Boss specific recommendations and strategy:Raid Bosses
Tier 1 (15)
Ghostly Strike: is an ability that generates 1 combo point and makes the target struck take 10% more damage from all damage you deal. 35-second cooldown, reduced by Restless Blades.
With the buffs that happened in this patch, Weaponmaster has gotten way stronger overall. It’s the primary choice for Venthyr + Blunderbluss players. Quick Draw + Greenskin is also a viable option if you are doing keys.
Tier 2 (25)
Acrobatic Strikes: increase your melee range by 3 yards.
Retractable Hook: increases the travel speed of Grappling Hook and reduces the cooldown by 15 seconds.
Hit and Run: increases movement speed by 15%.
Acrobatic Strikes is the best talent by far in the row. It works on blade flurry, which allows you to reach stuff no other melee can in dungeons. It also makes it easy to spread out for mechanics on bosses while still keeping melee uptime while not overlapping on nearby melee.
Tier 3 (30)
Vigor: increases your maximum energy by 50, and increases energy regen by 10%.
Deeper Stratagem: increases all finisher damage by 5% and increases your max combo point capacity from 5 to 6.
Marked for Death: is an ability that generates 5 combo points and marks the target. If the target is killed while the debuff is active, the cooldown is reset. 1-minute cooldown, reduced by Restless Blades.
Tier 4 (35)
Cheat Death: allows you to avoid damage that would usually kill you, It heals to 7% HP, and take 85% reduced damage for 3 seconds. It can only happen once every 6 minutes.
Elusiveness: makes it so feint also reduces the damage of non-AoE attacks by 30%.
Cheat Death is one of the strongest personal defensives in the game and one of the best talents for progression raiding. During progression, mistakes happen all the time, and having a talent that basically gives every rogue player 1 free mistake during the raid prevents a significant amount of wipes. It can also be used to soak mechanics, but that doesn’t have too many uses for this raid. Elusiveness has its benefits in some specific encounters and maybe on some bosses in a dungeon, but Cheat Death is still just too good to give up.
Tier 5 (40)
Prey on the Weak: makes it so stunned targets take 10% increased damage from all sources for 6 seconds.
Dirty Tricks and Prey on the Weak are both very good. Having a free gouge is pretty nice in some instances of energy drought. Prey on the Weak does give you a lot of group damage if you are using Kidney Shot even somewhat frequently.
Tier 6 (45)
Alacrity: causes your finishers to grant 2% haste for 20 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
Dreadblades: is an ability that strikes the target for damage and causes all of your generators to fill your combo points, however finishers take 5% of your current health. This is a 1-minute 30-second cooldown and it does not get reduced by Restless Blades.
The best talent in this Row is Alacrity. Dreadblades is no longer a competitive option.
Tier 7 (50)
Blade Rush is the best talent in the row.
Dancing Steel is a great option for Venthyr players when doing M+ content as Flagellation and Blade Rush have anti synergy with each other. Killing Spree technically does more damage on up to 7 targets. However, the downside is that it stops you moving out of melee range, which means that Killing Spree is very good at killing you instead.