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Addon of the week: RaidBuffStatus


First off: I wondered why I didn’t get one disconnect in the 2 raids I did yesterday.  For the past few weeks this has been the standard I was getting used to (ok, not really).

I was always blaming my addon mania for this, as I figured a few of them were probably fighting over who got to place their useless information in some unread tooltip first.

But this morning I got the joyful message from my internet provider that they secretly upped my internet speed!

Now, I can hardly believe that the lack of speed was causing the problems before (8Mbit should be more than enough, right?), but I wouldn’t be surprised if those sudden DC’s were caused by them tweaking their routers.

Still, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It could just be temporary luck and my addons could still be plotting a huge chain-DC on my next run, right after I see the message: “Mainspecs, roll on [Trauma]“.

However, a faster internet connection for the same price is never a bad thing 🙂

And I think I already payed my due’s to murphy.. because to be absolutely safe, I decided to updated my router firmware as they suggested. Having my router protected as good as possible, this caused some undocumented updating problems: my password got reset, which not only caused me to not be able to access my router, and internet until I figured out how to reset it to factory default. It also resulted in me losing all the configurations which I meticulously tweaked over time. It took me 2 hours to get everything back as it was *sigh*

But I’m back in business, like everyone’s favorite VH boss would say.

Anyway, enough screen clutter, on to the addon of the week:

RaidBuffStatus

This addon came to replace my previously used BigBrother a while back, and it’s a must have if you’re perfectionist like me.

Unlike the name suggests, this addon does more than just check the status of buffs in the raid. However, that is one of its main purposes.

Who would want it?

Raidleaders mostly of course, but anyone with a sense of responsibility will like it very much. For tanks this can also be very useful. Even in PvP this is useful for the deathwarnings and the CC breaks.

Why would you want it?

To “spy” on everyone and quickly notice if they ate their plate clean, took their (right) medication.. I mean, have their (correct) food buffs and flasks/elixirs, buffs, aura’s, presences, or stances, but also who’s been slacking in giving the rest buffs (yes, I’m looking at you, slackadins!) and who is n0t even inside the instance yet even (regular slackers).

These are not it’s only functions.

For tanks it has the special function of showing interesting information about taunts used, and breaking CC’s. It can give text and sound feedback when your taunt fails, or when someone else taunts your target. When someone else taunts your target, it also recognizes if this is a tank or a non-tank. For example: if a hunter grabs your aggro, it will explicitly mention that it’s not a tank that taunted your target.

The options for taunt warnings are many, like you can see in this configuration screen, there’s not a single kind of taunt not covered. It’s close to too much information, but you can choose what you wanna see and what not, that’s the good thing.

For those that aren’t raidleading or tanking, it’s still useful besides spying on others. It can be configured just to show your buffs, and helps you buffing the right people by simple clicking your buffs in the main overview. CC breaks are also good to know if you’re a CC capable class. If you’re a dps druid it’s also interesting to get deathwarnings too, so you can quickly battleress f.e.

The operation

The main overview screen looks like this if you’ve got it full option:

This page shows the overview of all the information you can get about the current raid. It might look confusing, but once you know the reason for the way this is ordered, it’s get much easier to use.

The screen is split into 4 parts.

First part, the top row of buttons shows basic “readiness” problems, like people not in the same zone, people AFK, low durability, having useless aura’s, people using low level consumables or ammo, or people who are dead… Personally I think 2 things in this list don’t really belong there, but you can all change that.

The second part is a list of bars that show the health of the raid. Average health of tanks, average mana of healers, etc. Personally I only care about healer mana, and healers/tanks alive, but you can choose what you want to see from the configuration menu.

The third part is a grid of all the standard buffs, kings, mark ot wild, fortitude, seals, presences, etc.

The fourth and last part are the buffs that you would use for progression raids, and are interesting if you really want the best from your raid. These are basically consumable buffs like foodbuffs, elixirs/flasks, stuff you wouldn’t use in heroics f.e.

The buffs have colors on them, these colors say something important about the buffs too:

  • Yellow means that somebody in the raid is missing this buff
  • Red means that somebody in the raid is missing a buff you’re responsible for
  • Blue means that you’re missing a buff that someone else is (or could be) responsible for.

You can configure click actions on these buttons. By default they are this:

  • Left click turns checking for the particular buff on and off
  • Right click buffs people if you’re capable of buffing it
  • Shift-Left click reports this to the raid chat (if you’ve got the authority to do so)
  • Ctrl-Left click whispers the buffers about what they forgot.

There are also 4 buttons. The scan button on top refreshes everything, nothing spectacular. The bottom 3 buttons are only usable if you have raidleader or assist status, and can be used to report to the raid about the missing buffs (if you don’t have this status, it can report to yourself only, but that’s a bit senseless, as you have the overview in front of you). The Trash and Boss button do basically the same, except that the Trash button ignores the fourth part of buffs. The Boss button shows everything. The R button is simply a readycheck.

Sometimes it’s a shame that it only allows you to report to the raid as leader/assist, especially in pugs. You can however always make it whisper to the responsible people what they’re forgot to do.

Update:

I forgot two windows that pop up if you press the little two arrows on top of the addon.

The left one gives an overview of your group, showing what specs and abilities the players have. Very useful to quickly see who are the tanks, healers, melee, and ranged dps, and what they bring to the raid in abilities.

The right one let’s you configure which buffs you consider a buff, or a warning, and which ones you want to show, or report. This basically configures the RBS display. Here you can change the buffs that you think are wrongly placed, or are just not interesting to you. Those slacking buffs that were wrongly placed in my opinion can be replaced or removed here.

