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Friday, September 17, 2010

Stat Changes

There will be a lot of changes to item stats in Cataclysm, enough so that most of the existing gear will be changed. While I may not like everything they decided to change, it does make for a much simpler system, and there are changes that are beneficial to rogues. The list of Cataclysm changes relevant to rogues is as follows.


Attack Power will no longer be on gear, Agility will now grant 2 AP per point.
Armor Penetration will no longer be on gear, but will still be provided by some talents.
Weapon Skill will be removed completely.
Haste will no longer increase attack speed, instead it will increase energy regeneration rate.
Mastery Rating will increase the Mastery bonus from your Talent Spec.

So what do these changes mean for rogues? As far as gear goes, it means items with agility on it will be much less attractive to plate wearers, since it will only give them 1 AP per point. Also our crit chance may become naturally higher since armor pen is all being turned into haste or crit.

Haste will allow us to "do stuff more often", essentially paving the way for much more complicated skill rotations. A typical assassination rotation will now likely consist of Mutilate, Rupture, Backstab (at least when the boss is under 35% health due to Murderous Intent), Envenom, and Vendetta. Slice and Dice will be kept up by Cut to the Chase just like always, and Ambush may become the opener of choice since 2 points into Improved Ambush is essentially forced for Assassination spec.

It is yet unseen how much Mastery Rating will come into play. I'm sure Blizzard will try to balance it so we will want it. At the current time I believe the number is 179 Mastery Rating equaling one point of Mastery. The Assassination Mastery is Potent Poisons.

Overall the change in Cataclysm that will create the biggest difference in the way a rogue is played is Haste, and this is likely to be true for all classes. Hopefully Blizzard will have everything balanced nicely by the time Cataclysm is released, but it is Blizzard, and they are never prepared :D

I got most of the information from this post from WoWHead and the WoW Forums

84 comments:

  1. it looks like you're headed in the right direction with this post...

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  2. world of roguecraft lol

    im a hunter guy too

    i love going against rogues, flare lol

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  3. I appreciate your kind comments on my blog :)

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  4. they are always changing.. it's part of the complexity of blizzard games.

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  5. hopefully these changes will be beneficial

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  6. nice post!
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  7. Arghhhh Cataclysm needs to come out already! I'm way too excited.

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  8. "Weapon Skill will be removed completely."

    Noway. All the hours Ive spend on autoattacking mobs on rfc with my priest for nothing >_<

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  9. I'm kind of excited to see the changes for rogues. I used to play as a mut rogue, it was fun.

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  10. a mor fun, chalenging rogue play? cool!

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  11. I'm not a huge fan of Rogues. I played wow pre-BC and I had a hunter.

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  12. man that's the way it goes with those stats, always changing

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  13. I really hope cataclysm doesn't ruin the game. Im sure some people wil like it... But it should still retain the old essence of WoW

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  14. I´m glad they will revome ArP and I hope Assassinationrogues will have a more complex rotation.

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  15. I've been off WoW for a while, you're temptin me bro!

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  16. a this new update changes everything

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  17. changes because rogues are still the best? ;)

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  18. Hmmm, I don't think these effect me too much

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  19. It's all crazy. It's time to go to school

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  23. Thanks for the heads up on the changes.

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  25. Your post is incorrect in a few different aspects. First of all, Haste is definitely still affecting attack speed. Secondly, Assassination Rogues will most definitely start with Garrote instead of Ambush for the Venomous Wounds procs. Thirdly, Agility never gave plate wearers attack power, nor will it ever. Fourth, attack power is not gone. It will be on trinkets and weapons.

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  26. I always have love for my rogue. I may have changed over to warlock for my main.. But I still just love my rogue.

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  27. Crazy stuff, A lot of changes coming up... I remember the days of being a 60... *sigh*

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  28. A lot of changes coming, can't wait for cataclysm.

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  30. blehh i hope cataclysm doesn't F S up!nice post dude very informative!

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  31. Rogues...Always hated em in arena >.<

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  32. Might have to start back up again

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  33. As a ret paladin rogues were never really that bad for me, and I still don't think they are.

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  34. Looking forward to your next post! don't leave us hanging!

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  35. This blog has quite the following!

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  36. Long time ago, i haven't play my rogue... SC2 is so better :)

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  38. I feel kinda nerdy after reading this, but thanks for the info, keep on rollin!

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  39. If they nerf my poisons, I'll be sooooooooooooo mad!

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