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  • Updated 10/26/2014
  • Created 04/10/2009
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About Watcher

Introduction

Watcher helps you manage your rotation by consolidating and condensing information onto a simple to read display. It allows you to focus on things that are more important like boss mechanics, your situational awareness, or listening to your raid leader; instead of being bogged down in the act of performing your rotation.

With deep and powerful configuration options, Watcher allows you to see exactly the information about your rotation that you want to see. However, it comes with a wide variety of defaults for many classes and specs to get you started. Properly configured and customized, Watcher is a mighty tool for both new players just learning their classes as well as players that have been raiding since classic.

A GIF of Watcher running on a 2H Frost Death Knight:

http://i.imgur.com/BFeCiMg.gif

Watcher also includes:

  • A dynamic event-driven architecture; unlike some other rotation helping addons, Watcher won't tank your framerate
  • Masque support for skinning icons
  • A large number of visibility options to control exactly when Watcher shows up
  • And more!

Description

Through the use of a priority system as well as powerful filters for spells and abilities, Watcher displays your rotation in the familiar context of a timeline, with higher priority spells stacked on top of lower priority ones and upcoming abilities placed on the timeline according to when they will become useful. Abilities on the timeline are waiting for a wide variety of things: coming off of cooldown, waiting for resources, monitoring a DoT, etc.

http://www.curseforge.com/media/images/78/413/displayDuringCombat.PNG

Attacks ready to be performed are displayed using a stack with the most prioritised attack shown on top.

http://www.curseforge.com/media/images/78/414/displayAtRest.PNG

Ability keybinds can be optionally displayed.

http://www.curseforge.com/media/images/78/416/displayDuringCombatWithKeybinds.PNG

Configuration

More to come in this section later.

A slightly old full walkthrough of Watcher configuration is located here

Display settings documentation.

Priorities can be adjusted to where they suit you.

http://www.curseforge.com/media/images/78/421/menuPriorityLists.PNG

Spells can be configured to be cast based on a wide variety of filters whether that be the presence (or lack there of) of an aura on you or your target, your target's health percent, your mana/resource percent, whether a spell can be stolen or interrupted, whether you have a particular talent or glyph, among other options.

http://www.curseforge.com/media/images/78/423/menuFilters.PNG

Contributing

Found a bug? Report it!

Want a feature? Request it!

Defaults

Want to help make the defaults better? Vist the class forum posts for each default:

Death Knight | Druid | Hunter | Mage | Monk | Paladin | Priest | Rogue | Shaman | Warlock | Warrior

Here's a tutorial for creating and exporting defaults.

tag 3.0_RC
e243f27d019b0f145d0b7cb8545f7b92b65dea6e
Michael P. Starkweather <mpstark@gmail.com>
2014-10-26 19:01:14 -0500

