The first time I published this new weekly roundup, I proceeded to immediately skip a week. Let’s give this another shot. :)
To make up for lost ground, this recap of what’s up in rogue gameplay and the rogue community covers the past two weeks.
If you feel I missed anything or would like to see additional topics/sites/discussions included in TWIRB, please comment!
In the Live Game
- Some patch happened or something, I guess? I don’t know, I don’t keep track of such things.
- Overall, rogues are about the same in PvE post-patch, and are weaker in PvP. How much weaker — and what the result of that will be on rogues’ presence in arena ladders and RBG teams — has yet to shake out. (It’s only been a week and a half, remember.) There’s been a fair amount of new interest in Assassination (and, to a lesser extent, Combat) as specs worth exploring in PvP; more on that below.
- There have been no reported hotfixes for rogues since the patch launched.
- There have also been no confirmed bugs, although PvP chief Brian Holinka said they’d look into reports that Shroud of Concealment is failing to properly conceal allies.
- As with every single patch in the history of patches, there has been a smattering of reports that stealth isn’t working as well post-patch as it was pre-patch. I haven’t seen any kind of consistency to these reports, so if something new *has* gone wrong, it’s likely something pretty obscure.
New PvP Guides & Blog Posts
In just the past few days, a bevy of capable PvP rogues has published or recorded a range of Patch 5.3-ready guides and tutorials:
- All Specs: A range of tips on how to solo a base in domination battlegrounds (e.g., Arathi Basin and Eye of the Storm) was posted by LastRogue.
- All Specs: LastRogue also posted an exploration of when you should choose Wound Poison over Deadly Poison (hint: basically always)
- Assassination: A comprehensive new Mut spec guide was created by AcerMVP on ArenaJunkies.
- Assassination: LastRogue explains why he’s decided to go with Assassination for PvP in Patch 5.3.
- Subtlety: EvasionX posted a video running through his talent, glyph and gemming choices.
- Subtlety: EvasionX also posted a video guide to openers.
Theorycrafting and PvE Optimization
- ShadowCraft got you confused? A new video from wavefunctionp (Aeriwen from the WoW rogue forum) provides an in-depth tutorial to help you get the most from our go-to raid gear optimizer.
- Are Real PPM trinkets and enchants making your brain explode? Chase Christian breaks it all down in his Encrypted Text column (and explains why RPPM makes haste so desirable).
- Tricks of the Trade macros: They are good and you should use them. Another Encrypted Text column from Chase walks through some of the most useful ToT macros.
Blizzfolk Get Roguey
- The entire WoW design team answered a range of raiding-oriented questions from Icy Veins. Of particular interest to us (imho) are their comments on the melee DPS role in raids (my rant) and on the success of the Tier 15 four-piece bonus (my summary/analysis).
- Elsewhere in Blizz interview news, Holinka and Ghostcrawler answered questions from ArenaJunkies’ Vanguards on the PvP changes impacting rogues in 5.3, including the Find Weakness nerf and why rogues were toned down overall.
- Similarly, Holinka and Ghostcrawler joined the Legendary Webcast by video to discuss, among other things, the rogue PvP balance changes. (Read my summary of both the AJ and Legendary interviews.)
- EU Community Manager Taepsilum responded to a Recuperate complaint thread in the official WoW forums to say he agreed that the self-heal “seems a bit underwhelming to me, and fitting it into the rotation doesn’t feel as rewarding as it used to during Cata,” and added that he’d bring the issue up with the dev team. (If this perked your ears, it should — we don’t see CMs directly express their views like this very often at all — but it doesn’t mean we should expect to see a change anytime soon. Taepsilum was just expressing his own opinion, and there’s no reason to believe the devs would necessarily agree — or have a solution they like better than the status quo.)
And that’s TWIRB. Or, well, TW(s)IRB; let’s see if I can stick to a weekly schedule with these.