Tracking Raid Cooldown Usage

cooldownsI recently stumbled upon a new WeakAuras 2 string on the official World of Warcraft reddit that piqued my interest.  I’ve struggled for a long time with malfunctioning Hermes and Blood Legion Raid Cooldown addons, and eventually just removed them entirely in favor of keeping timers in my head (yeah, that bad).  However, it seems like this new string works extremely well!  Hit the jump to find out more.

Hermes / Blood Legion Raid Cooldown

Over the years, Hermes has dominated the “tracking raid cooldowns” space for World of Warcraft addons.  However, I’ve always run into issues with it.  The addon would randomly not track some cooldowns.  For example, we’d have two restoration shaman and the addon would tell me that the raid has a total of one spirit link totem.  It was hit or miss, so I chose to miss.  Having a raid cooldown tracker that randomly forgets important cooldowns does more harm than it is worth.

A few years ago, Blood Legion released one of their proprietary raid addons to the public – Blood Legion Raid Cooldown.  This addon was far more reliable than Hermes, but was only being very sporadically developed for the public.  In fact, originally you needed to download the zip files off of a random file upload website.  Eventually it was developed more and released on the Curse network.  However, I personally still encountered similar issues with BLRCD that I experienced with Hermes (albeit, far less frequently).

After two addons that did not work how I had envisioned they would, I gave up and went back to the old fashion method.  For most fights this was fine, make a set rotation of three or four sets of cooldowns, and cooldowns will come up right when you need them.  However, occasionally you would miss when a cooldown is up if it was not assigned to a very specific moment in the fight.  This always bugged me, but I wasn’t willing to settle for “half-working” addons like Hermes and BLRCD.  I’d rather rely on my memory and rotations rather than being potentially mislead by a faulty addon.  Then, I found Yuqii‘s weak aura string…

WeakAuras Raid Tracker

There isn’t an official name for the project, likely because it is just a weakauras string, but I’ll refer to it as the “WeakAuras Raid Tracker” for now.  At first I was skeptical, “How will a weakauras string track what full fledged addons frequently have trouble with?”  Despite this suspicion, after using this string for a full raid night with zero issues, I’m sold.  The string does an excellent job of tracking cooldowns as well as keeping track of charges for cooldowns with multiple uses before triggering a cooldown (something Hermes and BLRCD still struggle with).  The display is very simple and efficient – a text list that shows all the tank external and raid-wide cooldowns, stating if they are ready or on cooldown (including time remaining on cooldown).  Surprisingly, the string has pretty low memory usage.  I expected this huge weakauras string to hog a ton of memory – nope!

Overall, I highly recommend checking out Yuqii’s weakauras string and consider making the swap from Hermes/BLRCD to it.  Additionally, as with all weakauras strings, you can edit it to fit your personal needs.  Easily edit the weakaura in game to add/remove anything you want.

If you haven’t already, please take the time to check out Yuqii’s reddit thread and give it an upvote if you enjoy!  It is really superb work and deserves recognition.  Follow the instructions on the reddit page for quick installation.

Best of luck, and happy healing!

Click here for the WeakAuras Raid Tracker!

UPDATE (3/15/15):

Yuqii has released a version two of his raid tracking weak aura.  Some major improvements, including tracking player deaths, make it even better than before.  Check it out by clicking here!

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