I personally find that addons are exceptional in wow.
I couldn’t live without them and it’s because I use them that I’m able to do so well as both a healer and a dps.
What a lot of people don’t seem to do is keep up to date with the different addons inside WOW so on this section of the blog I intend to keep everyone up to date with different things.
On the first episode I would like to give everyone a brief guide to what I consider to be the core addons that help me be as efficient as possible in Warlords of Draenor. (Now as I don’t pvp very often there will be no specific addons in regards to that in this post, i’m sorry).
The very first thing to do before downloading any addon is to make sure you download the desktop curse software. This keeps track of all your addons, tells you which ones need to be updated to newer version as well as allowing you do queue downloading up to 2 at a time. (More if you pay for it but you shouldn’t need to)
Your UI !
After you have downloaded this software you can start thinking about how you want your UI to look. Now there are lots of different ways to go about this but the one that works best for me across all of my characters is ElvUI. This addon has it’s own website and is not actually downloaded through the curse desktop app.
The nice thing to do whilst setting it up (there are automated setup steps when you first open it in game) is to set your elvUI to base things on your class colour. A nice touch!
The next thing is to find out how much damage or healing you do. This is done via a damage meter. Recount used to be everyone’s favourite back in the but I would like to suggest using Skada. The reason I use skada is nothing to do with data accuracy however in the past i have found skada to be more accurate than recount. (Everyone’s opinions seem skewed to one side on this and it’s most likely whichever one is showing the highest dps or hps at any given time) The reason for using skada is MULTIPLE WINDOWS! Not only can you have a window to show your healing, you can have other windows open simultaneously showing the dps as well as lots of other ways of look at fight data. This is what I want as more often than not i’m leading raids, or checking up on my guild members damage.
If you plan to raid you need Deadly boss mobs aka DBM. Its essential unless you are able to do about 5 things at once while still topping the DPS meters. It keeps track of boss mechanic cooldowns, it tells you who has something bad on them to allow you to keep them topped up early as well as probably 20 other reasons. Download it, get used to it, read it during fights, and you will die less, dps more, stay out the fire more, and generally find yourself becoming more aware in raids. You can always tell the people who have the addon in comparison to those that don’t.
Another addon I have found myself using more and more is OILVL. Now lots of people ask me how i manage to post everyone’s ilvls in the middle of a pugged raid. This is how i do it. The addon is great for 3 reasons.
- It tells you everyone’s ilvl as well as the average ilvl of tanks/heals/dps and the raid as a whole.
- It tells you what enchants every character is missing, so that you can easily catch people out that are slacking!
- If you hover over a player it pulls up their WoD raiding history so you never need to worry about “Curve” achievement lies every again. (I personally don’t condone using curve but i know that lots of people do when pugging
I find this to be a very good addon and you can actually extract the data and paste it into a txt document so no more upkeep of guild gear spreadsheets !
The third raiding adddon I find useful is for raid leaders and this is called RaidBuffStats. This addon is great for loads of reasons again. It tells you who hasn’t flasked up, it tells you who is missing a buff and who can provide the buff. It tells you who hasn’t ate the feast you kindly just put before them. It tells you who isn’t at the summoning stone and where they actually are. As wells as being used to provide pull timers for the raid which allow people to proper pre-pot.
The fourth addon is Decursive. I’m not sure how many people still use this but I’ve used it for long and weary and would probably still be lost without it. It enables left and right clicking on a separate set of raid boxes to dispell all the bad things and most of the time… dispelling something is a good thing in PVE.
The fifth addon in the raiding section is WeakAuras2. This addon is fully customizable and will show you when something procs. I love using this on all my characters as shiny beams of light appear around my characters to tell me it’s time to cast something I would normally have forgotten about!
The final raiding addon I used in the passed but removed it as i’m trying to train myself is GTFO. Yes this addon is literally called Get The Fuck Out. It could be fire, it could be pools of poison but when this foghorn warning goes off it’s safe to assume you are about 3 seconds from death. This is especially useful if you are a bit like me and have so much going on when raiding you lose track of where you are standing. Are the dps shit ? Am I topping the healing meters? What is the boss about to cast? Is everyone else following the stacking tactics? Are the tanks taking too much damage? How is my mana ? and then you slowly realize that you’ve been standing in the shit the whole time making you look like a noob.
Garrisons are a big deal in this expansion. Everyone’s talking about them. There are 2 main reasons for me why I actively try to progress my garrison and followers.
1. Gear – When you have killed 15 bosses in heroic highmaul and geared up 2 followers to max ilvl (after they hit epic 100) a new set of follower missions are unlocked which give you a chance to get MYTHIC gear. Gear without actually doing mythic content you say ? Yes. If you are as much of a loot whore as I am and like all things new and shiny then you will love the end game that is follower missions!
