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Shadow Priest DPS Macros and Addons in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018 at 18:10 by Isentropy 20 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 Shadow Priest in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1.

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Isentropy, top Shadow Priest and one of the main theorycrafters of the spec over at Warcraft Priests. He currently raids in Echoes.

1. Macros

1.1. Generic Macros for Priests

There are currently no macros we recommend for all Priests to use.

1.2. Specific Macros for Shadow Priests

1.2.1. Dispersion Cancelaura Macro

  • #showtooltip Dispersion
  • /cast Dispersion
  • /cancelaura Dispersion

This macro serves as a way to both cast Dispersion Icon Dispersion and also to cancel it. The first press of the macro will cast Dispersion Icon Dispersion, the second press will remove the buff from you. This is useful in cases where you do not need the damage reduction for the full 6 seconds, as you are unable to cast spells when under the effects of Dispersion.

1.2.2. Shadow Crash Cursor Macro

  • #showtooltip Shadow Crash
  • /cast [@cursor] Shadow Crash

This macro casts Shadow Crash Icon Shadow Crash at the location of your cursor on the screen without having to click your mouse on the ground.

1.2.3. Mind Flay Camera Spin

  • /console cameraSmoothTrackingStyle 0

This is not a macro, but a console command that will prevent Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay from spinning your camera when it channels. This can be very helpful for players who find the camera interference annoying.

2. Addons for Shadow Priest

2.1. Generic Addons for Priests

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. 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.

2.1.5. 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.

2.1.6. 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.

2.2. Specific Addons for Shadow Priests

2.2.1. Twintop's Insanity Bar

Twintop's Insanity Bar is a fully customizable bar that allows you to track your Insanity on top of many other great features. This addon is highly recommended as it provides you everything you need to know when playing your Shadow Priest.

2.2.2. SPTimers

SPTimers is a very useful addon for Shadow Priests. In addition to displaying how long until each of your DoTs expires on the target, this add-on also allows you to track buffs, trinket internal cooldowns, and a number of other important effects.

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