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Friday, 12 June, 2009

Totem managers

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:25 pm

After Fflowers little adventure in the Stockades one of the shaman asked me about totem managers and which ones to use. I answered that most shaman seem to like Shields Up and Totem Timers (a manager despite it’s name), internist though I had to admit that I don’t use either!

Strange thing really, it’s not like I don’t love addons, I’ve got loads and loads of addons installed, but the only shaman ones I have are GotWood (hacked) which I use for the candybar timing bars & sounds, and AutoBar which I barely use at all tbh.

Instead I have a fairly impressive 16 keybindings for my totems. Any others are cast using a 15 second hunt and click in Autobar. I do have a “standard” 4 totems macro though that I edit according to the group makeup/fight.

I did try Totem Timers, but never gelled with it. I rarely click on buttons as a shaman (Fire Elemental max 1 per 20 minutes is the exception) so the little button interface didn’t help. The hotkey mechanism where you press a keybinding and then 1..n looked good except that while leveling the numbers seemed to chang in an annoying way every time I got a new totem. The timers part didn’t help – I can’t be doing with tiny little “clock swirl” timers and teensy numbers, a lovely big bar is what I find uses less brainpower.

I find this lack in my UI quite strange, it’s definitely not the norm (even for me). Still I started playing with one of those “scratch’n’sniff” pads on my laptop and if anything turns you off clicking on buttons it’s having to take 5 seconds to move the mouse where you want it. Even with my tracball mouse large accurate movements are a pain.

My first tank.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:16 am

TankVaseBFlFflowers was lucky enough to go in a guild run to the Stockades last night, cardiology it was easymode since we had two players that were well out of the level range for this instance and the remainder of us were near the highest level allowed. So not a level 80 boost but still significantly easy. Stockades being quite a short instance made it an ideal starter for me, online I could squeeze it into an evening without needing to plan ahead. I’ll be doing this instance again if I can.

Tanking is very different from healing, therapist as you would expect. There’s an awful lot more looking at the screen, even as a starting healer before I got healing addons I used to look at the party frames and not the rest of the screen. As a tank I have to keep an eye on what mobs are joining the attack and even more importantly which mobs are NOT attacking me but instead having a go at the healers/mages.

I need to get used to zooming the camera out to get a better overview and I find myself looking at the action buttons far too often trying to see when cooldowns and abilities are ready.

Rage management is also an issue, I get plenty of rage, but I’m spending it as soon as it’s available leaving poor little Fflowers starved of rage, sometimes when he needs it for a Mocking Blow or Shield Slam. I fumbled the keys on my keypad a few times, straying too far away from the home keys, but that will certainly come with practice, and I clicked on buttons a few times rather than pressing keys, again this should sort itself out eventually, especially if I start hiding buttons.

Overall I quite enjoyed my first tanking experience, and certainly made several mistakes, but at least I now have more than just theory to think about. I’ll go back and read Panzercow’s Tanking 101 now with a better idea of what he’s talking about.

And of course I mustn’t forget my manners and give a well deserved thank you to Tins, Mom, Creep, and Frio for helping to make this a fun stress free run.

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