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How To: Prepare Your Rogue for a Raid
by: Andy Salisbury, A Rogue's Eye View
Raiding as a Rogue might seem like a simple affair. After all, all you’ve got to do is output the most damage you can without becoming a burden for your raid. But there are a few simple things you can do to get yourself ahead of the game. Keep in mind that Rogues are a very gear dependent class. Therefore, you've got to do the very best with what you've got.
Enchant your gear!
Mongoose is always the best enchant for your weapons as a Rogue, PvE or PvP. Everything about its proc is worthwhile, and no matter what spec you are it’ll be beneficial. If you’re a Combat based spec, the extra attack speed from Mongoose will give you more Combat Potency procs, and having more energy means more damage. If you’re a dagger based build (Combat Daggers or Mutilate) the 120 agility that comes from the very same proc will give a huge boost to your crit.
I get asked about this one a lot, and the reasoning is simple: hit rating. You need it, and the closer to the hit cap (which is 363 hit rating) the better. Questions about hit cap? Be sure and read #3 in my guide to maximizing your DPS.
Now that you've got your gear enchanted, make sure that you’ve got all your consumables ready! You’ll want to make sure that you always have some of these on hand:
Gathering all the consumables might not be the easiest thing in the world, but being a Rogue means that you can farm with virtually no downtime. Plus, farming the mats for these is your responsibility. It's your job to make sure that you're prepared. Don't worry if you're not an alchemist or a high level cook, if you get the mats there's bound to be someone in your guild that will make them for you.
Know your spec!
Now, let’s make sure that you’ve got your spec in order. No matter what your spec is (Combat Swords, Combat Daggers, Mutilate or Tri-Spec Hemo) there is an ideal rotation that you should follow in order to get the most damage out of your spec. Be sure to check out the Elitist Jerks forums to make sure that you know what yours is.
Know the fights!
As a Rogue your role is simple, do your job without becoming a liability. There are a lot of exciting boss fights to memorize in World of Warcraft, but learning them can be a bit daunting at times. Be sure to keep a guide site like BossKillers by your side, and you'll be golden.
Watch movies too! Seeing the fight in action will give you a great frame of reference on what to do, so be sure and make your way over to Warcraft Movies and download a few. It's free, and absolutely worth your time.
All right! It’s time to raid! Make sure that you’re online on time, and that you’ve completed all of the steps mentioned above. Apply your poisons (always Deadly Poison offhand and in the absence of a Windfury Totem, Instant Poison on the main hand) and make me proud!