**Rogue Cataclysm Talent Preview**

Blizzard sent a preview of the talents of 4 classes in Cataclysm: the Druid, Priest, Rogue, and Shaman.

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**Tier 1 (Left to Right)**

**Improved Eviscerate (3 points)**- Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 7/14/20%.**Remorseless Attacks (2 points)**- After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, you receive a 20/40% increased critical strike chance on your next ability. Lasts 20 seconds.**Malice (5 points)**- Increases your critical strike chance by 1/2/3/4/5%.

**Tier 2 (Left to Right)**

**Ruthlessness (3 points)**- Gives your melee finishing moves a 20/40/60% chance to add a combo point to your target.**Deadly Momentum (2 points) - Requires 2 points in Remorseless Attacks**- After killing an opponent that yields experience or honor, Deadly Momentum gives you a 50/100% chance to refresh your Slice and Dice or Recuperate abilities to their original duration.**Blackjack (2 points)**- Even after your Sap wears off, its effects linger on enemies, reducing their damage done by 25/50% for 5 seconds.

**Tier 3 (Left to Right)**

**Puncturing Wounds (3 points)**- Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 10/20/30%, and the critical strike chance of your Mutilate ability by 5/10/15%.**Vigor (1 point)**- Increases your maximum Energy by 10.**Lethality (5 points)**- Requires 5 points in Malice - Increases the critical strike damage bonus of all combo point-generating abilities that do not require Stealth by 6/12/18/24/30%.

**Tier 4 (Left to Right)**

**Vile Poisons (3 points)**- Increases the damage dealt by your poisons and Envenom ability by 7/14/20% and gives you 33/67/100% of the normal chance of applying poisons from your equipped melee weapons when you use the Fan of Knives ability.**Improved Poisons (5 points)**- Increases the chance to apply Deadly Poison to your target by 4/8/12/16/20% and the frequency of applying Instant Poison to your target by 10/20/30/40/50%.

**Tier 5 (Left to Right)**

**Fleet Footed (2 points)**- Reduces the duration of all movement impairing effects by 15/30% and increases your movement speed by 8/15%. This does not stack with other movement speed increasing effects.**Cold Blood (1 point)**- Instant - 2 min cooldown - When activated, generates 25 energy and increases the critical strike chance of your next offensive ability by 100%.**Improved Kidney Shot (3 points)**- While affected by your Kidney Shot ability, the target receives an additional 3/6/9% damage from all sources.**Quick Recovery (2 points)**- All healing effects on your are increased by 10/20%.

**Tier 6 (Left to Right)**

**Seal Fate (5 points)**- Requires 1 point in Cold Blood - Your critical strikes from abilities that add combo points have a 20/40/60/80/100% chance to add an additional combo point.**Deadened Nerves (3 points)**- Reduces all damage taken by 2/4/6%.

**Tier 7 (Left to Right)**

**Deadly Brew (2 points)**- When you apply Instant, Wound or Mind-Numbing Poison to a target, you have a 50/100% chance to apply Crippling Poison.**Overkill (1 point)**- While Stealthed, and for 20 seconds after breaking stealth, you regenerate 30 additional energy.**Improved Expose Armor (3 points)**- Gives a 33/67/100% chance to refund all combo points used when performing your Expose Armor ability.

**Tier 8 (Left to Right)**

**Focused Attacks (3 points)**- Your melee critical strikes have a 33/66/100% chance to give you 2 energy.**Murderous Intent (3 points)**- When you Backstab an enemy that is at or below 35% health, you instantly recover 10/20/30 Energy.

**Tier 9 (Left to Right)**

**Master Poisoner (3 points)**- Increases the spell damage taken by any target you have poisoned by 2/5/8%, your Envenom has a 33/66/100% chance not to consume Deadly Poison, and the duration of all poison effects applied to you is reduced by 17/34/50%.**Mutilate (1 point)**- Requires 1 point in Overkill - 60 Energy - Melee Range - Instant - Requires Daggers - Instantly attacks with both weapons for 100% weapon damage plus an additional 215 with each weapon. Damage is increased by 20% against poisoned targets. Awards 2 combo points.**Turn the Tables (3 points)**- Whenever anyone in your party or raid blocks, dodges, or parries an attack, your chance to critically hit with all combo point-generating abilities is increased by 2/4/6% for 8 seconds.

