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Gladius CCTracker DR Spell Alerter Quartz Aloft

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In this guide I will present Gladius, CCtracker, Diminishingreturns , Spell Alerter , Quartz and Interrupt bar. These addons work well together with the addons presented in the combat section(Power Auras, Ghost Pulse and Class Timer). Download links are below this video. Also if you have any questions regarding these addons feel free to ask on the forums.

I will start with Gladius. Gladius is a well known arena unit frames addon. To see some test bars for 3vs3 type /gladius test3. It displays the enemy class, spec , health, power bar and spell casting bar. Check Lock to move it around.

By default left click selects a target, right click sets focus, You can modify this from the “click actions” tab. Also you can set key binds for selecting enemy1 or enemy2.

Gladius can give raid warnings for various events. You may want to take out the race from the text info, so you can better see the spec.

But what’s most useful about Gladius is that it can display the more important effects on the enemy players. Like CC’s or immunities. These will display over the class icon and are called auras. You can add/delete auras and set a priority for each. Note that the one with the highest priority will be on top. The priority order is useful for when more than one effect takes place you should see the one that matters to you most. The default setup is fairly well made.

These auras are very important when cc-ing , as you usually want to link the cc’s, and you always want to see the auras in time and with little or no effort... and that means making the aura icon larger. Unfortunately, you can only make the aura size larger by making the class icon larger and that means making the health and /or power bars perhaps larger than needed on the screen.

If you would like to have some other means of noticing cc’s then you can try CCtracker. CC tracker can show effects for your party members and for your enemies. You can let gladius handle the effect on the enemies, while using cc tracker to see CC’s on party members.

In the config menu select show anchor to see where the bars are. Move them by holding alt and dragging. You will notice I have my friendly bar to the left , where my teammates are. You might want to set up fade time to 0 for more responsiveness. And increase the size so that you can notice the effects more quickly. Be fast to notice a silence on your healer and you might just be able to stay alive.

Type /cctracker test to check them out.
Ok so if you are linking CC’s, you might want to know the time on diminishing returns. A great addon for that is well. .. actually called “Diminishing Returns”.It fits really well with Gladius and doesn’t require any serious configuring. It really is invaluable druids or mages, classes that have their cc spell with no cooldown.

You will want to avoid getting that immune effect on your target after 3 consecutive CC’s, thus, use this and you will know when the diminishing returns end so you can cc some more.

You might want to take off the list the effects that don’t interest you. For example on my druid I only want to see cyclones and roots, so I take out everything else. Check test to test it out.Set the icon size from frame options, Gladius, Icon zise.

Spell alerter gives yet another way of noticing enemy spell casts. Type /sa to see the configuration menu. You can add or remove spells that interest you. This addon will spam in most games , not to mention in 3vs3 with double enemy casters. You can reduce the spam effect by taking out some of the spell that don’t really need.

The advantage that Spell Alerter has over …let say Ghost Pulse ,Power Auras or Quartz is that it shows who is casting on who, so you know whether the enemy is casting on you or on your healer. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t allow to set up a focus cast. And by that I mean to set focus to an enemy healer or dps and watch only his casts.

And that brings us to Quartz. Quartz can be used to see the focused enemy spell cast in a clear frame. And that can be really useful if you want to cc’s or interrupt. In my addon list I only have quartz and quartz focus enabled, the rest of it is mostly intended for casters. For casters this addon is useful because you can modify the way your cast bar looks and more importantly healers can better notice when they get interrupted.

To configure type /quartz.
If you wish to set up your focus cast bar go to focus, uncheck lock to move it. And here you will find a couple of options that relate to it’s size, texture and text. Yet unfortunately no option to set it to display only for specific spells. As presented in the other videos, use power auras or ghost pulse if you wish to see warnings for specific spells.

If you are a healer that doesn’t really enjoy getting interrupted, you can try Interruptbar. When the enemy skill is on cooldown you can freely cast away your large heals. When it’s off cooldown you can try to fake cast. Type /ib to see the options. Position the spells. Type /ib hidden and that is basically it. Now, when the enemy uses a kick effect on you, you will notice, the respective enemy icon will pop up, if you managed to fake cast it now you have 10 seconds of free cast till the next time.

Well, it doesn’t show arcane torrent and a couple of other interrupts like various stuns but I think you are better of without those for if you were to keep track of all of them you would get too distracted focusing on them rather than on something else.

Another useful arena addon is Aloft. It changes the way the enemy or friendly nameplates look. It can also take out some of the more annoying nameplates. Like the snakes from a hunter snake trap or the totems from a shaman. Configuration options are a bit complicated. Type /aloft waterfall to enter the menu. You can enable various modules that interest you. I have Alpha , Icon and Visibility added.

I use the alpha to fade out the nameplates of whoever is not my target.I use Visibility for the hunter snakes and for the totems.

Comments  

 
0 #4 mumbita 2012-01-17 18:16
gladuius how can i come into menu. when i go in interface then addons gladius isnt there?
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0 #3 kmj 2011-11-01 03:18
ive downloaded gladius, can't get it to work on wow, i dont know what to do, afther ive downloaded it, can someone please help me?
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0 #2 arniax 2011-09-04 09:24
where i can get Diminishing Returns for 3.3.5a ?? i cant find it :sad:
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0 #1 dave 2010-12-29 12:14
whats the addon of the rend bar in the quartz tutorial ?
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