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If you use scorchio2, make sure to get at least v1, which isnt available on wowmatrix. It goes from totally unusable to almost working perfectly.

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Opie is the mod putting up that ring with Molten, Mage, and Ice Armors. It's a ring that shows on pressing a keybinding, and Opie has several of these preset rings to reduce some bar clutter, including a ring for ports, all quest items currently in your bags, armor spells, and professions (basically everything I feel you don't need to see all the time but need to access regularly).

I'm gonna hafta second this. Opie is incredible as a mage for all the reasons stated. Ports, armors, buffs, professions, whatever. It really appeals to those who want to have a minimalistic UI as possible, as the rings obviously are hidden unless the keybind is pressed.

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If you use scorchio2, make sure to get at least v1, which isnt available on wowmatrix. It goes from totally unusable to almost working perfectly.

I used to use wowmatrix but lately the updates have been slow and I've had to go to the curse/wowinterface website to get the updated mods. If you have been using wowmatrix, you might want to check some of your mods manually, especially oft-updated mods like DBM/Bigwigs. I still like keeping it around because I can uninstall mods and their associated data files in the WTF folder with a single click, but I no longer rely on it to get new mods/keep my mods up to date.

One worth mentioning is iceHUD, having your hp and mana clearly visible can be very useful especially on fights like Hodir.

I personally use IceHUD, but from my experience looking at other people's UIs, HUD interfaces are largely a matter of personal preference regardless of class. Feel free to disagree - I'm trying to keep the first post mage specific, so I'm going to hold off on listing it for now. Maybe in the future I'll write a short guide to what I think are important elements of a Mage UI and include some possible choices there.

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ag_UnitFrames

Bartender4

BigBrother

BigWigs

CowTip

FramesResized

FuBar

FuBar_CombatTimeFu

FuBar_WhisperFu

FuBar_MoneyFu

ErrorMonster

Grid

Magealert

Minimalist

Omen

oRA2

Postal

Prat

Quartz

Recount

Scorchio2

sct

sctd

Made a list of addons you can see or could be more useful, i use a lot more like auctioneer etc, tryed to make list shorter. And from 3.1 im using curse client to update my addons.

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Which UI is best for tracking 4pc T8 effect?

3/5 T8 here so I don't speak from personal experience, but I think the 4pT8 bonus shouldn't cause a combat event - rather you will retain the hotstreak/mbarrage/brainfreeze proc. As long as you have a persistent method of tracking those buffs, it shouldn't change anything.

If you use mods that give you a one-time notification (like a soundfile) when you gain the buff, however, you're going to have problems.

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Have to agree with powerauras for tracking 4p procs. If when I cast the pyro and the bright red circle around my toon stays, hit the button again, it's really easy to catch. I also use it, with the timer function to track trinket stacks, so I don't have to rebuild them.

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I cannot imagine a UI without grid. I mean it.

Also almost everyone using grid uses clique for right-click on grid to decurse that player.

I prefer using decursive over grid. I dont see the reason for a UI to require Grid. Maybe I am missing something else grid does for a mage in a raid?

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If you use scorchio2, make sure to get at least v1, which isnt available on wowmatrix. It goes from totally unusable to almost working perfectly.

I see scorchio2 has a TTW tracking ; does it work with judgement of the just ?

I use a slightly different way to track buff & debuff usefull for casters and the way protection paladins apply their swing speed reduction make it impossible for my tool to work.

There's a lot of buff & debuff you want to see in raid, such as 13% magic, spell hit, spellpower from fire totem/warlock etc.

I use severall dogtags with pitbull to track them all and I'm pretty satisfied since whatever the event we're doing I can instantly see if everything is present.

debuffbuff.th.jpg

Just under my frame is a "F" in white. It means i'm near a Totem of Wrath.

Right to the target frames is a yellow/black text. Yellow debuffs are active, black are inactive. You can't read well since the background is dark aswell, but 13% spelldamage isn't active atm.

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I'm also looking for a very efficient addon to estimate death time. That's pretty important if you're hesitating between different mana/cooldown scenarios. Also it's important as soon as enrage timer is involved.

the addon i know : timetodie & deathclock are almost perfect as long as there's no target switching or healing. I'm going to test TimeToExecute and keep the best.

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Maybe I am missing something else grid does for a mage in a raid?

This is a personal peeve of mine: dps classes who don't bother with informative unit frames. Although your function as a dps class is just to hit the mobs hard, as a raider you really could and should be more aware of what is going on with the rest of the group.

Grid is a simple lightweight addon which can show you all kinds of things in a very compact space. Stuff like health, mana/energy/rage, offline/afk status, death, aggro warning, buffs, and a range check so that you know why you didn't get heals. Furthermore: adding clique to your grid setup can making single buffing easier: AI, focus magic, amplify magic, and even slow fall for that guy who always fails the jump at Thaddius.

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Also have 2 hidden bars, however this UI is for windowed mode, I have a different UI for full screen view.