--------------------

Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Updated .toc to reflect new release candidate status
    - Lots of defaults added. Thank you Marci-Hellscream!
    - Changed the events when the usability filter is fired.
    - Also throttled events a little harder.
    - Update Hunter defaults again. We'll get them right!
    - Fix issue with removing spells that don't currently have.
    - Fix regression of default export -- it wasn't attaching the api version to the exported default file.
    - Frost DK defaults. Also added a priority list filter for switching priority lists if dual wielding or not. Default contains 2H and Dual Wield separate priority lists.
    - Fix embarrassingly bad regression in aura filter. Will now work if you do not have a timeRemaining on that you are checking to see if exists.
    - Updated Hunter defaults to use "Ignore Usability" where needed (high cost, high reward spells) and updated priorities to better match reality. Thanks Jeslinis!
    - Channels now act the same as casts.
    - Juggle some spell options around in the menu.
    - Changed message slightly. Also, the curse packaged version number should show up on the version string (previous commit).
    - Add Sparbanken to the author list in the .toc file. Also, in a previous commit, I reverted the 3.1 version to 3.0 since we've never shipped a 3.0 version and it makes things easier for me.
    - Another try to get the usability filter to both work for deathknights and work for 'execute' style mechanics.
    - Disable mouse on icons if locked and enable mouse on icons if not locked.
    - Did a pass on filters and options related to them. You may see a API conversion in your chat from API 0 to API 1 -- this is normal.
    - Changed Aura filter to be significantly more powerful. Can now select a Unit and if it is a buff/debuff, as well as expanded options for stack and remaining time.
    - Known issue with new Aura filter -- if it is setup with above a time when the aura exists, then it may not update when the icons should disappear.
    - Changed talent and glyph filters to have an additional option for if you don't have the talent or glyph.
    - Changed health filter to have a unit selector and to clarify setup.
    - Changed power filter to clarify setup.
    - Removed useless spec filter.
    - Added a first time dialog to open the Watcher config.
    - Removed spec filter
    - New option: "Casts Affect Usability". This will cause the current cast to force other abilities to be pushed back until the cast is done.
    - Moved the new Icon Settings up in the Timeline Settings panel.
    - New option, "Orient to GCD" (off by default). This will remove the jitter due to the GCD, making the 'main stack' stay still.
    - Fix regression of stack height calculation.
    - Changed the way that stack position is calculated, should now properly stack further down the timeline.
    - Dramatically reduce jitter by only updating endTime if the change is more than 200ms.
    - Two new options! Desaturate (turn greyscale) icons when unusable and hide icons when recovering resources.
    - Fix for unusable things (like Kill Shot) showing up in the timeline when they shouldn't.
    - Slight fix for icons not being completely built at game start. An inelegant and terrible fix. But it works!
    - Disabled the "Display Type" because there is only a single, unimplemented option.
    - Changed the returned from the GetSpellDropdown function to include the spellName.
    - Increase maximum stack for aura filter.
    - You can now configure the "Ignore Usability" in the default "Usable" filter set.
    - Accidently broke "Ignore Usability", restore it's functionality.
    - Modified Hunter defaults to not use ignore usability and follow Icy-Veins a little more closely.
    - Fix issue with usability filter incorrectly hiding things on cooldown that aren't usable (like death knight abilities that cost runes).
    - Check off the year old todo for time until power percent since last commit fixed that.
    - Power filter now will return the time until power will be reached.
    - Rewrote usability filter and made it take resource regen into account.
    - Added spell charges filter
    - Fixed spelling mistake in message.
    - Removed the incomplete UI message from the priority lists editing.
    - Added confirmation dialogs for deletion of spells, filter sets, and filters.
    - Correctly display the shortest time until cast and then most prioritized icon.
    - Changed the default for the show on target so that the frame is visible most of the time.  This should be less confusing.
    - Made the usability filter check the GCD instead of assuming 1.5, should lead to icons not disappearing at 1.5 sec.
    - Reverted showing more than a single icon at a time.
    - NumIcons is now default to 64 instead of 12, just to rule things out.
    - Clarified a comment.
    - Prot Warrior defaults.
    - Fixed Glyph and Talent detection! Hurrah for undocumented Blizzard APIs!
    - Add option to rename the dropdown name, which will mostly resolve the issue with multiple spell IDs for a single name. Thanks Jeff!
    - Updated message and changelog.
    - Pretty Print will now output with 4 space indents instead of 3 to match the style of Watcher code.
    - Updated the message to be displayed when the defaults have changed.
    - Made defaults check off of non-localized class name and changed the way that the default timestamp is updated.
    - Some whitespace changes. nothing too heavy handed
    - Changed the default class check to no longer run string.upper because it doesn't need to.
    - Changed the export functionality to reflect header changes.
    - Removed "HunterOld" default.
    - Changed gitignore to ignore my project file
    - Added AceSerializer-3.0 to pkgmeta so that the packager will add the library
    - Change default scale to something just a little bit smaller.
    - Remove 5m as a default time segment. Don't worry, you can just add it back!
    - Merged in latest version from CurseForge.
Michael Starkweather:
    - Changed duration string to display 1m instead of 60
    - Embedded AceTimer
    - Major work done on move into an event based system.
    - Changed move up and move down to up and down to support larger fonts
    - Added edit button that pops out spell settings from priority menu. Changed move up and move down to reselect the spell/filter set that you are moving.
    - Changed cooldown filter slightly to allow for the cooldown of unusable spells past the previous 3 second mark.
    - Fixed not being able to add 0 to the time segments after removing it.
    - Fixed icon size being odd without Masque. Fixed tooltip for health. Adjusted aura refresh threshold max to 60sec. Should support monk stagger now.
    - Added option to check player health instead of enemy health
    - Will not show if there are no setup priorities.
    - Now orders specs correctly so that the one that pops up is the spec that you are in.
    - Added two new options -- MaxStackedIcons and StackHeight. Moved Timeline settings into own display settings tab. Fixed not being able to edit Timeline time segments Can now edit the maximum number of icons
    - Switching talents should now properly change the priority list.
    - Fixed show on enemy target. Again.
    - Fix for invulnerable enemy targets not showing using Show Only If Target Exists
    - Fixed turning off keybind labels. Removed MONOCHROME font effect since it crashes the game regularly. Added "Casting a spell that has a cooldown removes it from the list."
    - Fixed totems. Hopefully for the last time.
    - Mistype on 295 of Filters.lua Ooops
    - Fixed totems.
    - Hopefully fixed totem time detection.
    - Added totem filter.
    Changed "None" to "Usable"
    - Actually fixed moving.
    - Fixed moving frame.
    - Renamed a bunch of things.
    - Fixing for packaging
    - Spellcheck.
    - Attempt number 2 on trying to get packager to like it.
    - Fix AceLocale and AceGUI
    - Fix for AceGUI and AceLocale not embedding
    - First attempt at doing a packaging test.
    - Removed buffTypes since using LibDispelable
    - Added CheckSecondaryResource filter.
    Fixed flipped >= and <= in Classification filter.
    - Added LibDispel and wrote CheckTargetAura filter
    - Added target casting interruptible filter
    - Added license to files
    - Target classification filter now working
    - Fixed CheckSpellTalent
    - Changed some minor things for consistency.
    Updated CHANGELOG.txt to be.. better.
    - Added CHANGELOG.txt
    - Added LICENCE.txt
    - Added .pkgmeta file to embed latest versions of libraries.
    - First attempt at showing only one icon.
    - Fixed usability patch to make so cooldowns and aura tracking doesn't go away when not enough resources.
    - Changed tooltip for power filter.
    Keybind display now working.
    - Fixed priority lists retaining deleted values of spells/filter sets
    - Fixed inverted aura detection.
    - Priority list options appear on first load.
    Changed "Default" name to "None" and made so that cannot change the filters attached to it.
    
