In which Cranky fails and whines about it.

Good news, everyone.  No, not Putricide.

I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that I actually got to go kitteh!   We were actually short melee DPS for deathwhisper.

The bad news is that I failed at it!

Whiiiiiine

Pity Parade, comin down the street, stand behind the barricade.

  • My DPS was low.  I didn’t even beat husband, and he was dpsing on his failwarrior* (again, due to being low on melee dps).
  • There’s a lot of running.  A lot of running.  Puff puff, fat kitteh needs a diet.  Feral charge should have a 2 sec cooldown.  30 seconds is evil.
  • It’s hard to remember which stupid mobs to attack as melee.  Adherents.  Adherents.  Dream about Adherents.
  • And me being all “cautious” not to get aggro.  Which I did anyway on the last phase when the tank had 4 stacks of that debuff.  Splatkitteh, flatkitteh.

On the bright side:

  • I didn’t stand in any crap I wasn’t supposed to, even if it meant I was just standing there DPSing nothing.
  • I didn’t try to pad my numbers by dpsing the boss when I was supposed to be dealing with adds.
  • I didn’t pull aggro until the very end.
  • I did battle rezes and stuff.
  • I gave innervate to the healer.
  • I busted out a tranquility bomb at the appropriate time.
  • They were 2 healing and neither of the healers was me.  I hate 2-healing.

I have a hawt date tonight.  It’s with Rawr and the target dummy… and possibly with me getting Badkitty to work again.  I may download Skada if I’m feeling industrious since Recount is a hog.

If they’re gonna ask me to DPS, shock of shocks, I better be pretty effin good at it.  Yeah I said effin.  I’m trying to cut down on swearing in front of Twig.

After said hawt date…

Spec: check.  Proper according to EJ, etc.

Gear: according to Rawr (newest version) I can’t rearrange my existing gear (banked etc) or buy triumph badger items that will make me much better.  I’m not making noobie mistakes.  I guess I’ll just have to get proper upgrades. Like ICC stuff.  That means I have to spend more time in ICC.  (I so needed a week off, but I’m a healer, so hah, I got roped into it.)  I sure as hell am not spending frost badgers on dps gear, and I’m not taking a toc-25 trophy if that could be used by another guildie on their main set.

Rotation: Got badkitty working again.  Was doing 3.8k on the dummies unbuffed without using berserk (time sample of longer than 5 mins).  It’s entirely possible that I was making some rotation errors using eventhorizon (which is inferior for cat stuff).  Or the fact that you can’t get a decent rotation going when you’re jumping from add to add like my cats on catnip.  (Has your cat ever run around the house like crazy with  puffy tail?  Hilarious!)

Chalk the fail up to having to run about a lot, and being new to melee in that particular fight?

*Edit: An Addendum for Crankyhusband

Crankyhusband would like me to point out that his warrior is a “failwarrior” because (1) it is his alt and (2) DPS is the alt’s secondary spec.  Which leads to two implications:

  1. He doesn’t usually fail.  Nobody should think Husband fails.  I totally don’t want to sleep on the couch.
  2. I supersuck because the offspec dps of my main was equivalent to the offspec dps of his alt.

Cranky Reads

Useful Stuff

General

A list of useful links by  Miss Medicina.  All sorts of stuff you want to know.

Advice to New Bloggers by Anea.  Stuff that I wish I had bothered to find out before starting my blog.

Friends List Management from No Stock UI.  For you “social” folks out there.

Shaman

Totem Management by  Stoneybaby at Big Hit Box.  Details useful mods etc.

Fire DPS totems by Planet of the Hats.  How to maximize your DPS using fire dps totems.

Druid

Resto Cheat Sheet from Revive & Rejuvinate.  A good summary to keep handy.

ArPen Gear list by Primal Precision.  Even includes gear obtainable for the casual player.

Pally

Analysis of Healing Glyphs (cheers and jeers) by A Healadin’s Tear.  An excellent explanation of each glyph and why it is useful or useless.

