Rogue

Netherlight Crucible leads to WoW spec tuning during this week’s maintenance This week sees the debut of the Netherlight Crucible, and with it, several tuning changes to help keep classes balanced with the boost to Artifact’s item level the Crucible will bring. Since not every class gains the same damage boost when their weapon gets stronger, these changes are meant primarily to keep classes that gain...

Playing Hearthstone’s Cavern Rogue I have to admit, I did not expect The Caverns Below to be that amazing of a quest. I initially wrote it off because I didn’t think it’d be easily activated. Little did I know how consistent and easy it would be to complete the quest as early as turn 4 consistently. Though depending on...




What other classes would you like to see in Diablo 3? The Necromancer is coming to Diablo 3 and that’s great, but there are a host of other classes from the franchise’s history and lore that we could have seen. One of the classes that sticks out in my mind is the Amazon, especially since we just got one in Heroes of the Storm. But there...

Encrypted Text: Patch 7.0.3 Rogue crash course Salutations, sneakthieves, spies and scalawags. Welcome to your new Rogue. After months of previews, predictions and analyses, it’s finally time for all of us try out the Legion Rogue for ourselves. Or, at least, the part of the Legion Rogue that doesn’t involve artifacts, PVP talents, or class halls. Even without those components, though, there’s...

Encrypted Text: Best Rogue talents for questing and leveling in Legion Demon Hunters be damned, Paladins be purged and Hunters be haunted: There is no character better engineered for leveling in WoW than the solitary Rogue. Our combination of stealth, speed, and power allows us to play connect-the-dots with our unsuspecting prey, flitting from NPC to NPC at our whim, executing a controlled dance of silent...

Encrypted Text: Previewing the Legion Assassination Rogue The assassins are back. The Rogue Assassination spec took its time joining Outlaw and Subtlety in our upcoming war against the Burning Legion, clearly awaiting the opportune moment to strike at the heart of an overconfident enemy. That, or the designers decided the spec didn’t need as much testing time because it didn’t require as...




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WoW Archivist: Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Legion‘s artifact weapons have placed more emphasis than ever before on the tools we do battle with. They will give us spec-defining abilities and some even have their own spell animations. Given that these artifacts are supposed to represent the iconic weapons for each spec, it’s no surprise to see that one of the artifact...

Encrypted Text: How (good) feedback changed the Legion Rogue This week’s edition of Encrypted Text isn’t about Rogue class design or gameplay. It’s about the power we have to change it. Over the past several days, something rare and amazing unfolded in the WoW community. Or, more accurately, three somethings, which occurred in pretty quick succession: A designer publicly asked for good feedback on a specific...



Breakfast Topic: What do you want out of your class hall? I have to admit it: I’m a little jealous of Druids right now. In the Legion alpha, the Druid class hall is full of cozy nooks, beautiful scenery, and little places for players to sit back and chill. It looks like the kind of place you want to hang out in, which I suppose is...

Video: Legion Rogue class hall tour Today, we take a look at the Rogue class hall in World of Warcraft: Legion. The initial mention of Rogues making their home in a sewer system didn’t go over too well, sparking the Ravenholdt or Riot campaign, but the developers stuck to their guns with the Dalaran Sewers. Despite some assurances the class hall...

Encrypted Text: First glimpse of the Outlaw Rogue in Legion Hide your valuables: The Outlaws are coming. No, not those Outlaws. These Outlaws. A new build of the Legion alpha on Dec. 2 brought with it a host of new, playable content — including several class specs and the opening quest chains in which players are introduced both to their class halls and one of...

Breakfast Topic: Will you change your spec for Legion? Outlaw got me. When the new Legion class previews rolled out last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Rogue class announcements. We knew that Combat was being re-named to something else, which made perfect sense as far as I was concerned, especially with the focus on class fantasy that we’ll be seeing...

Encrypted Text: Making sense of the Legion Rogue class preview Looks like WoW‘s Rogues are about to get a lot roguier. Ever patient and opportunistic, we Rogue players endured a longer wait for our Legion class preview than players of any other class. When it finally came, it brought exactly what a well-crafted major class design reveal should: A lot of surprise, plenty of disappointment,...

Rfeann and Garona share some quality time
Encrypted Text: The best and worst of Rogue changes in Warlords As we wander aimlessly through this slowly widening chasm between the announcement of Legion and the first major release of information about what new changes the game has in store for Rogues, now feels like a good time to stop, take a step back and look at the adjustments that Warlords of Draenor brought to...

Rfeann vs. Rexxar: The Prequel
Encrypted Text: Your comment flurry on Rogues in Legion You’ve all clearly coated your keyboards with Feedback Poison, because the conversation in the comments section of the last Encrypted Text column was outstanding. You posted over a hundred comments in total, and most of it was really thoughtful, engaging discussion about what Legion might hold in store for our plucky, pointy-stick-swinging crew of thieves...

Rfeann ponders a future with Sanketsu.
Encrypted Text: The illusion of rogue weapon choice What if every Rogue spec could only wield swords? Imagine: No more fretting over those raid daggers that just won’t drop, preventing us from using our Assassination spec. No more obsessing over lot drop tables and rationing Seals of Inevitable Fate or kill points. No more confusion over whether, and when, it’s better to equip...