If you read this blog, you’ve hopefully seen my post on how I think about raid awareness. I’ve always wondered exactly how to follow up on it, and while this post isn’t nearly so broad in scope, it’s way of trying to revisit that topic. I’m not introducing any fundamentally new ideas, but rather, using Blackrock Foundry as an example of how those ideas can be applied. This post tries to make it as easy as possible to implement some of the most important and universal UI techniques for yourself.
In some cases I included WeakAuras I built so that you can try them out with a minimum of effort. I got Dayani (who researched the BRF fights in extreme detail in order to prepare her set of guides) to work on a list of boss abilities with me, and think about the best way to handle each one.
If you do nothing else upon reading this post, try installing these Auras–your raid leader will be happy with the outcome. All you have to do is download the addon and import these two strings:
BRF – Debuff Alert and Standing In Fire (v 0.91) (for everyone): Link
BRF – Interrupt Bars (v 0.91) (for interrupters): Link
(These are substantially complete, but we’ve only been able to do limited testing on our own, and I expect to make some tweaks after people try them out and provide any suggestions or problems)
Thus far it includes Heroic difficulty Blackrock Foundry. An added module for Mythic is something we hope to do after finalizing this one.
- Exported from newest WeakAuras (2.1)
- Alert for standing in someone else’s Blazing Radiance disabled until I figure out a way to prevent it from firing erroneously
- Some debuffs split into their own aura with manually-selected icon, since “Automatic Icon” didn’t seem to be picking them up correctly. Please report more of these if you see them.
- No changes to Interrupt Bars.
The Big Debuff Alert
This component is the one example of completely universal raid UI that I illustrated in the raid awareness article. You should want everyone in your raid to have it, and in fact a big motivation of this project was simply to increase uptake by handing over a WeakAura, or at least a debuff list, that people could use. I split it into two parts: 1) encounter-specific debuffs that require immediate movement and 2) the specific situation of “standing in fire”. In both cases, the concept is as described in the article: if any of these is happening to you, a UI that makes it possible for you to miss or ignore that fact is inadequate.
Both parts are in the first Aura I linked above. I’ll address the specific-debuff module first.
The Aura pops up a giant icon like this when you have any of the listed debuffs:
If someone in your raid didn’t move out with this debuff, they probably didn’t have this alert.