Gev’s Raid UI

Shamelessly stolen from the internet, that’s a terrible user interface(UI) and sadly what mine ends up looking like by the time I’m all is said and done. I feel like I need this and I need that and I need this within easy click range… but the reality is I don’t.

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I started looking around the internet for inspiration and trust me… there is plenty out there. I almost wish I was a DPS because you can go crazy minimalistic and see the real beauty of the game. Sadly(?) I’m a healer though and it requires me to see a bit more, like the raid frames. There’s still a way to streamline it though right?

Well, here’s what I came up with… so far

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This isn’t ALL of my addons… just the ones I’m primarily using for raiding.

  1. Prat 3.0
  2. Skada
  3. Tidy Plates
  4. Grid 2
  5. Weak Auras 2
  6. Bartender 4
  7. Opie

Welp. That’s the end of the post. Take care.

Oh… did you want some info on them? erhmagerd!

1. Prat 3.0
My chat window is an addon called Prat 3.0. It’s got more features then I’ll understand but it does what I wanted which is to debulk the chat frame. Ya know, get rid of the arrows and the extra stuff and put it into the corner like the red headed step child it is. It also allows you to put that bar that pops up when you start typing on the top of it so it’s that much closer to the corner.

2. Skada
I remember using Recount ages ago and at some point Skada became better for logging (mind you this was back in Lich King I think?). I’m sure they both get the job done. Skada is just one of those I’m familiar with this one type of thing.

3. Tidy Plates
This is the addon that is most up in the air at the moment. It allows me to reskin the way those lil’ health bars appear above players / NPCs. I haven’t played with it enough to get it exactly where I want it… because these bars honestly are mostly useless to me I feel anyway. /shrug

4. Grid 2

Now this is where the nitty gritty comes in. I like to keep my player frames super close to my char and I want the travel time (the amount of space my mouse has to move) minimized as much as possible. That’s why you’ll notice my boxes are relatively small. They also have to give a lot of information about each raid member.

It shows the first 3 letters of every players name. When a player is at full health it looks just like that. As they lose health the box starts to empty from the top down so when I heal them it fills back up.

gev-ui-gridEach box has corresponding markers as well.

  1. Lifebloom timer
  2. Germination timer
  3. Rejuvenation timer
  4. Regrowth (green box yes, nothing no)
  5. Wild Groth (green box yes, nothing no)

5. Weak Auras
This is a minigame disguised as an addon. It’s super powerful… and super difficult to use. You can google the shit out of Weak Auras though and find all sorts of them that others have shared. This person has some awesome auras and links to use them if you want ’em. I thought they were awesome… but not exactly my cup of tea.

All of my weak auras in two pictures.

On the left you’ll see two LARGE icons at the top. They are Power of the Archdruid on the left (resto druid staff trait) and Clearcasting on the right (the proc from Lifebloom for a free Regrowth). They pulsate and flash red so I can’t miss them.

You will see a blue bar with a countdown on it that I made for one of my trinkets, Bottled Hurricane. It’s set to show the number of stacks it has, how long until they all go away and the bar will only appear if the trinket is off of cooldown (because I’ve used it already).

Then you get into my bar of cooldowns. Starting at the top is Ironbark, Essence of G’Hanir, Wild Growth, Flourish, Swiftmend, and Efflorescence. The first 4 all work the same. When they are on cooldown the icon is grey’d out and has a cooldown spinner going. When it becomes available it turns the solid color again and does a little pop animation to get my attention.

Swiftmend simply has a stack count and a cooldown timer, no greying out.

Efflorescence was a bit more difficult to work with until I realized it acts like a shaman totem. When it’s active it has a timer on it showing how long is left. When it expires and I don’t have one active the icon grows and gets golden (right picture). A YOU NEED TO GET THIS ON THE GROUND type of thing.

6. Bartender 4
Bartender is an old addon that’s been around for ages. It’s a simple addon that allows you to move your bars around and what not. I use it to put my bars in new places, resize them and when I’m not hovered over them they are faded out completely. Bartender also allows you to easily remap key bindings if you need to. I’ve done that and map’d most of my abilities around my WASD keys for faster response times.

7. Opie
A VERY interesting addon. It allows you to make radial menus and then you call on them via keybindings. The radials allow me to get rid of bars that I used to have sitting on the side, like my mount or my alchemy icon. Now I press and hold a mouse button and choose what I need. The radial menu in the picture has a few mounts, my hearthstones and whistle.

I have a second one thats for shapeshifting and allows me quick access to run-fast-form.

