Jan 5th 2012 1:56PM @Harvoc:
Head for WHU, learn BM. Practice it on the dummies in your off time and in heroics until you feel you're competent at it. Go get a core hound, stick it in your stable, and go back to your PvP off spec.
Since it's a rarity that your shaman is gone, just being able to flip and do alright should serve your raid just as well as maintaining a BM off spec and giving up your pvp spec.
If you go all out on respecs and include reforging, I'd get ReforgeLite or some other reforging addon and let it handle that aspect of it for you. No thinking from you once you get the addon set up. In the case of ReforgeLite it's 5 mouse clicks to reforge all your gear exactly how you want it for each spec.
Dec 19th 2011 3:07PM I'm also a raid leading guild leader as well as the first Dragonwrath recipient. I'm about 3-4 weeks away from getting mine too, since we're a 10 man raid.
With a 3 night raid schedule, I put 6/7 Firelands up for the first night. We get through it in 90 minutes to two hours, and then into Dragon Soul for the rest of the week. If progression stalls we might go back in for the last hour Thursday night and kill Ragnaros, but that's not a definite thing either.
In my opinion, you should keep your promise to the first Dragonwrath wielder and get her the staff. She won't get anything better from Cataclysm anyway, so I think it's time well spent. If you do this though, put your Firelands on the first night of the week or you're going to have people like the complainer show up for DS and suddenly be busy on the FL nights.
Also, every pug you bring in is a lowered chance to get your 6/7 done efficiently, so keep as many members of your central team in with you as you can.
Dec 17th 2011 5:58AM Seconding the 10 man Disc priest strat. Atonement priest takes the blue crystal, letting you 2.5 heal the fight. You get 10k+ dps for the first 3.5 minutes and when the blue gem drops, the disc priest goes full PoH spam at 75% reduced mana cost and 100% haste.
Nov 13th 2011 2:28PM The Shadowbolt volley comes from the caster. I've got that trinket on the PTR.
Oct 6th 2011 8:26PM I use center icon indicators on grid and clique binding dispel/decurse to my right mouse button, with grid whitelisted in clique's frame options. I haven't messed around with an audio cue yet but it might be worth trying out.
Jul 12th 2011 1:57PM For my own WoW time, I use a Logitech G13 game pad. I moved from the Nostromo Steppinrazor uses after I literally wore the finish off the buttons. I loved that thing, but I had mine when Belkin was still the primary manufacturer and they dropped the ball on it pretty badly with regards to support and bug fixes. When it came time to replace it, I got the G13 and have been really happy with it overall. If the Nostromo doesn't have enough buttons for you, try out a G13; I've got 44 buttons at my fingertips (G1-G22 and G25 mapped to CTRL with modifier paging in Dominos).
Steppinrazor has their Nostromo set up with the d-pad right next to the thumb mapped to the keyboard arrow keys. I don't know where the strafing comes in unless they move with their mouse almost exclusively like I do. When I need to strafe, such as when I'm on my tank or need to get out of fire, I've got the joystick on the G13 mapped to the arrow keys like Steppinrazor did, but I rebound Left and Right to strafe rather than turn. It's really intuitive once you get the hang of it.
What I don't like about having so many keys available on a peripheral like this is the number of buttons you can end up with on your screen, which is the point Steppinrazor is at right now. Here's how I would clear it up:
Set the Naga for the Number Pad keybinds with the switch on the bottom, and remap the main Naga action bar to match. Do the same with the Nostromo using 1 through = and a couple other keys for the 14 total (I use the brackets just below - and = ) He's got the thumb button on the Nostromo mapped to CTRL anyway, so go into dominos and set up modifier paging for each bar based on the CTRL key.
If, for example, bars 1 and 2 are for the Nostromo, set up a duplicate layout using 3 and 4. Set bar 1 to show bar 3 with CTRL held, and 2 shows 4. Then use 5 for the Naga, lay it out with the numpad bindings and set bar 6 to the CTRL modifier. Set bars 3, 4, and 6 to hidden and the end result is 2 bar groups on screen with buttons that completely change depending if CTRL is held.
I've been using Dominos set up like this for a long time, and it's to the point now that I don't even have my action bars showing; I know G10 does this spell, or this other one if CTRL is held, and so on. I've thought about submitting my UI for a while now, maybe I'll actually do it this time.
May 30th 2011 5:49PM Mouseover macros are the way to go. I do the same thing with my G13.
On my priest I've got something along the lines of:
/cast [@mouseover] Penance
I put that macro on my bars rather than the penance spell itself, then all I do is put my mouse over someone's grid frame and hit the button. It allows you to cast on people that aren't in party/raid either; hover over them in the world and cast. It works great once you're used to it, so give it a shot.
May 14th 2011 2:49AM ...and trust me on the sunscreen.
May 12th 2011 5:02PM I second the ACP recommendation. I have addons that I want to enable and disable based on what I'm doing in game currently. For example, in BoT I don't need to maintain my TSM database. Hit Escape, click on the conveniently-added "Addons" button, and either uncheck the ones I want to disable, or just load my Raiding "set" with all the stuff disabled that's not directly needed inside a raid instance, and reload my UI. No logging out, just reload and go.
I'm constantly extolling the virtues of ACP to my guildies; I have no problem doing it here too, and will be happy when Blizzard modifies WoW to allow this kind of thing in the default game setup. The author might not share my view on that, but I look at situations like this as being the coder's equivalent of getting an item or npc named after you in-game.
Jan 25th 2011 2:56PM @Talbot
That's the point, they know that. You just got trolled and he wasn't even trying.
It's in the same vein as "Why do they call that mount Invincible? I can see it right there!"