There’s always been a lot of questions about how to get started with Weakauras. It’s one of the most versatile plugins available, but can be incredibly intimidating to work with for the first time!
In this post I’ll walk you through making a few different types of weakauras: One that tracks a buff duration, one that tracks an ability cooldown, and one that pops up an icon for Healthstone usage when you’re low health.
One of the most disappointing feelings in WoW raids is thinking that you did really well during a boss fight, and then looking at damage meters and realizing you did half as much damage as others or only parsed at 15%. This is often compounded by being in a raid with people of the same class and spec who perform better than you. It’s disheartening and can make you feel like you’re not adding anything – or even making things worse for the group.
One of the questions we raid leads get asked the most is “How can I improve my DPS?”. There are a lot of general tips we can give you, but it can be a bit overwhelming to try to walk through all at once, especially for those who are only dipping their toes into these resources for the first time. So I’m going to write up a long post detailing different resources that can help you pump those numbers up, and how to use them to your advantage.
Tanks and Healers; I suggest reading through this because some of it will apply to you. But, a lot of it won’t – so feel free to rest easy once again.
I suggest not reading through the post in its entirety at once. Break it into chunks and work on it bit by bit. Come back later for more. Or grab a cup of coffee and dive in, it’s your life.
- Streamline and Optimize
- Ability Clicking
- Keyboard Turning
- Enemy Targeting
- Camera Positioning
- Game Sounds
- Boss Mods
- Nameplate Auras, KUI Nameplates, etc
- Rotation and Opener
- Standard Rotation
- HeroDamage and Bloodmallet
- Class Discords and Websites
- Class Websites
- Generic Websites
Most of the time when we raid, someone ends up running a Warcraft Log (WCL) for us. We’ll paste the link in the #raiding-logs channel and discord, people will glance at their parse number, and move on. But WCL is an amazing tool that can help boost your damage and survivability, if you spend the time to dig around in it. Today I’ll dig into how read the charts to improve your DPS. For Healers and Tanks, you’ll want to pay attention to Method 1 to see how your talents and trinkets stack up with others. Otherwise, feel free to take a nap during today’s class.
(Author note: This post and the attached link are best viewed on desktop rather than mobile due to the size of the content)
A few weeks ago, I added a link to the Raid Announcements channel on discord: a Ministry of Defense WoW Audit.
This is a useful tool for Raiders and Raid Leads alike. I’ll walk through the basics of each sheet.
Those of you active on the Discord may have noticed a new channel and feature: a Raidbots bot.
For those unfamiliar, Raidbots is a dps simulation website that runs off of SimulationCraft / SimC. (Sorry, tanks and heals, you’re unsupported at this time.) You can download the SimC addon and run your information in game, then paste the result into the site, for the best results. You can also compare gear in your bags or compare talents to find out what will output the most DPS on a per-fight basis.
We’ve added this functionality to our Discord server to make simming your dps even easier for you!
One of joys of Raid Leading is number crunching and analysis.
…I promise, Raid Leading IS a joy.
In order to get through Heroic, we need everybody to use every buff, boost, and steroid they’ve got available to them.