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7-19-2011 @ 8:12AM
"I, on the other hand, have this strange sense that addons are 'cheating' in some way, and I don't use them unless..."I don't use any at all, and this is part of the reason. I know it's not really cheating, and I don't have anything against them or people who use them,* but I just stick to the default game and UI. I also don't raid, so I haven't had to deal with the "You MUST have this add-on!" issue.*Except the ones that actually are cheats, like whatever one it is that lets them insta-mine a node right out from under me.
7-19-2011 @ 9:02AM
I'm absolutely convinced that DBM is 100% unabashed, shameless cheating. I got rid of it around 3.3 (I moved to a guild that no longer required it), and didn't affect my performance at all. In fact, I got better, since when I read up on a fight, I actually had to remember what I learned.
7-19-2011 @ 9:29AM
People should definitely read up on the fights, but Blizzard has not said they view DBM as cheating - on the contrary, they've incorporated elements of it into certain fights in the case of on-screen warnings and things like the Corrupted Blood/Sound meters - and any addon that reduces raid wipes is one I will endorse until Blizzard says otherwise, so DBM is a must-have for me (and most of the guilds I've been in).
7-19-2011 @ 9:51AM
I do agree somewhat with the feeling that add ons are cheating. There is no way you can say that it does not give you certain advantages. DBM is probably one of the 2 addons I should have but don't. All of the addons that "help" you play your class- kind of like having someone sitting over your shoulder and saying "press this button now!" come on. The worst part is then these people with 2-3-4 addons helping them play their class tell others how much they suck. I would love to have an arena option where you can fight players who use NO addons. That's when you see the real skill level of PvP. There are definitely some good addons out there and Blizzard has done a great job of incorporating things to make the game easier and more playable. After a patch though I generally don't turn on my addons for weeks and they are only recount (so I can see how much I suck :p) and gatherer.
7-19-2011 @ 11:09AM
I'd love to see someone try to gong out searing flame without dbm or equivalent.Scratch that, I would love to see someone actively participate in the fight AND hit the gong on time. Leaving one person standing at the gong not doing anything but waiting to ring is unacceptable.
7-19-2011 @ 12:30PM
I'm assuming you're talking about addons that actually present the ingame information to you in a different/simpler way, because the majority of addons I've ever come across are really just to make your UI look pretty more than anything else.For me personally, the majority of the addons I use have absolutely nothing to do with gameplay, they're purely aesthetic. I'm not a big fan of how the default UI LOOKS, so I've changed it extensively until it suits my definition of "clean." But none of that fundamentally alters how I play the game in comparison to people who don't use the addons - just because my map is at the bottom and my action bars are smaller or my quests show up on the left doesn't change how I play at all, it just changes where I look for information. TBH, I could live without DBM, Power Auras (it's mildly annoying to not see how much time is remaining on my clearcasting with the default auras, but it's otherwise fine), etc, but I probably wouldn't be able to live without Dominos making my action bars look pretty.
7-19-2011 @ 12:42PM
Spec-helper addons aren't really that great... they can be useful when learning a DPS rotation, but I don't think any of them are even remotely encounter-aware. And they're all based entirely on PvE rotations, so if you're losing in PvP against "cheaters" who only press a button if their PvE rotation addon tells them to... well, the addon isn't the problem here...
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