have collaborated on a wonderful new section of Ravenholdt for rogue theorycrafting. If you want to see what they are doing, or have any interest in the math behind the methods, check it out:

 

Infexious Gaming and his video guides are back with an Assassination guide for Tomb of Sargeras:

 

Leirix has a beautiful WIP of Valeera:

 

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Fans of Knives: July 11, 2017

This week our exciting news is that we got a facelift and moved to a new platform. Finally. A few pages still need filling out but overall we are very happy with our new digs. Please check it out and let us know what you think. A few particular things to check out:

Fierydemise has retired. Rfeann has put together a lovely tribute:

Raiding in the Tomb of Sargeras is in full swing. Kistler is collecting Tips and Tricks. Check out his write up and comment if you have any to add:

Often these day when one asks for help with gear one gets the response, “Sim yourself.” Paryah explores what this means and how to do it:

Rfeann has updated our Rogue Changelog. Need to catch up on what’s new? Check it out:

 

And after all that, yes, there is other news as well. Wowhead has patch 7.3 tier set bonuses and armor sets. As always with datamined and PTR content, beware of spoilers:

 

Doubi Doubi posted a piece of rogue art created for a commission. Be sure to check out the time-lapse video; the details are amazing. We are very envious of the lucky recipient:

And artist Faebelina has been creating “what if” paintings of her character. This week she did rogue and it is lovely. Honestly Faeb, you should go rogue – rogue Faeb is best Faeb! (Ok, maybe we are a little biased).

 

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Fans of Knives: July 4, 2017

The last week brought us some PvP tuning changes. Note that despite the title, these changes are currently live:

PvP Tuning Changes Coming Soon

Assassination:

  • Poison Bomb damage reduced by 40% in PvP situations (was reduced by 30%).

Subtlety:

  • Vanish cast by Thieves’ Gambit will now cancel when the target begins to cast a spell.
  • PvP Template Agility reduced by 5%.

 

And patch 7.3 is on the PTR. Wowhead has a preview of what we’ll be wearing in Tier 21:

 

Finally, a note about this website: our platform move has been slightly delayed, but you should notice some changes in the next few days. Please bear with us and excuse our dust as we make this exciting and much needed change.

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Fans of Knives: June 27, 2017

Last week Blizzard hosted a class AMA on Reddit. Wowhead has a transcript – jump to the rogue part here:

The AMA is over but there was some interesting discussion in Stjern’s AMA prep thread on Reddit – check it out:

 

We have had one hotfix of note in the last week:

Hotfixes:

  • Fixed a bug where Second Shuriken was not activating correctly.

 

Super talented artist, Frenone, has painted a portrait of Garona. Check it out. If you’d like this as a wallpaper, check out her Patreon:

 

And finally, a note about this website: we are switching platforms. You will notice some changes in the next few days. Please bear with us and excuse our dust as we make this exciting and much needed change.

 

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Fans of Knives: June 20, 2017

The much anticipated fourth raid of the expansion, Tomb of Sargeras, starts today. Stjern’s wonderful guide has been updated for 7.2.5 as have Gray_Hound’s awesome guides on Wowhead. Please note that all guides are works in progress as we figure out how the changes actually play out. Theory vs. reality, y’all:

 

Tomb of Sargeras will bring us a new tier set, Tier 20, Fanged Slayer’s Armor. Wowhead has the most recent changes and tweaks. Check out the updated set bonuses as well as the latest in rogue fashion:

 

The devs seem reasonably happy with our class; we have had only a few hotfixes:

Hotfixes: June 19:

  • Insignia of Ravenholdt should now work correctly with Toxic Blade.
  • Auctioneer Xifa should no longer evade attempted assassination for “Hiding in Plain Sight”.
  • Subtlety: PvP template Agility reduced by 5%.

 

Wowhead has also put together some very handy quick start guides. If you are new to rogue, are just getting started replaying your rogue, or just want to brush up, check these out:

 

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Fans of Knives: June 13, 2017

It’s Patch Day! Like it or not, 7.2.5 is about to hit us like a truck. There are substantial class changes, particularly to Subtlety. Check out the updated Patch Notes for details:

 

Blizzard Watch has a nice overview of the new Legendary rings which allow us an extra talent (spoiler, it’s Vigor):

 

Wowhead noted some tuning to some of our Tier 20 sets. Scroll to the Uncategorized Spells section at the bottom of the article for details:

 

June 6th’s hotfixes corrected a small problem with our mount questline:

Hotfixes: June 6

  • Fixed a bug with spawning of the Silvermoon and Exodar marks for “Hiding in Plain Sight.”