Stuff that Makes me Laugh

I would do anything to raid! Collected by Gauss.

ICC fun with Kilrogg by Almost Evil.

Running over dorfs for love by Tamarind at Righteous Orbs.

How to be Successful in a Pug by Too Many Annas.  Memorize DBAD rule!

Fufu up Tora 10! by protflashes at Aggro Management.  Rogues are sissies in all languages.

Stuff that Makes me Ponder

Both Kurn and Windsoar have issues with the accuracy and objectivity of information from Wow.com.  Always double check your sources.

A guild alliance that works by Divine Plea.  So unusual after horror stories, I had to sit up and pay attention.

Perspective by protflashes at Aggro Management.  Reflections on talking about Wow with others versus playing Wow, and how a person talks about Wow often doesn’t accurately reflect the person’s in-game skill.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect by Euripedes at Critical QQ.  A very interesting read about conclusions reached by competent and incompetent players, none of which are entirely accurate.

Gnomaggedon and Larisa on their “bubbles” – a look at using WoW as an escape or holiday.

Seething Rage is Seething by ForrestStump.  Everyone should read this and recognize that our actions have consequences.  I know of too many people seeking validation for indefensible acts on the Internet, whether in guild chat or on a blog platform.

Cranky's long raiding week.

Last week, I led… some raids and attended others.

I’m tired.

ICC-10 (Tuesday)

But first a side note:

To all raid leaders out there: taking a break is all well and good.  People get burnt out.  But when one of the raid leaders is afk due to moving and another has just stepped down, this is not the time.  When you do this, Cranky who is NOT a raid leader due to Blahblahginger fail has to lead raids and may have an  aneurysm.  Thanks.

Cranky’s first time leading ICC!!!

AGH FREAK OUT!!! Ok, moving on…

The Raid: Progression-Wise

Now, let’s get to the raiding.  It went surprisingly well.

What was impressive though is that we had 2 groups and with 1-2 standbys  we took almost everyone who wanted to go and split them equally according to gear and ability.  We sat out some of our best players who had been raiding a lot in order to get some newer people in.  Breaking in a new tank is hard, but last night was surprisingly smooth… considering EACH group was breaking in a new tank who had never seen the fights.  Both groups got through gunship before the raid ended due to time.

I feel very good about this.  I feel vindicated that our philosophy of taking everyone who wants to participate is paying off and working, and that we’re not leaving anyone behind for “progression.” It’s frustrating when you try to include newer players and proceed to have a wipefest, and that did not happen.  I think last night boosted guild morale and reinforced our casual raiding philosophy.

Shenanigans

Over vent

Me: Pallyhealer, make yourself useful.  You know, cleanse a disease or something so you’re not whupping me on the meters.

Pallyhealer: Nah I’ll just heal through it.

Me: It’s all fun and games until someone gets Herpes.

Tank: That’s good, I’ll remember that.

Me: Look on the bright side, if you get herpes, you can go whitewater rafting like in the commercials.

Pallyhealer: Yes, but should I give my wife herpes too?  Do I want her whitewater rafting with me on my vacation?

Smacktards are everywhere

When I started my raid, I noticed that there were a couple people in vent chat who weren’t in the raid.  That’s not unusual – sometimes guildies who aren’t raiding like to listen in to learn encounters, or new recruits are invited to listen in to see how we do things.  However, one new guildie, invited that very day (and I suspect quite drunk), several times piped up with unsollicited and fairly stupid advice.  I told him politely to shush so we could raid, and went on with it.

He did not shut up.  I had to threaten to gkick him – at which point he left vent and misbehaved in gchat.  I demoted him to a rank that wasn’t allowed to speak in gchat, and he started harassing guildies in tells.  Hell.  No.  /gkick.

