Vanish = dps

How many times have we all seen this: the tank goes down, and the mob that he was tanking goes running around one-shotting everyone else. A classic instance run wipe. During your corpse run you look down the portraits on the left of your screen… dead… dead…. dead… wait a minute. The rogue is still alive. How did he pull that off?

bamfAh, the wonder of Vanish. PvP rogues use it all the time to get a second opener during a fight, or to keep up a stunlock going with Cheap Shot. But for a PvE rogue its the wonderful reducer of repair bills. In pre-70 instance runs there were times when I did not die even once on a run, despite our group having three or four wipes.

Unfortunately, many rogues keep this mind-set that your Vanish should be reserved for an “Oh sh!t button.” Its kind of a “Break in case of emergency” button on your screen. After all, its got a 5 minute cooldown so you wouldn’t want to use it too early, right?

Every rogue need to realize that Vanish does not only put you into stealth during combat. It also resets your threat.

Rogues – do you find yourself constantly catching up to your tank’s threat? Do you have down time during combat while you wait for the tank to establish aggro? Do you find yourself using Feint often?


In a typical tank-and-spank boss fight, I can usually catch up to my tank’s threat at some point during the combat. If Vanish is not available, then I have to hold back on dps to avoid grabbing aggro. However, if my Vanish is up then I can reset my threat when I get too close.

My typical routine is: wait for the tank to get in a few shots and sunders, then stabbity-stab, backstab, rupture, etc… and watch my threat on Omen. It climbs gradually upward… 80% of the tank’s threat… 90%… 95%…98%…

Vanish! Zero threat! Ambush! Hit Adrenaline Rush! Lots of energy. More stabbity! No holding back on DPS!

By doing this, rogues can maintain a very high dps output without getting aggroed by mobs.  Looking at my WWS reports, there is often a lock or mage with higher dps than me, but I always have higher overall damage output because they get aggro and die when they go all-out.


2 Responses to “Vanish = dps”

  1. 1 frank0462
    February 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    thank god for bionicism. we have the technology now to repair any and all damage reports soon.

  2. 2 arb
    August 18, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but as a mage I have a similar tool. Invisibility. Threat is reduced by 10% per second for 5 seconds, and completely if you allow yourself to become completely invisible, again on a 5 min cooldown. The downside, of course, is that it takes 5 seconds to do exactly what you do in a GCD, but with under-geared tanks on boss fights I can drop 40k threat in 5 seconds and resume full nuke, rather than having to cast Fireball every 2-3 seconds for the duration.

    My brother tells me he uses Soulshatter on boss fights with his warlock, losing 50% of his threat instantly. So, there’s little excuse for mages and locks over-aggro’ing and dying on bosses, except incompetence. Yet another reason why bosses are easier than trash in instances.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Dinaer - 100 Assassination Rogue (US - Sen'Jin)
Derence - 92 Prot/Ret Paladin (US - Sen'Jin)
Metius - 91 Shadow Priest (US - Sen'Jin)
Liebnitz - 100 Arcane Mage (US - Sen'Jin)
Fastad - 90 Subtlety Rogue (US - Sen'Jin)
Darishin - 100 Resto/Balance Druid (US - Sen'Jin)
February 2008
« Jan   Mar »
Add to Technorati Favorites
website statistics

World of Warcraft™ and Blizzard Entertainment® are all trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment in the United States and/or other countries. These terms and all related materials, logos, and images are copyright © Blizzard Entertainment. This site is in no way associated with Blizzard Entertainment®

Blog Stats

  • 1,286,023 hits

%d bloggers like this: