February 4, 2010 8 Comments
Upon receiving the 10 man Axes from the first wing of ICC on Tuesday, I respeced my off spec to Combat. I’ll admit, I’m a bit rusty, and I’m getting used to it again, but two things did stick out to me yesterday while I was adjusting back:
- Combat didn’t feel any better on trash or bosses in heroics.
- Leveling melee weapon skills as a Rogue is a joke, and no Rogue should ever complain about it. Ever.
Focusing on point #1, I did a random with some guildies to get the last 10 or so levels of Axe skill. On the first boss, I got a 2pt Slice and Dice up, popped Blade Flurry, and Killing spree like a good Combat Rogue should, and then proceeded to pop Adrenaline Rush to Sinister Strike my way to a 5 pt Eviscerate, except the boss died before that could happen. I almost missed the 4pt Eviscerate I did manage to land.
Conclusion: Short fights (25 seconds or less) are better suited to Combat Rogues, but only due to the inital burst from using Killing Spree. I thought it would be Energy related, but truth be told, there’s not as big of a difference in the amount of Energy a Combat Rogue and an Assassination Rogue have in that small span of time. Inital burst from Combat is the main difference in such a short fight.
On to point #2, Rogues have to have the easiest time leveling weapons of any class. I had zero axe skill yesterday, and it took me all of 2 minutes to get to 300 skill. I flew out of Dalaran and found one of the frozen earth elementals in north Dragonblight to Sinister Strike spam for a few minutes until he died, and after killing 3 of them was nearly to 340. After that, I went to pay the Scarlet Onslaught a visit. The mobs have a much tighter grouping and make it easier to be constantly hitting something. In the end, 7 minutes was all it took to get past 380, and I did the heroic previously mentioned to get it 398. I’m sure it’ll be maxed in whatever random I do today. Nobody levels melee weapon speed faster than a Rogue.
Anyway, after It’s amazing how a brief 4 month hiatus will make something as simple as Combat feel so foreign. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back in the “groove” soon, as I’d love to try it out on some Raid bosses. I’m still not sure if my 251 Axes will beat my 245 Daggers, but I’ll find out soon.