Unfortunately I didn’t have the vent admin password, so we all had to endure him bouncing from channel to channel while each member was instructed to mute him individually.  The night culminated in the web admin’s girlfriend contacting the web admin to get online to do some serious banning.

That took WAY too much time out of my raid and made me cranky.  The idiot even had the nerve to make an alt to harass me.  Isn’t that the way it always is?

TOGC-10 (Wednesday)

Wow.   My first time in there.   Just Wow.   Like the instance inhaled an entire meth lab.   Crazypants.  (Crankyhusband was leading and I was doing heal assigns.)

We got down beasts, which was awesome, but got a lil stuck DPSing the portals quick enough trying to get Jaraxx to quit spawning evil thong ladies.   I got a nice recipe and a kitteh ring (nobody else wanted it).

We’ll probably go again because it’s fun – and it’s fun because there’s no “pressure.”   At this point it’s not mainstream “progression” content for us.   If we get one boss down and quit after 2 hours, whatever.   Not like we’re “wasting” our lockout.   And the loot is still beneficial to what we’re doing (unlike Ulduar, for example) so it’s not strictly a “fun run.”

(I actually don’t like fun runs.   Too many people think they can screw around, not read strats, not pay attention, and just faceroll.   Nothing like wiping on BC crap to sober you up.)

Healing notes on assigning the player, not the class

The group’s holy priest who had been struggling a bit wanted to try tank healing (she’s pretty enamored with Serendipity right now), and she excelled at it.  In fact the pally said the next day “no offense!” but he had an easier time healing the tanks when she was his healing partner (rather than me).  None taken, I’m no tank healer, and I squee that we’ve found the priest her niche!

TOC-10 (Thursday)

This was supposed to be a 25 but we had no-shows, so we made lemons from lemonade and turned it into a 10.

Logistically this meant that we canceled the 10 that was scheduled for Saturday (due to lockouts), which sucks for people who can only make it Saturday, but the Saturday run only had 7 sign ups so it probably would have been canceled anyway.  I was relieved though.  I’m already exhausted from raiding.

Smoothest run ever.  Seriously.  One shotted everything.  Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.  I felt almost dirty getting in and out of there in an hour.

Cranky is backseat raid leader (NO!  BAD!)

I did interject way too much after having led it for 2 weekends in a row and I need to STFU and let the raid leader do it.  I just felt like… if I didn’t remind them about the green fire on their feet, and someone died, and we had to do it over again… well then I’d have to do it over again.  I WAS FEELING TIRED AND SELFISH, OK?

No healer shenanigans please

In my best schoolmarm voice, I had to tell the pally that the tank better not die just because he thought it was fun to stun the big adds on Anub as they walked in.  Stunned them when he was supposed to be healing.  Stunned them when they were not yet on the ice, causing a delay in the off-tank picking them up.  Dude, just heal, and… HEAL, that’s it.  Really.  Must… control… nerdrage.

To healers out there that go into an instance and think “we’re overgeared, this is EZ, we should be 2-healing this, I should go crazy and start DPSing and crap…” NO!  BAD HEALER!  Won’t you feel like a moron if someone dies because of your shenanigans – or we wipe?  Just heal, take it easy, and enjoy a break from the usual frantic pace.

To the dirty shaman who gave me water walking: Real funny.  Har har.

Weekly Raid (Friday)

Dear everyone:  If you are going to do the weekly earlier in the week, do us the courtesy of un-signing-up to the guild event.

It was Noth.  No stories to tell.  We don’t fail that badly!

Wait I lied… because I had to do the raid a second time as an alt and…

Cranky fails at Shadow DPS

Like seriously failed.   So fail that I got tells from the other shadow priest, an alt of an alt of an alt, gloating how he beat me with worse gear… he asked if I was asleep.   I felt irrationally stabby at that point.

Intellectually I know what the rotation is.   But the execution is hard.

Nothing, blissful Nothing (Saturday)

NO RAID!   Ok, so maybe I was a little TOO happy about having to cancel my late TOC-10, but i could use the break.

