/equipslot [modifier:shift] 17 [Dagger With Wound or Instant Poison]
There you have it, a quick and easy macro for weapon swapping.
Awesome, we’re done here. Let’s go eat some Halloween candy!
No can do, voice in my head, we’re not done here.
Are you sure about that?
Damn sure, we still have to explain what weapon swapping is and how/when/why to do it.
Oh, well can I eat candy?
Knock yourself out.
If you’ve had your ears open to a lot of the recent rogue chatter you may have heard the term “weapon swapping” being thrown around a lot lately.
What is weapon swapping exactly?
Weapon swapping is switching your offhand weapon when you have a full 5 stack of Deadly Poison to another weapon with a strong (Wound or Instant depending on your spec) poison and then quickly switching back to your deadly offhand to refresh the stacks.
Why would we do this? Well, the same reason we do anything: If done properly it can be a nice boost to your DPS.
Sounds awesome, how do I start? Well, you need a couple of things to be successful at weapon swapping:
- Two Similar (preferably identical) offhand weapons
- Low Latency
- Quick Reflexes
- The ability to keep track of another timer with razor sharp accuracy
These last two are really really important because if you aren’t timing it right and you let the deadly poison stacks drop off then you will actually be hurting your DPS.
So, if you have all these things, give weapon swapping a shot but remember to practice, practice practice.
Alert – INCOMING EXPERIMENTAL PATCH 3.3 PTR TIP – Alert – THIS TIP IS EXTREMELY EXPERIMENTAL AND HAS NOT BEEN TESTING – Alert
You’re probably not familiar with the weapon enchant Black Magic. Currently it causes your damaging spell to cause a DOT but on the PTR it increases your haste rating whenever you deal spell damage.
What does this mean for rogues? Well, poisons will proc this effect. Is this enchant better than berserking then? No, BUT, using weapon swapping (provided you have enough weapons laying around) you could possibly swap in an offhand with black magic, wait for the proc, then swap back to your berserking offhand and then repeat this action when the internal cooldown of black magic is up.
Sounds nifty, keep a eye out for this one.