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How To Play Any Class

… well, almost.

With the coming of a new expansion, Blizzard decided (as they like to do) that they were going to tweak a few classes. Only in this case, “a few” meant “all”, and “tweak” meant “turning several of them inside out”. In a couple of cases (Survival Hunter and Outlaw Rogue), they changed them to the point that they were unrecognizable from the original class. Talents in general got reworked, major glyphs were wiped from existence, and players were sent back to the drawing board, scratching their heads.

It’s a situation that can be intimidating for casual players. They want to start playing their class again, but more importantly they just don’t want to suck. Be it a LFR raid or running in a dungeon group, no one likes being that one player on Recount who, given the numbers they’re putting up, is clearly playing the game using their feet.

Ask one of these people who seem to be using their in-game abilities by shouting at their keyboard what the problem is. If you get any response at all, you’ll probably hear “I don’t take it too seriously. I just play for fun.” What this means is that they don’t want to look up optimal rotations, or any rotation for that matter. They won’t look at Icy Veins or Wowhead or Ask Mr Robot, or any website at all that might come off as intimidating to them.

This solution may seem too complicated for the uber casual, but I assure you that it isn’t. This is one of those cases where the reward far exceeds the effort. What the Hell am I talking about? I’m referring, of course, to the enhanced version of Gnome Sequencer.

What this addon does is runs through a rotational macro for a certain class. It might not get you to top the charts, but at the very least it’ll keep you functional. I used the old version of Gnome Sequencer when I leveled my Mage from 1 to 100 and ran him through LFR. I’d never played a Mage before, but I found myself doing just fine on the charts despite not being able to name even three of my abilities.

Some people may call this “cheating”. Far from it. I would rather have someone who didn’t have a hot clue what they were doing using this addon, than having them fumble through the “right” way like a chimp manhandling a brand new rock.

Kephas does a great job explaining the addon, from installation to application. Check it out, download it HERE and hopefully you find yourself a productive member of your LFR.

One Button Frost DK Macro For Patch 6.2

Time to chill!

Time to chill!

Everyone wants an easy way to play their class. Some folks just can’t wrap their head around rotations, priority, and the like. Granted, there are plenty of folks who are more cutting edge players, squeezing every last drop out of their class. But there are plenty of players who just want to compete not suck. For those people, wowlazymacros is a great site to help set them up.

I’m starting to play around with this one button frost death knight macro, created by Amanda Nicole Hedrick for a Dual Wield Frost Death Knight. I’ve experimented with a few macros on Herculees, who admittedly doesn’t have the best gear. But this one gave me the highest burst and highest sustained dps for my gear. Plus, I like not having to think about Blood Tap.

Sequences[‘FrostDW’] = {
PreMacro = [[
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/targetenemy [noharm][dead]
/cast [nostance: 2] Frost Presence
/cast [combat] Pillar of Frost
/cast [combat] Anti-Magic Shell
‘/cast [mod: alt] Soul Reaper’,
“/cast Howling Blast”,
“/cast Frost Strike”,
‘/castsequence Plague Strike, Obliterate, Death Strike’,
‘/cast Blood Tap’,
‘/castsequence Blood Tap, Plague Leech, Blood Tap, Blood Tap, Plague Leech, Blood Tap’,
PostMacro = [[
/use [combat]13
/script UIErrorsFrame:Hide();
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1

Now to use this, you’ll have to use the mod Gnome Sequencer. It can be a bit tricky to set up, so I’ll let Kephas explain how to do it.

I’ll probably start using this in PVP while making a few changes to talents and glyphs. For now, let Icy Veins be your guide for such things.