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  • Supports: 6.0.3
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  • Updated 11/06/2014
  • Created 04/10/2009
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 3.0RC2
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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.

http://nojsstats.appspot.com/UA-56565232-1/www.curse.com/addons/wow/shotwatch

tag 3.0RC2
37c65df653a785af29674a75b1bdeaadf98a0273
Michael P. Starkweather <mpstark@gmail.com>
2014-11-06 23:18:29 -0600

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

Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Some changes to message and TOC for the RC2
    - Change anticipation support in the secondary resource filter to only count anticipation if you have more than 5 combo points.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Fixed Feral defaults to properly not cap CP and not Thrash if you have SotF.
    - Added Anticipation support to Combat Rogue Defaults.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Fix for not using the correct spellId for the power filter change.
    - Fix accidental bug with not specifying unit
    - Remove check if a channel has a cooldown in the usability filter.
    - Change to remove the cost of the currently casting spell from the player's mana pool in the power filter
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Various changes to Hunter defaults.
    - Made changes to ProtPaladin defaults to account for Talented buffs and procs.
    - Berserker Rage added to ProtWar defaults.
    - Rererere-fixed Jab. This should work for everyone and be simpler.
    - Added Force of Nature to Balance defaults.
    - Insanity issues in Priest Defaults, should fix.
    - Fixed Jab. Again. Apparently there is a different SpellID depending on MH weapon. 6 SpellIDs. 6 Filters per SpellID. 36 separate filters for Jab. 'Cause "Reasons". Thanks Blizz.
    - Fix for Shadow Word: Insanity.
    - Fixed SpellID issue with Jab. Different SpellID based on 2h vs DW. Wierd.
    - Fixes to Frost priorities and filters.
    - Added Brewmaster defaults.
    - Added Resonating Power, Bloodbath, Sudden Death.
    - Initial pass at Shadow Defaults.
    - Adjusted Prot defaults, to account for Bastion of Glory, and not capping Holy Power, and use Shield of the Righteous.
    - Thrash Fix.
    - Balance defaults in.
    - Small changes to ProtWar defaults. Probably more will be needed.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Spell texture should now always change if the spell texture changes.
    - Should now properly never show things that are usable on the GCD.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Added Prot Defaults.
    - Fix to Demonic Fury and Burning Embers reflected in the Defaults.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Demonic fury/burning embers is now fixed.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Fixed issues with various Assassination defaults.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Switch to using the frequent power updates for both power and secondary resource
    - Change to the max slider in secondary resources to allow for up to 1000. A soft max will still be set by the type of secondary resource.
Marci @ Hellscream:
    - Changes to Rend handling, Execute SpellID for Arms.
    - Changes to bugged Warlock defaults.
    - New Paladin defaults, including fixes to Exorcism and reaction to Divine Purpose procs.
Michael P. Starkweather:
    - Change the "Towards Solar" and "Towards Lunar" so that you are able to actually read them.
    - Changes to Mage, Warlock, and Warrior defaults -- thanks Marci-Hellscream.
    - Fix for Ticket #75 - Slam broken in Defaults.
    - Always choose the spellId that we know to add
    - Switch to LibSpellbook for adding spells by name, should be a little bit more reliable at adding the correct spell.
    - Now can edit filter set names with a popup, taking care of ticket #51
    - Tiny change to hunter defaults and will not ask to replace. Aimed Shot - Thrill of the Hunt was configured slightly wrong.
    - Secondary Resource filter revamp.
    - Slider is used in Secondary Resource tab instead of entry box, with min and max set by the type of resource.
    - Eclipse: can now specify what direction that the Eclipse is growing
    - Combo Points: can now specify if you want to take Anticipation into account if you are a rogue
    - New API Version.
    - Removes spellCondition.name because it isn't needed
    - Adds a cooldown table to each priorityList, this will be for cooldowns and will have a secondary display. Not implemented yet.
    - Adds an optionalBehavior variable to secondaryResource filters. Not implemented yet.
    - Reverse the spellName and dropdownLabel in spell dropdowns. This change is based on how the defaults are playing out.
    - Fixes for defaults for Warrior (ticket #71), Warlock (ticket #58), and Death Knight (ticket #59).
    - Made the secondary resource use the UNIT_POWER event instead of the UNIT_POWER_FREQUENT event.
    - Embedded AceSerializer. We'll use it later for export/import.
    - Fixed issue with Timer not being canceled when the frame is suddenly hiden.
    - Removed the animation calls that I was using to test.
    - No OnUpdate! Frame will now determine it needs to be animating and won't update if it doesn't have to.
    - Also, finally fixed issue with stacking at load. Stupid undocumented Blizzard API bugs
    - Fix for Warlock Soul Shards and Burning Embers not returning a decimal for the actual amount of those resources. Blizzard API is a little weird with these two.
    - Fix for desaturate sometimes not being applied when under/over the correct amount.

