Combat or Assassination? Final Thoughts
May 18, 2009 9 Comments
I had a ton of fun on Friday, when I finally got to take Sam to a complete Naxx 25. In addition to swiping up some good gear, I kept a recount up for the whole raid to see how my damage stacked up, and what Combat could do in a raid situation. The numbers were quite interesting:
I didn’t post this meter to brag; I only do that with people I know, because they would care. I posted it to show how much damage a moderately well geared combat rogue can do. Also, if you read this blog regularly, you know that I do almost all of my progression healing or tanking on Anabelle, my Paladin. Posting this meter silences the part of me that says, “you’re playing your Paladin, so who gives you the right to talk about Rogues?” Friday night I was reassured that I do know what I’m talking about. That’s enough of my “self assurance,” let’s get on with the discussion.
The Rogue at position 5 is similarly geared, and Assassination spec. I don’t personally know them, so I can’t vouch for their rotation, but around 5 was where they were the whole night. The Rogue at 6 is someone I know, and they joined the raid after our first boss, Razuvious, right before we pulled Gothik. I ran a webstats, and he was second to me from the point he started the raid. He is also Combat and similarly geared. We fought for first and second on every boss, and on more than one occasion less than 10,000 damage seperated us at the end of the fight.
Comparing two or even three different Rogues is, at best, an inaccurate gauge of how to spec. However, at the end of the day, the question is still:
As you can see, both of these parses are within the margin of error. The total damage output (8 minute parse) for both specs was within 3k overall damage; I’d say that it’s not only statistically significant, but it proves that on a single target, one is not necessarily better than the other. There are fights that will favor one over the other, but generally, on a boss, you shouldn’t be gimping your raid either way.
What I’m getting at, is you should play the spec you prefer. If you want to maximize your DPS, go with the spec that matches your best weaponry. I finally decided on Combat as my main spec. I feel like I’m more effective on trash, and my fists are slightly better than my daggers. If you’re in a different boat, spec differently, and don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s entirely possible your gear, play ability, and content may be better suited for Assassination.
Oh, and don’t worry, I’ve taken up the Mutilate / Prep spec for arenas, so I’m still (kinda) playing Assassination. Other than dalies and farming, that’s what I’m going to be spending most of my time on Sam doing. I’ll still raid when I get the opportunity, so don’t expect me to stop posting about PvE Roguery any time soon.