WoW Guides: Macros for Rogues

We Rogues have an innate advantage over every other class (except for Unholy Presence death knights)  in that our global cooldown is only one second.  So we have a lot more opportunity...

We Rogues have an innate advantage over every other class (except for Unholy Presence death knights)  in that our global cooldown is only one second.  So we have a lot more opportunity to press buttons.. and we have a thousand buttons to press.  A lot of them involve target switching, stealth, and situational strikes--all things that will detract from the time we are stabbing or punching the hell out what's in front of us.  The solution is macros.  Macros can make your life a lot easier and reduce the amount of time you spend frantically clicking and waiting for that situational attack to come up.

The one macro every rogue should have

/target MainTank
/cast Tricks of the Trade
This macro will immediately target your tank and attempt to cast Tricks of the Trade, and then assist to his target immediately.  This should be used every time it's up with very few exceptions.  On bosses and enemies that love to reset their hate levels, this is the single biggest hate generation move in the game for backing up the tank.  You can spare the 5 energy.

A Risky Variation

/target MainMeleeDPS
/cast Tricks of the Trade
If someone in the melee group is slacking, use this macro midfight.  They're probably so low on the hate meters (Are you using Omen?)  that you can transfer all of your hate to them with no problem.  The big thing is giving them the 15% damage boost.  Giving a tank that barely squeaks 2,000 DPS in a fight a 15% boost isn't the same as the slacker with three or four thousand.

For Glorious Grinding

/castrandom Sinister Strike, Riposte
It's impossible to make a macro that automatically changes your sinister strike to a Riposte button.  This will change your sinister strike button to a 50% chance of casting Riposte.  If you're still grinding your rogue through the early levels as combat, by all means don't leave home without this.  Although to be honest, it's just one extra button... but you'll run out of action bar space in a hurry as you level!  There's no foul in mashing this button since enemies will die before you use a finishing move typically while you grind.

Don't just stand there!

#showtooltip Sinister Strike
/cast Sinister Strike
Here's a macro for those hordes of small fry you might come across in dungeons and while leveling.  Normally when your target dies, it'll change targets but not automatically start your attack until you hit a special attack or otherwise initiate auto-attacks.  Now when you're out of energy after a kill, you can immediately open up on the next before you recover the 40 energy for the next Sinister Strike.  It may only get you an extra second of auto attacks, but every second counts in the long run when your offense is primarily weapon damage and poisons!

Health in a Hurry

/use [target=yourname] Heavy Frostweave Bandage
Helps you keep focus on your target so you don't lose track of what your next combo move or builder should be.  Save your healers some stress and hit this when there are times you can't stab people.  After all, you can't top the damage charts when you're a corpse.

Keep in mind that the scripting language is evolving and may be edited with major and minor patches.  These macros are foolproof and should always work, but the deeper you get into the world of macros, the more likely your creation will be destroyed with a patch down the lines.  Be careful with how much you rely on macros.  Just like add-ons, they are a part of the game that might not always be there for you and if you are a lost puppy without your rogue macros and add-ons, you've spoiled yourself!  So use them to enhance your rotation games and response times, and not replace your rotation and ability to target enemies in a pinch.

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