Being a Rogue isn’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be. I know that when I first decided to roll one I assumed that I’d be getting a class where I’d just get to see big numbers, and I’d get to live by the raid DPS code: “kill stuff and don’t die.” But I realized that there was a lot more to it than that, and there are some simple addons that I found to be the difference between being the guy that pulls aggro and causes a wipe, and being at the top of the meters. Now, while I’m sure many of you will be familiar with these, using them as a Rogue is vastly different from any other class (and best of all, they’re extremely easy to install and use).

omen211.) Omen Threat Meter
I know, this sounds like a no-brainer. But I’m never surprised how rarely I see people using this — especially Rogues. In a raid setting your job is to output the most DPS you possibly can without causing any extra headache for the tank or healers, and Omen will help you do just that.

Using Omen effectively will allow you to go all out in DPS right from the get go, if your tank is worth his salt chances are good that you’ll have difficulty catching up to him. If you find yourself landing a string of crits, just Vanish. Generally by the time I pop Vanish I find myself roughly 75k – 100k threat behind the tank.

2.) GRogue Ticker and Energy Watch
I realize that I’ve listed two addons here, but trust me when I say that they go together like AFK’ers and AV. You just can’t have one without the other. Energy Watch and GRogue Ticker are my main focus when I’m dishing out raid DPS. GRogue Ticker will tell you just how many ticks of energy you have left until you can use an ability (you decide what abilities you want it to tell you about) and Energy Watch gives you a small bar to tell you how much longer until you get a tick of energy. These will greatly help you keep on track with your DPS rotations, and allow you to modify yours on the fly if you’re not getting enough Combat Potency procs.

3.) Scrolling Combat Text
I know that I’m not always able to watch my buff bar and see that my Slice And Dice is about to wear off, and occasionally I need a reminder. If you properly set up your Scrolling Combat Text to allow you to see when buffs wear off it can serve as a great reminder when you’re in the middle of a heated boss fight.

It can also let you gauge your rotations better by knowing what procs. For example, if your Dragonspine Trophy procs, chances are pretty good that you’ll be getting a few extra Combat Potency procs (you can set up SCT show you this as well) due to the extra haste, and you can afford to throw out a few more Sinister Strikes!