Tagra’s Tactics pt.3 – Fucking Pay Attention

Tagra’s Tactics is brought to you by the rant-a-licious Tagra and her mental daggers of kill-you-right-fucking-now.

Fucking Pay Attention:

The add you’re supposed to switch to just popped, and you didn’t kill it. Something you are supposed to be tanking just punched a healer in the face because you didn’t notice it switch targets. The tank you’re supposed to be healing just dropped like a rock because something funny happened on TV. You’re standing in shit that is fucking killing you.

Pay attention.

I don’t understand why this is so hard for some people.

Most things are understandable. Not realizing exactly how a class ability works because the tooltip sucks and you didn’t dig through all the catass bickering over the best ways to min/max it… understandable. Fucking up on a boss fight you’ve never been to before, understandable.

Dying to the same gimmick you died to last time, and the time before, and the time before… you’re telling me you didn’t notice it (again) and that’s why you didn’t react to it (again)? Are you even trying, or are you just hoping to die so you can watch TV without being bothered by this game thing that keeps distracting you?

There is also the ever popular excuse: “lag.”  Lag happens. Latency happens. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it.

One thing you most likely can do something about, though, is framerate. I once raided with someone who ended up killing everyone with a bomb-type gimmick every single raid, and the standby excuse was that their framerate was so low that the screen froze and they couldn’t move away. At the time I was running WoW on a computer that was already 5 years old, and theirs was roughly three times better. I did not have framerate issues. What was the issue? They had like, every fucking addon in existence installed and running during raids.

Some tips to hopefully improve framerates during raids:
– Turn off addons. You don’t need Gatherer and Auctioneer to raid. Get Addon Control Panel (yes I realize it is ironic to install additional addons…) and you can disable every addon except the bare essentials without having to log out of the game. You can even set up a “raid” set to enable only your raid addons with a click.

An additional note, since apparently a lot of people never noticed this… on the character select addon screen, there is a dropdown in the top left corner where you can set addons to load for specific characters only. So you can tell your auction addons to only load for your auction alt, or pvp addons to only load for your pvp characters, or whatever. It can be handy sometimes too.

– Turn down game settings. This is kind of a “durr” suggestion too, most everyone does this first, but it’s worth mentioning. Particle Effects being one of the biggest frame rate hogs and most fights don’t require it to be high.

– Turn down settings on your graphics card itself. Check the control panel for it and make sure it’s not trying to enforce antialiasing or anything.

– Turn down the resolution of the game. A lot of people don’t think of this, but if you run WoW at a smaller resolution your computer is working much much less to render the game. Yes, it is ugly, but if having a hideous screen for 4 hours is what it takes for you to not stand in fire, is it worth it?

To Be Continued…

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7 thoughts on “Tagra’s Tactics pt.3 – Fucking Pay Attention

  1. Tagra says:

    Ooh I can add to this now too actually…

    Many addons also directly tank your latency as well as FPS. The biggest offenders are Recount or other combat log parsers (it’s reading the actions of everyone around you), Raid healing frames (particularly the incoming heal indicators, because it’s pinging everyone else going “hey are you healing someone? who???”. Most let you disable that function while maintaining the raid frames, if you’re having issues), and fucking Gearscore (because it’s shittily coded so it constantly and pointlessly pings everyone around you to see if their gear has changed in the last 20 seconds. Newer versions have worked on this issue at least but I still think an on-demand scanner like ElitistGroup is a better lag-free option :P).

    (Also as of the last patch, apparently most quest helper addons have been killing people’s computers during raids… Carbonite in particular has been spamming up a storm. Maybe that will just be a temporary thing but I figured it would be worth mentioning. You don’t need help on quests during raids right?)

    The thing that sucks about this is that even if YOU are not running the addons, if enough people around you ARE it can still impact your network bandwidth because your computer has to respond to all those requests. If your router/modem is cheap or old, it will have trouble keeping up with the packets (latency issues). If your computer is slower, it will have trouble keeping up with processing the requests (FPS issues).

    There are addons like Spamalyzer which can track what’s spamming everyone, which might be useful information for raid leads. If the raid is having lag or connection issues, it’s worth checking to see if anyone is running anything particularly spammy so that you can have them disable it for the rest of the run.

    If you’re having latency issues, it might be worth calling your ISP to see if they’ll give you a new modem/router. The ones they give you are almost always crap, and if you’ve had it awhile it might just be failing in subtle ways. Otherwise it might be worth an investment into a quality router that can handle more network traffic, especially if multiple people in the house are using the connection.

  2. Shiny says:

    Hmm. Addon Control Panel sounds pretty cool and I may look into it.

    I just want to say, I NEVER watch TV while raiding. I read books.

  3. Shiny says:

    “Shindig, heal raid.” /watches a few dps die. “Xeo, there were too many, so I just lightened the load a bit.”

    You were always so supportive. 😛

  4. Tagra says:

    After writing 30 page papers every week on subjects I wasn’t even interested in, I can probably type this faster than the average person can read it >.>

    And in other news, I just found out that Blizzard has actually throttled inspection requests specifically to stop spam from Gearscore and other addons which ping for info, so hopefully that will help people with shitty connections a lot.

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