Since the pre-Cataclysm patch is imminent, I think that it’s safe to treat the talent trees as fairly complete. There should only be tweaks from here on out, rather than wholesale changes. That means that its time to start looking at talent builds.
I haven’t played Subtlety since the early days of Burning Crusade. Therefore, I’m not going to try and work out varying specs for different situations. I will almost certainly give Sub a try during the two months between patch 4.0 and Cataclysm. Here’s what I’ll likely do:
- 3/3 Imp Ambush
- 3/3 Relentless Strikes
- 2/2 Initiative
- 3/3 Opportunity
- 2/2 Find Weakness
- 1/1 Hemorrhage
- 3/3 Energetic Recovery
- 1/1 Premeditation
- 3/3 Honor Among Thieves
- 1/1 Preparation
- 2/2 Sanguinary Vein
- I need 1 more talent point to open up the next tier, so for PvE I’ll go with 1/1 Enveloping Shadows
- 3/3 Slaughter from the Shadows
- 2/2 Serrated Blades
- 1/1 Shadow Dance
That opens up the other trees for me. I only have 5 points left to spend. So I’ll divide my points between 3/3 Lethality and 2/3 Precision. It should end up looking like this.
When fighting with this build, you’ll want to keep the Hemo debuff on the target. It lasts a minute now, so you can use Backstab as your main combo point generator. Keep Recuperate up for the energy return from Energetic Recovery. Also Rupture once, and then use Eviscerate to refresh Rupture for you through Serrated Blades.
All this is subject to change as new theorycrafting reveals nice synergies between talents. Or myabe I’ll just change my mind.