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Bartender, Dominos, Watcher, MSBT

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Bartender 4
Dominos
Watcher
MikScrollingBattleText
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Bartender and Dominos are action bar addons and both of them do virtually the same thing, they let you modify the way your action bars look. This is Barthender that you see right now on my warrior and this is dominos… on my dk… see not that much of a diference… well maybe except for the configuration panels … they look different. With bar addons you can reposition and resize the bars. Why is this useful? Well because like this, for one,you don’t have to see the blacksmithing skill while pvp-ing. But really the idea is that you can have your main cooldowns in a larger bar positioned where you can see them easily while things that you don’t really need… can go in a small bar to the side of the screen, Or you can even fade them out.

Let’s check out the configuration options for Bartender:
1st of, to move the bars, simply left click the icon. Place them around as you see fit. Modify the out of range indicator if you don’t like the default red. I don’t like the entire skill going red so I’ve got only the hotkey selected here, like this is just more similar to the default blizz way. Select the bar that you wish to configure, you will notice they are numbered. Set the rows to 12 if you want it to go vertical Set the scale as you see fit. You can choose to hide your hotkeys. Or to hide a certain bar depending , on a couple of options, like weather or not you are in combat.

An interesting and of course optional way of using the actionbar addon is to have it set up to display your short cooldowns larger, so you can consider it as a cooldown tracker. Because the skills don’t just pop on your screen when ready, you get to see them regen, and this gives you more of a warning time for when a short cooldown skill is about to be ready. Well the same effect can be achieved with Ghost Pulse or with Power Auras, it will be up to you to decide which one you like best.

Mostly this addon is usefull, as you can see on this arcane mage, to have the cooldowns set in a larger size , next to each other, while the instant skills or spells go below, this allows the player to more easily keep track of his cooldowns..

On thing to note is that … if, let’s say, you have keybinded q on one location in spec 1, then when you switch spec q will be binded to the same location, so you can’t keybind q to one location on one spec, and to another location on the other spec. Only the skills will change their position on spec switching, not the keybinds. This might be a bit of a nuisance for players that want to their key bind order a bit different from one spec to the other.

Well the addon works same way as the default blizz way. That is because key binds are held on the blizz sever side… so dominos or whatever other bar addon will work in the same way, (at least till blizz changes some stuff).

If you are having problems with skills getting rotated on spec change then use the profiles.

Watcher looks like this. What does it bring new to the table? Your skills flow from right to left as they come of cooldown and the one that is on top is the one with the highest priority. Hunters might like this addon.You will need to set up a priority order for your skills, provided you know what the priority order is.

If for your class the priority of skills changes from situation to situation, then you can set up profiles and you can have a key binded to switch between two or more priority orders.

Overall an useful addon, especially for raiding rotations and raid dps improvements. In combination with power auras it also might also make a good option even for pvp. All in all a hard is is a hard choice between watcher , power auras and ghost pulse.

If you would rather have text warnings instead of the graphical warnings then you can choose to use MikScrollingBattleText. The text flows nicely around you character. You can modify the location of the text from Scrool Areas, configure Scrool areas. Damage done is to the right, named outgoing, damage taken to the left, named incoming, skill procs are above, named Notification, and skills ready are at the bottom, named Static.

If you wish to take out or change the sound for a ready skill go to Cooldowns, click on the configure icon, and set the sound.

Tell me When is like Power Auras only with less options. It is more easy to configure. Just add the skill that you wish to see. I use it on my warrior in pvp because it can display when my intercept or charge are ready even if I’m in the wrong stance.

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0 #4 stabby 2012-03-30 02:16
Quoting stabby:
i love your guides !

rightbckatya Orc subt rogue, Quel'thalas EU
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0 #3 stabby 2012-03-30 02:15
i love your guides !
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0 #2 mick89 2011-08-09 11:47
Indeed. A watcher guide would be awesome.
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+1 #1 ancientrage 2011-05-06 23:25
hi i was wondering if you could make a video on how to use the latest version of watcher. i looked at the site that tells you how to set it up and it didn't help at all and the videos that are out there for watcher have an older version, which doesn't have the same lay out as the newer version. i like your set up of the addon which i intended to use for my arms pve spec but so far i can't understand it.
i also wanted to know if you would do a class guide on arms dps for pve since everywhere i look everyone seems to have inconsistent answers and i think that you explain things better than most people.
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