I suspect there may be some nerfs incoming for assassination rogues.
Why? Let me show you.
Background… I haven’t played my rogue in months. We’re short of healers, so I have raided exclusively on my resto druid for the past few months. When patch 5.0.4 dropped, I read up on the changes to my rogue but didn’t get a chance to try them out in the game. They weren’t major changes, in any case.
This weekend I finally got to raid DS on my rogue. I had not spent any time on a target dummy in advance, so I was a little nervous going in that I would mess things up.
This is the parse from heroic Ultraxion…
Its not the damage totals that are important. Its the percentages. That rogue below me is combat spec. (he doesn’t have the legendary daggers yet – he has the stage 2 epics).
The assassination damage was crazy. The legendary daggers proc all the time. I got the Fury of the Destroyer buff from the daggers 7 times during the 4:44 fight.
As we start to level, the effect of the legendary dagger procs will go away once we replace them with MoP gear. Still, my damage output on this fight was 50% higher than anyone else in the raid. I’m not 50% better than the other players who were there, and I was not this far ahead before the patch. While not shown, my damage total for the entire raid was similarly unbalanced (30% higher than the next best dps, even including fights that favor ranged). Something here is out of whack. When there’s that much disparity this early in the expansion process, experience tells me that it usually leads to some nerfs down the line.
Enjoy it while it lasts, my rogue friends.