Whippersnappers nowadays

Pro tip:   If you’re a college student, it’s Saturday night, you are drinking rum, and have a girl in your room, get off the computer!   Do not keep running instances, especially when you’re drunk enough to fail at them and have her call you a dumbass.

(After finishing the instance, the other 4 guildies in the group boycotted grouping with him and demanded that he leave immediately, for his own good.)

Valentine’s Day (Sunday)

We’re not lame enough to schedule events on V-day.  We pretend to have lives.   Although Crankyhusband and I fail at V-day about as badly as we fail at anniversaries.

I gave a public service announcement to get off the computer and grind wife faction.   Guildies ignored it at their own risk.   I logged off.

ICC-10 Continued (Monday)

Omg I two-healed Saurfang and LIVED!!!  I hate 2-healing anything. Ever.  With a burning hatred reserved for people who put gum under seats.  I mean, wtf, I did NOT need gum on the back of my pants, thanks.

Fortunately, one of our usual raid leaders was available, and I didn’t have to lead this one, though I did do the EPGPS (badly).

Group 2

Crankyhusband led group 2 and they also got Saurfang down.  Again, a huge success for the “casual” guild rotating in everyone who wants to raid.

Sitting in the same room does help – after my group downed Saur, I fed Crankyhusband some tactics that we had used and blammo!  Achievement spam!!

Then the mag’hari chieftan staff dropped for their group.  I died a little inside.

Epilogue

I’m tired.  I convinced the raid leaders that it was my turn to sit the bench this week.  Awesome.

The Cranky UI Part 9

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8
  • Part 9 (you are here)

Managing Your Stuff

Outfitter

Yes, yes, I know we can store outfits on the server now.  But this one willauto-swap gear for you when you change specs!  (Ok, who has tried to heal in feral gear and said “geesh… I’m OOM again!” /raisehand guiltily.)   And it plays nice with the default in-game outfit set.  You can choose to save your outfits on the server or just in Outfitter only.

You can even have it swap outfits for you to your RP stuff when you’re in “resting” state (in Dalaran, etc).

Here’s my outfit menu (pretty)

Here’s how you get it to swap with talents:

So many menus!  Ok, in order:

Edit:  oopsie, I realized I linked the same pic twice.  Fixed!

Ark Inventory

It’s not just that this inventory mod shows you one big bag for all your stuff.   Look how the herb bag slots are highlighted green (oooh).

It also lets you  categorize your stuff within your bag and your bank.  So when you buy reagents, they will automatically go into the “section” you’ve created with the other reagents.  Your crafting supplies can have their own section, etc.

Creating Sections:

Assigning section to items by category:

But wait, there’s more!  It will let you find stuff too.  In your own bag, if you start typing the name of the item, it will “gray out” things that don’t match.

If you mouseover an item, it will let you know if ANY of your characters have that item, and if so, how many, and whether it’s in the bank or inventory – or in the guild bank.   It’s very useful to be able to mouseover a piece of frostweave and instantly know how many I have across my various characters.  It’s nice to mouseover loot that drops and see if I already have that piece for my offset sitting in the bank.

Or you can simply do an old-fashioned search if you don’t have the item to mouseover.

Postal

I hate manually clicking stuff that expires from the auction house.  Let Postal do it for me.  Yeah!

Auctioneer

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Auctioneer.  It allows you to scan the auction house to create a database of market prices – and to view those prices when you mouseover an item.  However, it’s a resource hog.  I’d sayonly enable it on your bank toon.  It’s well worth it because you can list multiple items quickly.

The Cranky UI Part 8

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8 (you are here)
  • Part 9

Crafting

Gatherer

How could you LIVE without this mod if you’re gathering ore or flowers?  It keeps track of what you’ve picked and where so you know the spawn points you’ve seen.

