As I was saying, though, at most normal gearing levels (<528), and without assuming you've got 541/535 weapons for one spec and 522/517 for the other, assassination has been pulling ahead by a wide margin. I'm not sure at what point combat should catch up, but 541/535 weapons would go a long way to closing the gap (and with a 19 ilevel gap, prooobably pulls ahead). Note that he already has the 4-piece bonus, which we've mentioned, many times, is an absurd bonus for combat.
I haven't said at any point that combat is terrible, just that, in normal gear, for 99.9% of us, assassination is ahead both mechanically (for non-cleave) and in practice on single target, assuming similar weapons, and is likely to surpass every other class in the game, in addition to combat. Any short trip to WoLogs should show that.
Edit: went back and caught the line "let's not talk about normals" - so we'll stick exclusively to heroic rogues, but I think the world top 100 is still not representative, especially since this thread started directed at normal mode raiding.
Edit 2: WoLogs finally has rankings up for the first 6 heroics, and for everyone running public logs, assassination is still ahead on every fight with the possible exception of Megaera/Council (who only have 1/5 combat rogues), where blade flurry can be used - in other words, it's not single target, which is what I mentioned earlier; cleave is still combat territory.
Last edited by shadowboy; 2013-03-21 at 10:04 PM.