May 23, 2014

Blog Azeroth: Interface and Addons

It's been a while since I participated in a shared topic, and it's been pretty quiet lately over at Blog Azeroth. I know there are a lot of bloggers out there, and some that are looking to start up. This is a great place to go to find topics. Usually they are change weekly/bi-weekly. It's been a while since I participated, so here is my entry for this week.

"What interface and addons are you guys using in game? What's your recommended resource sites to go to and where to download it. How are they useful to your play style? How can it benefit you as a great raider, PvPer or even just soloing?"

While I use some addons, I definitely have to say I don't use many. I like to keep my interface pretty stock looking with just a few tweaks here and there. I used to use a custom interface back in BC and WotLK, but I got tired of messing with it, accidentally resetting it, or having to update everything on patch days.

My bottom left and right bars contain my buffs, cool downs, and then my consumables at the end. Starting at the top, my right bars have the current mounts I'm using - Onyxian Drake, Fey Dragon, Zulian Panther, White Raptor. Next is my Mini Tyrael and Spectral Tiger Cub mini pets. After that I have my professions all bundled together. At the bottom I keep my Time Warp, Mass Resurrection, and my Portals and Heartstone to get to where I need to be.

Below the cut is a list of the addons I'm currently using and what I think of each of them. I will also provide a download link for each in case you're curious about them! Even though the downloads are from Curse, I still recommend you scan each pack with a virus program before you install them on your computer.

This is a must if you love to hunt down rare mobs for transmog gear, rare drops, or just a hunter wanting to tame a pet. I've also been known to use this when hunting for rarer mini pets out in the world.

I like gold. I like making gold and I like to see how much of it I have on each character, each faction, and total. This addon is also useful for seeing how much gold you made and how much you spent weekly.

I've been using this addon since I first learned about it way back when I started playing. It has almost every item you could possibly imagine in there. Great for seeing what drops from who and where.

I don't sell anything other than transmog items when I need to make gold on the AH, so this addon was perfect for me. It's simple to use, and I can keep track of items I'm looking to buy with shopping lists. I have shopping lists for each type of armor, mini pets, mounts, patterns, and even random other objects that I'd like.

This is a useful pet battle addon if you're looking to upgrade all your battle pet to rare quality. It not only tells you if you have the pet in your collection or not, but it also tells you if it's an upgrade!

This lets you set your inventory bags to be one huge bag, or two merged, or whatever you feel like. For example, all my priest's bags are merged except for the last one since it's my herbalism bag You can also use it for your bank, but I never do since I find the default bank is fine.

I only use this when I'm in fire spec for my mage. It tells me the exact perfect moment to use Combustion to maximize my DPS. It also gives warnings for an early Living Bomb refresh, and it can be set to give a summary in your chat window.

This is a lightweight addon that shows coordinates on my map. It does nothing more.

If you like to raid, old ones or new ones, this is a must. It tells has timers on boss abilities, range radars, fastest kills, and even lets you know to MOVE OUT OF THE FIRE! You can also download packs for all the different expansions. I only have MoP and WotLK installed right now.

This is one of the newer addons I started using. It gets rid of a lot of the clutter the default Blizzard UI has. I use it to remove the silver Gryphons on the side of my ability bars, and for a few other things. Definitely give this a try if you want to remove a lot of the clutter without having to make yourself a custom UI.

It's spell check for WoW. Most of the time my hands are typing faster than my brain can spell, and this catches most of my mistakes and allows me to correct them.

This addon feels like a game in itself. I spend way too much time on here, but it's perfect for people like me who LOVE to transmog. It shows you the items, lookalikes, and exactly where you can get them. It also tells you if you completed the quest or not, which is really helpful if you've completed Loremaster. You can also save item sets in a wishlist.

This addon lets you save pet teams for later use. This was really helpful when I was doing the Celestial Tournament. I would make my teams and name them according to what tamer they would beat. Very useful, and it saves you a bunch of time.

This is a mailbox addon that automatically opens your mail instead of having to click on each individual letter. It's really good if you sell in bulk on the AH. It also tells you how many letters aren't showing if your mailbox is already full.

This is the damage meter I prefer to use. I don't really mess with it much, and I only use it when I'm in LFR to see how much pew pew I can do, but as you can see, there are plenty of options.

This post was a nice and quiet getaway from most of the silly negativity going on in the Warcraft Twitter/blogging world right now. I probably will not be posting my opinions on the matter either, but I do want to make another Warlords of Draenor post soon. Next week I have an exploration post by request of a good friend, so stay tunes for that! Also, I'm always looking for different addons to try out. If you have one that you use and think I may possible like, feel free to let me know in the comments below!

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