Assassination Rogue PvP Guide | 8.2 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // August 22, 2019

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Best race:

Alternative race:

  • Human allows you to play with Relentless in matchups with heavy crowd control, for example against warlocks and mages while still having Every Man for Himself for break out of important stuns


Best race:

  • Orc is the clear winner due to the 20% stun reduction from Hardiness and Blood Fury which can be paired with Vendetta for more deadly kill attempts


Elaborate Planning provides more burst and can be considered if you’re looking to score kills in a small window

Vs. Low mobility casters

Vs. high mobility casters

Vs. melee cleaves

The Crucible of Flame

By far the best essence as you can consistently increase your damage during kill attempts with your Kidney Shot


  • Vision of Perfection allows you to offset the cooldown of your Vendetta with enemy trinkets which can help you in setting up better kill windows

  • Condensed Life-Force is a great second minor to use for the increased damage and 5% increase to your single target damage

  • Conflict and Strife provides you with some additional damage and survival via the added versatility
  • Memory of Lucid Dreams assists in energy regeneration, something that assassination rogues often struggle with

Mandatory traits:

Recommended traits:


  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Maledict
  2. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Cyclotronic Blast
  3. Notorious Gladiator’s Badge


  1. Notorious Gladiator’s Emblem
  2. Notorious Gladiator’s Safeguard
  3. Bloodthirsty Urchin
  4. Pocket-Sized Computation Device with Subroutine: Defragmentation

Agility > Haste = Versatility > Mastery > Critical Strike

/cast [target=focus] Kick

/cast [target=focus] Cheap Shot

/cast [target=focus] Kidney Shot

/cast [target=focus] Garrote

/cast [target=focus] Blind

/cast [target=focus] Sap

/cast [target=focus] Shadowstep

We recommend creating !Stealth macros for all of your abilities like this:
#showtooltip Mutilate
/cast !Stealth
/Cast Mutilate

  • 1
    1 month ago
    What does the "We recommend creating !Stealth macros for all of your abilities like this:
    "#showtooltip Mutilate
    /cast !Stealth
    /Cast Mutilate "

    I beileve it's so if you are ever out of combat and not realize it, you will go into stealth priority over the ability.
  • 0
    2 months ago
    Are there any basic tips for RBG AOE situation such as Eye of the storm, Silvershard Mine etc. in 8.2. About the Talents, Essences, Traits, Stats.
  • 2
    3 months ago
    What does the "We recommend creating !Stealth macros for all of your abilities like this:
    #showtooltip Mutilate
    /cast !Stealth
    /Cast Mutilate "
  • 1
    4 months ago
    In what situations in arena or rbgs would you want to use deadly poison over wound poison?
  • 2
    13 months ago
    Should we ever use Fan of Knives or Poisoned Knife (to not break CC) to go from 4 Combo Points to 5? or should we always envenom if we do not need to garrote or TB?
    • 0
      11 months ago
      You should just use Envenom with 4 combo points unless you really need to peel with System Shock (which requires you to use a 5 combo point Envenom).
  • 0
    12 months ago
    How much spend in each stats?
    • 0
      11 months ago
      No specific number. If you want to maximize your damage you want as much haste and then mastery as possible. If you want to maximize your damage and ability to survive then you want as much haste and versatility as possible.
  • 0
    13 months ago
    For the new Azerite pieces I got head Piece with Double Dose and or Twist the Knife and the 2nd tier has Scent of Blood and Swirling sands.
    I assume that I go with Twist the Knife and Blood Scent.. Any reason to take swirling sands over blood scent?
  • 0
    13 months ago
    Wound poison as default?
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