Balance Druid DPS Macros and Addons in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 13, 2018 at 00:36 by Bora 40 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 a Balance Druid in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

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

About Our Author

This was written by Borabank, a Balance Druid theorycrafter and raider in Encore. You can watch him on his Twitch channel or in the Dreamgrove Discord server.

1. Macros

1.1. Generic Macros for Druids

1.1.1. Rebirth

  • #showtooltip Rebirth
  • /cast [@mouseover,help]Rebirth;Rebirth

This macro casts Rebirth Icon Rebirth on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player. Otherwise, it casts Rebirth on your current target.

1.1.2. Remove Corruption

  • #showtooltip Remove Corruption
  • /cast [target=mouseover,help,nodead][target=target] Remove Corruption

Using this macro will cast Remove Corruption Icon Remove Corruption on your mouseover target, if they are a friendly player and they are not dead. Otherwise, it will cast Remove Corruption.

1.2. Specific Macros for Balance Druids

1.2.1. Starfall Cursor Macro

  • #showtooltip Starfall
  • /cast [@cursor] Starfall

This macro allows you to cast Starfall Icon Starfall at the location of your cursor without requiring you to also click with your mouse.

1.2.2. Talent Swap Macro

These will swap your talents on your bars automatically when you swap the talent in your tree.

  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [@cursor, talent: 1/3] Force of Nature
  • /cast [talent: 1/2] Warrior of Elune
  • #showtooltip
  • /cast [talent: 4/1] Mighty Bash
  • /cast [talent: 4/2] Mass Entanglement
  • /cast [talent: 4/3] Typhoon

2. Addons

2.1. Generic Addons for Druids

2.1.1. ElvUI

Here, at Icy Veins, we use ElvUI for all our characters. This addon is a complete replacement of the default User Interface. It comes with almost everything you need to perform properly: action bars, cooldown timers, proc display, etc.

We strongly recommend that you get this addon and our forum moderator Pandacho has written a quick configuration guide for it.

2.1.2. Boss Mods: Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs

Boss mods are addons that warn you about boss abilities and give you live advice on how to handle some mechanics. We strongly recommend you to get one such addon. At Icy Veins, we mostly use Deadly Boss Mods, the most popular boss mod. A good alternative is Big Wigs.

2.1.3. GTFO

GTFO is a lightweight addon that notifies you when you are standing in harmful effects or when you are making other such mistakes. It is very useful, even if your boss mod is already alerting you of such things.

2.1.4. Omen Threat Meter

Omen Threat Meter is the most popular addon for displaying the current threat levels on your target. We recommend you to use it to avoid taking aggro when the tank is still building up threat on an enemy.

2.1.5. Parrot or Mik's Scrolling Battle Text

Parrot and Mik's Scrolling Battle Text are highly customisable addons for displaying floating battle text while in combat (incoming heals, damage of your spells, etc.). They both work very well by default.

2.1.6. Weak Auras

WeakAuras is an extremely useful addon that allows you to have visual effects on your screen, helping you track your buffs, debuffs and cooldowns. It is highly customisable and it can make it much, much easier to keep track of your procs and play your spec more proficiently. It can also be used for a variety of other functions.

2.1.7. Recount / Skada / Details!

Recount is a well known addon that most people use for displaying current DPS or HPS (Healing Per Second). This add-on is not really lightweight, and provides a very high amount of information (and it can sometimes cause issues with performance). It is generally a good option to use Recount for checking what you take damage from and if the share of damage/healing you do with each of your abilities is similar to that of other players of your class.

An alternative to Recount (similar in function, so the choice is personal preference) is Details!.

A lightweight alternative to Recount and Details! is Skada Damage Meter.

2.1.8. Grid and GridClickSets (Optional)

ElvUI comes with decent raid frames. The only real reason for using Grid and GridClickSets is if you want to be able to decurse raid or party members by right clicking their frame in the raid of party frame. If you choose to go with Grid, then you might want to also use GridStatusRaidDebuff.

2.1.9. TellMeWhen

TellMeWhen is an extremely useful addon with a user-friendly interface that allows you to track a multitude of things, from internal cooldowns, to buffs, debuffs, and procs.

2.2. Specific Addons for Balance Druids

There is one WeakAuras pack that is extremely useful for Balance Druids in managing your Empowerment stacks, tracking and predicting your Astral Power, and maintaining your DoTs. This is the updated AP Pro Bar, and is highly recommended.

3. Changelog

  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Added Talent Swap macro.
  • 20 Jul. 2018: Updated WeakAura recommendation.
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