Hi, my name is Tisumi, and I play Rogue for Method.
In this guide, I will be talking about Subtlety Rogues in Shadowlands. The pros and cons of the spec and the mindset you should have when playing this spec. Subtlety is a niche spec most of the time, which means it might do fine overall, but really shines in specific situations (e.g Zul in BFA). The spec has clear strengths and weaknesses that I will be going into detail about in this guide.
What has changed
Biggest changes from BFA to Shadowlands for the spec.
- Shadow Dance now has a duration of 8 seconds, up from 5 seconds. It also has 15% increased damage built into it.
- Backstab and Shuriken Storm crits now apply Find Weakness once you get the higher ranks of those spells (Level 56 for Shuriken Storm).
- Black Powder is a new AoE finisher that becomes available at Level 52. It does increased damage to targets affected by Find Weakness.
- Slice and Dice is now a baseline ability for all Rogue specs.
- Poisons are back! All Rogue specs have access to Poisons again (Instant, Wound, Numbing and Crippling Poison).