Shadow Panther's Rogue Site
It's time to move on
I've decided that it's time to move on. After 8 years, my desire to play World of Warcraft has finally waned. ShadowPanther.net will remain online in its current form indefinitely, but I will no longer be updating any charts or guides. Thanks to everyone who has visited over the years. As a final gift, I've made my Powerleveling Guide for Rogues available to all as a free download. Enjoy!
Level 90 Rogue Pawn scales updated
I've updated my Level 90 Rogue Pawn scales with the latest AEP/MAEP values. From my testing, the in-game Pawn results are slightly off from my own calculated AEP/MAEP ratings, but they're still pretty close. I'm not exactly sure why there's a small discrepancy in the Pawn values, since I don't manage the Pawn mod itself.
Numerous items updated in my Rogue Armor and Weapons charts
I've updated the source and location information for hundreds of items in my endgame Rogue Armor and Weapons charts. I've also added Galeburst versions of Daily Random Scenario rare items to my armor charts.
AEP/MAEP values updated in my Level 90 charts
I spent the past few weeks completely reworking all of my level 90 charts to include new AEP/MAEP values. Changes include:
- I updated all of my level 90 AEP/MAEP values, to include values for both PVP & PVE Assassination, Combat and Subtlety.
- I added non-dagger weapons to the offhand sections of my weapons charts.
- I resorted the stat columns in all of my level 90 charts to match the order used in Wowhead item pages.
- I removed numerous older and weaker items from my weapons and armor charts for ease of use and faster downloads.
As always, if you disagree with the AEP/MAEP values I've used in my charts, you're welcome to use the customizable XLS versions and enter whatever AEP/MAEP values work best for you.
Season 12 PVP gear updated in my Rogue Armor charts
I've updated the stats of Season 12 PVP gear in my Rogue Armor charts, which includes the addition of the PVP Power stat.
Various updates to my charts
I've made several updates to my charts, including:
- I updated my armor and weapons charts to reflect the iLvl 417 requirement for MoP gems (thanks Vaelarrus!)
- I updated stats for dozens of weapons in my endgame weapons charts.
- I switched the deprecated AP column in my endgame weapons charts over to PvP Power.
- I updated Frag Belt in my professions and enchantment charts (thanks Aladdin!)
- I updated Agile Retinal Armor with corrected stats in my endgame armor charts (thanks again Vaelarrus!)
Powerleveling Guide for Rogues updated for Mists of Pandaria
If you purchased the Adobe .PDF guide, you can go back to the Download Link provided in your "Order Info" e-mail to download the updated guide for free. If your Download Link has already expired, you can use that link to request an additional download. If you've lost or deleted your "Order Info" email, contact me and I'll send you a copy for your records.
If you purchased the Kindle guide, you should be receiving an e-mail from Amazon soon asking if you would like to download the free update of the guide. If you have any problems updating your guide, you will need to contact Amazon support for assistance.
Note: When replacing a previous version of the guide, loading the new version will cause any highlights, the last page read, and bookmarks to be removed, and the locations of any notes you've made will no longer match the updated copy of the guide.
More updates to my site design
I've made several more updates to my site design, cleaning up some of the clutter and converting the few images I use over to nicer, Retina quality graphics. I also removed a few outdated charts and resources that I no longer plan on updating.
Hundreds of weapons updated in my Rogue Weapons charts
I've updated hundreds of Cataclysm weapons in my endgame Rogue Weapons charts as well as in my 81-85 and 85-89 Rogue Twink Weapons charts. With the 5.0.4 patch, many weapons received double their previous Min/Max damage values and most 1.4 speed daggers were changed to 1.8 speed, so my charts have been updated to reflect those various changes. I still need to update the remaining weapons in my lower level twink charts.
Various Patch 5.0.4 changes to my site
I've made several updates to my site for the recently released Patch 5.0.4, including:
- I added relevant 5.0.4 patch notes to my Nerfs/Buffs list.
- I removed Thrown and Ranged sections from my Rogue Twink charts.
- I removed Helm enchants and updated Engineering tinker mats in my Rogue Enchantments charts.
- I removed bonuses for run speed enchants now that all Rogues get Fleet Footed at level 62 (thanks Kagero!)
