Outlaw Rogue Shadowlands 9.2.5 guide

Patch 9.2.5 Last Updated: 16th Aug, 2022
Guy Outlaw Rogue Author
Guy

Introduction

Hey, my name is ForeverGuy or Guy, and I currently play rogue for Healer Chat (HC).

I started playing in Legion, and I’ve done work for the simulations for all 3 rogue specs over the years. I’ve only recently started pushing world ranks, but I still have a lot of knowledge on the finer details to maximizing damage for rogue specs through simulations and analyzing logs for any potential gains.

Outlaw Rogue has many benefits in both a raid environment and for M+.

Strengths

  • High single target while still doing great sustained cleave, unlike classes such as Windwalker, who do more AoE but much less single target damage
  • Very short cooldowns thanks to restless blades, which means you “always have cooldowns ready” for stuff such as seasonal affixes in M+ or a boss coming up
  • Rogue, in general, also has a very strong defensive toolkit.
  • Incredibly flexible in covenant options which is great for making optimized groups for M+ key pushing

Weaknesses

  • Being target capped at 5 targets
  • Lacks a major cooldown such as ravenous frenzy or combustion.
  • Perception of being “a high variance spec” due to the stigma around Roll the Bones
  • Struggles with downtime.

What has changed

9.2.5 Outlaw Rogue Changes

9.2.5 came with some small looking buffs, but the buffs have had a lot of impact in regards to talents, rotation, covenants, soulbinds, everything.

  • Between The Eyes damage increased by 20%
  • Pistol Shot damage increased by 20%
  • Sinister Strike damage increased by 20%
  • Blade Flurry damage increased to 60% of single target damage (was 50%)