3. Focus target
This dynamic target is very, very useful! Here i will give some tips for its use:
- Need to watch on particular person, as the tank X? Put him on focus for fastest feedback.
- Need to watch when someone gets debuff so you have to act fast? Put him on your focus target, but make sure to enable debuffs display on focus target. (Tanks, do that!)
- Need a fast escape and you are a warrior? Put a healer or ranged dps on your focus target and use this macro:
What it does is - if you use it with ALT button down - it will set your target as focus target. If used without a modifier it will switch you in defensive stance and then intervene to your focus target.Code:#showtooltip Intervene /focus [modifier:alt] /stopmacro [modifier:alt] /cast [nostance:2] Defensive Stance /cast [target=focus] Intervene
Im sure there are more than that usages of the focus target. You can share your ideas too.
Do you know that Deadly Boss Mods alerts use same sounds for all separate types of boss o!shit abilities:
Run away little beach! - run away from the boss.
Mimiron: Shock Blast, P3Wx2 Laser Barrage
Stormcaller Brundir: Overload
Ta-na and skull mark on you - move away from the raid:
Freya- Ancient Conservator: Nature's Fury
XT-002 Deconstructor: Gravity Bomb, Searing Light
..and so on, those i remember atm.
Conclusion - always play with sound ON!
One of the best addons out there, that is a must for a raider. I still see people using party/raid frames that take 1/3 of their screen. Some say they are used to that and its NP for them. But still we have people dieing from not seeing things happening around them. I blame their UI more than their concentration.
Here some tips, how you can make grid even more useful for you:
Not sure if you have buffed the whole raid, not sure if you have to rebuff someone? I actually have to cast my buff every 2 minutes, and sometimes i have to cast it not only for me, but for offtanks, or ranged tanks(hello Wheezy) or whole raid (Hi Mimiron P2). How do i manage to accomplish that when my buff is not target-castable and somewhat short ranged?
(this is a bit corrected in 3.2 - Glyph of Command, Commanding Shout range buf)
Install Grid addon GridStatusMissingBuffs.
It lets you set a notification for missing buff(s).
Here example of my Grid:
Dont make people ask for buffs, better see that in time!
6. General tips :
Clear the area around your character, so you see all bad things in time.
Remove friendly player names while in raid.
Remove all spam text from the middle of the screen, so you can see important ones as DBM messages, Raid leader messages, cooldowns of boss abilities, rockets and shit under you feet..
Get TOT, omen and watch where you are on the threat.
Get big enough enemy cast bar, and use your skills to prevent raid damage.
Make all unused bars, like crafts/foods/options/bags fade when not mouseovered. It will give a bit more space and less distraction.
Get grid and remove all raid/party frames.
And general tip is - less crap you have on your screen - faster you will see and react on important events.
7. Usefull addons (my opinion)
Aloft - enhance mobs HP panels, very heavy, but very powerful for tanks when multy tanking adds. Example of my setup - when i have agro the panel gets purple, when i dont have agro its red, when im going to loose agro its yellow:
Chatter - catches your name and send the chat message as an SCT even. I am not sure if there are other chat addons that do the same, but i find it very useful. Now i can see "Galdor move!" early enough.
TIP: always use full player name for messages that require particular person reaction (Vuzvax Heroism!).
Bison - light buff debuff addon. No more missing a debuf on you! (just make debufs big enough!)
Dominos - lightest ability bars addon
Forte_ - Do you have buffs/debuffs that you have to refresh frequently? Did quartz failed at that? Get this great addon:
Grid - must have.
MikScrollingBattleText - best SCT so far, easy to customize, very light.
Omen - a must!
OmniCC - customizable cooldown numbers on your abilities.
oRA2 - Must have!
pError - Ignore spam messages as Not enough mana!
ShadowedUnitFrames - i find it to be the best unit frames addon!
PowerAuras - very, very powerful customizable alerts on different kind of events:
When i have to overpower/slam my target?
Did i got the Guardian Spirit, or it's the priest who is not messaging on cast?
The text is shown only when im in a raid and when the buff is not present, take it or cast it : )
Quartz - make those target cast bars visible!
RantTooltip - very light, but not so flexible.
As an end to this wall of text - first make your UI comfortable for you and easy to use, and then go for coolness.
Hope to be helpful (i tried to be a bit funny, no idea if this worked out