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Arcane Mage DPS Macros and Addons (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Jul 18, 2016 at 10:08 by Furty 192 comments

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General Information

Macros and addons are an integral part of a raider's arsenal as they can make it easier to perform a variety of tasks, improving your overall game experience. On this page, we present macros and addons that can be useful to an Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.

The other pages of our Arcane Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by an Arcane Mage theorycrafter and SimulationCraft developer, who wishes to remain anonymous.

1. Addons

1.1. ElvUI

ElvUI is a complete replacement for the default User Interface. Not only is this a popular AddOn among top players, but we here at Icy Veins use it for all our characters. ElvUI eliminates most of the inefficiencies of the Blizzard interface, which are many and varied. It is extremely user friendly, and takes very little time to set up and master. It also comes already furnished with almost everything you need; unit frames, raid frames, minimap, buffs and debuffs, and much more. You can easily unlock and drag all the components around so your UI will look exactly the way you want it to. ElvUI is clean, easy to use, and a great starting point for your UI.

1.2. Weak Auras

Weak Auras is the most important AddOn for players seeking to master their class and take their gameplay to new heights. If you aspire to do any Mythic raiding, this is the most powerful tool in your kit. Weak Auras allows you to display helpful visuals cues anywhere on your screen, which enable you to play better. Most players use it to track their trinket procs, highlight on screen displays of their most important cooldowns, or track the timers of boss mechanics. It is highly customisable and makes keeping track of your procs and cooldowns effortless. The drawback of Weak Auras is that is has a bit of a learning curve and isn't the most user friendly. Weak Auras allows you to import other players data directly into their UI, however, and most players choose to simply import other people's Weak Auras rather than make their own. Weak Auras can be used to create just about anything you can imagine, as it is a LUA scripting tool (essentially an AddOn that creates other AddOns, in-game). This is by far the most essential AddOn for players looking to step into Mythic raiding.

1.3. Boss Mods

Boss Mods are helpful pre-made timers that allow you to keep track of the noteworthy mechanics in any given encounter. Usually they come equipped with helpful prompts, visuals, and sounds to ensure you don't miss anything important.

1.3.1. BigWigs Bossmods

BigWigs is the best boss mod available currently. It is extremely customizable, allowing you to change what is displayed on an individual boss level and how boldly you want each alert customized. BigWigs is typically the most accurate and periodically updated of the available Boss Mods. It doesn't require any setup at all, though there are a dizzying array of options and customizations should you wish to personalize your setup.

1.3.2. Deadly Boss Mods

Deadly Boss Mods is an alternative to BigWigs, though it usually isn't as accurate early in the patch. Most of the alerts are loud and flashy by default, making this a potentially good choice for players who have very little experience in a raid environment.

1.4. Name Plates

Nameplates are essential for allowing you to easily keep track of basic debuffs and quickly select new targets in combat. While ElvUI nameplates do come standard with the AddOn, they are a little limited and occasionally buggy. Listed below are some good alternatives.

1.4.1. KUI Nameplates

KUI Nameplates offer the highest degree of customization and accuracy. For example, you can easily configure the nameplates to enlarge and change color when a target reaches a certain percentage of health, which can be very helpful for classes with executes. They always correctly display your debuffs, and their click box is very accurate. Some setup is required, although it is very simple and straightforward.

1.4.2. TidyPlates

TidyPlates aren't quite as customizable or accurate as KUI, but they are an improvement over the default UI or the ElvUI nameplates. They are also great out of the box, requiring little to no setup at all, which is a plus for some players.

1.5. Damage Meters

Damage meters display a variety of helpful data about what is taking place in combat, from your current DPS (or HPS) to the number of interrupts each player successfully used.

1.5.1. Skada

Skada is a lightweight damage meter that is exceptionally accurate. It doesn't take up much memory, which could cause you to lag, and displays a wide range of helpful data. This is the recommended damage meter if you log your raid data to WarcraftLogs.

1.5.2. Details

Details is a more heavyweight damage meter, taking up quite a bit of memory. It offers extensive in-game analysis tools compared to Skada, however, allowing you to break down your data in depth without leaving the game. This is the recommended damage meter if you don't log your raid data.

1.6. Extra AddOns

These AddOns are just small trimmings that might make your life a little easier.

1.6.1. Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

If you're not satisfied with the default combat text, this AddOn is an alternative that allows you to heavily customize your scrolling combat text. Quite a bit of setup is required.

1.6.2. DeathNote

DeathNote displays the last several deaths for each of your party or raid members. For 30 seconds prior to their death, a complete timestamp of their combat log is displayed, showing their current health, what heals they received, what buffs and debuffs they had, whether they used their personal cooldowns, etc. This AddOn is helpful for breaking down your own death as well as finding out whether that guy really did use his healthstone.

1.6.3. Doom CooldownPulse

Whenever one of your abilities comes off cooldown, this AddOn flashes a large transparent version of the ability in the center of your screen, alerting you that it is off cooldown. You can easily configure what is displayed, or use it by default.

1.6.4. Angry Assignments

This AddOn allows you to set up text assignments that are displayed to everyone else in the raid group that have the AddOn. Extremely beneficial for raiding guilds, particularly when assigning jobs like interrupt orders, or what players are soaking in what quadrants of the room, etc.

2. Macros

2.1. Generic Macros for Mages

Bear in mind when using any of the stopcasting macros that they will not interrupt the Global Cooldown. If you are still on GCD your cast will be cancelled but the next ability won't go off until you are off GCD.

2.1.1. Stopcast Blink

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast Blink

Pressing Blink Icon Blink will now cancel your current spellcast and causes you to immediately Blink. Note that this should not be used with Shimmer Icon Shimmer as it will unnecessarily cancel your current cast.

2.1.2. 1-Button Block

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cancelaura Ice Block
  • /cast Ice Block

Cancels your current cast and immediately puts you in Ice Block Icon Ice Block. Pressing Ice Block again will cancel the effect. Not recommended if you spam your buttons.

2.1.3. Block Cancel

  • /cancelaura Ice Block

If you are a button spammer you can put this on a separate keybind as your Ice Block Icon Ice Block, allowing you to cancel your Ice Block early if you so desire.

2.2. Specific Macros for Arcane Mages

2.2.1. Stopcast Displacement

  • #showtooltip
  • /stopcasting
  • /cast Displacement
  • /cast Arcane Missiles

This cancels your current cast and immediately uses Displacement Icon Displacement. Note that this should not be used with Shimmer Icon Shimmer as it will unnecessarily cancel your current cast.

3. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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