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4-04-2012 @ 1:57PM
Leveling a rogue as Sub in the BGs is possibly the most fun I've ever had playing solo in this game. Combat is all well and good, Assassination has its place, but there's nothing like being the invisible agent of instant death whose very name causes your enemies to flee in terror ( and by the end of the match, they WILL know your name! ).Note to those who love rogues: The Shock and Awe build works in lower-level PvP as well, with a few modifications ( though obviously you can't pick up all the talents in the Assassination tree ). I drop Hemo, Energetic Recover, and Sanguinary Vein in favor of 2/2 in Initiative and 3/3 in Honor among Thieves. The reason is at level 73 in full Brutal Gladiator gemmed and enchanted for Agility, my crit is juust under 40%, which means Ambush will nearly always crit, and as it does, generate not one but TWO additional combo points, one each from Initiative and Honor among Thieves.Note that Honor among Thieves is arguably the more important of the two, as it lets me rack up talent points while I'm still setting up for the Ambush ( assuming my allies are critting, whatever they're doing ). If no nearby allies are critting on things, with my base 40% crit chance, my fast autoattacks will likely generate a free CP for me in a matter of seconds. As my rogue gains experience and, inevitably, levels from all the delicious gankage, her Crit Rating scaling drops considerably, thus making Honor among Thieves even more important ( Ambush crits are essential to generating 5 CP before the enemy can react, and if you can't do that, nearby teammates while you're stealthed will fit the bill too ).Once I have 5 CP, it's game over. Eviscerate, and if it doesn't finish the enemy outright, follow up with Backstab - they nearly always try to flee, and those who don't are open to a Gouge/Backstab combo. Often, just autoattacking will finish them off - 40% chance to crit for some 900-odd main hand weapon damage? Heck yeah!The only necessary addition to a Shock and Awe build is an addon to track your killing spree and shout out encouraging remarks such as "Dominating!", "Unstoppable!" and "Wicked Sick!!".And please please please, for the love of all things instagib, never engage an opponent in mismatching gear! Transmogrify everything you have to to something that looks good, cause if you're not gankin' with style, you're doing it wrong.
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