It’s been a few months since I last posted about my WeakAuras strings for tanking. Nothing seems to have broken in 5.2, so if you’re still using the old ones from 5.1 they should continue to function just fine. However, I recently added a neat feature that tracks Sacred Shield, so I figured it was worth an update.
Sacred Shield‘s absorption value is set when the 30-second buff is cast, and it doesn’t update dynamically as your Vengeance fluctuates. As a result, sometimes it pays to recast Sacred Shield if you’ve gained a large amount of Vengeance since the last cast, even if it still has plenty of time left. And of course the opposite can happen: maybe you just refreshed Sacred Shield at a very high level of Vengeance, and you don’t want to accidentally overwrite it with a lower value (and thus, you might leave a GCD empty rather than using it to recast Sacred Shield again).
Unfortunately, the default UI doesn’t give you any hints as to which situation you’re in. You could mouse over the buff, read the absorb value off of the tooltip, and then back-calculate in your head to figure out how much Vengeance that corresponds to… or you might be human (like me) and can’t possibly pull that off on-the-fly while tanking.
Solution: let WeakAuras do the work for you. I already had an aura that shows you how much Vengeance you have, courtesy of Sunnier over at Sunnier’s Art of War. What I’ve added is a set of three auras that shows you how much Vengeance you had when you cast the Sacred Shield that’s currently active on you, so you can decide whether or not it’s worth recasting it. One aura is just a “helper” that stores the Vengeance value every time you cast Sacred Shield, the other two display that value in a color-coded fashion. The number will show up in green if Sacred Shield has more “stored” Vengeance than you have (and thus you should not recast), or red if the Shield was cast at a lower Vengeance value (and thus you would get larger absorbs by recasting).
It looks something like this; the numbers are to the left of the cooldown row, right below the white “current Vengeance” number. You can see them change from green to red as my Vengeance level changes.
Since WordPress has been finicky about text boxes for such large strings, I’ve decided to just host everything at pastebin. Here are direct links to the two WeakAuras strings used in my tanking UI:
People frequently ask me for my auras for other classes, so now I’m hosting them all on Pastebin as well. To get them, just peruse my pastebin account and grab what you like:
As of right now, it contains auras for the following class/spec combinations:
Death Knight – Any (used by both specs)
Death Knight – Blood
Death Knight – Unholy
Druid – Guardian
Hunter – Any (used by all hunter specs)
Hunter – Beast Mastery (L85)
Hunter – Marskman
Hunter – Survival
Mage – Any (L85)
Mage – Arcane (L85)
Mage – Fire (L85)
Monk – Brewmaster
Monk – Chi (used by both specs)
Monk – Stagger (used by Brewmaster)
Monk – Windwalker
Priest – Shadow (L60)
Rogue – Any (used by both specs)
Rogue – Combat (L85)
Rogue – Subtlety (L85)
Paladin – Retribution (just cooldowns, I use clcRet for rotation)
Paladin – Protection – Cooldowns
Paladin – Protection – Priority
Warlock – Any (used by all three specs)
Warlock – Affliction
Warlock – Demonology
Warrior – Any (used by all three specs)
Warrior – Arms (L85)
Warrior – Fury
Warrior – Protection
Amber-Shaper Unsok Vehicle HUD
Pastebin has a maximum of 20 uploads per 24 hours, so the ones that don’t have links will be uploaded as soon as my 24-hour embargo is up (likely later tonight). Note that in many cases, these are “leftover” auras from patch 5.0 at level 85, and haven’t been updated to account for changes since then (and the Shadow Priest setup is for the priest I’m leveling now). However, they’ll likely still be useful as a base for your own tinkering.
The Retribution setup is just a couple of cooldowns, because I use clcRet to handle the priority rather than doing it through WeakAuras. Sorry to disappoint, but if you really want to build a full Ret UI out of this you can just copy the protection priority queue and replace the spell names with Templar’s Verdict, Exorcism, etc.
The Affliction Warlock HUD contains DoT bars that are color-coded based on Pandemic status – a red background means you’ll lose ticks if you recast. That’s easier to show than explain, so here’s a video:
While the Affliction setup is pretty solid, the Demonology one is a little rough around the edges. I should probably fix it up, but it just hasn’t been a high priority with how little time I’ve had for alt raiding this expansion (and when I do, it’s usually Affliction anyway).
I’ve uploaded videos of some of the other class/spec setups to my youtube account this in case you want a preview.
One final note: the Monk Chi and Stagger auras were both shamelessly stolen from Sunnier, who’s got an amazing set of auras for Monks. I’ve adapted them slightly to fit with my standard HUD configuration, but she gets all the credit for making them awesome.