**Tier 10 (Left to Right)**

**Cut to the Chase (5 points)**- Your Eviscerate and Envenom abilities have a 20/50/60/80/100% chance to refresh your Slice and Dice duration to its 5 combo point maximum.**Venomous Wounds (3 points)**- Each time your Rupture or Garrote deals damage to an enemy that is afflicted with your poison, you have a 15/30/45% chance to deal with 616/619/621 additional Nature damage.

**Tier 11**

**Vendetta (1 Point)**- Marks an enemy for death, increasing all damage you deal to the target by 20% and granting you unerring vision of your target, regardless of concealments such as Stealth and Invisibility. Lasts 30 seconds.

**Combat Talent Tree**

**Tier 1 (Left to Right)**

**Improved Sinister Strike (5 points)**- Increases the damage dealt by your Sinister Strike ability by 1/2/3/4/5% and reduces its Energy cost by 1/2/3/4/5.**Dual Wield Specialization (5 points)**- Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 10/20/30/40/50%.

**Tier 2 (Left to Right)**

**Improved Recuperate (2 points)**- Causes your Recuperate ability to restore an additional 1/2% of your maximum health.**Deflection (3 points)**- Increases your parry chance by 2/4/6%.**Precision (5 points)**- Increases your chance to hit with weapon and poison attacks by 1/2/3/4/5%.

**Tier 3 (Left to Right)**

**Endurance (2 points)**- Reduces the cooldown of your Sprint and Evasion abilities by 30/60 seconds and increases your total Stamina by 2/4%.**Riposte (1 point)**- 10 Energy - Melee Range - Instant - 6 sec cooldown - A strike that becomes active after parrying an opponent's attack. This attack deals 153 to 154% weapon damage and slows their melee attack speed by 20% for 30 seconds. Awards 1 combo point.**Aggression (5 points)**- Increases the damage of your Sinister Strike, Backstab and Eviscerate abilities by 3/6/9/12/15%.

**Tier 4 (Left to Right)**

**Improved Slice and Dice (2 points)**- Increases the duration of your Slice and Dice ability by 25/50%.**Improved Sprint (2 points)**- Gives a 50/100% chance to remove all movement impairing effects when you activate your Sprint ability.**Lightning Reflexes (3 points)**- Increases your dodge chance by 2/4/6% and gives you 4/7/10% melee haste.

**Tier 5 (Left to Right)**

**Blade Furry (1 point)**- 25 Energy - Instant - 2 min cooldown - Increases your attack speed by 20%. In addition, attacks strike an additional nearby opponent. Lasts 15 seconds.**Reinforced Leather (5 points)**- Increases your armor contribution from cloth and leather items by 10/20/30/40/50%.

**Tier 6 (Left to Right)**

**Improved Kick (2 points)**- Gives your Kick ability a 50/100% chance to silence the target for 2 seconds.**Weapon Expertise (2 points)**- Requires 1 point in Blade Flurry - Increases your expertise by 5/10.**Blade Twisting (2 points)**- Gives your damaging melee attacks a 10% chance to Daze the target for 4/8 seconds.

**Tier 7 (Left to Right)**

**Vitality (3 points)**- Increases your energy regeneration rate by 8/16/25%.**Adrenaline Rush (1 point)**- Instant - 3 min cooldown - Increases your energy regeneration rate by 100% for 15 seconds.**Nerves of Steel (2 points)**- Reduces damage taken while affected by stun and fear effects by 15/30%.**Improved Gouge (3 points)**- Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 0.5/1/1.5 seconds.

