My latest gripe is with how my buffs are displayed. Take a look at the screenie below.
I got Elkano’s Buffbars not too long ago and have been using that addon for my buffs. It’s much better than the standard UI, but here’s my problem: I have way too much information on my screen. The buffs in that screenshot are the blue bars on the right, and the debuffs are the red bars below them. It’s actually very difficult to make out the debuffs (which is another part of the problem), but they’re in the lower right corner, partially hidden by the Divine Storm tooltip box.
That’s a typical screenshot from combat. I’ve got far too many buffs showing to be able to see the ones that are important and that might need to be refreshed. Additionally, it often becomes nearly impossible to see any debuffs that I might have, which can be a very big deal at times (think Fungal Creep during Loatheb).
So Here’s What I Need
I need an addon designed to help me cut the buff/debuff clutter. I need to be able to focus on the urgent buffs, keep one eye on the less urgent but still important ones, and then completely disregard everything else.
Here’s what I’m thinking. I want to be able to sort all of my buffs (and potential buffs) into three groups that can be shown independently of each other:
Group One: In-combat, urgent buffs – This group is for combat-related buffs that are of the utmost importance; buffs that will wear off multiple times in combat and have to be refreshed immediately. On my Pally, this would be for the Seal that I currently have going. Other examples would be Battle Shout and the BC-version of Rampage for DPS Warriors, Hunger for Blood for Rogues, and things of the like.
Group Two: Not strictly combat related but still important – This group is for buffs that are important, and that I need to know I have, but that I do not need to see once I’m in combat. This includes things like Blessings, Auras, buffs from other classes (such as Fort and AI) and consumables. Ideally what I would like to see with this group is the ability to tell the addon what buffs to expect (for instance, if my raid has one Pally, a Priest, and a Druid, I would tell the addon to expect one Blessing, Fort, and GotW) and then the addon would let me know when I had all of those buffs. That’s all I really need to know here. I don’t need to see the individual buffs, I just need to know that I have all the buffs that I should have. Once I have all the expected buffs (or enter combat), then this window would disappear. It could reappear when one of the buffs starts getting low and needs to be refreshed.
Group Three: This last group is for buffs that I don’t ever need to see. This includes passive effects (Pally’s Vengeance and Replenishment), in-combat buffs from other classes (Shaman totems, auras from other classes) and anything else not included in Groups One or Two. These sorts of buffs are the very definition of buff clutter. I wouldn’t ever be able to act on knowing/not knowing that I have them (what kind of micro-managing raid leader is going to tell his Shaman when refresh their totems?) so I don’t need them taking up valuable screen real estate or mental capacity. This window obviously never appear, and neither do the buffs that are contained in it.
Group Four: Debuffs. Pretty self-explanatory. Knowing what debuffs you and your party members have can be important, and there should be a window that pops up when you have one.
Plea For Help
To reiterate, the most important thing is the ability to divide the buffs that I have (and that I could have) into their respective groups so I can focus on the important ones. Elkano’s Buffbars is great, but doesn’t have that functionality (or if it does, then I’ve completely missed it) and just lumps all of your buffs together in the same section.
So here’s where you come in.
Is there an addon out there that does what I’ve described here? If there is one, please let me know about it. I would love to start using it and will sing its praises from the rooftops. If there isn’t one yet, would any addon authors care to make one? I think it would be pretty popular. And I would love you forever.