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10-21-2009 @ 2:47PM
Backstab should absolutely be used while leveling a rogue. Normally Chase is right on (or pretty close) but that is straight up wrong.
10-21-2009 @ 2:52PM
Why should it be used? It takes tons of energy to set up and use (10 seconds of energy!), you lose precious auto-attacks / poison while the target is gouged, and you get Ambush at 18 which will be your opener against nearly every mob from then on.Using a dagger can be fun, but having to use abilities with positioning / energy requirements is more work than it's worth. Nobody likes having to play like a warrior, but unfortunately that's how it is (for every melee class) until you get some of the finesse moves at higher levels.
10-21-2009 @ 3:02PM
Apoligize for double post: what you will read a few down:Still going ot have to disagree and here is why. As mentioned beforemany mobs at this level are not auto-aggro and backstab is trivial toset up and doesn't requrire a lot of effort. Walk behind and use it.In addition to that while leveling you can easily set up a pickpocket/ backstab macro for some much needed gold. I guess it's just adifference in play style or you are targeting this towardsnoobies(not in a bad sense) but if the latter is the case you shouldmake it clear that while this is the easiest way to level, there arecertainly more efficient and other way to approach it. I agree thatwhen you get up in the higher levels backstab becomes useless, but at1-10(maybe even 20 I haven't leveled my rogue in a while) it'sdefinitely useful and a way to get used to attacking from stealth orbehind.
10-21-2009 @ 3:04PM
I think Backstab could be used by the leveling rogue for a few reasons.1. If they don't have a sword, they should be using Backstab all the time in instances.2. If they have a better dagger then sword, Sinister Striking with a dagger produces much lower dps then a Gouge->Backstab. Even though a Gouge->Backstab takes up more energy, it keeps the mob from hitting them and it produces enough damage to either kill the mob then and there or it provides the combo points needed to kill the mob with an Evis. 3. Sinister Strike spam can become boring, where as Gouge->Jump and turn in mid air->Backstab is funner and more visually appealing, especially as an elf character that does flips when they jump. It feels more rogue-like then just hacking and slashing with Sinister Strike.
10-21-2009 @ 3:11PM
Chase Christian is a Combat Rogue dual wielding BoA swords.
10-21-2009 @ 5:40PM
"you lose precious auto-attacks / poison"What poisons? This article is about leveling a rogue from 1-10. You don't have any poisons.Anywho...at least recommend backstab as an opener, even though it's been pretty well argued that a gouge > backstab is a viable option as well.I mean...what would you open with if not backstab at that level? SS?
10-21-2009 @ 5:55PM
I don't stealth until 18 or so when I receive Ambush, and even then, I still just run up and start beating on bad guys. I don't see the point in the very low levels besides learning basic game mechanics like attacking, inventory, skills, vendors, etc. Once you get into the higher double digits, you start learning your actual class. For the most part, you're just going to be bashing in the head of some auto-attacking goon over and over again until you receive some of the core rogue abilities. It's at that point that a stealthy open, a clutch CC and smart CD usage comes into play.
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