Comments

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  • #721
    Any chance of getting the power option to work for Balance Druids Solar/Lunar Power. Such as it showing the Wrath spell when moving from an Eclipse(Solar) to an Eclipse(Lunar), and Starfire spell when moving from an Eclipse(Lunar) to an Eclipse(Solar).

    Currently I can set it so it shows Wrath when I have the Eclipse(Solar) Buff, and Starfire when I have the Eclipse(Lunar) Buff, but it shows no spells when it is between Eclipses.
  • #722
    I know this could be problematic because the power bar is also used by druids as a check for mana.

    From what I read of the API, when used to check a druids Eclipse Power, which is done the same as Runic Power, Rage, there is an option for Eclipse Power, the Value returned is between -100 Eclipse(Lunar) and 100 Eclipse(Solar). Hope this information is helpful if you decide to implement it.
  • #724
    Yeh, I'm planning on getting a class based secondary power check system implemented to replace the current combo points/holy power system I current have in there. It should be more scalable in the long run. I've just been a bit preoccupied with implementing the forecast system.
  • #719
    Watcher's tossing an error and unusable on my hunter only. I tried deleting it entirely and clean-installing it, but no luck.

    Date: 2010-11-27 22:22:08
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\Watcher\Core.lua line 919:
    attempt to call field '?' (a nil value)
    Debug:
    (tail call): ?
    Watcher\Core.lua:919: SetPriorityFrame()
    Watcher\Core.lua:573: CreatePriorityFrame()
    Watcher\Core.lua:345: ?()
    ...ore\libs\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:147:
    ...ore\libs\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:147
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:4:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:4
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:13: ?()
    ...ore\libs\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:92: Fire()
    ...\AddOns\DataStore\libs\AceEvent-3.0\AceEvent-3.0.lua:120:
    ...\AddOns\DataStore\libs\AceEvent-3.0\AceEvent-3.0.lua:119

  • #720
    Sorry for the late reply. Did you wipe the saved variable when you did the clean install? The error looks to be one usually associated with dodgy saved variables.
  • #717
    Help please to configure addon for druid bear ability Swipe
    when i just type spell name Swipe, it will actually track same spell from the Cat form. But trying to enter Swipe(Bear Form) (that is the actual name of spell in macros), the addon does not accept it.
    ty
  • #718
    You could try with the spellId for the spell (though this might not work). According to wowhead this is 779. Just put that in the box you type the name into. If it doesn't work I'll try and make sure that it's added to the code.
  • #715
    Oh and I play a warrior, so my class should be one of the ones that is supported.
  • #716
    If you look at the addon list to the left of the menu that pops up when you type /watcher config you should be able to identify a plus sign beside the addon's name. Click there and you should receive a further list of possible menus that you can use to configure the addon.

    I understand that the current guide is a bit outdated but I don't really have much time to work on it and I'd rather spend it on the addon.
  • #714
    How come I can't get this addon to work? I've installed it correctly but every time I go to the menu the only options that show up are enable, move frames, version, and reset. There are no drop down menu's for spells or anything. I really wanna give this addon a try, so any help at all would be appreciated!
  • #713
    Is there any way to change the spacing of how much icons overlap (vertically)? I might be just missing where the control is for that, but if it doesn't exist, I'd like to suggest it.
  • #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.
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