4 Valuable Feral Druid Macros

Macros are a highly useful function within World of Warcraft. Wowpedia describes what they are nicely;

The purpose of a Macro is to allow you to create some very simple custom actions or tasks, based on the existing game actions. A macro is just a sequence of slash commands, which are executed in order when you execute the macro.

The use of macros will make your play more streamlined & efficient giving you an edge over players who doesn’t use macros. Macros grant you advantages by;

  • Performing multiple actions at once by activating a single action button (mouse clicking or key binding) e.g. combining a spell and an on use trinket.
  • Reducing the number of spells on your bars e.g. combining an offensive cool down with a spell or combining several spells into one button through modifiers.
  • Increasing your throughput by using spells in a more timely & efficient manner.

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5 Things your raid leader should know about Feral Druids

Feral Druids are a complex class on many levels; rotation, utility and play style. More often than not we are just lumped with the other melee damage dealers. Because of the Feral Druids complexity there are some things that often get overlooked or are unknown to raid leaders. This post aims to provide some insight by listing and discussing 5 things that raid leaders should know about Feral Druids.

1. Feral Druids should always attack from behind the target when possible.

It is important for all melee dps to be behind their target because mobs / bosses can’t parry from behind, they can only dodge; therefore your chances of landing a hit are increased. However it is more important for Feral Druids because our primary combo point generating ability, Shred, can only be used behind the target. Targets that can only be attacked from the front (e.g. Ultraxion, Major-Domo Staghelm, Magmaw, Kologarn etc…), put Feral Druids at a damage dealing disadvantage. When ever possible try to position yourself behind the target and discuss this quirk with you raid leader.

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Stampeding Roar – Tier 14 Edition

Continuing with the “numbers aren’t the only thing that makes you a good player” theme that has been present in several of my latest posts; I am going to re-visit a previous topic and discuss how it applies to the current raiding tier. The previous post on Stampeding Roar was written before Mists of Pandaria and there have been some minor changes to how players can interact with the spell, primarily through the revised glyph system. The encounter design of the current tier has created several opportunities to use this spell to its fullest potential which I will be exploring in this post.

Stampeding Roar tooltip

The old Stampeding Roar tool tip from Cataclysm. (Image from WoW Head)

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My User Interface

The guild I am currently in is quite small, containing just the raid team and a few other friends and family. We don’t have a guild website or forums but we do have a Facebook page where we communicate. A few weeks ago a pic was uploaded a guildies User Interface (UI) and then everyone followed suit putting theirs up, everyone accept me. I have decided to devote a blog to my UI and go into detail about what addons I use, why I have set it up the way I have and the pro’s and con’s of my set up.

Why have a custom UI?
Most experienced World of Warcraft plays know that the default UI is not very efficient or optimal at displaying the information we need as players. The UI displays a lot of different information depend on the situation being used.

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Movement Speed Increases – How fast are you going?

I have found with my travels through the internet, that information tends to be spread out and difficult to find. There are few one stop sites that provide all the information you are looking for on a particular topic. This is true for documenting movement speed increases, such as which spells, enchants and talents stack together and which don’t. In today’s post I will be looking at this from a Feral Druids perspective as our mobility is one of our strong points. It is important to know what stacks together and what doesn’t so you do not waste stat allocations e.g. enchanting boots for a speed increase when it doesn’t stack with a talent that also increases movement speed is a waste of a potential stats gain.

In this post I will give a basic and brief run through of how movement speed increases are calculated. Then list what movement increasing spells are available to Feral Druids through spells, enchants and talents. Finally to answer my original question, how fast are you going?.

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Addon review: Clique and Feral Druids

Following up from my post on raid frames for Feral Druids I am going to talk about an addon that compliments raid frames nicely. Clique is an addon that enables click-casting and hover-casting on unit and raid frames much the same as mouse over macros do. The biggest advantage of this addon is that it allows you to more quickly select both the spell to cast and the target of the spell without requiring an extra click.

Clique is very versatile. It allows the use of modifiers (shift, alt, control) when binding spells, it can be used with any unit / raid frames including the standard Blizzard frames and it can activate macros. Clique also has a number of customizable settings such as dual spec profiles, activation based on whether you are in combat or not and activation based on the type of target i.e. friendly or enemy.

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