Many of you out there use Power Auras Classic as an add-on. I’m going to introduce you to a much more powerful version, aptly named Weak Auras. This allowed me to not only replace PowerAuras, but ForteXorcist as well.
Weak Auras has many, many more options available, including timer bars, grouping auras/bars/etc into “Groups”, having “Dynamic Groups” which you can assign a group of buffs to, and much easier ways to include multiple trigger statements required to initiate an action. Here is a screenshot of my WeakAuras in action. It looks a bit crazy so I’ll explain below it. Click to enlarge.
I have my Weak Auras separated into a few categories:
Buffs: This is a dynamic group above my nameplate which tracks any relevant self buffs that I care about: Owlkin Frenzy, PVP Trinket, Power Torrent, Heroism/Time Warp, Volcanic Power, Volcanic Destruction, etc, etc. A few of these (such as Thorns and Nature’s Grasp) I have ONLY activating in battlegrounds, world environment (non-instance, basically), or arenas. This looks like a HUGE list, but remember, most of these will not be active at once, and I do not show cooldowns of items until the buff itself has worn off. Since this is a dynamic group, the bars will fill from the bottom up (that’s how I defined it, you could have them fill to-down if you wanted), so the first qualifying bar will appear at the bottom, above my name plate, and if I gain a second, it’ll stack on top of it. This is quite nice, so I don’t have to have a mis-match of auras all not lined up because they fire in different order. MOST of these are set to “In Combat” only, since I don’t really care about them out of combat.
Debuffs: This is where I track my DoTs. This is above the enemy name plates. Moonfire, Insect Swarm, and Sunfire are all here, and again, they’re all dynamic.
Cooldowns: This again is a dynamic group. This tracks a few different cooldowns that I have: Starfall, Solar Beam, Starsurge, Force of Nature, and Typhoon. I only display the Solar Beam cooldown in a world or PVP environment. I also track the durations of Starfall and Force of Nature, and track when Solar Beam, Force of Nature, Starsurge, and Starfall become available. The list is sorted from shortest duration to longest, and the available spells will always appear on the bottom. This helps me track my cooldowns very effectively. These really are DPS cooldowns, which is why I have Darkflight, Thorns, etc, under the ‘Buffs’ section. I also attached a sound to Shooting Stars as an audible trigger.
Firelands Debuffs: This is where I track some mission critical, time sensitive Firelands debuffs. These are giant bars meant to capture my attention. Generally if I don’t take action within the timers, myself, or the raid, will die. That’s bad. That’s why they are giant.
Low Mana: I have a bouncing “Innervate!” icon in just about the middle of my screen. This will only appear if both of the following are true: I currently have <=60% mana, and Innervate is available (meaning not on cooldown).
PVP: I have two auras here. They’re giant icons. One is Spell Reflection, which plays a sound and flashes the giant Spell Reflect icon, and the second is titled ‘Enrage’, but covers every Enrage buff I could think. (Savage Roar, Enrage, Berserker Rage, Death Wish, Vengeance, Unholy Frenzy, Owlkin Frenzy). When this pops up (with the corresponding icon) letting me know what the enrage is, and to Soothe it. This also plays a ‘ka-ching!’ sound, as I’m about to ruin someones day.
Anyways.. check it out. Let me know what you think!
Our good friend Boubouille over at MMO-Champion just gave a shout out to the “Reforge Lite” addon, and I have to echo is recommendation.
One of the most annoying things that we face (especially as hybrids) is trying to calculate out the exact combination required to hit the magical 17.00% hit while maximizing haste in the process (and to a lesser extent, mastery). There’s a hundred ways to skin a cat, and we always seem close to the magical 17.00% but never exact. Reforge Lite will help solve that problem.
First understanding the U/I for Reforge Lite takes a bit of time. You’ll want to load the ‘Balance Druid’ settings. “Hit: At least spell cap of 1742″ should auto populate. You’ll then want to press calculate. The resultant column will show you the ‘new stats’, as well as a delta from where you’re at now. You’ll want to focus on the ‘Hit’ column, and not ‘Spirit’. (It takes into consideration that Spirit becomes Hit.).
You’ll want to cycle through the ‘Calculate’ button to see which options are the best for you. I was not able to hit exactly 1742 hit, but I had a few different options. A few had 1743 hit, one had 1750, another 1772. Each of these had varying bonuses to haste, crit, and mastery as well. You can also see the “net overall change” next to score. The best option may not be the one with the highest haste, for example. Once you’ve calculated through all the options and found the highest score possible, you can apply the reforge by clicking ‘Show’, then ‘Reforge’. Sit back and watch it reforge for you!
You can conveniently locate this add-on using the Curse Client. Check it out and let me know what you think!
I’ve had a few people ask me which AddOns I use, and I think the following screenshot lists most of them. Click for high res.
I use the Curse downloader to manage my add ons. I recently upgraded from 3.0 to 4.0, and I must say there was a huge improvement. I also sprung the few dollars to get Curse Premium, and I have to give them 5 stars. It works great! My only gripe so far is that the AddOn sync doesn’t work with MacOS version yet (I have a PC Desktop which I usually play on, but WoW is installed on my MacBook Pro as well), however, the MacOS version is in Alpha, and you don’t even need to have Premium to use most of the features (including Update All).
The latest version of Squawk and Awe seems to work properly, although I’m not sure if it’s due to them fixing the bug, or SAA being re-written. I updated mine from Curse.
A friend of mine, Firstaidspec from Blood Legion (US-Illidan) sent me an AddOn he had written for phase 3 Anub’arak. It displays the absolute health of all those in raid below 1500hp. Bind it to “Center Text 2″, and if you have anything bound to Center Icon, consider moving it to side icons with an addon similar to GridIndicatorSideIcons. Hopefully this, along with a [spell]Healing Stream Totem[/spell] and occaisional [spell]Holy Nova[/spell] will help you keep your healers alive during [spell]Leeching swarm[/spell].
You can download it here.
I’ve been asked by many people if I still use SquawkAndAwe with the changes to Eclipse, especially with WiseEclipse, and the answer is yes. Even though you don’t need to track the cooldown as tightly, as you can’t accidentally proc the wrong one, I still use it to remind myself the status of Eclipse and when to swap to the other.
If you’re not familiar with SquawkAndAwe, it tracks your Eclipse (as well as other moonkin buffs/debuffs) via bars, and can visually show which Eclipse is proc’d, and which Eclipse is currently on cooldown.
SquawkAndAwe joins WiseEclipse as the two “must have” balance druid add ons. You can find more info about WiseEclipse on my blog here.
You can download SquawkAndAwe from WoWInterface here.
I’ve recently found a neat mod that was created by Kurohoshi that is rather handy. WiseEclipse will analyze your remaining cast time for Wrath or Starfire, and if it’s greater then the duration of your remaining Eclipse buff, it will cancel it so you can chain the next eclipse. I’ve added a mirror for it here.
Update: Apparently Blizzard plans on breaking WiseEclipse in 3.3. Read my 3.3 patch page for more information.