HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest

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Shadow Priest UI Revisited

I gave everything a bit of a shuffle a couple weeks ago, mostly because I needed more help watching my Focus (Lich King) target’s cast bar (Defile) and who is being targeted (Me, or someone else in the raid). I switched to Shadowed Unit Frames. But changing my unit frames lead me to move a lot of other stuff around too. I thought it might be worth consolidating everything into a post.

The Evolution of My UI: Final

Thank you to everyone who commented on my recent UI Evolution post! As promised, here is a screenshot and breakdown of my final UI. Along with the visual display, I’ve also listed and linked each mod I use so anyone who sees something they like, can download and give it a try.

The Evolution of My UI

Over the years I have played WoW my UI has changed. From using the standard interface, to dabbling with mods, I have slowly “evolved” to what I feel is a more sophisticated and user friendly interface for my game play. My biggest challenge has been mod customisation. I need things to be pretty user friendly after install otherwise it is all too much and I give up on the mod all together. I went through my screenshot folder today and have picked out pictures of my many UI attempts some of which are quite embarrassing but I’m going to share anyway!

Improving the Interface Using Addons 8 – Elkanos Buff Bars

Cass’s major UI overhaul inspired me to do the same. I will admit I kinda cheated and copied many of her ideas – just set them up with a healer flavour. One standard UI feature she didn’t make any changes to, but I felt needed improvement was a new way to layout any buffs and debuffs my character was experiencing.

Improving the Interface using Addons 7 – Decursive (Cleansing and Dispelling)

If you already have a good raid frame system set up you can use that to monitor magic, curses, diseases and poisons. However, if you’d like to have a separate, stand-alone Addon for quick click removal of nasty stuff I’d recommend Decursive.

Improving the Interface using Addons 6 – Grid (Raid Frames)

If you’ve wanted to try Grid but don’t know where to start you’ve come to the right place. Grid is intended to replace the default UI raid frames – you know, the groups 1-5 that you have dragged onto your screen from the Social>Raid window.

Improving the Interface using Addons 5 – Debuff Filter (DoT Monitor)

Debuff Filter lets you watch just the Debuffs/DoTs that you’re interested in. You are also given the option for each spell/debuff to only show the Debuff if you were the player to apply it (thank you! I’m not interested in anyone else’s Shadow Word: Pain).

Improving the Interface using Addons 4 – Quartz (Cast Bar)

As a DPS caster I cannot stress how important it is to have a good cast bar. I love Quartz and I have no intentions of changing when Quartz does everything I want my cast bar to do. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some customisation.

Improving the Interface using Addons 3 – Dominos (Action Bars)

The bottom section of your screen (hotkeys/spell keys, bags, menu) are referred to as Action Bars. I considered both Bartender and Dominos and downloaded both. However, it was Dominos that I chose to install and tweak.

Improving the Interface using Addons 2 – Resources

My interface needs a complete overhaul. In this issue (part two) I will share the resources and some terminology that I learnt along the way and perhaps save you some time on your own journey to a better interface.