I am posting this guide so all the information on this build and similar ones is in 1 place in hopes of improving the rogue community and updating people who might still use the old variations of this build. I have parsed and tested for countless days with several different variations, including builds with a point in strafe, to come up with the final results and here they are.
The Build: 40MM/36RNG
*Note* this is intended to be top ranged DPS, I will discuss added utility later
Blood raptor (yes i consider him a buff lol)
#show shadow fire
cast shadow fire
cast empowered shot
cast swift shot
#show rapid fire shot
cast rapid fire shot
cast hasted shot
AoE Macro: *Note* - only use this for AoE while moving, if stationary use Rain of Arrows
#show lightning fury
cast lightning fury
cast fan out
You must also manage splinter shot, Head shot, and Quick Reload.
If you use Karuul Alert (which i reccomend for any build) you can add these settings to help
Head Shot: Head shot;1;T;player;1;T;F;T;Bestial Fury;A5DEF68DE2AC0408B;0;1;F;F;0;0;Rift;Data/\UI\ability_icons\awareness_01.dds;904;549;28.8;28 .8;0.6;1;;CENTER;1;;1;1;1;30;T;T;CENTER;30;T;6;F;0
For Splinter shot: splinter shot;1;T;player.target;1;T;F;T;Splinter Shot;AFBE49CA25884FC67;0;1;F;F;0;0;Rift;Data/\UI\ability_icons\killer_instinct.dds;792;549;28.8 ;28.8;0.6;1;;CENTER;1;;1;1;1;30;T;T;CENTER;30;T;6; F;0
For Quick Reload: Use this right after a Rapid Fire Shot to get another RFS on your next finisher.
Sample opening rotation, starting with 0 combo points:
Spam (shadow fire) > Splinter shot > Spam (empowered shot hard cast) > Finisher (shoot to kill now up)
Spam > Spam > Spam > head shot
Spam > Spam > Spam > Splinter shot > Finisher
Now all you main buffs should be up and you can go into you primary DPS rotation of spams and finishers while managing splinter shot (don't clip it early), head shot, and Quick Reload after your next Rapid Fire Shot.
Deaden - You have an inturrupt, USE IT
Strafe: If you do not have a the 4 piece bonus with MM crystal, this is a DPS increase at the cost of having to manage another cool down. Move 1 point from "Controlled Fire" to pick this up. If you have the 4 piece bonus, my testing has shown strafe to be a slight DPS loss and just 1 more thing to manage.
Hasten Call: Move 1 point from "Master Huntsman" to pick this up. It is a very useful skill and highly recommended for most fights unless you are amazing at pet micro management
Close Quarters Combat: Less useful than hasten call, but if you feel like you need it, move 1 point from "Single Minded Focus" to pick it up
Piercing shot: If no one in your raid can do an armor defbuff, drop the 1 point from blood Rage and pick up this skill. Otherwise it isn't necessary.
That pretty much sums up the build but, just to get the other alternative builds out of the way (because I know they will be posted), in the next section I will debunk several of the other close variants I have seen posted on these forums. I have already covered the strafe issue and it is probably the most common, but I will cover the others.
1. Switching 1 point from Shoot to Kill to get 5/5 controlled fire: In this variant you are losing 10% damage from MM combo builders to pick up an increased 4% to all ranged attacks. This trade off is not worth it considering your MM combo abilities are nearly 50% of your total damage
2. Moving 2 points from "Thrill of the kill" into "Blood Rage": a quick parse, done correctly, will show you splinter shot damage > total pet damage. On top of that, in movement fights or in fights where you have to change targets the pet has a fairly slow run speed so it isn't even attacking at all times. Even worse, if your pet dies, you have gimped your DPS even worse.
3. Using Wolf over the Raptor and putting that point into Steady Hand: The wolf has about 100 DPS less than the raptor but the extra 4% AP from stead hand could probably cover that in most cases. However, more importantly, the wolf has 1 less ability and absolutely no aoe which adds up to less crits and less up time on "Prey on the Weak", which is a huge DPS loss.
4. Getting Penetrating Shots over Single Minded Focus: I think this one has been covered quite a bit but I still see it showing up, SMF > PS.