Assassination Rogue Shadowlands 9.1 guide

Patch 9.1 Last Updated: 15th Sep, 2021


Hello, my name is Ceverion. I currently raid and play Rogue for Method. I’m a Community Figure in the Rogue class discord, Ravenholdt where I spend a lot of my time analyzing logs, simming and coming up with ways to push slightly more DPS out of my character. I’m very heavy on the DPS min-maxing and I will be sharing some of my tips and tricks with you today.

If you have any questions, feel free to tag me in Ravenholdt or send me a message on Twitter. You can find me playing my rogue on stream every now and again, so make sure to tune in!

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What has changed

Not much was done to Assassination with the 9.1 patch. Blizzard introduced new borrowed power systems, like new soulbind traits, covenant legendaries and domination shards, which have changed the way we play assassination rogues and I will be going over all of the new setups and possibilities that we have with these new systems.

Assassination is often regarded as the go-to raiding spec for rogues. It is a very versatile spec that has very consistent damage across the board. It is very rare to see assassination in a bad spot and due to the nature of the spec and will often see some sort of play in the mythic raiding scene. Unfortunately rogue are still missing raid utility as a class, which is invaluable in high end mythic raiding.

Good news is that Blizzard has acknowledged the problem and they are possibly giving some sort of raid-wide utility to the class, to put it in line with the other melee specs like Demon Hunters, Monks and Warriors. However, currently that is not the case, which is often the reason you see rogues being benched, even if they are pumping the damage charts.