I'm a dedicated WoW player who play several alts, but I focus mainly on my Warlock. Since I have a lot of characters, on this site it's easiest that I'm simply known as Saga.
I'm a raider, guild officer and altoholic who loves chasing after new mounts and pets.
This site is where I ramble about my adventures and thoughts as I continue playing WoW.
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Category Archives: UI/Addons
Some time ago I decided to re-do my UI again, because I felt that there were things missing that I wanted. I had a look at the pre-made UIs like ElvUI and similar. While they look nice, I just don’t feel comfortable using them. There seems to be a trend in minimal UIs right now, and even if I can understand their appeal, it’s just not something I want to play with. Even if I know all my keybinds, I still want to see them on my screen. This may seem unnecessary, but it’s how I like it.
I’ve enjoyed SpartanUI in the past, with its many frames for buttons, but there were some things about it that bugged me. So I kept the artwork (with some minor alterations), and built my own UI from that.
For those interested, here is a complete list of the add-ons that I currently use, both visible and not.
I use Btex for my bottom texture graphics. It comes with several pre-made options, and there are lots more to find and download online. In this case though, I made my own based on the graphics in SpartanUI.
Your standard bar add-on. It has the utility that I want and I find it easy to use. Another option for those who don’t like Bartender would be Dominos.
I find these to be lightweight and easy to configure. When it comes to unitframes I don’t need all the bells and whistles, so these give me exactly what I need.
Formerly ButtonFacade, it gives you the option to change the skins of your buttons. Suddenly you can have circular buttons, or anything you feel you want. There are lots of skins to download for this addon, so just find one you like and you’re all set!
Because I’m lazy and like to have easy and quick-to-view information about my gold/bag space/durability etc. There are extra plugins for this if you want more information than I currently have showing.
This is my mini-map add-on and it has a lot of customisation. You can make the mini-map a different shape, and change a lot of other little neat things.
My latest acquisition this is an add-on that changes your tooltips and just allows you to customise them to what you want shown as well as how it looks.
I’ve replaced the Blizzard buffs with these, because they allow me to move them to wherever I want them. It also gives you the option to choose the size of your buffs and debuffs. For me, I like to have my debuffs a tiny bit bigger, so I can easily see if I got something bad on me that needs me to move away from other players for example.
Shows numbers on your buttons letting you know the cooldowns of your abilities.
This is my chat frame add-on. It gives you the option to change font on your chat, as well as several other little neat features.
My cast bar add-on. It gives you a lot of options when it comes to configuration, size and whatnot. I’ve been using this for what feels like forever.
I use this instead of Blizzard’s floating combat text. It has a lot of customisation and you can choose where the scroll areas will be on your screen.
My go-to raiding add-on for knowing what goes on with the boss at all times. It’s also nice for easily announcing things to the raid. Another option is BigWigs, but I’ve admittedly not used it for years. I hear it’s still good though!
This addon is really useful as a raid leader, because it will tell you about flasks, food buffs etc. It can also print out information about taunts, CC breaks and similar. Big Brother is a Big Favourite!
This is my add-on to keep track of dots on my target. It’s easy to setup and move around, for any class you may be playing.
This is a neat add-on that can be used to easily see where your raid members are having issues. It will check when people do things like stand in fire or get hit by avoidable damage. I use it mainly for my own information, rather than having it print to the entire raid. It’s just helpful to see if there are areas where we can improve on movement.
My new addiction. It puts a big friggin button in a location of your choice showing you various important things. Like for my Destruction spec I have it show when my Backdraft is active, since none of my other addons seem to track this particular thing. For Affliction it tells me when I have full Soul Shards or when I can start using Drain Soul. Yes, it could be considered a silly addon to need – and I don’t really, but it’s just nice. I much prefer getting a big button somewhere on my screen to looking for the tiny Backdraft icon on my character, amidst all the other buffs.
This add-on is very simple, and all it really does is print a message showing the killing blow for when someone dies. It’s just something I use so that I get a quick idea about why someone dies in the middle of a boss fight in raids. Later on I can go and check Recount for more information, but in the heat of battle it’s nice to have a quick, brief idea of what did them in.
