PvE Rogues is a relatively new blog, having been around for barely two years, but it has quickly established itself as probably the top rogue resource blog that is to be currently found on the net. Whereas you go to shadowpanther for detailed stats, and elitist jerks for dedicated number crunching, PvE Rogues is all about getting you the information in a straightforward style. Garona is the main driving force behind the site, and she contacted me to review her new rogue ebook, ‘The Ultimate Rogue Raiding Guide’. I asked her if she knew what she was getting into, but she courageously, (or foolishly depending on your point of view), told me that she wanted an honest review.
The guide is a 44 page ebook which sets out in detail what is required to effectively play an end-game raiding rogue. Topics covered include; talent builds, rotations, poisons, gear, stats, gems, glyphs, the list goes on and on. It’s nicely set up and very easy to read, and there are links to online resources throughout. The only minor quibble that I have is that profession bonus enchants are covered in a separate section to best professions for rogues. It would probably be better to put these together, particularly as the target audience for this ebook will mostly be for new rogues, so you don’t want to confuse the precious little buggers.
Now I know that any of this information can be found on the web for free, but if you have actually tried doing that then you know that it can be a little frustrating at times to get the information that you require. For example, you might want to know which are the current best poisons for a combat rogue. I did a search to see how easy it is to find out this information using google, and quite simply it’s not easy at all. You get a lot of redundant and confusing information. This ebook nicely bundles everything together and as far as I know all future updates are included in the price, which is available at $1.99 at present as an introductory offer. You also get a whole bunch of other stuff for those 2 bucks, but sadly no coffee mug.
If you’ve just hit level 85 on a rogue for the first time and you want to raid then this guide will be invaluable. If you’re a raid leader or a guild leader who has rogues who are sub-standard but want to improve, then you would do well to steer them towards this book. It sure beats the hell out of answering a litany of questions every time you go online, and makes the player take responsibility for their own performance. In fact, if I were still a rogue class officer I would just make rogues who wanted to raid buy this or leave me alone. Job satisfaction for the winner. But to be honest, even as an experienced rogue I got something out of reading this, even if it was something as simple as what the end-game raiding enchants are now. Sure, I could find that information out for when I finally get my gaming rig back and start playing again, but this way is much simpler, easier, and cheaper, as in time costs money. And if the information turns out to be out of date then you can just blame Garona, which is always much more deeply satisfying than taking responsibility for your own mistakes.