Combat Rogue Class Overview
Welcome to my Combat Rogue DPS guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Spec, Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.
Combat Rogues depend heavily on physical (white) damage. They do not have DPS loss from changing targets, unlike Assassination Rogues. Harder to play, gear dependent, but has more potential than every other rogue spec. Combat Rogues shine in multiple-target encounters with their Blade Flurry ability.
The first one is more effective when you don’t have your Armour Penetration capped, because Rupture ignores armour. Second is for fights where you constantly change your target. The damage is more or less the same. Don’t forget that you can spend 1 point from Ruthlessness or Poisons into Vigor to have an extra 10 energy.
Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational
Relentless Earthsiege Diamond combined with Nightmare Tear
Ignore other blue slots, they do not give us enough needed stats. Use the gems listed below to get your statcaps.
Head – Arcanum of Torment
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak – Greater Speed
Chest – Powerful Stats
Bracers – Greater Assault
Weapon – Berserking For both weapons
Gloves – Crusher
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots – Icewalker
Gameplay & Rotations
Opening up with a Sinister Strike, which can proc a glyph. Doing another one or two Sinister Strikes to drain all the energy. Finishing move: Slice and Dice followed up with a Killing Spree. This start will give us a burst in damage.
Afterwards, we are gaining Combo Points with our Sinister Strike while using our Finisher move depending on the priorities below:
Slice and Dice is always up. Use at any amount of CP if it’s going to wear off in 2 secs
Rupture is always on the target. Use Rupture only if you have 1st build and at 5 Combo Points
Use Eviscerate on cooldown.
Boss mods for all raid bosses.
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