I wanted to add some emphasis to one particular aspect of this build and will begin by quoting the above guide:
The above cannot be stressed enough for players running Bloodstalker that have the synergy crystal. I had been running this build for a very long time and even with 100% Ruthless Stalker and Impale uptime, I was only seeing numbers on, say, Murdantix that were marginally higher than other specs despite knowing this spec should destroy most other Rogue specs if played to its potential. After quite a bit of practice I found the issue and it was quite simple:Remember, a significant amount of this build’s DPS comes from Expose Weakness, you will be using Final Blow at less than 5 CP’s to re-apply it.
I was letting Expose Weakness stay off the mob for far too long
It's important to note that Expose Weakness applies its extra damage to every single source of damage while it's up. This means that if you have Impale, Serrated Blades and Puncture all rolling on the target, plus auto-attacks and specials, your 20 stacks of Expose Weakness can be completely used up in as little as 3 seconds. This REALLY became noticeable when I installed and configured Kreiri's Buff Bars (http://www.riftui.com/downloads/info...sBuffBars.html) to watch Expose Weakness. It literally seemed that, once I was into the Bloodstalker rotation, EW was falling off almost immediately because of the sheer amount of "ticks" of damage this build does per second.
So, again, it can't be emphasized enough:
Keep EW up as much as absolutely possible even if it means using Final Blow with only a single combo point. Maximizing EW uptime, for me, literally added 100-200 DPS.Remember, a significant amount of this build’s DPS comes from Expose Weakness, you will be using Final Blow at less than 5 CP’s to re-apply it.