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10-21-2009 @ 2:17PM
Quote: "The second move you acquire is Backstab, which will unfortunately not even warrant a position on your hot bar. It's a largely useless move currently, with no Backstab spec being viable anywhere."Backstab does more damage then Sinister Strike, and is a great opener against mobs that don't aggro (the type of mobs that a level 4 will be encountering often). As a burst damage ability, it will kill mobs faster then simply Sinister Striking over and over again. As well, a level 4 doesn't have any spec, so they should be using Backstab for quite a few levels until they get enough talent points to differentiate their play style one way or the other.
10-21-2009 @ 2:24PM
Yes, Backstab should absolutely be used as an opener. Also, use Evasion whenever it's available? Because having it "ready" is a waste? That's silly. Why blow it on a single mob, only to have it on cooldown when you really need it one minute later? Always save it for emergencies or difficult fights.
10-21-2009 @ 2:28PM
There are very few fights that a rogue will lose if they don't have Evasion available. With it's new 3 minute cooldown (or less, if combat), there's no reason to 'save' it anymore.
10-21-2009 @ 2:38PM
On my rogues, until I get Ambush, my opening rotation is Stealth, Sap (if possible), Pickpocket (again if possible), Backstab, Sinister Strike, Eviscerate.Ambush replaces Backstab here. While fighting I will gouge and then backstab, up until I start using poisons, which usually breaks the gouge.Once I start using poisons, the only time I use backstab is if I am partied with someone and the creature/NPC/opposite faction player we are fighting is focused on my party member and I can get behind.
10-21-2009 @ 2:45PM
"There are very few fights that a rogue will lose if they don't have Evasion available."Exactly. So what's the point of using it, except for those "few fights?" Three minutes is short, but not short enough if you're in a tight spot and it's on cooldown.
10-21-2009 @ 4:05PM
At lower levels Gouge + Backstab = Win.Why would you take it off?Also, it wouldn't make sense to blow evasion every chance you get. For what, saving food?
10-22-2009 @ 2:08AM
Well, if i recall correctly, in the last episode he suggested using the BoA swords, so backstab is useless if you do that.However, if you are using daggers, Gouge+Backstab should be a standard part of your rotation.
10-22-2009 @ 8:56AM
Macro your Pick Pocket to your opener from stealth. You'll have all the junk boxes to keep your Open Locks skills up and over time it's a decent amount of gold./cast Pick Pockets/cast Backstab(or Ambush...)
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