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Hey all,


I've been lurking for a while here and have been playing lock since BWL first came out. Admittedly, I've taken many breaks and my longest was probably before WoD launched, missing almost all of MoP (only did the first week of LFR and it was on a rogue).


Anyway, I've been having an issue as of late, and I don't remember having them in the past - that is, managing my pet's attack up time during trash and bosses like Imperator where he goes into intermission phases. I usually keep him on passive, but with trash I always have to send him back in on another mob, as once the mob he was first attacking dies, he comes back to me.


Forgive me if I'm wrong, but there is no aggressive button anymore, right? And I'd rather not use "assist me" because I switch targets too much, whether it be to dot or what have you. I tell my pet to attack so often (via alt+s), that now I subconsciously hit it even when there is only one mob!


IIRC while raiding back in the day, I used to just use one button for aggressive, and another for passive and just kept an eye on him (though in vanilla I believe I was running MD/Ruin, with a sacc'd pet).



Anyway, I'd appreciate any feedback you guys may have, even if there is nothing I can change aside from simply "get better."

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I had the same problems than you ^^ always hitting the pet attack button as a reflex even if it s completely useless and the pet is already attacking.

However it seems that I am struggling less than you do

On imperator as you say you just send your pet on the boss and then when he switches phase and the two adds pop you have to bring him back to you asap and send him on the add that s gonna be the second focus by your group so you don t loose any pet dps.
Same when the 3 adds pop, you send ur pet on the 3rd focus, and then take him back to you to be sent on the boss again.


Kargath you let ur pet attack the boss during all the encounter. 

On brackenspore same.
On koragh same.
On butcher same. 
On the twins i let my pet on phemos all the time but when he spins I send him on Pol, then back to phemos again. This way he travels less and is instantly ready for his cleave ability.

The real problem must be on tectus with these many adds that sometimes will not die at the same time. 


Pet management in Arena is much tougher tho. 


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Ok, that's kind of what I've been doing. But I was moving the pet to the target we were attacking as I was just trying to help down the add asap. It makes sense to put it on the last add that will be attacked and then right to Imp when he comes down though, so thanks for that!


With twins, I often just left him on Phemos. With tectus, I'm pretty much spamming the pet attack button/leaving him on the larger add.


Trash is really the annoying part for me though. I know it doesn't really matter, but I like to be the best :P



Anyway, thanks for your help!

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After last nights progression pulls on Ko'Ragh I am trying to figure out something better as well.  Most of the time I run with my pet on Assist because nothing bothers me more than realizing he is standing next to me in combat.  Some times i put him passive to let him tunnel a boss.


On Ko'Ragh however, I want to send him to go Felstorm the adds when they get dropped, but I dont want to take my attacks off of the boss (to prevent him from immediately assisting me and running back to boss).  I had considered Passive, but with the low HP pool of the adds it may be just as ineffective.


I remember a video Zinning posted in ToT on how he handled the adds on Megaera in a similar type of fight.   May look into setting something up similar.


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I can definitely see the appeal for those macros, but they're something that would definitely have to be on a per fight basis, at least for me, as they're naturally not something I'd want happening all the time.


Would be interesting to try and work off what Zinning has provided and attempt to create pet macros that could be used in more "everyday" type situations, maybe I'm just lazy!


Thanks for the video!

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