A while back a commenter suggested that /stopcasting was no longer relevant in casting macros.
I had forgotten all about it until /stopcasting was positively mentioned in a comment by Velinath to my Magetard post.
I (respectably) disagree with the original commenter, and happily agree with Velinath.
Sure you don’t need it so much to combat lag… So much, because Blizzard fixed the casting system a while back to allow “queuing” of your next spell.
However, there are times, and more specifically spells that may require you to act instantly, canceling your current spell to launch the more important spell or skill.
If you have just started a 3 second cast, only to find:
- The mob is coming right at you
- Someone is cursed
- You got ganked
- A mob just got an uber buff
- Your sheep broke
- A mob is casting a nasty spell
What are you going to do?
Sure you can jump or move to cancel your cast, but why do multiple actions when you can just do 1?
Like what Gnomer, and what would it look like?
When someone gets cursed, you want instant response, waiting 3 seconds might be the cause of a wipe, so rather than your standard decurse icon on your toolbar replace it with this macro:
#showtooltip Remove Curse
/cast [target=mouseover, help] Remove Curse; [target=player] Remove Curse
Those buffs can be fleeting, worse of course is when your opponent has a buff, they are either doing more damage, or taking less damage. Either way you want to instantly take advantage of their buff, while depriving them. Use this macro:
No sense in continuing to cast until the mob is on top of you, better to iceblock early. Macro to use:
/cancelaura Ice Block
/cast Ice Block
Just noticed the boss is at 37% health, don’t wait, shed aggro!
This is defintely an optional one, but generlly when I was to fireblast, I want to do it now.
- Mob will be dead before you finish your cast – Fireblast now!
- Mob heading to healer and you want to distract it – Fireblast now!
#showtooltip Fire Blast
/cast [harm]Fire Blast; [target=targettarget]Fire Blast
Feel like there’s some sneaky rogue about, don’t miss a beat.
#showtooltip Arcane Explosion
/cast Arcane Explosion
Don’t stay snared for longer than necessary, escape now!
#showtooltip Escape Artist
/cast Escape Artist
Medallion of the Horde/Alliance
Why did you want to be snared, get out now!
#showtooltip Medallion of the Alliance
/cast Medallion of the Alliance
Usually if you are blinking it’s because you need some distance instantly. If you have been surprised, you need to act now!
Ganked while casting? Patrol like the taste of you, time to stop them in their tracks… Instantly.
/cast Frost Nova
Or to mix it up with a Blink on the end… (just press the button twice)
/castsequence Frost Nova, Blink
Sheep, Turtle, Pig, whatever…
When the sheep breaks, you don’t want it to return to battle, you want it out of action immediately, before it takes out your healer, or more importantly the only player with aggro on the mob – you. Sheep now!
/cast [target=focus] Polymorph(Turtle)
When you need to counterspell, you need to do it now. Chances are the mob will complete it’s cast before or at the same time as you. With lag, there is a good chance it is nearly finished. Stop that cast NOW!
/cast [modifier:Alt, target=focus, exists] Counterspell; Counterspell
Ok, so got it?
On an aside, if you suffer from lag, make sure you install (or reinstall) quartz. I use it always. Often 1/2 my cast bar is red from lag. So sure, I could trust the Blizzard queue, but knowing when my cast is really going to end is very helpful.
While I am at it, a few more that I use and recommend.
Arcane Missiles anti-spam
Don’t interrupt you current Arcane Missiles…
#showtooltip Arcane Missiles
/cast [harm,nochanneling:Arcane Missiles]Arcane Missiles; [target=targettarget,nochanneling:Arcane Missiles]Arcane Missiles
Any targeting attack spell
Basically replace FrostFire Bolt with any (make that all) of your combat spells. it will quite simply cast at your hostile target, or if you can’t select it for some reason (mass of bodies, enemy and friendly), it will cast it at your friendly target’s target. Real handy when switching targets mid battle, just target the most sensible assisting dps you can, and pew pew away.
This is also a sneaky way of pinching those critter kills as your mates run through instances, don’t bother to target the critter, target your critter killing mate, and beat them to the kill.
#showtooltip Frostfire Bolt
/cast [harm]Frostfire Bolt; [target=targettarget]Frostfire Bolt
Doing that Argent Tournament Kiss-A-Frog quest, then try this one.
#showtooltip Warts-B-Gone Lip Balm
/tar Lake Frog
/use Warts-B-Gone Lip Balm
My All the Squirrels youve loved/kill before Macro.
Also bound to annoy the hell out of your enemies in the Battle grounds while you kite them around lovingly.
/cast Ice Lance(Rank 2)
#show Slow Fall
/cast Slow Fall
Ohhh, and if you need a primer on Macros, head over to No Stock UI, Play Different! as they have a series going on there right now!
Gnomer and Out!
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