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8-26-2009 @ 4:20PM
I believe you're missing the true point of the envenom buff. With the buff, the possibility of a rupture-free cycle would become the norm for mut rogues. If you remember back to the PTR, there was a glyph of Envenom that made it so your Envenom didn't consume DP stacks. That was removed. Interesting change
8-26-2009 @ 4:27PM
We'll see what shakes out, the 4pc T8 and 2pc T9 bonuses are Rupture-only, so until we're looking at a pretty significant gear refresh, Rupture will be on the table. The slow rate at which one acquires T9 (due to Emblem-lock) will determine how viable Rupture-less cycles are. I don't think we'll be seeing them until the end of ToC content.
8-26-2009 @ 6:10PM
Aldriana over at Elitist Jerks has actually done a bit of modeling for a ruptureless combat spec and at some point with Heroic ToC gear players will see an increase in dps by dropping rupture from their rotation. I don't know about assassination rogues, but it seems like this may become a viable option to combat rogues in the near future.
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