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Casual Saturdays: Addons

Your three kids are asleep, you’re off from work and your significant other is off doing whatever, so now you have more time to devote to learning WoW! Hopefully you read last week’s Casual Saturdays and read up and are now more familiar with the mechanics and the basics of what you need to know for the heroics you’re now in. Lets break things down a little further. This week’s Casual Saturday will revolve around the world of Addons.

What most new Warcraft players don’t know is that there is an entire world of customization at their grimy little palms to make the game and running heroics a helluva lot easier to play and manage. Now most of you have at least noticed the shiny crap that litters your screen when you have a proc or ability that is ready to be used, right? Well that spawned from Blizzard implementing their version of an old raider’s favorite tool, Power Auras. Blizzard’s version is pretty basic but the original you can customize to show you a number of procs and when abilities are ready with a number of on screen graphics and sound. There are many others that are both raid and class specific but today we’ll just focus on a few. Remember, we’re keeping this basic!

Your Addon folder is a subfolder if your Interface folder located in your WoW folder. Basically, WHEVERYOUSTOREDWOW->World of Warcraft->Interface->Addons. The three raid and dungeon specific addons that I think are a must are Deadly Boss Mods (DBM) or any other raid/dungeon add on you can find, Recount and Omen Threat Meter.

Deadly Boss Mods is a basic raid and dungeon encounter addons that show information about whats going on around you and counts down on what to expect to happen next. Most argue that its a crutch, and while I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment for a player that is just learning the encounters and becoming familiar with them its a helpful addon to basically yell at you when you’re standing in something, when to run away from the group, etc. Its pretty simple and straightforward but can also be customized to your needs if necessary. Lets face it, most wipes in a raid or dungeon environment are caused by people standing in bad stuff, a missed interrupt, an unnoticed buff or debuff and targeting the incorrect mob. It also notifies people if you’re busy killing interwebs dragons and can’t be bothered with their whispers. This pretty much does all the dirty work for you.

Recount is basically a simple straightforward addon that charts damage done, damage per second, etc. Its great for tracking your numbers.. if you’re into that.

Omen Threat Meter is just what the name states. Its a simple addon shows you who has threat on a mob while its being attacked by you and your group. Like the description on Curse states, it shows you who is in danger of pulling threat off of the tank in your group so that you can see who needs to perform the appropriate task of dropping threat and when.

There are a bunch of addons based on what exactly you’re doing but these three basic addons to get you continued on your journey in World of Warcraft. Download, enjoy and most of all don’t stand in it unless it gives a buff!

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