    Priority list GUI doesn't show the filter set "None" in the sidebar.
    - Usability is ignored if ability is on cooldown.
    - More work on getting frame tied into new backend.
    Max refresh rate on frame is now 60fps.
    - Removal (and commenting out) of all old code and starting to integrate newDB into the frame and overall usage.
    Priority list is evaluated at enable time currently. This is working.
    
    Beginning of spell filter evaluation.
    
    New frame draw method. Hopefully it works -- untested as of now
    - Changed priority frame GUI to display position in list.
    - Working GUI for editing priority lists with default values. These priority lists are set up automatically to be all of the available specs of your class.
    - Can now add spells based on name presuming that the character has the spell.
    - Initial commit.

Comments

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  • #712
    Playing my warrior I noticed the Slam Instant spell that comes with Watcher is incorrect, it is looking for the Aura "Slam!" on the player, in 4.0 the Aura is "Bloodsurge".
  • #711
    Any chance for getting Engineering spells added? Like Pyro rocket and Saronite bombs? Love that addon by the way, The rocket and the Bombs if used properly can significatly up DPS considering they cost no Focus. Thanks for the amazing addon.
  • #709
    The new setting for minfocus is awesome and helped me avoid casting Serpent or Black Arrow prior to Explosive Shot and not having enough focus for ExS.
    But if after the ExS there is enough focus for a Serpent, it won't show up because its less than the minfocus setting. Casting it, followed up by 2 steadies/cobras would lead to still having enough focus for an explosive though.
    The minfocus setting is too inflexible, it needs to be in relation with the cooldown of the next higher priority spell.

    May I suggest a focus forecast function
    forecast = foc_cur + (cd_hi * fo_reg) + (cd_hi/fofi_ct * bon_foc_reg)
    foc_cur = current focus level
    cd_hi = cooldown of the signature shot / next higher priority spell in seconds
    fo_reg = base focus regen rate, maybe altered by current haste
    fofi_ct = cast time of cobra/steady
    bon_foc_reg = bonus focus they provide per shot

    for example, just after a ExS we have 27 focus, and 5 seconds cooldown on the next ExS ... to put in the numbers, the forecast for focus after this 5 seconds would be
    27 + 5*6 + 5/1.66*9 = 27 + 30 + 27 = 84
    we can theoretically cast 3 steadies/cobras in these 5 seconds which brings us to 84 focus forecast.

    Now what we want to do is determine whether it ll be enough focus for a SrS and ExS
    cost = foc_2nd + foc_1st + bon_foc_reg
    25 + 44 + 9 = 78
    we are sacrificing one steady/cobra to shoot the SrS, thats why the cost includes the 9 lost focus.

    cost then the ability is to be shown on thee queue.

    ofc its a rough estimate, and wouldn't include dynamic haste and TotH procs, but at least you will know that if you shoot that SrS now, it wont delay your ExS.

    Now it would be totally awesome to have this calculated dynamically, but if its too hard to implement, maybe a simple minfocus timetable for the spells will do. It will still be needed to be able to reference the cooldown of a higher pririty shot.
    But with this you could just enter pre-calculated static values of minfocus for SrS depending on ExS (5,4,3,2,1) CD and be good to go.

    On second thought it gets even more complicated for low tier priority spells.
    Arcane for Example
    focus forecast would be the same, but in the cost section you have to estimate the cost of all possible shots before the CD of the 1st prio shot Ex, also subtracting the lost cobras.
    bit complicated but possible.

    btw, let me say a big thank you.
    your addon rocks!
  • #710
    Hi, I've been considering doing something like this for a while but other features have always gotten in my way.

    It's definitely something I think would improve the addon greatly and I think the early equations you've supplied will help.

    The current features are almost finished so I think I will give this a go once they're done. Hopefully, it won't be terribly broken.
  • #704
    Hi Gellin, your addon is great.
    I use it on my warrior and it works fine. But now I have a warlock and I have problem when I try to "Adjust Time from DoT treshold" for my DoTs. The maximum value is 9 seconds but I need 18 seconds for Corruption or 60 seconds for Bane of Doom.
    Is it possible the max value of "Adjust Time from DoT treshold" field in the Spell setings tab to be 60 seconds?
  • #705
    Yes, definitely possible. I'm thinking of adding an input box which you can type the value you want into.
  • #707
    Thank you for the fast reply :)
    I look forward to this because this way your addon will make warlock's life a lot easier.
    All the best to you.
  • #701
    I'm having trouble with Templar's Verdict (Ret Pala) - I've added it to the Spells, but if i assign it a priority i get several LUA errors per second.

    Am i doing something wrong? :)
  • #702
    You're probably not doing anything wrong; a lot of changes have occured to how spells behave with the API and it's changed the way certain things behave. Could you give an example of the error messages you receive, please?

    I will attempt to add the spell myself but my current working copy is very different so the outcome might be very different to yours.
  • #703
    Ah, I had only put the Spell in the "Set Name" Box, not "Set Spell" once it was in there the errors stopped.

    It now shows up (set to only show on 3 stacks of Holy Power), But is just an empty box, missing the Spell icon.
  • #706
    No spell icon because I screwed up some code so all my fault there. I'll have it fixed in the next release but it's going to be a rather large one so I can't give much of a deadline for it.
  • #708
    No problem, it's the only spell without an icon so I know what I need to hit.

    Look forward to the next release, great addon.
  • #699
    Hmm, I had another idea for an additional feature, its still something I think thats important to DPS classes though not really a dps feature. That would be the ability to show an icon based on your current threat.

    This way you could add into your rotation your threat reducing ability, Feign Death, Fade, Soul Shatter, Invisibility, Cower (Druid cat form) and make it highest priority, set it to show when your threat passes say 90%. So when you generate too much threat you see the icon telling you to use your threat reduction skill to reduce it.
  • #700
    Definitely implementable. I'll put it on the list for things to do.
  • #698
    I know this was asked for before, but I am going to ask again, in redoing the dk.lua file. I was unable to implement 2 spells, Pestilence and Outbreak, this is because they require the checking of 2 debuffs, Blood Plague and Frost Fever.

    Also Pestilence also requires the ability to put a pseudo cooldown, so the spell will only show up every 30 seconds even if it is available, otherwise it will always be shown as the spell to use.

    Would it be possible for you to add multiple buff/debuff checking using an AND, OR, XOR logic, and the ability to restrict spells to only be shown every set time interval whether they are available or not.
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