Nov 18th 2009 2:29PM The Lich King encounter will not be in the patch.
Oct 21st 2009 5:10PM If you want to level with daggers you should use Gouge->Backstab continually (until you get Mutilate, or forever if you go Subtlety) as it will be better for killing mobs then a Sinister Strike spam.
Oct 21st 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.
Oct 21st 2009 2:54PM Definitely try out Ambush/Backstab combinations if your fighting alot of clothies, its really fun to 2 shot them =) Its really waiting on the steath cooldown that slows you down then.
Oct 21st 2009 2:50PM Hi Thrush,
It really depends on what's most fun to you. Backstab loses value the higher your level, unless you go into Sub. With Sub, you would ShadowStep->Ambush->Gouge->Backstab->Evis and the mob should be dead (perhaps before the Evis even). With this, you can kill mobs without getting hit very much. But, at these levels (50+) Assassination and Combat both kill mobs faster. Through Outlands I preferred Shadowstep, but then through Northrend I preferred Mutilate.
Oct 21st 2009 2:34PM Quote: "Except that Gouge costs energy, which could've been used to add an additional Sinister Strike. Playing around with mobs will only waste time."
I disagree. If you Gouge you stop their attack, increasing the number of mobs you can kill without having to sit and eat, and the burst of Backstab makes it so that the mobs die very quickly.
Oct 21st 2009 2:30PM Quote: "Finally, you'll receive Slice and Dice. This is a staple of rogue DPS, and you should bind it to a key that you can reach easily. Attacking 20% faster will have you doing a ton more damage, and will become even more useful when you gain the ability to apply poisons to your weapons. If you're in combat, you should try to keep Slice and Dice up at all times, especially when fighting multiple targets. If you finish every fight by dumping your combo points into Slice and Dice, you'll be able to keep it up between targets, and you'll hop from mob to mob with great ease. You don't always need to save up 5 combo points before using Slice and Dice, usually 2-3 combo points is enough to keep it active for an entire fight."
I think, if you are killing a large number of mobs that are close together its great to have Slice and Dice up, but really on these low level mobs, spending 3 combo points on Slice and Dice is in most cases a waste, because a 3 point Evis would have killed the mob, and if you are Slice and Dicing instead then the mob is staying alive longer.
Oct 21st 2009 2:21PM Quote: "Gouge is one of the most underused of rogue techniques. Use this if you are being attacked by two mobs, as you can effectively knock one out of the fight. Use this if you need to run away, as it will give you a fairly big head start, or if you need to use a bandage. It's a great ability that should find its way to one of your hotkeys. Try using it as often as possible to get used to its nuances."
Gouge goes great with Backstab, making Backstab used in every fight. Another reason why Backstab should definitely be on any low level rogue's hot bar.
SS->Gouge->BS->Evis (if the mob is not already dead).
Oct 21st 2009 2:16PM 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.
Sep 10th 2009 5:17PM "If you really are going to buy a new OS, playing WoW might not be the best criteria to base your purchase choice on."
??? You have other criteria??? Weird.