Atlas is an addon I admittedly rarely use, but one which comes in very handy in the right situation. As the name might suggest, it provides maps for you – lots of maps. You can pull up the layout of any instance, battleground or transportation route, and see, for example, the accompanying bosses and their locations. It’s not necessarily useful in day-to-day life, but when you’re lost in some God-forsaken dungeon (*cough* Razorfen Downs *cough*) it can be a life saver.
AtlasLoot Enhanced started out being related to Atlas, but has since evolved into an addon of its own. In a nutshell, it allows you to look up all the boss loot in the game, in addition to reputation rewards, gear sets and crafted items, and this is great for things like checking up on prospective loot from the next raid boss.
This mod is very similar to the more popular Auctioneer, but it’s more lightweight and the scans take far less time, as it only records average price for each item, instead of doing fancy things with statistics and histograms and moving averages. I use this on all my characters except for my bank alt for general ideas of prices – any selling is done by the banker, who uses Auctioneer.
This ubiquitous addon (one of the few which is used by more than 50% of the WoW population, apparently) is a very accurate but heavy tool for collecting information on items at the Auction House by scanning for the data and organising it into different averages and statistics. See how complicated it makes the AH:
Now, I adore this addon, and whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone. It allows remote viewing of the equipped items, key ring, currency, auctions, bags, bank or guild bank of any character you have, which is obviously fantastic. What’s better is how it alters tooltips to tell you how many of that item you have, and where the items are located, even if you’ve put them up for auction or have them in the mail.
I don’t think I need to say a lot about Deadly Boss Mods, often lovingly abbreviated to DBM. It’s the premier raiding addon out there, providing warnings and notifications for whenever something nasty is about to happen to you. It can also display timers for things like enrages and boss ability cooldowns.
Obviously, I don’t run this one on Veliaf, but it’s generally required if you’re a Mage or other decursing class. It creates small boxes (so small I don’t have a screenshot) for each member of your group which light up when the player is afflicted by something bad, and you can then click them, which magically casts whatever decursing spell you have on that player without you losing your target.
This is essentially Failbot under another name – it tells you in the channel of your choosing (I keep it private so as to avoid spamming party or raid chat) whenever someone fails at something, whether it be dancing on Heigan or moving out of the fire on every other WotLK boss. It’s a useful tool as a raid leader, but is maybe a bit pointless if you’re not one.
When raiding, trying to see a unit frame for every single member of the raid with the default UI means dropping and dragging what feels like hundreds of little boxes onto the screen, arranging them, and then remembering to get rid of them later. Hence, a lot of people will use a unit frames addon – popular choices are Pitbull or Healbot, but personally I love Grid. It’s customizable to the point of being silly, meaning I can have it exactly how I want it, and it takes up very little space whilst displaying more information than the default UI ever could.
This little mod does nothing more than display my current spell power in the corner of the screen, so I don’t have to open the character UI. Is this useful? Nope, not really, I just like it.
WoW Web Stats is effectively an online Recount meter, except better. However, it relies on you remembering to turn combat logging on and off – unless you have LoggerHead, which will automatically do it for you!
Tomorrow, we cover M-Z.