The options

The latest versions comes pre-configured for three options. Just press the button and the configuration will be adjusted to your role:

Personally I would’ve liked to see the “tank” option too. but it’s not hard to configure that manually.

Manual configuration is simple btw, even though there are lots of options.

Consumable options configures whether you’re ok with lower level consumables or not.

Reporting configures to whom you want to report the information, and how.

Raid Status Bars show what bars you want so see in the bars overview.

Mouse buttons configures the click combinations you can use

Tank/CC/Misdirect/Death Warnings (see pictures at the begin of this post) configure if you want these warnings, and if they should be audial, visual, both or even reported to the raid.

Food announce can automatically throw a raidwarning when a fishfeast or any other interesting buff source is dropped. You can configure it to whisper people when these items are about to time out too if they still haven’t used this. I like this option a lot, because especially fish-feasts are easy to miss.

The other options are quite self-explanatory or just small operational options.

…And finally

I think it’s a very useful tool. As tank I love the taunt warnings, the misdirect/cc warnings. Simple functions like who is still not in the zone is great for summoning people to their raid, you don’t need to have them all ask for it.

The authors claim it’s lightweight, but it’s still a pretty big addon (1.2 MB). Processor usage seems to be low though, and that’s most important with wow being such a CPU hungry game.

Oh, I haven’t tested this yet, but if you would like to be able to use the reporting function even if you’re not a leader, the following “hack” should fix that *evil grin*

Open the Core.lua file in the RaidBuffStatus addon folder, and add this to the end of it:

function IsRaidLeader()
    return true
end

Good luck raiding!

P.S. Funny picture of the day

…after he dropped from his mount into the depths 😉

Updates: I completely forgot to write about 2 very interesting views. Weaved it in the middle of the story. I also got a new DC again *sigh*, though I can’t complain, because a wow bug caused me to be able to do the weekly raid twice, how nice!

Another update: I discovered the proof reading option in wordpress, which pointed out quite a few mistakes. I was actually a bit shocked by the amount of errors it found. English isn’t my native language, but I still thought I had a better grasp of it. Guess I can use it’s help. It’s not unusual for me to revise a post a few times after I updated it (I’ve got a mild form of dyslexia, which makes me put words in the wrong order sometimes, or simply skip them), but this one needed it badly a few times. My apologies for the bad English I used before, I hope this will improve it a little in future posts.

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Ouch! But /flex nonetheless :)


I got put in my place today, but I liked it!

The top guild of my realm was doing a ToC25 partial-pug-raid and needed another healer, so I happily accepted that job, of course. Finally, a good chance to compare myself against some of the best. Two weeks ago I already had the pleasure of tagging along with a run with a combination of the 3 runner up guilds, but I had no idea if those guys were just alts, or benched players. This time, I recognized the names, these were mostly core players.

So how did it go?

First, I’ll start with some excuses:

I DCed on the northrend beasts, while I already was the constant target of annoying snowbolds, so that fight I was mostly useless, when I returned my unitframes were broken, so I could only heal with the mouse-over chainheal macro I still had (see my Tidy Plates review), and that worked out to be terrible (still, nice I could do a real test!). I got hit by legion flames twice on Jaraxxus, if I wasn’t busy purging 8 stacks of buffs (no mage). Healers had white-ball duty on twin valkyr, which hurts me as shaman much more than those damn trees.

/excuses end

But excuses are silly!! My ego is just hurting a bit 😉

Here’s some totals:

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Oucchh! My pride.. it... burnsss!! 😉

Yes, I’m remaining anonymous and I’m keeping everyone else too. I’ve seen to much (guild) drama and I don’t feel the need to link me to my characters anyway. I like it this way.

UPDATE: Oops! This is kinda stupid to forget to mention. Me = shaman = blue 🙂

Noooo sir... I wasn't "meterwhoring".

I did get my chance on the final battle though:

The only fight with little running around, no dispelling, no interrupting. And I was at this position before phase 3, so no p3 “cheating”.

The run itself was a great run. Fast, clean, but what else could you expect? For these guys, this is like doing a daily heroic dungeon. Still, when you play with a group of good players there’s a difference, even compared to my old casual-hardcore guild. It’s like that little bit of casual had a big impact on general attitude. In this run everyone was ready, no slacking, no afking, no complaining, but still room for some joking. The whole run was fast and smooth, with only short breaks between fights, with just a little, but clear, information going back and forth. I loved it. It was also over before I realized it, no time wasted.

I didn’t get any drops, but I got what I really wanted: to compare myself. Numbers might not mean everything, but they definitely mean something. I’m already used to be high on the meters, but what did that mean in the past? Am I good, or is the rest just bad? Playing with players that are really good makes it mean a lot more. This druid is probably the best geared resto-druid on my server, and he’s definitely skilled. The other 2 druids were randoms just like me, but well geared also.

To get a better idea about the competition: this is the log from this guilds most recent ICC raid night, Sindragosa 25 HC, the druid is on top here also, so I couldn’t wish for a better reference. What I like is that the shaman in this log wasn’t much behind me (% wise). It’s a different fight, but it’s still some indication.

But now I want more!

I never wanted to be in a hardcore guild, simply because it requires a bit too much dedication, but finally meeting some competition feels good, really good. It makes me want to get better. In my former guild I was passing on upgrades in the end, because I was starting to feel bad about my scores and I got the feeling they were starting to demotivate the other players. But passing those items just caused me to lose my motivation. I don’t care a lot about gear, but I do care about some competition. I need it, that’s clear to me now.

Maybe I should keep my eyes open if there’s ever a spot opening up for a resto shaman. Or any healer, I’ve got them all anyway 🙂