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WoW Classic: Subtlety Rogue Guide

WoW Classic: Subtlety Rogue Guide

For WoW Classic Patch 1.12, we present the complete guide to the Subtlety Rogue spec. Here, we explain Talents, Rotation, Statistics, Equipment and Professions.

WoW Classic: Subtlety Rogue Guide

The Subtlety Rogue in WoW Classic is a master of the shadows and an assassin with an affinity for dual blades.

Tier ? (PvE) Tier ? (PvP)

The Subtlety Rogue is distinguished from other Rogues by its great dependence on Stealth to be viable. Although this is one of the things that makes them a formidable foe in PvP, it also makes them a poor DPS in raids where Combat Rogue is the better option

Given the lack of viability of this specialization in PvE, this guide is intended mainly on PvP, or in the worst case leveling.

Unmatched CC
One of the best specs for PvP
A menace in world PvP
Unique gameplay
Poor in PvE
Vulnerable to CC
No self-healing


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Hemorrhage 24/3/24

Note: We present this guide as a Subtlety Guide, but it is actually a balanced mix between Assassination and Subtlety.

The Hemorrhage build is the most famous among Rogues as the go-to in PvP. It allows the player to stunlock their opponents and leave them helpless without escape. Although their burst ability is not so impressive, such talents as Initiative or Dirty Deeds allow them to be very comfortable in their generation of combo points and executing on their full damage. Finally, Haemorrhage, Cold Blood and Preparation are the key talents of this build, guaranteeing the Rogues formidable surprise attacks, easy management of his energy and combo points, and often frustrating spectacular escapes.

Stat priority

Editor's note: We do not have in mind the best statistics for the SPEC Rogue at the time, we are working to recover them. Of course, if some of you remember it, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments, we thank you in advance.

Rotation and main skills

Important note: There is no real rotation in PvP. However, in most cases following the one presented below should guarantee you almost certainly the victory against players with no trinket or those uncomfortable in PvP. The rule is simple in PvP: Improvise, adapt, overcome.

  1. Cheap shot (except against the Magi, use Ambush ),
  2. Haemorrhage,
  3. Gouge (wait until you have enough energy, stop attacking your target),
  4. Kidney Shot,
  5. Hemorrhage until you have 5 combo points,
  6. Cold blood,
  7. Evisceration.


This is one of the most monstrous CDs of Sub Rogue, if not the most monstrous. It allows you reset the cooldown of all your abilities, from Vanish to Sprint through to Kidney Shot and even Cold Blood! A must-have, just don't waste it, especially when dealing with multiple opponents alone.



Vanish is the iconic spell of the Rogue giving them that feeling of being a real ninja. Engage your target, reduce his hit points, and then disappearing into a cloud of smoke to return to Stealth and re-engage your target to end them. Formidable.

Cold Blood

Cold Blood

Cold Blood is one of the key talents of Sub Rogue since it simply allows you to destroy a target with Eviscerate having twice the normal chances to inflict a critical hit. Simple, effective, the Rogue in all its splendor.



Evasion is an excellent defensive CD as it greatly increases your chances of dodging attacks from in front of you. Be careful though, only melee attacks from a radius of about 180 degrees in front of you can be dodged, and being stunned or any other CC makes you vulnerable even under Evasion.


Poisons are one of the many unique aspects of the Rogue. Here are our recommendations:

  • Instant Poison: The poison you must choose by default in most situations. Apply it on your two weapons in PvE during short to medium duration battles, and almost permanently in PvP,
  • Deadly Poison: This poison is more effective in long or very long combat and is therefore only useful in high-level PvE,
  • Crippling Poison: Although theoretically very interesting in PvP, it is actually rare because you kill your target before it escapes in most cases, so you will not have to slow it down. Very situational in PvP nearly useless PvE,
  • Mind-numbing Poison: Useless in PvE, it has a real strength in PvP against casters (in particular the Mage which is likely to be a problem), however, it's not a must-have to overcome them. Very situational in PvP, useless in PvE,
  • Wound Poison: Useless in most situations in PvE, has its utility in BG or World PvP group. In solo, it is to be avoided except rare situations. Situational in PvP, useless in PvE.

Best Race For Subtlety Rogue



The Orc is great in PvE as in PVP thanks to its racial Blood Fury. Finally, Hardness gives them a clear advantage over other races in PvP.


The real interest of the Undead, besides his incredible style, is the Will of the Forsaken which is excellent in PvP. Apart from that, Cannibalism is interesting in levelling. The only interest they have in PvE is that they have a base of slightly more points of Intelligence and Spirit than other races.


Night Elf

In addition to Quickness giving them a slight gain in survival, Rogue benefits from being Night Elf especially thanks to its Shadowmeld in the shade allowing them to greatly improve the effectiveness of his Stealth.


The Dwarf's Stoneform is a serious asset in PvP, especially against Rogues. Frost Resistance is also great against your nemesis: the Frost Mage.

WoW Classic: Race Tier List

World of Warcraft: Classic has a number of races to choose from, and making that choice has long-term consequences. You don't want to regret your choice later, so we've broken down the races in our tier list for WoW: Classic.



If you follow our advice for the choice of trades, Skinning is an excellent choice because if you choose Leatherworking you can be almost self-sufficient. And, even if you do not choose Leatherworking, it allows you to farm components for high-level craftable armour.


The Engineer is the best choice by default as it's great in both PvE and PvP. From Goblin Sapper Charge to the Arcanite Dragonling to the Dense Dynamite, everything about this role will always be useful!


The real interest of Leatherworking is in the craftingof high-level pre-raid armour, including the Devilsaur Armour set.

WoW Classic: Rogue Class Guide

World of Warcraft: Classic guide to the Rogue class. We take a look at all 3 specs — Assassination, Combat and Subtlety. We'll explore the specs and reveal how you can harness them to your will. We give you an overview below.

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