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10-20-2009 @ 11:37AM
A few additional tips: Learn how and when to use Blind. Back in the day (when I was leveling) Blind was an ability that required a reagent, you had to get fadeleaf and make it yourself... which at a low level meant spending more money than you had to buy the fadeleaf. Thus no one really used blind until higher levels. Now that Blind is reagent free (and has been for about three years, lol), every rogue should learn how and when to use Blind. It's a skill, an art, and all about learning good timing.A good way to learn proper blinding is to walk into stocks (if alliance) or rfc (if horde) and pull a single target with you close to the door. If there's more than one mob on the pull, it's time to practice your sapping skills! Sap->pickpocket->pull the mob to the door-> fight for a while->low on health->Blind->Bandaid! The time that a blind lasts is the same as a bandage cast. Knowing that, it becomes handing in not only pve situations but pvp. Blind/Bandage is powerful in the right hands. Blind->Vanish is also a powerful move. Another thing possibly underestimated when leveling is Shadowstep. Leveling is slower because the Subtlety tree has a lack of damage-increasing talents. Sub tree is very much a survival tree in the lower levels, and getting Shadowstep in your 40s is icing on the cake. It gives you a lot of mobility and opens up interesting possibilities (kiting mobs, for instance). Keep in mind it's very very slow leveling, and you're going to need to re-learn how to rogue at level 80 (Mutilate and Combat builds still own over anything in Sub when it comes to raids and instances). The damage output from sub can be overcome if you just grab shadowstep and head to the other trees with new talent points. Proper rogues should learn to play with every tree, and sub can be a lot of fun. Have fun before you're onto the dungeon and raid grind of lvl 80, go shadowstep something!
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