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Mods and UI

Updated March 29 (4.0.6)

I use addons to keep my interface clean and clear, and so I can heal both reactively and proactively. I like to know who’s taking damage and why, but I hate clutter! Also, if I can’t see what’s under my feet I freak out a little ;-).

This is a random moment during Magmaw 10 (click for full screen):

And here is the annotated version. Explanations follow, but feel free to post questions 🙂

1. Bazooka and associated brokered plugins. I have used Titanbar and Fubar in the past, and they are both great but often lagging behind when new patches come out. I’ve been using Bazooka for a while now, and I’m liking it a lot, highly configurable and lots of brokered bits to plug into it.
2. Pitbull for my target/party frames. I need a better screenshot to show this 🙂 I hide my party frames when I’m in a raid, but they run down the left there for my healer toons. This shows myself, my target, the target-of-target and the target-of-target-of-target. Why do I show these? Great for tank swapping fights or RTS, so I can see who the tank’s target is targeting. When I’m playing a dps character/spec I move myself and my target in the bottom centre of the screen.
3. Gnosis cast bars. My new favourite cast bar mod. I used to use quartz, but Gnosis has lovely tick marks for channelled spells and really slick latency handling. Highly recommended if you’re a hot/dot/channel caster. I like to have my cast bar sitting right on top of my raid frames so I can keep an eye on cast times and GCDs easily. Here I’m busily spamming Regrowth so I can get a screenie that shows the bar, hehe!
4. Grid. I’ve used Grid since Naxx 1.0, and although I’ve tried Vudho and Healbot, I didn’t like them as much for multiple reasons. I use a number of Grid plugins to track my hots, buffs as well as debuffs and other raid-necessary info. The red dot in the current config shows me that Easypeasy is currently being attacked by Magmaw (he’s our main tank). From the centre numbers, I can see that Nard, Voros and Evissar have 2 different hots ticking away on them (that’s total hots, not just mine). I track my own rejuv and lifebloom with numbers in different corners – here I can see that my LB has 4.1 sec left on EP, and is three stacks (as it’s green). RJ has 7 seconds left on Nard, and that Evissar needs a top up (from tanking that pesky pillar).
5. SexyCooldowns. This handy mod lets you keep track of cooldowns/durations for whichever spells you like, as well as internal cooldowns and trinket cooldowns. Here you can see the ICD for Nature’s grace ticking down towards 30 sec, my trinket has 2min yet, and Rebirth has more than 3 min (it actually has 5min, but I have it set up to clump everything more than 3 min away.)
6. DBM: the usual timer bars showing here, nothing special.
7. Parrot: is my scrolling combat text addon of choice. Another hugely configurable mod, I have my outgoing heals/damage on the right, and incoming on the left (you can just see a tick of healing stream over there on the left).
8. Markbar: a slick little addon for applying raid icons. A lovely tool for tanking. I have it set to fade unless I’m using it.
9. Chatter: I use chatter to manage my chat frames and keep them as tidy as possible. I like to have all of my raid-important chat in one frame, and whispers/gchat in another.
10. Recount: I mainly use that to look back over my healing from a night and see what I’ve been casting. Though it’s great to keep track of how we’re going in specific boss fights where dps is an issue as well.
11. Dominoes: I used to use Bartender, but now am using Dominoes. Just another major mod changover that I made when 4.0 hit 🙂 My most often used spells are on 1-5 and F1-5 ish and then G, F, T, R, B… I have a few hidden keybinds that aren’t visible here, and my ‘J, Y’ keybings are a hot-swap spot according to what the encounter is.
12. Omen: Good for predicting incoming aggro swap so you can switch to healing the mages when they pull agro 🙂

    Some other mods I love that you can’t see here:

    Weak auras: I use it to track multiple procs, to tell me when I should innervate or use my trinket (depending on cooldowns AND on mana deficit).

    Tidy plates: I use neon theme for healing/dps, and threat plates for tanking on my warrior/paladin. Visible on the worms in the un-annotated version.

    Tiptac: to keep tool tips where I like them, and nice and minimal.

    That’s it! please post any questions/comments/suggestions, or let me know if there’s anything you don’t understand. Also feel free to throw me questions on twitter (@glowbie).

    3 responses to “Mods and UI

    1. Nardelan February 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Question regarding your UI – at what screen resolution do you run WoW in?

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