How should I equip myself?
Rogues are a leather armour based class, there is no reason a rogue should ever have to equip cloth. You get a 5% bonus to agility if you wear leather in all slots. Just be careful on choosing the right type of leather, druid casters will also wear leather but the stats theyíll be looking for is spell power, spirit, intellect etc.
The weapons youíll be using is determined on which spec you decide to go for. Assassination and Subtlety specs will want to use two daggers. Your main hand should have a slower attack speed, (something like 1.8) and your main hand will need to be faster, (anything below 1.4). Combat will want a slow mainhand (about 2.6) and a fast offhand, currently the only fast offhands in the game are daggers so now all rogues will be looking for daggers. When gearing yourself especially for the endgame itís important to learn to avoid the item level and determine itís worth on the stats it carries. So this leads me nicely into the next section.
What Stats are important for me?
While Deathwing brings chaos and panic throughout Azeroth the big nasty dragon has actually simplified much of the Rogues more complicated mathsy bits. Nasty things like Attack power and Armour Penetration are being shoved aside for the more easily deduced stats of Agility and Haste. It must be said however that rogues are still an extremely math oriented class, so much so that every single guide that takes itself seriously will tell you to use a spreadsheet in order to work out the more complicated decisions. Rogues do not tell you to get a spreadsheet to sound elitist, it is just simply because some of the more advanced gemming or gearing problems require such intricate maths that it is much simpler to get a computer to do it. EP= equvilance point and it's a number that helps put into numerical terms the damage gained from one point of a particular stat. Here are the Ep values of the stats so far.
Stat Assassination Combat Subtlety
Agi 2.6 2.7 3.5
Yellow Hit 1.75 1.9 1.4
Spell Hit 1.4 1.4 1.05
Mastery 1.3 0.9 0.7
Haste 1.2 1.5 1.3
Expertise 1.1 1.6 1.15
Crit 0.9 0.95 1.1
White Hit 0.75 1.1 0.8
Summary: Pretty obvious really,
Assassination Agility > Spell Hit > Mastery > everything else.
Combat Agility > Yellow Hit > Expertise (to cap) > everything else.
Subtlety Agility >> Yellow Hit > Haste > Everything else.
A few Caveats here especially for Assassination rogues. Capping expertise (which is still 26) is no longer required as other stats like spell hit and mastery take preference. This means that some of your attacks are not going to land. One thing to look out for is missing with envenom, you'll still apply the debuff but it won't refresh your S'n'D so keep an eye out for that.
In terms of hit caps, with 2/3 precision the yellow cap is 481 and with 3/3 its 241. The spell hit cap which is what assassination rogues will be looking for is 1332 with 2/3 and 1127 with 3/3. This however shouldn't be looked at as cap to get to. Look at it instead as something like agility or mastery where the more you have of it the more damage you'll do but it's not something you have to strive to cap before you can raid or anything like that.
So what gems should I use?
Gemming is extremely complicated when it comes to rogues. It is impossible for me to tell you outright what gem you should be using so you need to consult your spreadsheet. But in general:
Red sockets: Delicate Inferno Ruby
Yellow sockets: Adept Ember Topaz for Assassination or Deft Ember Topaz for combat and subtlety.
Blue sockets: Glinting Demonseye
Match the correct colours if the socket bonus is agility, otherwise just stack straight agility with the Delicate Inferno Rubies. This could vary depending on where you are to the spell hit cap, which is why spreadsheets are crucial.
Meta's are messy at the moment. Currently the requirements on the best metas to activate the bonus is to have more blue gems than red which is just stupid. So untill they correct that you should be using Fleet shadowspirit diamond. Once they correct it you'll be using either Chaotic ShadowSpirit Diamond or Relentless Earthsiege Diamond.
Ok but what about these enchants?
Head: 60 Agi/35 Haste - Ramkahen revered.
Cloak: Greater Critical Strike
Shoulder: 50 Agi/25 Mastery - Therazane exalted.
Chest: Peerless Stats
Bracers: Greater Speed
Gloves: Greater Mastery
Legs: Dragonscale Leg Armor
Feet: Major Agility if youíre assassination, otherwise Assassinís Step.
Belt: Ebonsteel Belt Buckle with an Agility gem in it.
Right, then there's Glyphs
The Prime Glyphs have been gone over when we talked about specs. In regards to Major Glyphs, Tricks of the Trade and Feint are important then either Sprint or Blade Flurry depending on your preference.
Oh god whatís reforging?!
Reforging is a new addition to WoW and is essentially another way you can nitpick at your gear to give you the best results possible. Basically reforging is something you can use on a piece of gear you have. It will let you choose a stat on it and take half of that stat off and put it into a different stat of your choosing. There are rules however, you cannot reforge stamina or agility, and you can only reforge a stat into resilience but you cannot reforge resilience into a different stat.You also cannot reforge into a stat that is already in that item.
Assassination: If you're above the spell hit cap then take points from Hit, then Crit and then expertise. Put them into hit if you're below the spell hit cap, then Mastery then Haste
Combat: Take points from Mastery, Crit or Hit if you're above the spell hit cap. Put them into expertise, haste or hit if you're below the spell hit cap.
Subtlety: Take points from Mastery or Hit if you're above the yellow hit cap. Put them into Haste, Expertise or Crit.
: Very handy guide on how to make Macros. Rogues arenít the only class who benefit from having some nice Macros.
: An indepth explanation of Hit Rating.
: A crit cap calculator
: Pretty complicated and maths based so really only use it as a resource when youíre comfortable with the basics. But the best rogue theorycrafters are found here. The best advice is gained from this website.