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Reader UI of the Week: Osullavan of Eldre'Thalas


World of Warcraft allows all of us an unprecedented ability to modify our user interface to meet our needs. Each week WoW Insider will bring you a fresh and detailed look at reader submitted UIs. Have a screenshot of your UI you want to submit? Send it, along with your character name and server, to readerui@gmail.com.

This week I want to take a break from reader submitted user interfaces and profile my own. Pictured above is a compilation of what I like to call "my baby." It's a UI that's taken me over a year to perfect, and I like it quite a bit. What we'll do is take a look at the philosophy behind the interface and what addons I use.

I wear many hats in my guild. I'm the GM, the main tank, and help drive the raids. My UI serves me well in all these roles, and it allows me a plethora of options at my disposal. My multiple duties in my guild means that I not only have to be fully accountable for everything the boss does to me (and for a tank in and end game guild that's a lot), but I also have to keep an eye on everything else that is happening in the raid.

The Philosophy Behind My UI

Information and functions need to be easy to access, and be accessed quickly. In addition to the ease of use, it is vital to have a clear view of the play field when engaging in raids and groups. When getting the raid ready and driving the trash pulls, I need to be able to see everything and hear everything. It's unacceptable to have information more than a click away – if that. If someone sends me a tell, I want to know about it right away, and if someone dies I want to see it in bright colors in my chat windows.

Since my in-game responsibilities are numerous, I have to be able quickly switch between them. To do this I have to utilize both my keyboard and my mouse.

I cannot let what is happening to my character distract me from what's happening to others; I need to be able to quickly respond to them and provide them with good direction.

There are two screenshots that I've taken. One is of my UI as it stands at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon when I started working on this article, and the other is from a raid that happened a couple months ago. The in raid screenshot is a good demonstration of key elements in my of the UI in action. You can see targeting, active raid frames, buffs, debuffs, chats, aggro alerts, etc., all going on at once.




In my UI screenshot that I took this afternoon, you can see the elements more clearly and get a feel for where they fit into my overall design philosophy. While everything you see in the raid screenshot is still there, it's just there "less."



The Mods

Nearly everything I use is an Ace based addon, and can easily be obtained through WoWAceUpdater. The full list of 55 addons in my addon folder is as follows (not everything may be displayed in the above photos):
So there you have it. That's my complete UI. Feel free to leave a question in the comments if you have any, and I'll try to answer you the best I can. And don't forget - send us your UI to readerui@gmail.com for a chance to get it featured here on WoW Insider!

Filed under: Reader UI of the Week, Analysis / Opinion, Add-Ons

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