#0 - Dec. 21, 2007, 5:36 p.m.
The devs intentions look like they used to be to have rogues be dual wielding, dagger using, light armored yet high mobility, high dps ninjahs. That's what a rogue is and with the latest buffs to shadowstep, ambush, and deep sub, it looks like they're desperately trying to figure out how to make the rogue be a !@!@ing rogue again. However, and this is a big however because it's the very reason you shouldn't even be a rogue right now, Blizzard doesn't know what to do with the class.
Massive fast paced burst damage. The very concept of it is something the devs are against. So unfortionately for you rogues who've played from day 1, you've been playing a class that the game itself doesn't like. They introduced resilience to counter everyone's damage output because it was getting way too high back in the Nax days. Crits were rampant, and people were dying in literally seconds. A good MMO wants PvP to last a while so that both players can play their little game of chess and have the more skilled opponent be able to show that he outplayed you. That's how it should be. So now everyone has 400 resilience. That's nice for every other class, but the rogue's entire design was based around that quick up front burst. You think they'd give shadowstep a resilience ignore or something I don't know. So what do the rogues do? Switch to sustained dps, they switch to their PvE specs, pick up some weapons that don't get screwed by resil and use it in PvP. Rogues have found a temporary work around with whats available and blizzard seems to be fine with that. You're not even playing the class how it was designed to be played. Half of its core abilities are just sitting in your spellbook because blizzard doesn't know what to do.
The only thing you have to look forward to as a rogue is eyonix's promise that they'll look into it by the time wotlk starts and hopefully have it balanced by then. All that means though is that they'll have a hero class that's been designed around the learnings of the rogue's downfall. And I can almost guarantee it won't have stealth.