Since my priest got stuck in the jaws of infinity, I'm rolling with my rogue for tonight. Took a PvEish Assassination offspec build that looks like this
; at my level I lack Precision and Opportunity. I threw a point into Murderous Intent just to see how/if it works. The only glyph I have at the moment is the glyph of Mutilate because the glyphing system is bugged.
I'm planning to roll into an instance tonight and level in Vash'jir - will edit the post as I go. First edit
: soloing seems pretty awesome as assassination. There's great synergy between Cut to the Chase and the new Deadly Momentum. As expected, it's easy to keep both S&D and Recuperate running indefinitely when pulling mobs. Deadly Momentum should be an excellent leveling talent as it is. At the moment, my Recuperate is ticking for about 1K, and I've got 28K hit points.
Soloing as subtlety is just as weird as trying to get a PvE rotation, though you still seem to do plenty of damage; it's not like every mob is taking twice as long as assassination. In fact, it seems a bit like the new early-WOTLK-Mutilate-leveling-build where you open up with Cheap Shot and follow up with a Kidney to keep your enemy locked down while you rapidly remove the green from his health bar.
Alternatively, you open with Premed+Cheap Shot, follow up with a Rupture, Hemo and Backstab and you can basically bleed kite the mob for 3-4 seconds before Rupture kills it. My Rupture as subt is ticking for roughly ~3500 right now.
I currently like both specs equal for soloing, though this is about 10 minutes of experience in each of them. I still need to take both of them to a dungeon. For now I'm gonna go solo further as Assassination to see if I can figue out more about Murderous Intent and Vendetta. Second edit
: Assassination is all good, but there are very few grinding quests in Vashj'ir and with the amount of folks around, it actually gets hard to keep S&D and Recuperate up, which is at the moment the main pro for leveling as Assassination. Plus, underwater movement tends to be slower than land movement (you get a mount and a buff, but they don't always apply), which made me to back to Sub. Shadowstep is lovely, and my rotation is now Shadowstep-Premed-Garotte-Rupture-Hemo, followed by a possible Gouge+Backstab. I know bleeds generally isn't the way you want to go, but it's actually funny how damn effective this is for leveling. My bleeds with hemo tick for such ludicrous amounts as sub that most mobs die within ~6 seconds of me applying Garotte. I actually take longer as Assassination. The downside is that if I can't open from stealth, sub's killing speed drops like a brick in the water (no pun intended) and you're stuck spamming Hemo to get an Eviscerate off.
Also, regarding Vendetta, I gave it a little test on a couple of named mobs. It seems about as straightforward as you can get for a spell. It adds a debuff to the target that lasts 30 seconds and makes me do 20% more damage on all my attacks (melee and abilities, it would seem). The debuff doesn't belong to any class (it's not magic, physical, or anything like that) so it seems that the ability cannot be dispelled through normal means. Cloak of Shadows might work, but I need to find and duel another rogue to test that. Edited, Aug 14th 2010 8:10pm by Mozared Edited, Aug 14th 2010 8:50pm by Mozared Edited, Aug 14th 2010 9:52pm by Mozared