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10-14-2009 @ 7:11PM
Though Chase has (much?) more experience than I when it comes to end-game rogues, I thought I'd offer something I've learned from leveling 2 rogues to 80.On "best" leveling spec: As always, the best leveling spec is primarily something that's similar to how you actually want to play your rogue. Combat swords + Blade Flurry + 8 mobs works, but if you enjoy playing your rogue as a single target/take no damage assassin, you should be looking at assassination or subtlety builds. This is so obvious but it needs repeating: if you don't enjoy your leveling spec you'll tend to level slower. It's hard to do something you don't enjoy for 80 levels, believe me, I tried that with my first rogue and ended up putting him aside for weeks at a time.Second, I'm utterly convinced that there are different "best" leveling specs depending not only on your preference but also on your current level. For example, I went to Riposte immediately because that's an awesome ability. At 30 I specced out of combat and went to subtlety for Hemorrhage because I preferred that to Blade Flurry "gather up a bunch of mobs every 2 minutes" approach. At 50 I went to assassination for Mutilate. After Mutilate I went straight to Initiative.In the end my favorite end leveling builds are somewhat unorthodox:1. Mutilate + Initiative (stealth from mob to mob, single target very quick kills)and 2. Unfair Advantage + Setup (gather up a few mobs, many if blade flurry is up, you'll want to ghostly strike and riposte whenever those are up)Both of these are odd, but they fit well how I play. There's plenty of time to go PvE cookie-cutter spec when you're 80 (and you'll pretty much have to, at least till Cataclysm).
10-15-2009 @ 10:38AM
I'll agree with this. I actually like playing Sub because I love stealth-based sneak games, dropping a good quarter of my mobs with a single Ambush followed by an Eviscerate, and nearly unlimited escapes with vanish. (Yes, vanish is rarely bugged, but I can go hours without hitting it.)
10-15-2009 @ 2:06PM
everyone is talking about different specs, but I'm really wondering about which heirloom weapons to get. They all will do enough dps for levelling, I am certain; so from that perspective, I can't really go wrong.Apparently, however, rogue abilities are tied to the weapon type, so is there a weapon type that is the most flexible, or is it really a matter of being "stuck" with, e.g., the sword or dagger or mace abilities all along?If there's one weapon type that is the most flexible, I'd probably go ahead and dual wield that type, whatever it is. (I am not at all concerned with attack speed, dps or stats, just having the most playstyle options, however gimped -- all heirlooms are OP while levelling, especially with the shoulders, chest, and trinkets).
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