Assassination Rogue PvP Guide | 8.3 BfA Race, Talents, Essences, Traits, Gear and Macros

by Mystic // June 16, 2020

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  • 10+ Rank 1


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 is worth considering against holy paladin teams that are spam dispelling your poisons



  • Maneuverability is an essential pick in matchups where you have to deal with opposing snares
  • Death from Above is a niche pick that’s primarily used as a gap closer against high mobility targets


  • Breath of the Dying – this is your best offensive major essence even if you’re unable to make use of the increased damage from getting kills due to the low cooldown when used on targets above 80% or below 20%
  • Conflict and Strife – should be used for the additional versatility when you need help to survive




  1. Gushing Wound – excellent choice to increase your damage for very little corruption
  2. Versatile – your best overall corruption for both offence and defense
  3. Surging Vitality – has a high up time making it a viable choice to increase your durability
  4. Twisted Appendage – has the potential to deal a ton of damage if it procs during your lockdown

Versatility > Haste > 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

  • 0
    17 months ago
    Would 3x Twist the knife, 2x Nothing Personal, 1 Shrouded Suffocation be better than either of the azerite traits listed?
  • 2
    19 months ago
    Is Gushind Wounds with the nerf still viable??
    • 0
      19 months ago
      It's your BiS corruption now that versatile was nerfed.
  • 0
    22 months ago
    is heart of darkness taken over double dose? if so is it worth stacking?
    • 0
      21 months ago
      Heart of Darkness is very strong and should be used if you have it. Double Dose isn't good in PvP.
  • 2
    36 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
      35 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
    35 months ago
    How much spend in each stats?
    • 0
      35 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
    36 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
    36 months ago
    Wound poison as default?
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