Or “How I can yell at people to use the lightwell AND see if they are actually using it.”

No Stock UI recently covered Raeli’s Spell Announcer, and I decided to give it a try.  It’s just great!

When to Announce

Fancy, eh?

First, as seen above, you configure to announce only when you want it to.  Maybe you want it to yap in battlegrounds, or maybe that will drive your teammates crazy and lead to whining.

What to Announce

Ok, you don’t want to announce everything.  So go through your spells and turn off the ones you don’t want to announce.

Choose your spell from the dropdown.

How to turn it off?  Simple.  Uncheck all the channels that it could possibly announce in.

For example, one of the options is “power infusion.”  Since I don’t share power infusion with others, I turned it off.  I don’t want to rub it in the face of the group that I’m getting power infusion and they’re not.

Each spell will have various things that can be announced, based on which spell it is.  For example, if something has a definite beginning and end, you will get the opportunity to set messages for the beginning and end.

Guardian Spirit’s is complicated, because it has beginning, end, and a note if the guardian spirit is “triggered” by death.

Announcing Guardian Spirit using "smart group" and whisper.

But when I say complicated, I mean that the addon author has already worked out for you what events you MIGHT want to announce, and built-in the options.

There’s also the option to announce buffs.  But I have that turned off.

Where to Announce

There are things your entire group should know.  There are things your target should know.  And there are things you should keep to your dang self.

Let’s look at those “Announce in” options again.

What do they Mean? (Besides the obvious)

  • Local is just to self.  More on that later.
  • Custom Channel means you can set a channel like your healer chat channel if you want it to announce there.
  • Smart Group means that if you’re in a party, it will announce to the party.  If you’re in a raid, it will announce to the raid.  I don’t see any reason to use “raid” or “party” rather than smart group.

Setting Up Local

Oh, Local, you are mah friend!  Things that only I need to know go in local.

Let’s look at the setup:

I have mine appear in my chat box.  But you can have them appear in scrolling battle text, as a raid warning, and all sorts of other places.

Now, why would I need announcements for myself?  I know when I cast a spell.  But I do not automatically know when someone clicks the lightwell!!

Awesome, right? I get a message in my chat frame whenever anyone clicks the lightwell.

I prefer that to scrolling battle text because I can review it after the fight and see whether the lightwell was used.  (If I announced to the group whenever the lightwell was clicked, they’d probably toss me in the magmaw pit.)

Custom Messages

Most of the messages are fairly straightforward.  “I have cast such-and-such.” or  ” Such and such has expired.”  However, you can put in your own flair.

Think of Your Audience

“Casting Such-and-such” may not cut it.  For example, the tank asked me “what’s the difference between Hymn of Hope and Divine Hymn.”  Good point.  So I put a little explanation in parenthesis for each.  It’s fairly easy to change the spell text and click OK.

See, the custom text specifies that hymn of hope is for MANA.

And Snark

If you want to remind people to use the lightwell, you might want a more “forceful” message.

This without fail causes people to emote peeing in or around the lightwell.

Room for Improvement

There are a few things I want to announce that are not on the list, and I can’t figure out how to add custom states to announce, short of digging into the lua.  (ew).  Notable omissions on the priest side are healing floor (Holy Word: Sanctuary) and Mind Control.  Other than that, I’m very happy.


Using Raeli’s Spell Announcer — 6 Comments

  1. I love RSA. I announce Dyvine Hymn and Hymn of Hope in our healer channel with a custom message telling the rest I can’t heal for 10 seconds.

    To make my raid aware of the LW: “Warning: A frenzied [Lightwell] apeared!!”

    And for lifegrip I use: “(Scorpion) GET OVER HERE!!!”

  2. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been using CastYeller2 which does exactly the same thing, but is pretty ancient in addon terms (last updated 8 months ago), so I’ve been looking for a replacement. Hopefully this one will work out better, the addon seems very active and eager with the updates!

    • …the AUTHOR (of the addon), not the addon itself, seems very active and eager with the updates. Typing in the wee hours of the morning is something I should avoid. -.-‘

  3. Can anyone give advice on how to BLOCK this addon from spamming your chatlog? Several of our guildies insist on announcing the start and end of every cooldown they have and it’s getting rather annoying.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t know how you would block this addon. Maybe you can ask them to set it to announce less or to announce to a different channel.