With the new expansion coming, many addons will became out of date, impossible to use, totally revamped or whaterver, so even if I should update my UI post, I choose not to, and will wait until I have my new UI in Cataclysm.
However, there are some addons I run with that are absolutely not necessary to enjoy the game, to be a good raider, or whatever.
There is always that debate around addons : should we play/raid with or without addons ? Are we better players if we play without them ? Yada Yada… I don’t care. I love addons. I can spend hours on Curse or Wow Interface just browsing addons I will never use. When I discover a new blog, my first move is to look for THE UI post. Because there is always some good ideas in them, a new addon to discover, some great tools, some nice arrangement of the frames.
In this post, I will present you with a few addons that are absolutely useless, but make me gain time, sweat and sanity. You can definitely play without them. They are very basic, very few configuration is needed, some addons even have no config at all.
I’ll try to put some pictures for you. The quality is not always good, but at least you have an idea. All the links are to Curse but you can find everything on Wow Interface too.
Are you a healer ? If yes, maybe you put your Grid, Vuhdo, Whatever frame you use for your healing on the bottom middle of your screen. And if you’re like me, it’s not exactly on the bottom, but it is just, exactly where that damn dungeon window pops when you finish your random. And you can’t heal any more. And sometimes, someone dies on dots because of that. Or it just annoys you.
That addon block that pop-up, and put a line on your chat, telling you that you completed your dungeon, got your 2 emblems and your gold, gratz. I love it, no more pop-up spam on my screen, I accept pop-ups only if it’s an achievement…
Tabbed Dungeon Browser (updated for 4.0.1)
That one is so handy ! I’m always looking for the raid or battleground browser. It’s pretty easy to find them, I know, but it seems I can’t find it in 2 seconds on the classic interface. Seriously, how *open the social tab* -> *open raid tab* -> *clic on looking for raid* is intuitive ?
That addon is wonderfull : when you open either the dungeon window, the raid browser window or the battleground window, you will find tabs on the right side linking to the other windows, like in your spellbook. Now, if I open the LFD tool, and change my mind and look for a raid or a BG (or just if I don’t remember how to open the damn raid browser…) I just hit the appropriate tab.
Minimap button frame (updated for 4.0.1)
If you love addons as much as I do, you must be like me : your minimap is crowded with useless small buttons you never use, except maybe when you are too lazy to open the interface -> addons tab. Or for example, when you want to change an arrangement on your Vuhdo with a simple right-clic, and then you have to look for the Vuhdo button, opening by mistake half your addons config modes.
This addon will save your life, or at least some of your hair. It gathers all the mini-buttons in a retractable frame. You can put it in the corner of your screen and forget it. When you open it, the buttons are no more overlaying each other. It’s "one button to rule them all and in the corner of your sceen bind them…" Er… What ?…
Loggerhead (raid related) (updated for 4.0.1)
Do you love spending hours on your combat logs after a night of wiping ? Or are you leading raids sometimes and asked by the min-maxers in your team to upload some combatlog (as if they couldn’t do it themselve, but it could impact their performances…) ? If no : go to the next addon.
If yes, you’ll love that one. To get a log of your fights, and then upload it on the log platforms of your choice (my favorite is World of Logs), you need to type /combatlog at the beginning of a fight, and again at the end, and if you crash, or change toons during the raid, you will need to remember to begin the log again. The fun part being when you go in randoms after a raid and when you upload it, the raiders are sooo happy to find Dàrklëgølâs-Ysondre kill on Cyanigosa because you forgot to stop the log at the end of the raid…
What it does is simply begin the log when you enter a raid, and stop it when you leave the instance. You can choose in the options which raids or 5-mans you want to log, and that’s it, you don’t have to worry about it. Every raid you would want will be recorded, even if you crashed, changed toon, got disconnected or whatever. Now you just have to be in the raid instance (and don’t forget to upload the logs after the raid like I did yesterday with our LK wipes…).
Crossdresser (updated for 4.0.1)
Dual-spec is your friend ? You’re a druid, or a pvper ? You change spec every ten minutes ? And of course, sometimes, you forget to switch your gear accordingly… Not any more with this addon ! It’s a very simple addon that use the in-game equipment manager. The configuration takes 30 seconds : you choose one of your sets of gear for each of your spec.