-Addons include X-perl,omen.dominos,simple minimap,recount(custom design)omnicc,forte xc,titan panel,cooldown timers2,and now elkanos buff bars, however it is different.

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This is a personal peeve of mine: dps classes who don't bother with informative unit frames. Although your function as a dps class is just to hit the mobs hard, as a raider you really could and should be more aware of what is going on with the rest of the group.

Grid is a simple lightweight addon which can show you all kinds of things in a very compact space. Stuff like health, mana/energy/rage, offline/afk status, death, aggro warning, buffs, and a range check so that you know why you didn't get heals. Furthermore: adding clique to your grid setup can making single buffing easier: AI, focus magic, amplify magic, and even slow fall for that guy who always fails the jump at Thaddius.

Yah, exactly what I thought was the explanation. Grid is not a nessessary addon, for the raid frames I use supply me in the exact same way as you have stated grid does. I can understand why people use them for it is a single addon doing multiple tasks, but a UI without grid is not an automatic fail.

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This is a personal peeve of mine: dps classes who don't bother with informative unit frames. Although your function as a dps class is just to hit the mobs hard, as a raider you really could and should be more aware of what is going on with the rest of the group.

It seems like most if not all of the UI screenshots posted so far don't show raid member's mana. I find mana an important piece of information when it comes to raid status as it helps to judge the strain put on healers, if the other casters are ready for a burst phase, etc.

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I see scorchio2 has a TTW tracking ; does it work with judgement of the just ?

Yes, Scorchio2 does track Judgement of the Just, though you have to add your Paladin (who you know to have the correct talent setup) to a Scorchio2 whitelist for this to work. It only takes a couple of clicks.

You do this by targeting your paladin, entering the Scorchio2 addon options, entering the 'Track Torment the Weak' options, and clicking on the 'Add Paladin' button.

You can read more about why it's such a pain here.

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I use to have grid on any new UI i built for when I use to raid-lead or needed to know more info but just raiding without any officier responsibilites you don't really need grid as a mage, unless you want it for decursing but then again you can get decursive to do the exact same thing. As not raiding as an officier I have not used it for ages and there is almost no difference, I'd go as far as to say it's better with it off for the main reason being when i saw a few people die I'd start to get worried and sometimes if enough people died I'd just give up on the attempt where as without it I keep pushing as if everything is fine. < This has yet to be a BAD thing.

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I play on a laptop with a 13"x8" screen, clutter and space is a big issue i deal with. I found that XRS (XRaidStatus) is a nice little addon that can display the number of members who are dead/offline, among other things. It will show you the individuals on mouse over.

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Another option for Grid replacement is SmartDebuff and SmartBuff (set up buffs based on group comp, etc). Simple right or left clicks over will decurse or sheep (doesn't interfer with foucus sheep macros) as well as health, mana aggro, afk./offline, range, etc. I dropped decursive when one button mashing was taken out of the game and found this mod before decursive updated itself and have never gone back. I'll take a raiding screenshot and post later.

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I use severall dogtags with pitbull to track them all and I'm pretty satisfied since whatever the event we're doing I can instantly see if everything is present.

I have dogtag indicators set up for +13% dam, 3% hit, +3% crit, and +5% crit, but I got frustrated setting it up for ToTW, could you copy your dogtag code into this thread so I could see that?

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Here is a custom dogtag text added in pitbull (4 now, but worked fine with 3). Just add it to your target frame, place it out of the frame, on the right, since it's left aligned.

When your target is in combat it will pop ; dummies are always out of combat so it won't work on them.

it will show : TTW, 13%, 5% crit, 3% crit (from totem etc.), respenishment, mana judgement, 3% hit.

There's severall problems since many "auras" provide no visible debuffs : TTW from paladins, hunter's resplenishment etc.

[(if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Thunder Clap") or HasAura("Frost Fever") or HasAura("Infected Wounds") then

        "T T W   ":Yellow

    else

        "T T W   ":Black

    end)

end) (if InCombat then

    " - ":Black

end) (if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Curse of the Elements") or HasAura("Earth and Moon") or HasAura("Ebon Plague") then

        "13% spell":Yellow

    else

        "13% spell":Black

    end)

end)] 

[(if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Faerie Fire") or HasAura("Misery") then

        "3% hit ":Yellow

    else

        "3% hit ":Black

    end)

end) (if InCombat then

    " - ":Black

end) (if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Improved Scorch") or HasAura("Winter's Chill") or HasAura("Shadow Mastery") then

        "5% crit":Yellow

    else

        "5% crit":Black

    end)

end)] 

[(if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Heart of the Crusader") or HasAura("Master Poisoner") or HasAura("Totem of Wrath") then

        "3% crit":Yellow

    else

        "3% crit":Black

    end)

end) (if InCombat then

    " - ":Black

end) (if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Judgement of Wisdom") then

        "Wisdom":Yellow

    else

        "Wisdom":Black

    end)

end)]

[(if InCombat then

    (if HasAura("Vampiric Touch") or HasAura("Judgements of the Wise") or HasAura("Hunting Party") or HasAura("Enduring Winter") or HasAura("Improved Soul Leech") then

        "Resplenish":Yellow

    else

        "Resplenish":Black

    end)

end)]

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Does anyone else use Mage Fever? I find if very helpful for tracking Clearcasts, Hotstreaks, and Mbarrs when I was arcane. It also gives you a timer, so if you need to finish a rotation, reapply a Scorch, or whatever, you know how much time you have to use your proc. You can also set it to show you when TTW is active on a mob.