 

And in very sad news for the rogue community, Fierydemise is retiring. Fiery, one of our top theorycrafters, was instrumental in the creation of this site and our Discord. He will be sorely missed. Needless to say, this is not our last word on his departure – watch this space. It the meantime, check out his post on the matter:

 

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Patch 7.2.5 Brings New Class Content Along with Changes

Patch 7.2.5 is currently planned for release on Tuesday, June 13th. This patch brings us new pickpocketing content along with the ususal spec changes. Assassination gets off most lightly this time around, with changes to the bleed/poison paradigm. Outlaw receives a good number of tuning changes and a rethink of Roll the Bones. Subtlety has pretty substantial changes to many abilities and the most changes to spec feel overall.

Check out Bizzard’s full post or read on for the rogue highlights.

Pickpocketing

  • Griftah in the Hall of Shadows has found a lamp, which may lead the sticky-fingered among you to interesting challenges and great profit.
  • Griftah now sells a selection of items for Coins of Air to his distinguished clientele.
  • Items purchasable with Dingy Iron Coins are now also purchasable with Coins of Air.

Class changes

Assassination

  • Damage of all abilities increased by 10%.
  • Agonizing Poison has been removed.
  • New talent added, replacing Agonizing Poison: Toxic Blade
  • Costs 20 Energy, generates 1 Combo Point, 25 second cooldown.
  • Stab your enemy with a toxic blade, dealing [600% Weapon Damage] Nature damage. Your Nature damage abilities against the target are increased by 35% for 9 seconds.
  • Exsanguinate now causes your Bleed effects to bleed out 150% (was 100%) faster.
  • Exsanguinate now costs 25 Energy.
  • Fan of Knives damage increased by 40%.
  • Vendetta now affects Poison Bomb damage.

 

Outlaw

Developers’ notes: Our overall goals here include smoothing out Energy regeneration and reducing the frequency of both resource drought and Energy capping.

  • All damage increased by 8%.
  • Adrenaline Rush Energy regeneration increase reduced to 60% (was 100%). Duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
  • Ambush damage increased by 33%.
  • Combat Potency proc rate increased to 30% (was 20%), and Energy per proc reduced to 10 (was 15).
  • Curse of the Dreadblades (Artifact trait) now works with Ambush.
  • Fortune Strikes redesigned. Now increases Combat Potency’s proc rate by 2% per point (was +1 Energy per Combat Potency proc per point).

Developers’ notes: The net result of the two Combat Potency and Fortune Strikes changes is that Combat Potency should generate half as much Energy, twice as often.

  • Restless Blades has returned. Finishing moves reduce the remaining cooldown on Adrenaline Rush, Between the Eyes, Sprint, Grappling Hook, Cannonball Barrage, Killing Spree, Marked for Death, Death from Above, Vanish by 0.5 seconds per combo point spent.
  • Slice and Dice now increases attack speed by 125% (was 100%).

Roll the Bones:

Developers’ notes: The distribution of the number of buffs you get from Roll the Bones has changed. On average, you will get fewer buffs. Our goal is to significantly reduce the desire to frequently recast Roll the Bones when you get 1 buff.

  • Broadsides now also increases the damage of your combo-point generating abilities by 20%.
  • Buried Treasure increases Energy regeneration by 30% (was 25%).
  • Grand Melee now increases attack speed by 55% (was 50%).
  • True Bearing causes Finishing moves to reduce the cooldown of many abilities by 1.0 seconds (was 2.0 seconds) per combo point.

 

Subtlety

Developers’ notes: Our overall goals are to remove uncontrolled player teleport from the baseline DPS rotation, to reduce the frequency of teleporting in PvP, to allow players to choose between more frequent or more impactful Shadow Dances, which equates to more frequent CC/utility or damage in PvP, to keep the PvE rotation engaging, and to make Symbols of Death more engaging.