There’s an  optional wowhead database  to download – I highly recommend this.  There’s no point in reinventing the wheel and finding all the flower spawn points.  Having them all laid out for you makes sure that you know the proper zone to search in for the flower you need, and makes sure you focus your searches on the “clusters” of spawn points.

Nodes appearing on big map:

Node locations appear on minimap as circles.   If there is a dot in the circle from find herbs, you’ve found an herb!

There’s also a HUD to “track” where you’ve been so you don’t fly over the same spot twice, but I find that overly distracting.

The Cranky UI Part 7

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7 (you are here)
  • Part 8
  • Part 9

Chat

Chatter

This little chat mod makes everything better.  It populates alt names from the guild notes.  So if my guild note is “Crankydruid’s alt” you will see:

[Crankyhunter][Crankydruid]: Hey, I ran out of ammo.

(Yes I really did.  Noob.)

Unfortunately, sometimes it populates wrong, so if the guild note for Crankyhusband is “Crankydruid’s husband” it may tag his main as Crankydruid.  No problem, you can right click on his name and “set main” to nothing at all, or something else.  You can even set it to something derogatory and laugh it up.

Also, if you want to help poor Crankyhunter with quests, it’s easy to invite her to your group.

[Crankyhunter][Crankydruid]: Ready for [inv].

That’s right, folks.  Any time someone says “invite” or just “inv”, you get a clicky where you can simply invite the person to your group.

You can also rename your chat channels so the “1” channel can be “2

Wow Instant Messenger

I’ve covered this before.  It’s 100% pure awesome.  The only downside is I’m running along, this thing pops up, and I end up spouting “wwwwwwwwww” into the pane which I have to clear out before responding.  I’m sure there’s a nice way to fix it.

  1. GUILDHEALERSOFAWESOMESAUCE
  2. HEAL

The Cranky UI Part 6

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6 (you are here)
  • Part 7
  • Part 8
  • Part 9

Screen and Addon Organization

Chocolate Bar

Keeps crap off your minimap and on a  neat little bar on the top of your screen.  You can also add other info up there, like how much gold you have, what outfit you’re wearing, etc.  Any addon that has “broker” in the title is fair game to stick on the chocolate bar.

CT Viewport

CTViewport  creates a black space without covering up part of the game world.  It changes the aspect ratio of your screen entirely, and gives you space to put your UI elements without fear that you are missing something.

Addon Control Panel

You can quickly  enable or disable an addon from within the game, and then reloading your UI, rather than having to exit to the character selection screen.  Very useful.

See, I’ve just disabled a EPGP and it shows me that it will be disabled on reloadUI (button on bottom right).

The Cranky UI Part 5

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5 (you are here)
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8
  • Part 9

Raiding

Deadly Boss Mods

Download it.  Do it.

Do you really want to be the guy who stood in the fire because these mods make the game “too easy?”  You know what’s too easy?  Kicking you out of group for standing in the fire.

Close up (Move out of Fire, Stupid!)

It also shows you boss ability timers if you “think ahead” and other such nonsense.  But I’m mostly a fan of the “GTFO” messages accompanied by the trumpeting noise.

Omen

I’m winning on threat I’m winning on threat!!! Download this bad boy and lay off when your threat gets too high.

If you’re healing you don’t have the luxury of laying off when your threat is high, but it gives you a reminder like “oh crap, maybe I should fade/wind shear.”

Loggerhead

Hay guzy, I forgot to combat log!  And I turned it on after the 3rd boss.  And then I forgot to turn it off and I have logged every rat I killed for 3 days. LOL!!

No more!  Download Loggerhead and configure it to  auto-log when you step into certain raids.  It will turn on when you enter, and turn off when you leave.  Then you can focus on more important things, like the suicidal mage standing in the fire.

(You can also tell it to log whenever you step into 5 man such-and-such, or zone into WG… whatever.  But I only want to log 10 and 25’s.)

The raids/instances are grouped by Zone, so it’s easy to miss Onyxia as a raid you might want to log since it’s old world.

