Patch 3.3 Arriving 8th/9th – time for Improved Poisons?

With (most likely) just a week to go until patch 3.3.0 arrives, it looks like the proposed rogue changes are likely to slip through intact. A brief summary of the updates to rogues (for anybody who’s been living under a rock somewhere) looks like this;

Murder changed to affect all targets – will give 4% damage increase vs resto druids

Improved Poisons buffed, increasing Deadly Poison proc rate to 50%

Deadly Poison will now also proc your second poison for each application after five stacks

Preparation cooldown reduced to 8 minutes, or 5 minutes with 2/2 in Filthy Tricks

I’ll be trying to fit 5/5 Improved Poisons into my envenom build somehow. Most likely it will be at the loss of Deadened Nerves, Improved Eviscerate or a couple of points in Lethality. I won’t be removing Eviscerate from my bars just yet, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to heavily reduce the number of times I have to use it.

The other changes that stand out this patch are the shared cooldown on Will of the Forsaken/PVP Trinekts, the buff to Arena sets and the free 175 Arena Points a week.

Will of the Forsaken now shares a 45-second cooldown with similar effects, including the Medallion of the Horde, Titan-Forged runes, Insignia of the Horde, etc.

The two-piece set bonus for all Wrath of the Lich King Arena sets now provides 100 resilience and 29 spell power or 50 attack power. The current four-piece bonus will remain, however it also now provides 88 spell power or 150 attack power.

All level 71-80 Battleground daily quests will now award 25 Arena points in addition to their current rewards.

The nerf to WotF looks quite major for rushdown teams – I’d be interested to hear from Undead rogues about how they feel. The racial always seemed noticable when playing alliance RMP/RP vs full undead mirrors.

There hasn’t been an ETA for the end of Season 7, but looking at the lengths of previous seasons it’s probably safe to guess at early January.

About Dcruize

Rogue addict, PVP junkie, insomniac. I started playing WoW in 2006 and, after being told that 'nobody wants a rogue', tried to level a priest. I quickly realized that love and approval were a poor alternative to stealth and ambush and have been backstabbing away quite happily ever since.