You can see on the picture that I choose my MM set (with a Chimera shot icon) for my primary spec, and my PvP set (with a stealth elf icon) for my second spec. When I switch to one or the other spec, my set of gear is changed automatically. If I want to use my Survival set (explosive shot icon) or my Algalon set (sparkling pony icon), I will need to equip them myself, and then go back to my usual set when I’m done.
This addon is from Tekkub who writes a lot of small addons like those, very simple, not necessary at all to enjoy the game but highly useful anyway.
GnommishVendorShrinker (updated for 4.0.1 as a beta version)
This is another Tekkub addon. It’s aimed at vendor frames. If you never find the things you need at a vendor. Or if you buy 3 times the same recipe from the vendor because you didn’t noticed you already had it, this addon can help you.
First of all, it shrinks the objects in a line per line list. There is an icon of the object you can mouseover, and the text is coloured accorded to the rarity of the object. On the right, you can see the cost. In the case of recipes, you can see in blue the ones you don’t know, and in red the one you can’t learn yet or the items you can’t use. It changes the way you buy objects : you just have to left-clic, instead of right-clic. You can alt-clic to buy a stack (very useful for reagents). That may be confusing at the beginning. But after a while, you just can’t visit a vendor without it…
Scrap (updated for 4.0.1)
Your bags are always full of crap. Admit it. You collect crap everywhere : levelling, farming, questing, raiding… All those grey items that get stuck in your bags and take room. But you don’t want to destroy them because one copper is one copper… You want to vendor them. And you spend 10 minutes after every session finding all of those greys in your bags, among your baby spices, your last T10 piece waiting to be gemmed and enchanted, and your pile of Brewer fest coins.
Scrap is a sell-all-your-grey-in-one-button addon. Talk to a vendor, hit the *sell junk* button on the bottom, beside the repairs one. Done.
Rankwatch (useless now)
Imagine. You’re a leveller. And you only roll healers. But questing as a healer is tedious, that’s why you have a dps spec. And with every level-up, you learn new spells and update them on your two sets of bars. And sometimes, you forget one. And that annoys you.
This addon will annoy you even more, because it will tell you that you can have a new level of a spell you just use. Either because you didn’t visit the trainer in a while, or because you forgot to update one of your spells.
That addon can be quite spammy because by default, it will also whisper anyone in your group or raid when they use an outdated spell. You can disable this functionality by typing /rankwatch none in the chat. I strongly recommend to do that unless you’re with guildies. A guildie will thank you for noticing it and will update his bar, an outsider might take it badly. If you don’t care looking like a annoying jerk spamming Dàrkpwnpaladïn that he used rank 1 of Redemption at level 63, don’t mind disabling the whisper option.
I also found an addon that automatically updates you bars when you change specs if it finds some spells of higher ranks in your spell book. But I didn’t try it, so if you feel like, have a look at SpellUpdater. Though this addon will be useless with the next patch if I’m not mistaken, because downranking spells won’t be possible any more.
Magic looter (raid related) (updated for 4.0.1)
That one is for raid leaders, or rather, master looters. Have you ever been master looter in a 25-man raid ? If you do that every night, try this. There is two things very tedious as a ML. The first is when assigning loot, you have to look for the right group, then find the player. The second is to loot all that green loot and assign it to the designated sharder of the raid.
Magic Looter can send greens automatically to the designated disenchanter, and also send BoEs, orbs, to the guild leader or the officer responsible for selling things on the AH for the guild, usually called ninja. :D If you are the person who dez or ninja the blues, you will autoloot those. If you use a system where the masterloot grab everything and distribute it later (like a goldDKP run for example), you can set the threshold at epic and everything will go into your bags. You nasty ninja…
The second very useful thing is, when you want to assign a loot to someone, it replace the usual looting window. Instead of the groups, now you have a list of the classes in the raid, and also the options to send the object to the sharder or the ninja. You just have to look for Hunter -> Nefernet, and it’s easy.