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That’s what it looks like when I’m just standing there. I still need to cleanup the minimap and probably find something for my portrait and target but I’m super happy with what I’ve gotten so far.

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask!

How to Choose Order Hall Followers

Have you been staring at your 8 followers and trying to figure out which ones to pick? Well… let me tell you how I did mine and hopefully it will help you out a bit.

First I started by breaking it down…
You have 8 followers and each of them has a specialization, 3 different types. This results in a 3/3/2 split (resto / balance / feral for example with my druid).

I then broke them down based on their first ability, their counter. They are named after your class abilities but are tied to keywords, hazard, spell, and minions. Again we have 8 followers so that will leave us with the same 3/3/2 split.

Then I added a column for their ‘special ability’. I believe that every order hall has the same specials as well.

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The only difference I’ve found between classes is how they decided who got what. I only have 2 healers and 2 hazard counters while monks have 3 healers and 3 hazard counters but they have 2/2 in other departments. Their special abilities don’t line up exactly the same way as mine either so that’s where you’ll have to do some spreadsheeting for yourself.

Second I compiled my data…
Now I wanted to see where I stood and compiled the data into a format that would help me better understand it.

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I labeled each person and figured out what I had 2 of in each category (healer and hazard). After taking a look at the special abilities I realized that I really didn’t care that much about Brightwing or Sylendra’s special abilities so I decided to pull out all the +%’s and see where it left me.

Holy cow! That left me with 5 followers and I figured this was too easy why did I make spreadsheets… until I realized it also left me without one whole spec for boss counters.

B-0 / E-1
C-2 / F-2
D-3 / G-2

It did help me out quite a bit though because now I knew I needed to eliminate one of my D’s and add a B. My healers were Brightwing (BF) and Sylendra (BG) and I also had 2 Fs and 2 Gs… so basically whichever one I liked more (Brightwing of course since I play him a lot in Heroes of the Storm). This mean that I would have to drop Naralex (DF).

Brightwing (BF), Zen’tabra (CG), Mylune (DE), Remulos (DG), and Hamuul (CF)
B-1 / E-1
C-2 / F-2
D-2 / G-2

The missions have seemed pretty split so far in terms of who I need for what and having a 6th follower would make my day but this is the setup I’ve decided on. It might change later if I find a lot of the higher missions are favored to one spec OR if I can find numbers on how the missions are split. I imagine the numbers are pretty even in the mission split so I don’t think you can go too wrong in this department.

TL;DR
follower-breakdown-cYou want an 3/3/2 split of spec / abilities and try to take all the +% abilities for a better chance at beating things.

Group A loses Naralex & his ability +15% vs. spells

Group B loses Remulos & +15% with greater minions

Weakly Wardrobe 9.6.16

Welcome, to the Weakly Wardrobe  Do you find yourself inspecting people for xmog ideas more than gearscores? Then this is the post for you! As I travel across Azeroth inspecting people I’d like to share some of the outfits I’ve seen and really enjoy.

Arkah from Moon Guard

Weakly Wardrobe Score:  star star star star star star star emptystar emptystar emptystar

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At first I didn’t even realize she was a warlock! How dastardly. She shows up on your doorstep looking all priestly just before she puts your soul in some random stone!

Arkah’s done a great job putting this ensemble together and I gave her 7 out of 10 stars. I love the golds and whites… (uhoh I’m starting to see a trend. I promise next week won’t be gold and white!) The difficulty of this outfit is also quite high for any nonpriest as the helm is from a tier set (13) and the shoes come from a Warlords of Draenor raid so you can’t just run in and solo the boss.

She’s done a fine job pairing several different expansions together into one cohesive look. It has just enough glow effects as well with the helm having a nice golden plume and the shoulders emit a blue hue better seen ingame that helps to tie the robe into the whole outfit better.

I did have to knock Arkah’s score down a bit because the golds in the robe are slightly off from the helm. You also have the obvious which is the blue-grey in the robe is not even close to matching the helm. The robe is a vanilla WoW texture so in some of the pictures you’ll notice the differences in the higher res textures.

Beyond the nit picking though I’m really happy with the look of the outfit.

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There’s also a cloak that goes with the outfit that I couldn’t get to display in WoW Model Viewer but it shows up on the link below for the WoWHead dressing room.

arkah-hoverWoWHead Dressing Room

The goodies list….

