The number of changes incoming for rogues in Patch 5.4 is… lots. It’s a lots number. If you grab a bottle of vodka, flip through my full summary of rogue changes and drink every time you see a buff, you will be in a hospital having your stomach pumped by the time you’re done.
And just for good measure, it looks like we’re getting one more buff before the patch goes live: This time, Ambush gets in on the fun.
Quietly folded into the official 5.4 patch notes (there’s no red to indicate updates to the latest version because it’s technically an entirely new set of notes — this is now the “live” notes instead of the PTR notes) is this new rogue change:
Ambush damage has been increased by 12%.
This buff is almost certainly intended to avoid a problem that Haileaus, our class’s most prominent expert on PvE Subtlety spec, noted in a recent post in the official forums: Backstab had been buffed so much for 5.4 that it was actually looking *better* than Ambush as a stealth opener in
many some cases. Presumably the Ambush buff will ensure that doesn’t happen.
This buff will also make rogues of any spec who open with Ambush just a little more deadly — though I should point out that, at this point, I don’t know of any in-depth theorycrafting that’s been done (and haven’t done any myself) to see whether Ambush is actually going to be the best option to use as an opener if you’re raiding as Mut or Combat in 5.4.
Regardless, this buff to Ambush raises the final tally. Let’s take a look at the big board:
- Rogue Buffs in 5.4: 20
- Rogue Bug Fixes and Gameplay Improvements in 5.4: 4
- Rogue Nerfs in 5.4: 2
Don’t never let nobody say Blizzard doesn’t love ya, stabbers.
For All Your Roguely Patch 5.4 Needs
- General recap: My breakdown of all class changes.
- For raiders: Fierydemise’s excellent summary and FAQ.
- The horse’s mouth: Blizzard’s official 5.4 patch notes.