Unfortunately, I was recently notified by Sannin that numerous weapons have had their Speed/Min/Max/DPS values changed in the latest patch. That means that I'll need to go back and manually update hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons in my various Rogue Weapons charts. Ugh.
Starting work on updating my Powerleveling Guide for Rogues
Now that I've completed a very active month of daily updates to my charts and site, I'm going to spend the next few weeks working on updating my Powerleveling Guide for Rogues with all of the changes coming in Mists of Pandaria. I'm hoping to have it fully updated by the time the new expansion releases next month. As a reminder, anyone who purchases this guide will receive each update to the guide as it is released, at no additional cost.
Several MoP items added to my charts
I've added several more MoP items to my endgame Rogue Armor charts.
New Rogue Talent Specs chart for Mists of Pandaria
I've created a new Rogue Talent Specs chart for Mists of Pandaria which provides sample talent specs and glyph suggestions for each build. Players can use this chart to easily compare talents and available glyphs within each level range.
MoP items updated in my Rogue Armor and Weapons charts
I've updated the source and location information for a few dozen items in my endgame Rogue Armor and Weapons charts.
Updating my site design
I'm currently tweaking the design of my non-chart webpages to improve the overall user experience, especially with respect to mobile devices.
More MoP updates to my charts
Over the past few days, I have made several updates to my charts including:
- I updated source and location information for new MoP items in my Rogue Twink charts.
- I added some missing, profession-specific, MoP enchantments to my Rogue Enchantments charts.
- I made some minor corrections to my Rogue Consumables chart along with a few others charts.
MoP updates to my Rogue Professions chart
I've updated my Rogue Professions Chart with MoP profession bonuses.
MoP updates to my Rogue Races chart
I've updated my Rogue Races Chart with MoP racial traits and abilities, which includes the addition of the new Pandaren race.
MoP Beta Build 15983 items added to my Rogue Armor charts
I've added a few more items to my Rogue Armor charts, including some new gear introduced in yesterday's Beta Build 15983.
MoP updates to my Rogue Stat Formulas chart
I've updated my Rogue Stat Formulas chart with MoP Combat Rating values up to level 90. More work still needs to be done before I can update my AEP/MAEP values in that chart, so for the time being, those values are merely placeholders.
MoP updates to my Rogue Glyphs chart
I've updated my Rogue Glyphs chart with MoP glyphs. After working on that chart, I realized that PVP/PVE/Lvlg columns could be useful in my Rogue Talent Tree Analysis chart, so I've updated that chart with those categories.
More MoP items added to my Rogue Armor charts
I've added a few more items to my Rogue Armor charts, including some new gear introduced in today's Beta Build 15972.
MoP updates to my Rogue Talent Tree Analysis chart
I've updated my Rogue Talent Tree Analysis chart with MoP talents.
45 MoP items added to my Rogue Consumables chart
I've updated my Rogue Consumables Chart with 45 new MoP consumables.
10 vs 14: Which Twink Rogue is Better?
Now that I've finished updating my endgame Rogue Armor and Weapons charts with MoP gear, I'm going to switch things up for a moment to discuss another project I've been working on. Last year, I added a Level 10 Twink section to my Rogue Twink charts, separate from the Level 10-14 section, to highlight differences between a level 10 twink and a level 14 twink. Normally, you would think that a level 14 character would naturally be more powerful than a level 10 character, however due to the way stats scale between the two levels, higher level characters actually get less benefit out of certain stats. You can see this in action by looking at the Hit% and Crit% columns of my Rogue Twink Armor chart. Twink gear for a level 10 Rogue provides considerably more Hit % and Crit % (as well as Haste %) than the same gear does for a level 14 Rogue.
Despite those stat scaling differences, level 14 characters benefit from advantages in other areas, such as health, attack power and talent points. But is that enough to overcome the relatively lower amounts of Hit, Crit and Haste? I decided to find out for myself by creating both a Level 10 Twink Rogue and a Level 14 Twink Rogue, each on separate accounts, fully twinked out to the best of my ability. If you look closely, you'll notice that even though they have similar gear, the level 10 Rogue has significantly higher amounts of Hit, Crit and Haste while the level 14 Rogue has more health and attack power.
