Can you feel that? On the breeze? There’s a touch of Patch 5.4 PTR in the air — and potentially a few quality-of-life nods to our adorably murderous class.
While we wait for the PTR — and the first set of datamines and official patch notes — let’s take a quick look at what’s happened in rougedom over the past week.
In the Live Game
- An updated look at rogue population numbers reveals some recovery for us at max level. But our low representation persists, and there are clear signs that people steadily lose interest in the class as they level.
- We saw our first official acknowledgment that there’s something wonky going on with stealth (and not just Shroud of Concealment, like some people who may or may not have my name and look like me had been assuming). No ETA on a fix, though.
- We got confirmation that, yes, we ARE supposed to break stealth when we use an item (potion, trinket, food, etc.).
Hints of Change
(As a quick reminder, my ever-updated complete rogue Blizztweet collection will usually highlight these odds and ends before they find their way into full blog posts — assuming I ever write a full post about them, which I won’t bother doing in many cases, because I am lazy.)
- Single-target Killing Spree when you’re in a crowd? It may happen.
- A possible buff to Recuperate? Being “looked into.”
- A new life for Hit and Run, the level-60 talent that never was? It’s not unpossible.
- Specs too similar? Ghostcrawler agrees (again) that it’s a concern — but that we shouldn’t expect any “massive overhauls.”
Ninjas in the Blogosphere
- Fierydemise — one of our class’s finest theorycrafting minds, and a regular contributor to the Elitist Jerks and WoW forums — launched his own blog. He writes like the engineer he is, but if you can digest it, the blog looks likely to become an excellent way to understand the “how” and “why” behind many of our most vexing math-y questions, such as:
- Chase Christian waxes philosophical in this week’s Encrypted Text column over why so many people perceive rogues in WoW to be evil.
And that, as they say, is TWIRB.