3.3 Assassination vs. 3.2 Assassination
December 9, 2009 12 Comments
Time to get back to work…
I’m sure most raiding Rogues have been keeping up with the PTR and have already seen this a million times, but just in case, I’ll throw this in here one time. Yesterday, with the release of 3.3 Assassination Rogues got a fairly substantial buff to our single target sustained DPS. Here’s the parts of the patch notes that are of particular interest to this post:
- Deadly Poison: In addition to its existing effects, when a rogue applies Deadly Poison to a target which has already reached the maximum number of applications, this will also trigger the poison which the rogue is using on his or her other weapon.
- Improved Poisons: Bonus chance to trigger Deadly Poison from this talent increased.
- Murder: This talent now provides a flat damage increase of 2/4% against all targets, instead of only targets which do not appear in Icecrown.
The buff to Murder is nice, even if it’s only noticeable when you’re attacking targets that it previously didn’t work against, but the main damage increase comes from the two poison talents. These changes were added to address the weapon swapping some Rogues were doing to get extra Instant Poison procs. Based on what I’ve seen on a static target, they’re adding more DPS than weapon swapping did.
– By the Numbers: 3.2 –
This parse was taken the night before the patch. The test was 10 minutes long; I was unbuffed and neither Vanish nor Cold Blood were used. Total Damage : 2,222,481 DPS: 3,704
– By the Numbers: 3.3 –
I took this parse the day the patch came out. It was also an unbuffed test using the same abilities. Total Damage: 2,700,365 DPS: 4,501
That’s a pretty substantial buff. Looking at the numbers, everything is fairly consistent, except for Instant Poison. The changes affecting how often it procs more than doubled the damage that it was doing. Granted, you have to stay on a target to keep the stacks up, but if you can stay on a single target, the difference should be quite noticeable.
Next up, I’m going to be testing out how Shiv fits into this equation. I’m assuming that it will proc the main hand poison as well, so it’s possible that using it to get a 5th combo point or finding another way to work it into the equation may very well be beneficial to the Assassination Rogue’s DPS. Maybe I’ll get on that tomorrow.