I actually agree with Kpul for once. Rogues this whole xpac have been underplayed because it's become a shitfest. I don't even play my rogue anymore. I log on once a week just to get my 10 wins and bounce off my rogue.
Hackattack3, on 03 April 2014 - 01:52 PM, said:
The other part of this is a rogue requires "skill-capped" and knowledgeable teammates that fully understand the rogue. His/her strengths/weaknesses and burst windows. Why would a hunter want to worry about lining everything up with a rogue when he can just face roll with a warrior and spam random instant cc?
The only people I can normally play with are friends (Thug/RLS are my only choices atm). Nobody wants a rogue in their team anymore pretty much.
Assassination is the worst specialization a Rogue can play right now. I've tried my absolute best to make Mutilate work, but it's just not possible at a high level (except in certain situations where riding a DK w/ Para might get you a win or two). The nostalgia attached to Mutilate isn't even there anymore. The play style isn't remotely the same anymore.
Why Assassination is LOW tier:
Wound Poison can't be used effectively
Rupture is garbage
Venomous Wounds has a 75% chance to proc
Out of Energy....Out of Energy....Out of Energy....
Envenom hits like a wet noodle
Vendetta is a 2 minute cool-down with a GCD and removed with Vanish, Block and Bubble
If SOME of the above were addressed, I would consider playing Mutilate over Combat and Subtlety.
As for playing Shadow Focus over Subterfuge, you're sacrificing one of your best Offensive/Defensive talents. I would only recommend you pick Shadow Focus in certain situations.
Your openers look fine (openers are situational after all). Keep SnD and Venomous Wounds up, pool your energy for Dispatch/Envenom. Boom roasted.
With this being said, as an assassination advocate, rupture & poisons in Sub does more damage than in assassination, which is really sad. Poisons as assassination over time does more damage, but with how the pace of arenas are right now, you don't have time.
Also, assassination is really energy deprived; with or without Shadow Focus/Subterfuge. One of the only reasons why you can't use assassination at a high end arena. Sure for RBG assassination does great because you're not constantly on top of some one which lets you gather energy.