TBC Classic Combat Rogue Guide

Introduction

    Combat is the go-to PvE spec for Rogues. They will struggle to stay competitive in damage early on, but will make up some ground in the later tiers of the expansion. This spec shines in short fights because of their powerful cooldowns, namely
    Adrenaline Rush
    and
    Blade Flurry
    .

TBC Combat Rogue Rotation

    Your goal as a Combat Rogue is to maintain 100% uptime on
    Slice and Dice
    and either 5pt
    Expose Armor
    or high uptime on
    Rupture
    depending on your assignment. The Combo Point cycles mentioned below are rough guidelines. You will often need to adjust on the fly based on procs, cooldowns, and consumables.

Single Target

  1. Maintain
    Slice and Dice
    (Details in next section).
  2. Maintain
    Rupture
    (Details in next section).
  3. Use
    Garrote
    while stealthed.
  4. Use
    Blade Flurry
    and
    Adrenaline Rush
    when available.
  5. Use
    Sinister Strike
    to generate combo points.
  6. Use
    Eviscerate
    when you have excess combo points and
    Slice and Dice
    or
    Rupture
    don't need to be refreshed. This usually happens during
    Adrenaline Rush
    .
  7. Use
    Envenom
    instead of
    Eviscerate
    if the target is seconds away from dying, it does more damage but consumes your
    Deadly Poison
    .
  8. Use
    Shiv
    if your
    Deadly Poison
    stacks are about to fall off.

AoE

  1. Use
    Blade Flurry
    .
  2. Perform single target rotation.

Combo Point Cycle

  1. Combat Rogues without T4 2pc should use a 3, 4, or 5 combo point
    Slice and Dice
    and a 5 combo point
    Rupture
    cycle.
  2. Combat Rogues with T4 2pc should use a 1 or 2 combo point
    Slice and Dice
    and a 5 combo point
    Rupture
    cycle.
  3. Combat Rogues who are tasked with keeping
    Improved Expose Armor
    up, should follow a 4 or 5 combo point
    Slice and Dice
    and 5 combo point
    Expose Armor
    cycle, while using 2 or 3 combo point
    Rupture
    when possible.

TBC Combat Rogue Talents

Sword/Sword Build

You need two swords for this build. The faster one equipped in the off-hand. Move 2 points into
Improved Expose Armor
from
Vile Poisons
if you are assigned to do so.
0
Assassination
0
Combat
0
Subtlety

Fist/Sword Build

This is the standard build for when not wielding a sword in your main hand. Simply place the 5 points into the appropriate specialization. You can also move 2 points into
Improved Expose Armor
from
Lethality
if you are assigned to do so.
0
Assassination
0
Combat
0
Subtlety

TBC Combat Rogue Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of Relentless Assault
    Alternatives:
  • Elixir of Major Agility

Food

    Best:
  • Spicy Hot Talbuk
    Alternatives:
  • Grilled Mudfish
    ,
  • Warp Burger

Potions

    Best:
  • Haste Potion
    Alternatives:
  • Insane Strength Potion

Weapon Buffs

    Best:
  • Windfury Weapon
    ,
  • Deadly Poison
    Alternatives:
  • Instant Poison
    ,
  • Deadly Poison

Miscellaneous

    Best:
  • Thistle Tea
    ,
  • Scroll of Strength V
    ,
  • Scroll of Agility V

TBC Combat Rogue Best Races

Alliance

  1. Human:
    Sword Specialization
    and
    Mace Specialization
  2. Night Elf: Higher base Agility.

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Orc:
    Blood Fury
  3. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

TBC Combat Rogue Best Professions

  1. Leatherworking: Provides 80 haste for 30 seconds with
    Drums of Battle
    and 60 attack power for 30 seconds with
    Drums of War
    . The Primalstrike set is only slightly behind our recommended Pre-Raid bis gear.
  2. Blacksmithing:
    Dragonmaw
    is your bis main-hand weapon until Tier 5. It is worth noting that is almost identical DPS to
    Spiteblade
    .
  3. Enchanting: Provides 4 phyisical damage with two
    Ring - Striking
    .
  4. Jewelcrafting: Provides two unique gems for 24 Attack Power and 12 Crit.

TBC Combat Rogue Aldor or Scryer

    We recommend going Aldor as a Combat Rogue in TBC Classic. The Aldor shoulder enchant,
    Greater Inscription of Vengeance
    , is slightly better than the Scryer
    Greater Inscription of the Blade
    . Aldor also provides an excellent early game weapon, the
    Vindicator's Brand
    .