  • All damage dealt increased by 20%.
  • Backstab base damage increased by 35%.
  • Backstab damage bonus from being behind the target reduced to 20% (was 30%).
  • Dark Shadow is a new talent at level 90: While Shadow Dance is active, all damage you deal is increased by 30%.
  • Deepening Shadows now causes your finishing moves to reduce the remaining cooldown on Shadow Dance by 1.5 seconds (was 3 seconds) per combo point spent.
  • Energetic Stabbing (Artifact trait) now has an increased proc chance of 50% (was 25%), now refunds 2 Energy per point (was 5), and now also works with Backstab.
  • Enveloping Shadows redesigned. Deepening Shadows reduces the remaining cooldown of Shadow Dance by an additional 1.0 second per combo point spent. Shadow Dance gains 1 additional charge.
  • Etched in Shadow (Artifact trait) is now named Weak Point: Increases the critical strike damage of Backstab and Shadowstrike by 5% per point.
  • Feeding Frenzy (Artifact trait) now lasts for 30 seconds (was 20 seconds).
  • Flickering Shadows (Artifact Trait) redesigned: Now reduces the cooldown of Sprint by 10 seconds and Vanish by 30 seconds.
  • Gloomblade damage increased by 10%.
  • Marked for Death’s cooldown reduced to 40 seconds (was 60 seconds) for Subtlety.
  • Master of Shadows now gains 25 Energy over 3 seconds when you enter Stealth or Shadow Dance.

Developers’ notes: Pooling energy going into a Shadow Dance has long been the way to play Subtlety, and we’d like to bring that back. This design still gives you more energy for a Shadow Dance, but in a way that allows the Rogue to fully utilize pooling gameplay.

  • Nightblade now increases your damage dealt to the target by 15%, with damage over time component reduced by 35%.

Developers’ notes: Further pushes Subtlety away from maintaining Nightblade on all secondary targets and instead into focusing their damage into 1 target. Additionally, gives Nightblade a mechanical interaction with the rest of the core rotation that fulfills the “setup” feel of Subtlety.

  • Premeditation has been removed.
  • Relentless Strikes now causes your finishing moves to generate 6 Energy per combo point spent.
  • Second Shuriken (Artifact trait) damage increased by 200%.
  • Shadow Dance now has 2 charges (was 3), and is no longer on the global cooldown.
  • Shadow Dance’s base duration increased to 4 seconds (was 3 seconds).
  • Shadow Nova (Artifact trait) damage increased by 67%.
  • Shadow’s Whisper (Artifact trait) now increases Energy gain by 8 (was 5).
  • Shadowstep now has 2 charges for Subtlety.
  • Shadowstrike now hits at melee range (was a 15 yard range) and generates 2 combo points (was 1).
  • Shadowstrike, when used while Stealthed, now deals 25% increased damage (was 9%) and teleports you up to 25 yards behind your target. This does not happen while in Shadow Dance or during Subterfuge.
  • Shuriken Combo is a new passive talent available at level 70: Shuriken Storm increases the damage of your next Eviscerate by 10% for each enemy hit beyond the first. Stacks up to 5 times.

Developers’ notes: This aims to remove maintaining Nightblade on every target from your AOE rotation on 4+ targets. Instead, Subtlety will deal increased damage during AOE by focusing it into one target.

  • Shuriken Storm base damage increased by 67%.
  • Sprint now allows Subtlety Rogues to run over water. This is only possible when running forward.
  • Subterfuge’s duration increase to Shadow Dance reduced to 1 second (was 2 seconds).
  • Symbols of Death redesigned. Invoke ancient symbols of power, generating 40 Energy and increasing your damage done by 15% for 10 seconds.
  • The Quiet Knife (Artifact trait) now increases damage dealt by Backstab by 5% (was 3%) per point.
  • Weak Point (Artifact trait) now increases the critical strike damage of Backstab and Shadowstrike by 8% per point.

 

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Fans of Knives: June 6th 2017

Our class mount is available now! Finish up the Broken Shore questline and the quest will show up at Deliverance Point near the flight master. Go and get your raven. Do it. Right now. Wowhead has details:

 

And speaking of delicious class content, there is more coming. As we reported last week, pickpocketing is a thing again on the PTR. Be prepared, read up on it at Wowhead:

Matt Rossi of Blizzard Watch also has a summary. Head over there and weigh in with your opinion on special stuff for the best class evah:

 

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Fans of Knives: May 30, 2017

This short, sweet week, Perculia of Wowhead brings us some exciting news about additions to pickpocketing 7.2.5. It is awesome to know that the devs are still adding content for our super-special class:

 

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Fans of Knives: May 23, 2017

For many of us, the Mage Tower Artifact Challenge is indeed the challenge it is intended to be. If you are struggling with it, Gray_Hound has written up guides on Wowhead just for you:

 

And the Deadly Boss Mods addon has a new module specifically for these challenges:

 

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