Monday Morning Macro
January 25, 2010 15 Comments
Although I’m pretty good at remembering to use Tricks of the Trade on longer fights to boost group DPS, I’ll admit that I forget about it a fair amount of the time. That being said, having recently received the two set bonus (Your Tricks of the Trade ability grants you 15 Energy instead of consuming it), I needed a better method of applying it to another DPS.
I’m a keybinder, using a Logitech G13 for most of my bindings. However, I left Tricks unbound on a bar off to the side of the screen near my raid frames (I use Grid). I would simply click Tricks and then click on the person I’d want to cast it on. I would do this when not energy capped, so other than costing 15 energy, It didn’t affect my rotation. However, now I want to make sure I’m using it when it’s up every time, and I wanted to create a macro that would make that task easier.
My inital macro looked like this:
/tar character name
/cast Tricks of the Trade
I made that back in Naxx, and I haven’t changed it until recently (primarily due to just clicking). There are two problems with that macro:
- You have to edit it every time you want to cast it on a different person
- It de-targets your current target.
The editing aside, targeting was a big issue for me, because I’m the main assist for our raids. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the concept of a main assist, that’s the person who selects what target is DPSed. It actually works better than raid marks, if you can get everyone on board to the concept. Anyway, to fix the de-targeting issue, I worked with a friend to make this:
#show tooltip Tricks of the Trade
/cast [@focus] Tricks of the Trade
Assuming that you have a focus target set, this macro will cast Tricks of the Trade on them provided that they are within 20 yards and the ability isn’t on cooldown. It will also retain your current target so you won’t have to reselect your target to resume DPS, you just press the button and keep going about your business. The only two pieces of effort on your part are /focus on who ever you want to tricks and actually pressing the button during the fight.
Anyway, hope that helps. I’ve found it immensely useful in my playing from heroics to raiding. Maybe you’ll get some mileage out of it too.