Archive for the ‘WoW Addons’ Category

13
May

WoW Hunter Guide: Hunter addons

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Addons, WoW Hunter Guides, WoW Raiding Guides

by Brian Wood

Playing WoW means dealing with a constant incoming stream of information. Damage and healing numbers, angry floors trying to eat us, buffs and enrages to be dispelled, casts to be interrupted, angry floors trying to burn us, proc notifications and aspect dancing, angry floors trying to suck us into a twilight realm, resource management, and angry floors trying to do every other bad thing imaginable.

But no matter how much information the game throws at us, it’s never enough. We want more.

Enter the addon. While the in-game UI is constantly improving in Blizzard’s ongoing efforts to improve the hunter experience, there is some information it still doesn’t provide. More often, there is important information that the game doesn’t provide in an easy-to-assimilate format.

Today we’re going to go over some of the basic hunter addons for Cataclysm. As usual, I’m ignoring custom UIs here, since as hunters we don’t really need them, and they’re very personalized anyway. So join me after the cut for the must-have hunter addons.
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by Mathew McCurley

 

Daily quests are the bane of my existence. You’re going to say, “But Mat, aren’t dailies great ways to make easy gold or are usually quick enough to only really take a short amount of time a day?” Yes, good reader, both of these things are true. Dailies are not the bane of my existence because they are bad, but rather because I am “that guy.” Who is “that guy,” you ask? You know him — he comes in many forms.

That guy has every Argent Tournament mount … on multiple characters. That guy has done the Pebble daily enough that he should have a pet Therazane. That guy collects Tol Barad commendations for the fun of it, just to provide the Baradin Wardens and Hellscream’s Reach quartermasters with a commendation stimulus program. Quartermaster Brazie and Pogg support their respective families on that guy’s diligence.
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by Basil Berntsen

 

Who controls this market?

I get accused of “running” a market on a fairly regular basis. My response is always the same: Nobody can control a market — they can only participate in it. Long-term, serious control of a market is not really profitable, except in a few outlier situations I’ve never experienced (like an infinitesimally small market).

If you ask people what they mean by “controlling the market,” they’ll say that the monopolist undercuts immediately day and night and that the mats are always more expensive than the finished goods will support. I’m not saying that controlling a market isn’t possible but that it’s not profitable. You can do an unprofitable activity as long as you have the bankroll to support it. If the effect you’re going for isn’t personal profit, then by all means, control away.
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by Mathew McCurley

 

Few times in my World of Warcraft existence am I truly stunned when an addon does something so simple and effective that a happy laugh emits from my dropped jaw. Truly, hyperbole is necessary when we talk about ReforgeSaver, a wonderful utility from addon creator Jordans. Pressing one button and making many things happen, almost like magic, is a good thing in my book.

Before we talk about ReforgeSaver, I wanted to share a quick personal addon anecdote (addonecdote?) with you fine people. You seem like the kind of bunch who enjoys hearing addon stories (considering you’re reading this column, which focuses primarily on addons, with the occasional side topic on my cats or making fun of worgen). Sadly, the latter pasttime is somewhat out of style, considering I now have a worgen character, although he is a bank alt in a top hat.
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by Tyler Caraway

 

In preparation for my little excursion, I’ve been going about the business of revamping my UI. It happens from time to time; everyone needs a change here and there. Plus, new mods are released, while some die by the wayside or are upgraded in ways that just don’t suit to taste, so there’s always something that can be done to tweak it up. Since I was digging through the vaults of Curse and Ace, I realized I hadn’t done a new addon update for Cataclysm, and things have certainly changed since then.

A UI that fits you best

Everyone has different thing that they want from their UI and the addons they install. There are lots of things that make the game world a lot easier to manage, and there are things that are pretty to have but not really required. To an extent, I would say that certain mods are “mandatory,” but these are rather few and far between. Even those that are must-haves can still be done without, but that would certainly make your life a bit more difficult.
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by Sarah Nichol

 

How do I play WoW? With a few addons I’ve grown very fond of over the past few years. A UI is a highly personal thing, and I’m sure a few folks are going to raise an eyebrow at my choices. Addons and custom UIs are one of the reasons that Warcraft is so successful. For those of us who spend a lot of time interacting with the game, having control over the way information is presented and how we play is paramount.

I base my UI around a few simple principles:

  • Redundancy of information
  • Clarity
  • Accessibility
  • Flexibility

My machine is fairly old, so my UI is not as elegant and pretty as those of some others, but I do what works for me. I’ve not included convenience addons or BossMods because I wanted to focus on combat addons. A good elemental UI is all about tracking our fire totems, our buffs, and our various procs and cooldowns. The best method for this, in my opinion, is choosing appropriate addons for each bit of information. This means that various functions should be handled by different addons and even in some cases duplicated.
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by Alex Ziebart

 

I’m one of those players who tries to use as few addons as possible. As an expansion progresses, I continuously shed my mods until I use almost none at all. I use them as teaching aids. If I’m having difficulty performing a particular task, I use an addon to make it easier on myself — until I’m more comfortable with that task. “Okay, I did it with the addon,” I say to myself. “Now I’ll turn it off and see if I can do without it.”

It’s not that I don’t believe in addons — they’re great! It’s just that I have a hard time calling any of them essential. Still, I’ll try to outline a few addons that I believe will be beneficial to your performance as a retribution paladin.
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by Chase Christian

 

Dual talent specialization used to be an expensive upgrade reserved for players with good money management. As time has passed since its inception, its level requirement and cost have decreased dramatically. Everyone can afford dual talent spec now, and the benefits are easily recognized for hybrid classes. What once was a 30-minute trip to a capital city to respec between roles has become a short cast that can be performed anywhere. Pure DPS classes can still use dual spec to their advantage, and rogues are no exception.

I’m going to be honest and tell you that subtlety is still not competitive in PvE. While its unrivaled survivability does come in handy on a few heroic encounters, its damage output is simply not strong enough to warrant regular use. Combat and assassination are our two most potent talent trees, and so most rogues will be sporting these specs in raids. While assassination still holds the DPS crown on most encounters, combat’s Blade Flurry can be useful for dungeons and even raid bosses like Halfus Wyrmbreaker. By properly planning our rogues, we can play both specs with a deadly efficiently.
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13
Apr

WoW Addon Guide: Cast bars evolve with Gnosis

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Addons

by Mathew McCurley

 

There is a place that exists past the rocky reaches of the Blade’s Edge Mountains, across the sacred plateaus of Ogri’la, and beyond the void, untouched by the spoiling hands of the Burning Legion. That place is configuration heaven. Here, addons like kgPanels and Stuf unit frames dance together in unlimited configuration. This is a place of endless ordered chaos, more options than humanity deserves held together by a thin thread of creativity. Gnosis dwells in configuration heaven.

Quartz did the cast bar right — there was little else that I really needed from a cast bar addon that Quartz wasn’t the most capable at doing. Complicating a user interface element while also providing legitimate information in new and user-friendly ways is a hard balance to strike. Gnosis complicates things plenty, but it does so in a very smart fashion. There is a lot to learn here, but the effort is worth it.
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by Basil Berntsen

 

So last time we talked about TradeSkillMaster, it was just to go over the basics of the crafting queue. Let’s finish the guide and talk about how to set up TSM so that it requires nothing more than a few minutes a day to get your work done.

First thing we’ll want to do is update the addon. Since the last post, there’s been a new version posted that’s ironed out a few bugs. Don’t forget to update the Crafting, Auctioning, and Shopping modules as well. The others haven’t been changed.
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