Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM |  
Nightblade is back in PvE with the latest patch. Its been discussed a lot on the forums, but in case you missed it:

Raid Nightblade
49 NB / 17 Sin

The macros and rotation are all pretty standard, but there are a few things worth mentioning. Even with Fervor, you'll be energy starved if you're spamming Expose Weakness on CD, since its off the GCD. This means you should use a tablet with this spec. Any tablet will work, since they all give the same amount of energy regen. You don't need Elder (although Elder gives more strength). If you don't have a tablet, then Expose doesn't really increase your DPS much at all.


ST Macro 1

#show Puncture
cast Puncture
cast Dusk Strike
cast Twilight Force
cast Primal Strike
cast Fiery Chains
cast Fiery Spike
cast Expose Weakness

ST Macro 2 (use with 4 CPs)

#show Twilight Force
cast Twilight Force
cast Primal Strike
cast Fiery Chains
cast Fiery Spike
cast Expose Weakness

Macro 3

#show Scourge of Darkness
cast Scourge of Darkness
cast Dusk to Dawn

Synching up your SoD and DtD is very important for boosting DPS and thats the point of this macro. You want to cast Scourge on the rotation when your Nightrage falls off, and then go right into DtD to re-apply Nightrage. This way you'll never have that sad rotation where you have to use a Blazing Strike without Nightrage up.


Its still a very awkward spec to use in raids because of how stupid it is for a melee class to have to use a channeled ability to get a necessary buff. It would be much better for Nightrage to proc on Scourge of Darkness and last 35 seconds, or from Twilight Force / Dusk Strike and last 10 seconds. Whatever. The point is that Dusk to Dawn is a stupid ability for rogues to need to use in raids, and its not something that Warriors or any other Rogue spec is saddled with.

Still, the spec is probably our highest DPS at the moment (still putting us firmly behind equally geared/skilled Mages and Warriors). Rogues need a buff, but this is our best current option.
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Dorobo/Cestus said...

I don't understand a thing.

Why two macros of Combo points?

The second one is to apply when you're on 4st combo point?Or to up from 0 to 4st combo point?

November 28, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
alecfrom said...

the second is to go from 4CP to 5CP

and there are 2 Macros so you dont waste your 2CP-Skill Cooldowns

November 28, 2011 at 7:12 AM  
Dorobo/Cestus said...

Thx for your response.

November 28, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Silverf0x said...

So is the main finisher of this rotation is blazing strike?

November 28, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Dorobo/Cestus said...

For the DtD,

do we have to channeled it for all the time or just one time to have the buff and restart our rotation?

November 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Dorobo/Cestus said...

And do you use Poison from SIn or Fire damage from Nightblade?

November 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM  
Anachronite said...

whats best raid melee spec for dps? does this one beat blink blade?

November 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous said...

Look at all the fotm rogues since 1.5....

November 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous said...

Why use 2CP-Skills to go from 4 to 5 ?

I fail to see the reason of that, if someone could explain.

November 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous said...

would be nice if dunsparrow actually gave the rotation...

the only finishers he lists are on long cd. so i'm assuming there's plenty more which isn't mentioned here. anytime finisher for one.

December 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous said...

Blazing strike.

December 4, 2011 at 1:53 AM  
Autumn said...

What I would do is as your run in use fiery spike to add the 3 stacks. Use M1. then for the finsiher as he said use SoD only when DtD is up. other than that use Blazing strike. Since blazing strike updates the fiery spike stacks on the times you use SoD throw a spike out there just to keep the stack up till you get back to Blazing strike. I would just use all 5 of the CP for DtD unless interupted.

December 4, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Anonymous said...

Do you use Hellfire blades and lethal? Sorry been out of rift for awhile

January 20, 2012 at 5:18 AM  
Anonymous said...

Can you show a video of how your running this build?

February 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM