Is there anyone pay attention to the Arena addons? My default pack for Arena is a bit different to the above list, mostly because some of the Arena ones would be way too spammy in a Battleground.
My default Arena list is as follows:
Gladius shows Arena enemy nameplates, including CC timers and trinket timers, and can be modified to show CC diminishing returns and other info.
Lose Control works as previously mentioned
InterruptBar is a bar that tracks your enemy’s use of interrupts. Vital for fake-casting. Not really useful in Battlegrounds unless you’re in specific situations, but I still leave it on.
SpellAlerter is a customizable visual alert for your choice of spells and events. It’s far too spammy for Battlegrounds.
SaySapped is handy for PuG Arenas or ones without Skype.
I will sometimes use Healers Have to Die in Arena, particularly in 5v5, but I set the healing tolerance far higher or it sets DKs as healers. In 2v2 or 3v3, it should be pretty obvious who the healer is, if any, and in 5v5 too, but we all have our moments!
Now, the Arena addon review section centers around one particular addon that many people contacted me to recommend. That addon is GladiatorlosSA. What does it do? It’s an audio alerter that, rather like SpellAlerter, tells you when certain abilities are used — by talking to you. It has a choice of voice options, I stuck with Default American Lady. She seemed nice.
One major downside for the new GladiatorlosSA user is that it comes preloaded with pretty much every spell in the game active. If, as I did, you head into an Arena with that number of spells loaded, you basically get an audio barrage of information that is almost completely useless.
Another problem I encountered is that the lady speaks rather quietly. It took me a while to figure out that her volume is independent of WoW’s various volume sliders, so the solution to making her audible was to turn everything down within WoW, then turn the general WoW volume up in my Windows sound settings.
But despite these early setbacks, I persevered. I edited the spells so it reported only what Spell Alerter reported to me, fixed up the sound so I could hear the lady, and carried on doing Arena. I did several evenings of matches with it on characters I’m very comfortable with, as well as ones that are newer to me, in 2v2, 3v3 and 5v5. I messed around with various settings, including who it reports on.
While the configurability is admirable, the intention is great, and others may well like it, this addon is not for me. I find the audio reports distracting rather than helpful, and I find it detracts from my communication with my teammates. I almost always use Skype, and like Cottage discusses on his recent video, I consider good communication to be key to great Arena. With the addons I list above, I already know what’s happening to me and to my team, to an extent, and my teammates know what’s happening to them. If there’s something important happening, they’ll tell me. I remain unconvinced of the value of GladiatorlosSA, but this is very personal to me. Give it a try — you might love it, but I’m afraid I don’t!
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