Alternatively, you can have it simply ask you when you enter a new zone/raid/instance whether you want to log it, and you can make the decision right then.

Rankwatch

I use this mostly to prevent my own fail, but also to monitor guildies.  It has helped me, as a raid leader or at least a raid leader assistant, troubleshoot problems with threat generation and DPS output.

However, I would configure it so it only tells  you  that the person is using the wrong rank, and does not spam whispers.  Guildies tend to take it better when the advice comes from a person rather than an addon-spam.  Simply wait until combat is over and then whisper the guildie or say it over vent.

The Cranky UI Part 4

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4 (you are here)
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8
  • Part 9

Notifications & Tracking (Buffs, Debuffs, and Abilities)

Satrina Buff Frames

This buff frame is highly customizable, though I’m quite boring and just put my icons right where Blizz does.  However, you can do quite neat things, and it looks pretty.

Mine’s a little covered by choco bar, but I don’t much care.  I could move the icons if I wanted.

I have debuffs right under buffs.  See the random dungeon debuff?

Power Auras

Inspired by  Beru, I went ahead and configured POWA for all my characters to show statuses.

You can show when a buff is NOT on you.  You can show when a buff IS.  You can show a proc.  You can show 5 combo points.  You can show a timer.  You can show things based on which spec you’re in, whether you’re in combat, whether you’re in a group, etc.  You can do just about anything.

Now for the pictures:

Tree Setup

Tree has procced clearcasting.  See the glow in the middle of the tree?

I keep icons for several statuses in different parts of my screen, also using Powa.

This one shows that innervate and nature’s swiftness are available:

Right above Grid I have my more commonly used cooldowns and procs.  The following show that Wild Growth and Swiftmend are available, and I’ve procced clearcasting.

Putting it all together for the Tree UI:

Cat Setup

I use the same clearcasting proc as in tree form (glow in the middle of toon).  I also use a red glow when I reach 5 Combo Points.

Priest

Oh no, inner fire has faded!

Shaman

Water shield – faded!  (Text in photo “water shield faded” and the number “0” below feet are from Shields Up, discussed below.)

In this next one, the icon on the left indicates that lava burst is off cooldown.  However, the icon on the right indicates that there is no flame shock on the target.

Class Timer

Why this timer mod rules: unlike the other timer mods I’ve tried,  I can put each timer over the box it times, instead of bunching them all together.  So if I’m targeted on mob X and focusing on mob Y to crowd control mob Y, I can see all the dots I have on Mob X right over mob X’s frame, and how long until my shackle breaks on Y right over Y’s frame.

Dotimer

Dotimer times your dots (duh).  However, for reasons mentioned above, I don’t use it – because all the timers are bunched together and I can’t easily separate out focus timer for crowd control.  However, it does have quite a nice cooldown timer – with an announce function.

Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text

This highly customizable text allows you to control placement on your screen, font, size, and filter the information shown to you.  For example, it will tell me that “WILD GROWTH IS OFF COOLDOWN” but that drives me nuts, so I disabled cooldown announcements, opting instead to use Power Auras to track cooldowns.

Shields Up (Shaman)

You can use this one in conjunction with other notifiers, like power auras.  I like Shields Up because (1) it shows me  how many charges are left on my water and earthen shields  and whom my earthen shield is on; and (2) if earthen shield or water shield falls, it gives me a  loud SPRONG!  and a message across the screen.

Same old boring pictures: First, the text message that the water shield has expired, and a nice red “0” at the bottom.

Next, look, 2 charges left.

The following is a stock photo from curse.com of earth shield and water shield up.   The “Revoke” is the player name upon whom the earth shield is cast.


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Totem Timers (Shaman)

I guess this isn’t as necessary now that we have totem sets, but I love it just the same.  At bare minimum, it notifies you when something happens to one of your totems.