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pikapewpew: A lot of your indicator's don't seem properly set up. For example, Judgements of the Wise, Hunting Party, Enduring Winter are definitely not debuffs, although I didn't see a need for a replenishment indicator anyways, since you would be better of using your personal buffs as an idicator in that case.

For TTW, I had asked you for the code so I could see all the debuffs you found. I was hoping for more, maybe some I missed.

Here is a segment of my DogTag that contains the conditional debuff checks related to TTW. Maybe somebody can help me find any missing or incorrect DEBUFFS. They are sorted by class, with there being 0 paladin debuffs listed. I know that some of these won't be up for prolonged periods of time, but they do still activate the talent.

(if HasAura("Thunder Clap") or HasAura("Hamstring") or HasAura("Piercing Howl")

 or HasAura("Crippling Poision") or HasAura("Deadly Throw")

 or HasAura("Frost Trap Aura") or HasAura("Concussive Shot") or HasAura("Wing Clip")

 or HasAura("Mind Flay")

 or HasAura("Frostbolt") or HasAura("Cone of Cold") or HasAura("Slow") or HasAura("Blast Wave") or HasAura("Chilled")

 or HasAura("Curse of Exhaustion") or HasAura("Curse of Tongues")

 or HasAura("Frost Fever")

 or HasAura("Infected Wounds")

 or HasAura("Frost Shock") or HasAura("Earthbind")then

        "T":Green

    else

        "T":Red

    end)

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Hey All,

I've been lurking the mage threads for a while now, taking in all the info and came across this one with a bit of interest. I'm new-er to WoW, as I did not raid in BC due to dinging 70 2 days before wrath, however, I've been raiding wrath for a while now, with experience up to 25 man hodir (I don't suppose that is relevant, but I add it nonetheless). Anyway, I have been using the Blizzard Provided UI since I began playing, and am looking for something a bit more "intensive" I suppose, that provides for functionality.

I run the basics, Omen, DBM, what is expected with most raids, but haven't ventured into Pitbull and XPERL since I play on a laptop, and while the specs aren't horrible, they aren't top of the line either. Various things have been said in this thread about the quality of the add-ons/ui's but not much about the amount of "space" they take up... What would be a good, solid, functional UI that is decently lightweight, and configurable? I have certain things I would like to keep "as is", such as my spell bars (I run my number keys, and then the f keys above them, so basically a dual bar...I would like to keep a format that allows me to configure something that looks similar to the blizz ui for them).

Thanks in advance for your advice :)

Sky of Terokkar

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Hey All,

I've been lurking the mage threads for a while now, taking in all the info and came across this one with a bit of interest. I'm new-er to WoW, as I did not raid in BC due to dinging 70 2 days before wrath, however, I've been raiding wrath for a while now, with experience up to 25 man hodir (I don't suppose that is relevant, but I add it nonetheless). Anyway, I have been using the Blizzard Provided UI since I began playing, and am looking for something a bit more "intensive" I suppose, that provides for functionality.

I run the basics, Omen, DBM, what is expected with most raids, but haven't ventured into Pitbull and XPERL since I play on a laptop, and while the specs aren't horrible, they aren't top of the line either. Various things have been said in this thread about the quality of the add-ons/ui's but not much about the amount of "space" they take up... What would be a good, solid, functional UI that is decently lightweight, and configurable? I have certain things I would like to keep "as is", such as my spell bars (I run my number keys, and then the f keys above them, so basically a dual bar...I would like to keep a format that allows me to configure something that looks similar to the blizz ui for them).

Thanks in advance for your advice :)

Sky of Terokkar

For Unit frames, the easiest I've seen for a newcomer to UI set up is XPerl. All the functionality is there with little need to configure. All you need to do is move it where you want it. Pitbull is one of those Unit Frames that is designed for the more UI Savy configurers since you can configure just about anything if you have the time and patience. Quartz does take some configuring, but it is very light weight for a casting bar set. Same goes for Bartender4. Bartender can configure your spell bar look ANY WAY you want it. The way it works is it takes each Row from the default Blizzard UI and allows you to move them to any position you want it. All of the Key bindings and placement of the spells in the rows is all done server side, so even if you change computers, where you have a different UI set up, the spell positioning and key bindings will stay the same. If you want, there are mods out there that show how much memory all of the mods use. For example, the mod I use is Fubar_PerformanceFu (I'm a Fubar-holic). It tells me which use up the most ram.

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