I use Grid for my raidframes. They’re quite big for a dps player, but I like to have a good view of what’s going on. It also means that I can use the exact same setup for when I’m actually healing.
I probably shouldn’t need this anymore, but my inner control freak won’t let me delete it.
My go-to damage meter.
Quality of Life
This is new to me, but as I’m trying to learn Affliction, it’s a very helpful add-on that helps you see when to re-apply your dots. It will give you bars, colour coded to show you if your dot will benefit from Pandemic if you re-apply it.
Atlas for more detailed instance maps. Atlas Loot because it can show Faction Rewards and similar that the Dungeon Journal does not tell you about.
Great add-on that will trigger if there’s a rare mob in your vicinity. If you’re trying for any achievements requiring rare mobs, this is almost a must-have.
I enjoy this when I’m playing one of my healers. It’s just nice with the little button that lights up. Clickety-click and done! I prefer it to just dispelling from Grid, since it will only show me things that I can actually dispel, rather than everything.
For all your farming needs! It remembers where you’ve found herbs/mines and other things before. Just makes life a lot easier when you’re out farming and can’t remember where that awesome spawning spot was!
This is an absolutely awesome add-on. It’s basically Wowhead in-game for quests. If you’re uncertain about a quest, and would have gone to Wowhead to read the comments, you no longer have to. It’s all right there, in game!
This must be one of the most fun add-ons out there at the moment for anyone interested in building gear sets for transmogrification. I swear I could probably sit for hours just playing around with the outfits. It shows you where you can get the gear, and if there are other pieces with the same looks.
No explanation needed I think. It gives you your map coordinates, and you can choose which units should show them and where.
Your in-game route planner! Well, sort of. You can insert co-ords into it with a command to get a dot on your map and an arrow showing you in which direction to go. It also works well with Lightheaded, since you can click on coordinates provided by others in comments, and automatically get a TomTom arrow showing you where to go.
Looking at this list I guess I’m a bit of an add-on junkie.
Do you have any add-ons that you don’t want to be without? What are your quality of life add-ons?
Since patch 4.0 broke my old UI I ended up doing a new one. I’m still sticking to my favourite style of having everything at the bottom except for buffs. I just like having everything in one place. I realise this is probably not the same for everyone, and I admittedly move my Grid to a move central position on the screen when I’m playing my alt healer.
Shadowed Unit Frames
Classtimers (okay, you don’t actually see it on this shot, but I use it for tracking DoTs)
Satrina Buff Frames
Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text
In addition to those that are for the UI itself I of course use “the usual stuff” like Recount, Deadly Boss Mods and Omen Threatmeter.
One little neat addon I’d like to recomment though is Obituary. It’s something I find highly useful in raids. What it does is print out the killing blow of people in your party/raid in your chatlog so that you can see it without having to go into Recount/Skada to find it. You may still need to do that sometimes when investigating further, but I find it’s really helpful to get an initial idea, and you can immediately tell if someone stood (and died) in fire.
I always wanted a UI that felt like “me” and I’ve played around with a lot of different ones. Some more successful than others. Looking back at some old screenshots I sometimes wonder what I was thinking at the time. For a while I even had a different UI for my warlock and my warrior – in the end though that wasn’t very good and difficult to maintain – so I’ve since settled on one UI that I use for all of my characters.
The main UI itself is called SpartanUI and is very clean and user-friendly with minimal setup. Personally I usually disable the Party Frames mod since I use Grid which is much smaller and has all the info I need. SpartanUI incorporates Bartender 4 and oUF (party frames).
My one pet peeve with SpartanUI is that the target debuffs aren’t all displayed, it seems to be limited to a certain amount. Then again, I’m generally only interested in my own for which I use the debuff option in Quartz.
I know there are a lot of other options out there, such as DoTimer or ForteXorcist, but I never felt entirely comfortable with either of them – both of them always giving me a lot more information than I ever felt I wanted or needed. And so recently I’ve stuck to just the simple Quartz one.
Other little neat things just for sake of ease/fun:
Atlas & Atlasloot
ViperNotify (because on my hunter I keep forgetting to turn it off )
Obituary (prints out the killing blow of your fellow players’ deaths)
Lightheaded (wowhead in-game <3)