Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Darksend's Weekly Tip: The best macro you probably are not using

I mentioned this briefly in my last post, "/targetexact". My exact macro that I change depending on the fight is
"/targetexact name
/script SetRaidTarget("target", 8)

If you are simply typing /tar then that works, but if you are going to be making a macro anyway why not use this more precise method. It carries with it all the benefits of a standard /target macro with some added benefits.

The most important use of this macro is on bosses that spawn multiple types of adds at once from the same location. Trying to click on the correct one can be a pain. I first started using this macro on M'uru so I would not target the mage as it was running out but continue to find uses for it.

Using M'uru as an example, the adds both have "shadowsword" at the start of their names. Using "/targetexact shadowsword Berserker" instead of simply "/tar shadow", it would garuntee never targeting the mage.

The other use is finding things that spawn in random locations. Spamming that macro while spinning around your camera helps you easily find where the new add spawned and allows you to get to it much quicker than you would have if you had not marked it. The best example that comes to mind is trying to find spores while dpsing on Loatheb or finding the tree on Freya.


  1. I just stumbled across your blog and enjoyed reading you past posts... couple questions.

    I have always just used /tar (enough of the name to be specific) Can you explain what the other lines are doing? Also anyway to have a single target macro like yours, but have it have work for additional targets so that you wouldn't have to switch between fights? - like bomb bots, void spawns, snap lasher, etc...

    Thanks in advance

    What was your strat for general hard mode? How long does it take before the add spawns? Do you OT the spawn and if so could cat spec pull it off?

  2. http://mother-bear.blogspot.com/2009/05/darksends-weekly-tip-lucky-charms-make.html explains the other line

    you can do /targetexact as many times as fits in the macro.

    the add spawns in 4 minutes. 10 man your main tank tanks it 25 you need a tank spec tank on it he hits hard.