Helm
Soulgaze Cowl – tier 13 priest (normal mode, Warmaster Blackhorn)

Shoulder
Amice of Brilliant LightShade of Akama, Black Temple

Back
Cloak of Arcane Mysteries – Drop, several bosses

Chest
Gossamer Robe – World Drop, 49-50 elites… try Black Rock Depths

Hands
Soulcloth Gloves – Tailoring

Waist
Warmongering Gladiator’s Cord of Prowess – PvP

Feet
Inferno Breath SandalsBeastlord Darmac, Blackrock Foundry

Weapon
Staff of Immaculate RecoveryGurtogg Bloodboil, Black Temple

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Arkah and her outfit. Make sure to comment if you decide to wear or modify this. Would love to see what you’ve come up with!

Error 132, wow-64.exe has crashed

Hi! It’s me again! If you’re like me you’re knee deep in Legion at the moment. Maybe you’ve taken some days off work and got up early to get in the grind. Maybe you’re waiting for the servers to come back up after a rolling restart… who knows?!

Maybe those servers just came back up and you clicked play and as you’re logging in WoW crashes.

ZOMG!

The first thing you do is start googling the issue and of course there’s hundreds of posts on the forums and you’ll find Youtube videos that tell you to do all sorts of crazy things like mess with your directX or try it in compatibility mode or try turning your desktop on it’s side so it can get a nap, maybe it’s thirsty so you make your comp a cool drink (please don’t do that).

It’s all very confusing.

The one thing I’ve found though that helps me 90% of the time with most of the errors WoW has… delete some of WoW!

There’s 3 folders that carry a lot of weight within the World of Warcraft and those are found in the main WoW folder. They are cache, interface, and WTF folders. Each folder has it’s own purpose but deleting all 3 almost always gets me back up and running. Do you always have to delete all 3 though?

No.

Start with deleting the cache folder. Restart WoW.

A cache folder stores data so that it can be retrieved quickly because it’s on your local machine at home. A change on Blizzards end can mess those up or a file corruption can lead to errors. When you log back into WoW it will take a bit longer since it’s having to download those files again but it’s a heck of a lot faster than doing a repair.

If that doesn’t fix it then we’ll RENAME the wtf folder to ‘wtf.old’ AND delete the cache folder again. Restart WoW.

Changing the name of the folder makes WoW forget that it’s there. The WTF folder saves a lot of client side variables that usually effect addons. Getting rid of the WTF and cache folders will put WoW close to a brand new state.

If that doesn’t it then we’ll RENAME the inteface folder to ‘interface.old’ AND delete the cache and newly created WTF folders. Restart WoW.

You probably already know what’s in the interface folder. It’s your addons. The reason we’re renaming this folder (as well as the WTF) is so that if these AREN’T the culprits we can simply delete the ‘.old’ in the filename as well as the new folders WoW created for them and it will restore what we’ve done.

These are easy fixes to try when you get errors that won’t let you login that are game related.

Oh… where are these files located?

C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft

Most likely the above pathway is where you will find the folders. You just open Windows Explorer and copy / paste that into the navigation bar at the top. If you have extra hard drives or it’s installed somewhere deeper you may have to go searching a bit. Searching for wow-64.exe or wow.exe is usually a good way to find the folder everything is in. Once it appears in the search box you can right click on it and ‘go to file location’.

I hope that helps you out a bit!

Weakly Wardrobe 8.31.16

Do you find yourself inspecting people for xmog ideas more than gearscores? Then this is the post for you! As I travel across Azeroth inspecting people I’d like to share some of the outfits I’ve seen and really enjoy.

Gilindor of the Moon Guard server

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He’s wearing a set I can only characterize as being the Son of Ra. Now, I’m not normally a fan of cloaks but Jesus, Joseph, and Mary does this one pair well with the outfit. His use of different golds and yellows give the outfit more depth. The gems add a nice pop of color and really help to break up the monochromatic scheme enough to keep it from being to one-note.

I put the set together on the WoWHead viewer and I’ve linked it below.

Full Outfit on WoWHead Viewer

You can view it in 3d (there’s a red button middle top right) and change the race / sex so you’ll have a better idea of what you look like.

