I had heard rumors, but I /scoffed and /huffed that the Blizz developers would actually do it. Yeah. Come patch 2.3, Shadowstep won't require stealth. Huh? We can...blink? Well, without the stun and bond removal, yes.
Ok, so its not really blink...but wow. Along with a couple of other changes, the Subtlety tree just might become a top performer among PvP specs once again. Not only will deep sub specced rogues be able to use Shadowstep in combat (what a great combo CoS + Shadowstep will be against frost mages!), but the Dirty Deeds talent will also increase damage from specials by 10/20% (respectively, based on 1/2 or 2/2 points) against targets below 35% health. Hemo is getting retooled as well, but there are no details. I would imagine that they are either going to increase the damage per rank that it adds to physical attacks or add a damage bonus similar to Sinister Strike. I'm pretty excited about these changes, as I leveled 60-70 as lewlstep, just because it was fun and I solo'd a ton. I will definately respec for a few days once 2.3 comes out, just for the sake of trying it out.