So, my UI is pretty messy most of the time. I have plenty of areas that could be tidied up and made to look prettier, but it’s a functional mess to say the least. 5.4 dawned on us last week, and as always there will be me grumbling that I’ll never pay for Curse Premium, but only being able to update 2 addons at once when you’re nearing 100 (of which about 30 needs updating on patch day alone) really does begin to suck. And every single time, someone asks why I have so many addons. Do I really need that many? Most likely not, but there are a few key addons that I probably couldn’t live without. Could I nail them down to a single one that I possibly couldn’t live without? Let’s find out.
Well, here’s the embarrassing part to begin with. Currently ingame at the moment while standing in front of Ordos I am using 212MB on addons, the largest culprits being Wowhead Looter, ArkInventory and one of my Auctioneer modules. Otherwise, I have:
- Advanced Trade Skill Window
- AMFG Lazy Symbiosis
- EPGP Lootmaster
- Healers Have To Die
- Wowhead Looter
Quite a long list, I’m sure you’ll agree. Some parts of it can easily be pruned down, and some I don’t activate unless I’m partaking in that part of the game (Gladius, HHTD, Auctioneer, etc), but it’s still a massive list. Some just make the screen look more palatable (Stuf, Tidyplates), some are leftovers from raid leading (RaidBuffStatus, BLTRaidCooldowns), some are decent quality of life changes (Postal, ReforgeLite), and some are for achievement purposes (RaidAchievement, CollectMe). Of course there are those for raiding (DBM, Skada) as well as those for PvP (Battleground Targets, GladiatorlosSA) too, which are a godsend. But out of all the addons listed above, I’d probably say the one I’d miss the most if I had to get rid of all of them would be Weak Auras.
Following on from the might of Power Auras, Blizzard decided to have a go at their own version of the addon, and created visual HUD images and sounds whenever a specific ability procced. This is all very nice and that, and for the casual player these effects are tremendously useful. When you get into raiding, especially heroic raiding, these simple ability Power Auras just don’t hold up too well on their own. Weak Auras is an incredibly powerful addon that will allow you to track pretty much anything. I can’t even wrap my head around all of the features and how to work them just yet, and often ask people or google for their Weak Auras to get a full pack of pop-ups on my screen. Theck over at Sacred Duty has an excellent collection of Weak Auras for many classes, and many raiders also swear by it for different encounters.
For example, on Durumu I had both GTFO as well as a weak aura to tell me if I was standing in purple stuff in the maze during Disintegration Beam phase. On Malkorok there was a Weak Aura I saw that could tell me how much of a shield I had, and if it was low I could call out for heals or yell at someone nearby to take the pool instead of me. There’s plenty of other encounters that has use for Weak Auras, like Amber Shaper’s vehicle HUD, and more. In PvP, I can track enemy buffs and debuffs so I know when they’ve used a specific ability, such as Cloak of Shadows, AMS or even have a Cyclone on them. I can track enrage effects for my Druid, Hunter and Rogue to make sure to dispel them if necessary, and my Priest, Shaman and Mage have access to magical buffs that I can purge or steal.
As a raider, I could live without DBM. Blizzard have massively improved their encounters so that anything special does have something easy to track, for example energy bars on Iron Juggernaut, Malkorok or Tortos. Or there are big warning signs that appear in the middle of your screen to tell you that something is about to happen. Skada is always nice to keep track of how well you’re performing (assuming you use it correctly) and I’ve left Omen in the dust long ago in favour of Blizzard’s threat bars – plus with 500% threat there’s little chance for me to rip aggro after the first 15secs into the fight. For PvP, although I’d be even more terrible without them, I could live without Gladius in arena if I set my current macros aside and created new ones especially for PvP/arenas. I could live without Battleground Targets and just use name plates to find targets to CC or to kill. When I play the AH, I’ve found no better addon than TSM to help me with everything – and although the quality of life coming from that addon would be severely reduced from no longer having it, I think I could live without it.
But I’d have to say that WeakAuras is the one addon I couldn’t live without. How about you guys? Are you particularly keen to stick to something like Battleground Targets, because your scene is more PvE than PvP? Maybe you’re stuck on a dead realm and you can’t live without Oqueue? Have an excellent weekend, and I’ll see you for another article on Monday!
- 5.4 WeakAuras Strings (sacredduty.net)