PVP Combat Rogue Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

PVP Combat Rogue

Welcome to my Combat RoguePVP guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide for Arena or Battleground players, describing what Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchants and Team Compositions you might use.

Combat Rogue in PVP is overlooked and while there are reasons for that - it's playable. Most likely you won't go to a high rating with it, but for some fun or if you're looking for something new - give it a try.

Talent Tree

This build has Subtlety talents.It uses Riposte and Ghostly Strike (with a glyph). Overall your Stealth is better in this build.

While Malice is crit and that’s important, but if you’re feeling confident in your crit – you can go for Setup combined with Sleight of Hand and Elusiveness at a cost of Serrated Blades – this will give you more utility. Going for  Ruthlessness is also an option.

PVP Combat Rogue Talent Tree, 5/52/14 build spec WoW WotLK 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Killing Spree
Glyph of Adrenaline Rush
Glyph of Ghostly Strike or Glyph of Sinister Strike

Small Glyphs:

Glyph of Distract
Glyph of Vanish
Glyph of Safe Fall


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational.

Meta: Relentless Earthsiege Diamond with Nightmare Tear
Blue: Fractured Cardinal Ruby
Yellow: Mystic King's AmberRigid King's Amber
Red: Fractured Cardinal Ruby


While deciding about enchants, keep in mind that Combat Rogue needs Resilience, since he’s exposed to open fights, unlike Subtlety Rogues. You can go low on Resilience in favour of Damage only if you feel you are not being focused or your team stunlocks the enemy and goes for a fast game.

Head – Arcanum of Triumph or Arcanum of Torment
Shoulder – Inscription of Triumph or Greater Inscription of the Axe
Cloak – Major Agility or Shadow Armor
Chest – Powerful Stats or Exceptional Resilience
Bracers – Greater Assault
Gloves – Crusher
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Icescale Leg Armor
Boots – Greater Assault or Tuskarr's Vitality
Main-hand – Berserking
Off-hand – Titanium Weapon Chain

Gameplay & Rotations

Use two 2.6 PVP Swords for this build. Apply Instant Poison IX on main-hand weapon and Wound Poison VII on off-hand.

Why Swords? Mace has a stable 15% Armor Penetration which is nice, since it’s easier to get that hard-cap ArP cap. If you don’t have a better weapon, than a Mace – it’s fine, but Sword gives you a chance of a second attack. A second attack which can crit and can do poison damage also.

Why not Axes? Axes have a lower minimum damage, which will result in less damage per hit since you won’t be always having that maximum damage from every hit. The damage spread is just bigger and there’s a good chance of having lower damage because of that.

Team Complications

2v2 partners:

Frost Mage
Shadow Priest
Balance Druid
Retribution Paladin

3v3 partners:

Frost Mage + Discipline Priest
Shadow Priest + Restoration Shaman
Affliction Warlock + Restoration Druid
Feral Druid + Discipline Priest

PVP Combat Rogue Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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