**Tier 8 (Left to Right)**

**Throwing Specialization (2 points)**- Increases the range of Throw and Deadly Throw by 2/5 yards and gives your Deadly Throw a 50/100% chance to interrupt the target for 3 seconds.**Combat Potency (3 points)**- Gives your successful off-hand melee attacks a 20% chance to generate 5/10/15 energy.

**Tier 9 (Left to Right)**

**Unfair Advantage (2 points)**- Whenever you dodge an attack you gain an Unfair Advantage, striking back for 53/106 to 54/107% of your main hand weapons's damage. This cannot occur more than once per second.**Surprise Attacks (1 point)**- Requires 1 point in Adrenaline Rush - Your finishing moves can no longer be dodged, and the damage dealt by your Sinister Strike, Backstab, Shiv, Hemorrhage and Gouge abilities is increased by 10%.**Savage Combat (2 points)**- Increases your total attack power by 2/4% and all physical damage caused to enemies you have poisoned is increased by 2/4%.**Sturdy Recuperation (2 points)**- Reduces all damage taken by 4/8% while your Recuperate ability is active.

**Tier 10 (Left to Right)**

**Prey on the Weak (5 points)**- Your critical strike damage is increased by 4/8/12/16/20% when the target has less health than you (as percentage of total health).**Restless Blades ( 3 points)**- Your damage finishing moves reduce the cooldown of your Blade Flurry, Killing Spree, and Sprint abilities by 0.5/1/1.5 second per combo point.

**Tier 11**

**Killing Spree (1 point)**- 10 yd range - Instant - 2 min cooldown - Requires Melee Weapon - Step through the shadow from enemy to enemy within 10 yards, attacking an enemy every .5 seconds with both weapons until 5 assaults are made, and increasing all damage done by 20% for the duration. Can hit the same target multiple times. Cannot hit Invisible or Stealth targets.

**Subtlety Tree**

**Tier 1 (Left to Right)**

**Relentless Strikes (5 ranks available)**- Your finishing moves have a 4/8/12/16/20% chance per combo point to restore 25 energy.**Camouflage (3 ranks available)**- Increases your speed while stealthed by 5/10/15% and reduces the cooldown of your Stealthy ability by 2/4/6 seconds.**Improved Ambush (2 ranks available)**- Increases the critical strike chance of your Ambush by 25/50%.

**Tier 2 (Left to Right)**

**Sleight of Hand (2 ranks available)**- Reduces the chance you are critically hit by melee and ranged attacks by 1/2% and increases the threat reduction of your Feint ability by 10/20%.**Dirty Tricks (2 ranks available)**- Increases the range of your Blind and Sap abilities by 2/5 yards and reduces the energy cost of your Blind and Sap ability by 25/50%.**Opportunity (3 ranks available)**- Increases the damage dealt with your Backstab, Mutilate, Garrote, and Ambush abilities by 10/20/30%.

**Tier 3 (Left to Right)**

**Setup (3 ranks available)**- Gives you a 33/66/100% chance to add a combo point to your target after dodging their attack or fully resisting one of their spells. This cannot happen more than once per second.**Hemorrhage (1 rank available)**- 35 Energy - Melee Range - Instant - Requires Melee Weapon - An instant strike that deals 118 to 119% weapon damage (171% if a dagger is equipped) and causes the target to take 30% additional damage from bleed effects for 15 seconds. Awards 1 combo point.**Initiative (3 ranks available)**- Gives you a 33/66/100% chance to add an additional combo point to your target when using your Ambush, Garrote, or Cheap Shot abilities.

**Tier 4 (Left to Right)**

**Elusiveness (2 ranks available)**- Reduces the cooldown of your Vanish and Blind abilities by 30/60 seconds and your Cloak of Shadows ability by 15/30 seconds.**Dagger Specialization (5 ranks available) - Requires 3 points in Opportunity**- Increases your chance to get a critical strike with daggers by 1/2/3/4/5%.**Energetic Recovery [NYI] (3 ranks available)**- Empowers your Recuperate ability, causing its periodic effect to also restore 1/2/3 energy.