Mouseover the timer to show all totems of that element:

And mouseover a totem on that bar to see the tooltip:

Badkitty (Cat/Bear)

Badkitty is a  timer mod for cat rotation bleeds and buffs.  It automagically takes into account other people’s mangle (or mangle-equivalent) on the target in the timer.   You can also configure it to show an icon for a status not on the target.

As you can see, I have Savage Roar, Rip, and Mangle up.  Rip and Savage Roar will expire around the same time.  Eep.  I also have my energy displayed right there with my bleeds.

In this next shot, I’m a failcat.  I’ve let my energy get to 100, let my bleeds drop, and I don’t have faerie fire on the target (that’s the red tansparent icon in the top left corner).

Look, I got clearcasting!!

Badkitty quit working for me and I have no clue why.  It loads just fine but won’t show my bleeds.  Until it is fixed, I’m using Eventhorizon for my kitty needs.

Ovale (Cat)

I’ve gone leet!  Instead of just using  Feral by Night’s move suggester (out of fairness to me, that thing was slowing down my machine), I’m doing thecustom ovale script on the EJ forum.  Hrm, the implications of being this min/max are scary.

Some people say that using a “next move suggester” is too easy.  Yeah, whatever.  Often I don’t follow what it says because it’s no match for situational awareness.

Ovale showing next move, both berserk and tiger’s fury are still available:

Ovale showing next move.  Berserk available, TF not available.  Faded out icon because not enough energy.

Eventhorizon (Shadow Priest, cat)

Eventhorizon is pretty nifty for priority rotations, because it tells youwhen your stuff is going to end compared to  all  your other stuff  (dots, cast time, cooldowns) in one display.  It also can tell you when to start casting your dot for maximum uptime.

Eventhorizon How-to Video

I started using it for cat as well as shadow priest, and I’m happy to report the cat version takes into account mangle (or mangle-equivalent) applied by another player.  So it’s an acceptable Badkitty substitute, for now.

What I did miss about Badkitty is (1) Badkitty can be shown only while in combat and (2) Badkitty can show your energy right there in the bleeds display.  To take care of these issues  I downloaded  Eventhorizon Redshift and  Eventhorizon Vitals, respectively.

I’m still a little bummed that I can’t configure eventhorizon without some serious coding chops, but the default settings are so far ok with me.

Here, Tiger’s fury is on cooldown (gray bar), Savage Roar, Mangle, Rip, and Rake are up, with mangle ending first.  Berserk is not on cooldown.  You can see from “eventhorizon vitals” above the frame that I have 36 energy.

You can see here that mangle has just expired, I’ve just refreshed Savage Roar, Tiger’s fury is active and about to expire, and I’ve just procced clearcasting.

The Cranky UI Part 3

The Cranky UI: Index

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3 (you are here)
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8
  • Part 9

Casting Bars

Quartz

Every caster needs this casting bar!  It shows you latency at the very end of your bar so you know when you can start casting another spell.   (See below for action screenie!)

GCD

I went SQUEE when I saw this was being updated again!  This nifty mod is good for healers because it puts your  cast timer right around your cursor, where you are looking anyway as you select your heal target.  It shows your GCD and your casting time as a rotation around a circle.  It can help you time your hot-casting so you don’t miss a beat when your GCD is up and you’re ready to cast another.

Here’s an action screenie of both Quartz and GCD!

The red part at the end of the Quartz bar accounts for latency.  Once the red part is reached, the spell cannot be cancelled and you can start casting the next one.

The circle over the grid frame is GCD.  The “spark” goes around the circle clockwise.  The green spark is the casting time.  The white spark (seen between the grid boxes) is the GCD spark, which is obviously going faster around the circle than the green casting spark.

Another action shot:

In this shot, I’m casting renew, triggering only the GCD.   On the “GCD” mod, there is just the white spark going around the circle.   Quartz only shows the built-in GCD bar, which is that tiny little white “ticker” going across the long black line above the grid frame.