2. Money – You can make money from follower missions, you can make money from quests, you can make money from invasions, you can make money from a farm for salvage bloods, you can even just farm your garrison for raw materials including fish. Your garrison is what I would like to call a beer money machine. It won’t make you rich but it will supply you with a couple of hundred gold every day just for basically logging in.
Now what about the addons I hear you say ? Well I recommend Master Plan as the go to addon for all things follower based. It allows you to auto select the best followers for missions as well as making the UI look a whole lot nicer. It also allows you to rank the quests you have available by different ways such as highest XP given or success chance. If you are new to this addon and are still levelling up your followers XP is the way to go. But if you already have full purples then make sure you are ranking them by quest level to make sure you seen the important quests first!
The other thing about garrisons is they take raw materials and turn them into crafting materials for you. There is a really nice addon to speed this up though call BulkOrder which allows you to auto Q up all the mats with just one easy click.
There are a couple of importance here but I won’t go into them in great detail as they are pretty self explanitory.
- Handynotes – Can be used to show the WoD treasure locations across all areas of Draenor. (Use it to find nice items while levelling or garrison resources if you are lacking)
- Autoturnin – This addon allows you to speed up the process of taking and receiving quests from NPCs. You would be surprised how long you actually find yourself reading or even triple reading quests sometimes just for a bit of lore… Well this is your 4th alt. If you haven’t learned the lore by now it’s time to give up and just increase your questing speed by using this addon !
- NPC Scan Overlay – This addon is somewhat similar to handynotes as it shows you the locations and routes that all rare elite mobs in dreanor take. So the next time you are looking for something nice to kill in nagrand you can easily find it with this addon.
Making gold !
The best thing now for browsing the auction house is TradeSkillMaster TSM. It is as in depth as you could ever want it to be and there’s a really good set of guides on how to use it on youtube from PhatlewtsGold that takes a couple of hours to get into but will really help get you started. The thing to keep in mind is start small !
TSM also has a bunch of other addons that can be plugged into it such as TSM mail which allows extra functionality with the mailbox in wow. Trust me if you are using TSM… you will want most of these addition addons.
The other benefit of using TSM is that you can actually scan the auctionhouse outwith the game and set it to scan the second you pc loads up so you never have to scan the AH ever again !
TSM also helps with a bunch of crafting activities which also increase your ability to make gold.
There are 2 very good reasons for installing a Chat addon in wow. The addon is called Prat and the reasons are very simple.
- It allows you to see what class a player is when they are talking so you are never caught out again.
- It allows you to click URLs in the chat in order to copy and paste them into a browser.
It is also worth mentioning at this point about how i personally have my Prat / ElvUI set up as ElvUI breaks your chat into two separate distinct sections on the screen. The bottom right for /2 Trade chat / Loot and the bottom left for /1 and /s/y/p/i/r/ everything else. Now the way I have it set up is like this.
On the left I have 3 chat tabs to choose between :-
- General (unfiltered so is constantly scrolling)
- Whispers (Whispers only)
- Guild (guild/party/raid/achievements)
Keeping things separate allows me to ignore the gernal stuff when I’m having a convo with guildies or in a raid and having whispers out of the way is good for a guild recruitment addon I used which spam whispers lots of people at one time.
On the right I have 1 tab and 1 tab only which is:-
This is a really nice channel because it shows you who got what in a raid, as well as who is selling what in trade but it’s not spamming up through all of your main chats on the left window.
Transmog is a big deal this expansion and everyone’s doing it. Do you want to know what an item would look like on your character that someone has linked in the chat but can’t be bothered to click it ? You need the MogIt addon. This will show you any item on a generic player with nothing else on so that it stands out. Great little addon for quickly checking if a piece of gear would look nice on a character!
Ask Mr Robot !
I’ve decided to give this addon it’s own special place in the guide as I love it (I’m a data whore as well as a loot whore). This addon allows you to paste a code into the Ask Mr Robot site to import your latest gear without having to close WoW down and then use the site to decide which Gems and Enchants you should have on your character.
This addon can be set turn combat logging on automatically when you enter a raid. No more syncing WOWLogs!
These logs can be used in the same old way they always have been but also and most importantly, they can be used with Ask Mr Robots new info-graphics tab which I can only describe as being outstanding and very easy to read. The only complaint I have with it so far is that as a healer pre-potting isn’t always the best option for every fight but according to AMR it makes it look like i’m failing in that info-graphic if i don’t do it. In all honesty though i’m still learning to pot in fights because i’ve never really done it before. I’m bad for not using lock healthstones and pots as the correct times.
I will add more addons to this guide at a later date but this is more than enough to get you all started.
I know there are several really nice addons that I have currently missed from this guide but things like tracking rare pets isn’t really classified as a core addon in the way I play wow.
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