**Tier 5 (Left to Right)**

**Heightened Senses (2 ranks available)**- Reduces the chance you are hit by spells and ranged attacks by 2/4%.**Preparation (1 rank available)**- Instant - 8 min cooldown - When activated, this ability immediately finished the cooldown on your Evasion, Sprint, Vanish, Cold Blood and Shadowstep abilities.**Dirty Deeds (2 ranks available)**- Reduces the Energy cost of your Cheap Shot and Garrote abilities by 10/20. Additionally, your special abilities cause 10/20% more damage against targets below 35% health.

**Tier 6 (Left to Right)**

**Master of Subtlety (3 ranks available)**- Attacks made while Stealthed and for 6 seconds after breaking Stealth cause an additional 4/7/10% damage.**Deadliness (5 ranks available)**- Increases your attack power by 2/4/6/8/10%.

**Tier 7 (Left to Right)**

**Enveloping Shadows (3 ranks available)**- Reduces the damage taken by area-of-effect attacks by 10/20/30% and increases the duration of your Feint ability by 1/2/3 seconds.**Premeditation (1 rank available)**- Requires 1 point in Preparation - 30 yd range - Instant - 20 sec cooldown - Requires Stealth - When used, adds 2 combo points to your target. You must add to or use those combo points within 20 seconds or the combo points are lost.**Blood Spatter (2 ranks available)**- Increases the damage caused by your Garrote and Rupture abilities by 15/30%.**Cheat Death (3 ranks available)**- You have a 33/66/100% chance that an attack which would otherwise kill you will instead reduce you to 10% of your maximum health. In addition, all damage taken will be reduced by up to 9% for 3 seconds (modified by resilience). This effect cannot occur more than once per minute.

**Tier 8 (Left to Right)**

**Waylay (2 ranks available)**- Your Ambush and Backstab hits have a 50/100% chance to unbalance a target, increasing the time between their melee and ranged attacks by 20%, and reducing movement speed by 50% for 8 seconds.**Sinister Calling (5 ranks available)**- Requires 1 point in Premeditation - Increases your total agility by 3/6/9/12/15% and increases the percentage damage bonus of Backstab and Hemorrhage by an additional 2/4/6/8/10%.

**Tier 9 (Left to Right)**

**Honor Among Thieves (3 ranks available)**- Increases the ranged and melee critical hit chance of all party and raid members by 5%. When any player in your party or raid critically hits with a ranged or melee ability, you have a 33/66/100% chance to gain a combo point on your current target. This effect cannot occur more than once every 4/3/2 seconds.**Shadowstep (1 rank available)**- 10 Energy - 25 yd range - Instant - 30 sec cooldown - Allows you to attempt to step through the shadow and reappear behind your enemy and increases movement speed by 70% for 3 seconds. The damage of your next ability is increased by 20% and the threat caused is reduced by 50%. Lasts 10 seconds.**Sanguinary Vein (3 ranks available)**- Requires 2 points in Blood Spatter - Increases your damage dealt to targets with a bleed effect on them by 2/4/6%.**Filthy Tricks (2 ranks available)**- Reduces the cooldown by 5/10 seconds and energy cost by 5/10 of your Tricks of the Trade, Distract and Shadowstep abilities, and reduces the cooldown of Preparation by 1.5/3 minutes.

**Tier 10 (Left to Right)**

**Slaughter from the Shadows (5 ranks available)**- Reduces the energy cost of your Backstab and Ambush abilities by 4/8/12/16/20, and the energy cost of your Hemorrhage ability by 1/2/3/4/5.**Serrated Blades (3 ranks available)**- Your Eviscerate has a 4/8/12% chance per combo point to refresh your Rupture on the target to its original duration.

**Tier 11**

**Shadow Dance (1 rank available)**- Instant - 1 min cooldown - Enter the Shadow Dance for 6 seconds, allowing the use of Sap, Garrote, Ambush, Cheap Shot, Premeditation, Pickpocket and Disarm Trap regardless of whether or not you are Stealthed.

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