ShadowPanther Is #1
If you’re looking for intense theory-crafting and intelligent discussion about numbers, you’re reading the wrong blog. I’ll tell you a secret – I’m lazy.
Luckily, it’s quite easy to be lazy about numbers as a rogue. The kind folks over at ShadowPanther do most of the work you’ll need to skate by and pretend you’re competent at gearing your class.
ShadowPanther is my hero. They have ranked gear lists, weapon lists, enchant lists, gem lists, Pawn scales, specs… you name it. They are my #1 rogue resource.
OK, so maybe I don’t follow their lists completely blindly. In order to be a truly good rogue you do have to think a little. You have to make sure you’re still hit capped and expertise capped. You have to consider the value of set bonuses versus non-set gear. You have to think about socket bonuses. And probably a few other things…
But if you’re feeling lazy and can’t decide whether something is an upgrade, just look at their list or compare the Pawn values on the items from the scales they provide.
If only there were other classes with such an awesome resource. My shaman is such hard work to gear.
Another great rogue resource is of course, Elitest Jerks. Their WOTLK Pocket Guide is a must-read. There you can find information about rotations, expertise and hit caps, links to spreadsheets, etc.
I really haven’t found many good rogue blogs. There used to be more but many have quit blogging or the game entirely.
In fact, the only rogue blogue currently on my Feed Reader is Forever a Noob. He has written some excellent rogue-focused guides on Naxxaramas, Ulduar, and TOC. He is pretty decent with the technical stuff too – his posts analyzing buffs/nerfs to rogues are quite good.
While writing this post I decided to visit the Twisted Nether Wiki’s list of blogs and see if any new rogue blogs had popped up. Some of the links didn’t work, and some of the blogs had their most recent post several months ago stating “I quit WOW”, or “Sorry I haven’t written lately…”.
But low and behold, there were a few active looking blogs! Here they are:
I’ve added all of the above to my Feed Reader and will add them to my Blogroll if I find them consistently good. I am quite excited right now!
If you know of any other quality, active rogue blogs please let me know!