One of the fun parts of leveling is gaining brand new abilites, rather than just higher ranks of old ones. In the newest beta build, we have heard news of one for rogues… Tricks of the Trade
The current party or raid member becomes the target of your Tricks of the Trade. The threat caused by your next attack and all actions taken for 6 sec afterwards will be transferred to the target. In addition, all damage caused by the target is increased by 15% during this time. (from MMO-Insider via WoWInsider)
Its basically a misdirect-like effect for rogues. We give extra threat to the tank from our damage, and also buff the tank for 6 sec to allow him to build his own initial threat faster. Nice. The story says that it has a short cooldown, so we won’t have to save it for bosses.
It also goes in line with Blizzard’s new philosophy that useful raid abilities will not be unique to any one class. Hunters are getting a raid mana regen like shadow priests, druids are getting a group heal like shamans, and now rogues are getting a misdirect like hunters.
How will this effect rogue gameplay? You know how, as a rogue or any dps class, how combat always begins. THe tank grabs the mob and we dps-ers sit idly waiting for threat to build up. No longer! Now we can dive in there at the same moment as the tank, because all of our generated threat is helping the tank hold aggro rather than pulling it from him.
This indirectly will help our own damage output since we can start attacking faster. It will also improve the damage of every other dps class because the tank will build good initial threat so no one has to hold back.
This is just the motivation I needed to get on the beta and try and level up. I’d like to see this in action.