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Compiled list of the full look and who has what…

Helm
Tier 13 PaladinWarmaster Blackhorn (normal dragonsoul)
Glowing Wings of Hope – Vendor – Faldren Tillsdale(SW) Jamus’Vaz (Org)

Shoulder
Dawnsteel Shoulders – BS Crafted, Burning Crusade
Swiftsteel Shoulders – BS Crafted, Burning Crusade

Back
Cloudburst Cloak – Al’akir
Drape of Inimitable Fate – World Drop
Glittering EpidermisAscendant Council, Bastion of Twilight
Gray Hair Cloak – Vendor – Rugok(Org) Toren Landow (SW)
Ironstar’s Impenetrable Cover – Blackwing Descent drop
Zom’s Electrostatic Cloak – World Drop

Chest
Sunscale Chestguard – World Drop, mobs 53-55

Shirt
Bright Yellow Shirt – Tailoring

Hands
Sunscale Gauntlets – World Drop, mobs 48-52

Waist
Girdle of Uther – Blackrock Spire BOE
Fearless Girdle – Quest in Zangarmarsh (A) (H)

Legs
Kirin’Var Defender’s Chausses – Quest, Sigil of Krasus
Sunscale Legplates – Mobs, 51-53

Feet
Muck-Ridden Galoshes – Quest, Muck Diving
Valorous Greaves – Stratholm BOE

Weapon
Golden Staff of the Sin’DoreiKil’jaeden, Sunwell

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Gilindor and his outfit. Make sure to comment if you decide to wear or modify this. Would love to see what you’ve come up with!

Invasion Power Leveling

leveling toonsThanks to the invasions is your login screen starting to look like this?

Tangent: I made a horde druid, Dimplez, because I planned on shifting sides come Legion but the hubby and rando friends (ie: Zerio) who said NOOO!!!! Now I just have a toon I can’t bring myself to delete cuz he’s 100.

Anyway are you taking FULL advantage of the invasions? You probably think you are… I certainly thought I was. After some digging though you’ll find there’s some min-maxing to this that can definitely increase the XP gain as you leveling your whole account to 100.

First thing to do is to make sure you’ve got some Elixir’s of the Rapid Mind. There are two versions of it but the one we want is from Warlords of Draenor. It goes up to level 99 while the other one, Elixir of Ancient Knowledge, only goes up to 84.

Elixir’s of Ancient Knowledge are bind on account so  you may or may not have them. If you do awesome, they stack with the Rapid Mind but it’s not a necessity just a nice bonus.

Elixir’s of the Rapid Mind come from your Garrison and they are droppable so can be bought off the Auction House (or you can go cheap like me and sell the shit out of them). They only last for a short amount of time but they can do huge things for the initial leveling so if you’ve got some cash to dump or a stockpile of them… now is the time to use them.

Next you’re going to make your toon and get to Kharanos. It’s the lil’ town in Dun Morogh that’s got an invasion going on most of the time. Once there you’ll want to grab a group as quickly as possible in stage 1. It gets you a bunch of extra XP because people are tagging things you wouldn’t be able to… a conglomeration of XP gatherers.

Once you have that pop your potion and begin tagging and killing. Try NOT to die, as you don’t gain XP while D.E.D. Keep pew pewing until you clear stage 2.

Now, this is the important step.

Log out.

Log in.

Find a group… repeat.

WUT!? I just heard you say. You are put into a new instance of the event and you get to do it all over again. This saves you a ton of travel time and really helps you to stay in the action.

Sidenote: DON’T OPEN YOUR CHESTS! You cap out at 2k nethershards which you can’t spend until your high enough level to do the Broken Shore questline. The second main reason is because the items in the chests level is based on your CURRENT level. Open ’em all at level 100… and all the items are 100. Granted you won’t get a ton of chests doing this method… you’ll get like 1.

Week 3: PreLegion

Have you heard there’s a new expansion coming out? They call it the Legion… or Legion, maybe I’m too old. It’s like the Twitter or the Snapchat (which I still think is dumb because I always read it and forget to instantly reply so when I go to reply later I have no idea what your LOL is talking about).

Get off my lawn you kids!

Srsly though… we get the 3rd prequel quest this week. It’s neat to see how it’s slowly unraveling and shaping into the next expansion….

…so I started writing this post right before I did the quest thinking I’d have something awesome to write about and 5mins later the quest was done.

Spoiler alert… Dalaran is under attack.

That’s the quest.

I’ve been enjoying these storyline quests and how things are coming together but this one was a bit of a reach in what you might call a ‘quest’. It takes longer to fly to Dalaran than it does to complete this thing.

I’ll jump over to another topic then… The Broken Shore.

Anyone else in love with the in game cut scenes? They have to be a lot of trouble to make but I really really really enjoy them.

Welp… back to my monk that’s getting closer to 100 thanks to the invasions. After 3 invasions he’s level 26 30 so this should go pretty silly fast! 36! This is just bonkers. Looks like I managed to get 40 before bed! Go team XP!

On a sidenote, the legion chests give you an item equal to your CURRENT level. If you save them until you ding 100 (cuz you’re wearing heirlooms for example) then you’ll be able to deck yourself out no problem!