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Group 2… no, Group 4! … no, Group 1!
comment 3 Written by on March 27, 2008 – 8:29 am

One of the things that frustrates me in a raid group is having a /readycheck, and after you push OK and configure your totems, groups change around again.airtotem

Now, I know, this sounds silly – but hear me out on this one. As a Shaman, I have two jobs. My raid role, and walking buffbot. No other class (that I know of) has to recast 4 group buffs every 2 minutes (if not sooner). Now I know shadow priests are doing their rotation, but that’s built into their damage. Shaman have to actually stop what they’re doing (damage or healing) to recast totems.

To facilitate this, I run a totem addon called YATA (yay Ace2) that gives me an easy row of 4 buttons that sit central on my screen. I can mouseover the buttons and get a little drop down menu of all the totems of that element as well, or I can just run right down those buttons… if I have a chance to set up the “primary” totems of the set before the fight. Now, it takes me all of about 30 seconds to set those up. No biggie right?

firetotem Not really. But if groups get switched, and then switched, and then switched again, it’s hard for me to keep tabs on just which totems I need to be dropping, especially on an imminent pull. A group with a pallytank, two hunters, and a feral druid gets VERY different totems than a group with a mage and two priests and a warlock. And if groups get switched after I’ve set up the totem bar, and I either don’t notice (because I didn’t get moved), or someone pulls before I have a chance to set up, I’m stuck with the 4 main totems on my bars for quick casting.

Can I mouseover and look and find the one I want if I need to use a different one? Yes. But that turns 5 seconds into 7-8 seconds (at least). And as a healer… frankly, I don’t usually have the time to spare.

So raid leaders, be kind to your shamans. If you’re moving them from group to group for different fights, that’s fine, just make sure that you give them a second to reset after the move, and that you don’t keep shuffling after the final readycheck. (Also, staying in one consistent group for trash pulls is also nice, but definitely not as big a deal).

((And those of you from TRI, just a disclaimer that I know last week was weird with different leadership and nublet aggro and such – so no worries! You guys that ran things did a great job; this is just one of those things that makes me twitchy! ))

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3 Responses to “Group 2… no, Group 4! … no, Group 1!”

  1. I feel your pain. I’ll hit one group with a group buff and they’ll switch things around, so I’ll either need to waste another reagent or do individual buffs with a seperate timer I need to watch. Not as painful as yours by a long shot, but still a pain.

  2. Since I haven’t raided with Niyati yet, I can only imagine your annoyance, but it certainly makes sense! One thing I have found, though, is while I really like the concept of YATA and the ease of using it to drop totems and have access to them all quickly, everytime I mouse over YATA my game freezes for about a second. Now, while I’m soloing and grinding and generally doing the leveling stuff that I do at level 62, its not that big of a deal. But throw me in an instance, in a group, and that pause doubles the time it takes to drop my totems and limits what I can do. So, I’m now hunting for another addon which does it better. In the mean time, I keep YATA out for emergency drops, but otherwise I pull out the 4 main totems I’ll be dropping and hot key them on a regular bar. Yay for totems!

    By Niyati on Mar 27, 2008 | Reply
  3. That must be a relatively new occurrence, as I’ve not had *any* problems like that with YATA.

    Hopefully I don’t have any problems with it tonight, since the stuff I’ve done with Annorah since 2.4 (though I’ve had no trouble with lag at all) has been outside instances.

    By Anna on Mar 27, 2008 | Reply

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