So which Rogue actually does more DPS? And which Rogue is more effective in PVP? In order to try and answer the first question, I ran both Rogues through the same DPS tests I set up for my Rogue Twink Project a while back. The results of those tests show that, while it's close, the level 14 Rogue generally tends to put out a bit more DPS than the level 10 Rogue. And to answer the 2nd question, I had the two Rogues duel against each other 20 times as Combat and 20 times as Mutilate to see which Twink Rogue was more effective in PVP against the other. The level 14 Rogue won that test as well, defeating the level 10 Rogue by a score of 11-9 in Combat and 15-5 in Mutilate. So, even though level 10 twinks have better DPS stats, it appears that a similarly geared level 14 twink will still be more effective.
Finished updating my Rogue Armor charts with MoP gear
50 MoP trinkets added to my Rogue Armor charts
Mists of Pandaria introduced a ton of new trinkets. I've already added 50 of those trinkets to my Rogue Armor charts, and that doesn't even include the level 90 trinkets. Over the next day or so, I'll work on adding all of the remaining level 90 trinkets to my charts.
More MoP changes to my Rogue Armor charts
I've added another 100 MoP items to my Rogue Armor charts, with Trinkets being the final section I still need to update. I've also removed the Thrown and Ranged weapon sections from those charts, since we will no longer have a ranged weapon slot in the new expansion.
Another 50 items added to my Rogue Armor charts
I've added another 50 items to my Rogue Armor charts, including some new gear included in today's Beta Build 15952.
50 more items added to my Rogue Armor charts
I've added about 50 more items to my Rogue Armor charts. I'm slowly working my way from slot to slot, manually updating my 81-85 and 85-89 Rogue Twink Armor charts as well as my endgame Rogue Armor charts. At this point, I'm about halfway done updating those charts, with another 200 or so items to go.
100+ items added to my Rogue Armor charts
Updated MoP gear being added to my Rogue Twink and endgame charts
Over the past few days, hundreds of MoP items have been updated in Wowhead with required levels, quest locations, etc. I'm currently updating my 81-85 and 85-89 Rogue Twink charts as well as my endgame Armor and Weapon charts with those items.
More MoP items added to my Rogue Twink charts
I've added more items to my 81-85 and 85-89 Rogue Twink charts.
MoP gem AEP/MAEP values added to my endgame charts
I've updated my endgame armor and weapons charts with MoP gem AEP/MAEP values. Until I hear otherwise, I'm making the assumption that MoP gems will operate in much the same way as MoP enchantments, requiring ilvl 372+ gear. Any gear on my endgame charts lower than ilvl 372 will revert to Cataclysm epic gem values, which can be found in my 81-85 Rogue Twink charts.
MoP enchantments added to my Rogue Enchantments charts
120+ MoP gems added to my Rogue Gem charts
I've finished adding over 120 MoP gems to my Rogue PVE Gems and Rogue PVP Gems charts. While updating those charts, I added a "Pow" column for the new PvP Power stat, assigning it the same PVP AEP value as Attack Power for the time being. I've combined the other new stat, PvP Resilience, with the old version of Resilience in the "Re" column until I can get a better understanding of how the new version differs from the regular one.
MoP gems being added to my Rogue Gem charts
I've started adding MoP gems to my Rogue Gem charts, beginning with meta gems and cogwheel gems.
More additions to my Rogue Twink charts
More pre-90 items from today's Wowhead update have been added to my Rogue Twink charts.
More MoP items added to my Rogue Twink charts
Level 90 MoP items added to my Rogue Weapons charts
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MoP items added to my 85-89 Rogue Twink charts
I've added a few dozen items in the 85-89 range to my Rogue Twink charts. I've also updated my endgame Armor and Weapon charts with those same items.
Mists of Pandaria updates to my Rogue Twink charts
I've started updating my charts for Mists of Pandaria (MoP). As part of that process, I've combined a few older twink charts while adding four new charts. My 60-69 and 61-70 twink charts have been combined as well as my 70-79 and 71-80 twink charts to make space for the new MoP twink charts.
Currently, the 85-89 charts only contain new items up to level 85, but I'll be adding more gear to those charts soon.