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ArenaLive [Spectator]

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 1,167 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.0
  • 13,170 Total Downloads
  • Updated 06/29/2015
  • Created 10/16/2012
  • 14 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Beta
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: 3.2.0b
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About ArenaLive [Spectator]


ArenaLive [Spectator] is a fully functional spectator interface for World of Warcraft arena wargames. It enables you to queue two teams against eachother in a spectated wargame. Simply write /alspec to open the War Game Menu and begin.

Help localising the addon:

If you want to help making the addon available in your language, take a look at the localisation page on curseforge and at the localisation page of ArenaLive's base library.

How to use the Addon

  1. Requirements: Two groups of players, with at least two players (five for battlegrounds) per group. The spectator(s) need to be in a third group or, if there is only one spectator, in no group.
  2. Choose a bracket from the bracket dropdown.
  3. Choose a map from the map dropdown.
  4. Drag and Drop both leaders of the two player groups into the "Team Leader" fields.
  5. Hit the "Start Spectated War Game" button.


  • Toggleable target and target-of-target frames.
  • Unit frames for all players in the arena.
  • Talent and glyph aware cooldown tracker.
  • Scoreboard
  • Dampening Tracker
  • Match statistic with an integrated cache.
  • BattleTag based nickname system.

Additional Info

  • There is a normal unit frame addon based on ArenaLive. You can find it here.


  • BUGFIX: Flag-Carrier unit frames 3 and 4 should now be anchored correctly to frames 1 and 2 again.
  • BUGFIX: Dampening tracker should now show up correctly again.
  • OTHER: Dwarf, Orc, Undead and Troll racials are shown in the cooldown tracker again.
  • OTHER: Updated cooldown priorities for Druids.
  • OTHER: Updated .toc-file.


  • BUGFIX: String placeholder in the info message for mine carts being spawned in Silver Shard Mines should now be replaced by the words "Mine Cart".
  • BUGFIX: Reduced cooldown of Psychic Scream to 30 seconds (was 45).
  • BUGFIX: Increased cooldown of Freezing Trap to 30 seconds (was 15).
  • OTHER: Base indicators in Battlegrounds are now shown below the scoreboard, instead of at the bottom of the screen.
  • OTHER: Updated dampening tracker's design to improve readability.
  • OTHER: Cooldown priorities are now stored by talent specialisation, rather than by class.
  • OTHER: Decreased number of shown cooldowns per player to 6 (was 9).
  • OTHER: Increased width of cooldown tracker icons.
  • OTHER: Updated to latest core version (See for a list of changes).


  • NEW: Added battleground spectator interface (BGLive).
  • NEW: Added a new nickname system that allows nicknames based on character names. It also allows you to import and export nickname data.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would prevent cooldowns from loading, if a Feral Druid was playing.
  • OTHER: Removed BattleTag based nickname system.


  • NEW: Players are now sorted by their talent specialisation, with the priority being: Melee > (Tank) > Caster > Healer.
  • NEW: Healers are now indicated on side frames and nameplates.
  • BUGFIX: Low health warnings won't be displayed for hunters that used feign death.
  • BUGFIX: Match numbers in match statistic drop down should now update correctly, if a match was deleted.
  • BUGFIX: Axe Toss (Warlock Pet) should now be added to the "Time in CC" column in the match statistic.
  • BUGFIX: Cooldown tracker should now display two stacks for cooldowns affected by Echo of the Elements talent.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause the cooldown tracker to show the interrupt or dispel ability twice, for Humans with less than 9 cooldowns.
  • OTHER: Inspected player info is now stored in the UnitCache and can be retrieved by the respective methods.
  • OTHER: Removed AFK/DND tags and the marker for players from a different realm than the player's from side frames, target frames, cooldown trackers and nameplates.
  • OTHER: Added Dalaran Brilliance to the shown buffs table for tournament mode buff filter.


  • NEW: Added abutton to the match statistic that allows players to clear the match database.
  • NEW: Match statistic now shows the ability that did the highest amount of damage during a match for every player.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause the cooldown tracker to show Spell Lock twice for Human Warlocks.
  • OTHER: Updated to newest core version (See for a list of changes).


  • NEW: Cooldown tracker now displays players' talent specialisation.
  • NEW: Team names will now automatically swap for the whole spectator group, if the left team's leader has a "spectatedb" unit token.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug in that would cause wrong number of players per team being returned by method ArenaLiveSpectator.UnitCache:GetNumPlayers().
  • BUGFIX: Match statistic should now update its size correctly.
  • BUGFIX: Match statistic should now always display all participating players of a match.
  • BUGFIX: Pet damage should now correctly be added to player damage in the match statistic.
  • BUGFIX: Nameplates should now update correctly, if unit information changed.
  • BUGFIX: Interrupt or Dispel now shows up only once for Players with less than nine available cooldowns in the cooldown tracker.
  • OTHER: Added damage that was absorbed by a shield effect to "damage dealt" tab in the match statistic.
  • OTHER: Players with Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese or Spanish (EU) WoW clients should now be able to directly queue most Arenas and Battlegrounds.


  • NEW: Team names will now get swapped on the scoreboard and the match statistic automatically, if teams are mixed up.


  • BUGFIX: Potentially completely fixed the "You have no Target" error.
  • Other: Replaced Blizzard's C_Commentator.GetNumPlayers() function with a custom function (ArenaLiveSpectator.UnitCache:GetNumPlayers()) to track number of players per team.


  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause display of wrong team names in the match statistic, if team names were swapped on the scoreboard.


  • NEW: It is now possible to set a tournament icon again. The tournament icon will replace the VS texture on the scoreboard. The texture's dimension need to be 64x32 pixels or a similar ratio and must be placed in the "TournamentIcons" directory within the "ArenaLiveSpectator3" addon directory.
  • BUGFIX: Reduced cooldown time of Avatar to 1.5min (was 3 min).
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause the cooldown tracker to crash, if a Warrior had skilled the talent "Juggernaut".
  • OTHER: The Cooldown tracker now automatically retries getting player cooldowns, if no data was received from the server 5 seconds after the query.
  • OTHER: Added Ironbark to CC indicator's defensive cooldown list.
  • OTHER: Added Barkskin to CC indicator's defensive cooldown list.
  • OTHER: Added Deterrence (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimaera) to CC indicator's defensive cooldown list.


  • BUGFIX: Reduced cooldown time of Avatar to 1.5min (was 3 min).
  • OTHER: The Cooldown tracker now automatically retries getting player cooldowns, if no data was received from the server 5 seconds after the query.
  • OTHER: Completed German localisation.


  • NEW: Team names can now be swapped on the scoreboard by right-clicking it.
  • NEW: Added simplified Chinese localisation. Thanks to curse user sxticecream for localising! (Localisation misses some phrases)
  • OTHER: Updated German localisation.


  • NEW: Cooldowns are now visible before a match starts.
  • NEW: Nameplates are now visible in third person player view.
  • BUGFIX: Texts with non-latin characters in it should now show up correctly again.
  • OTHER: Rewrote large parts of the cooldown tracker to improve stability.
  • OTHER: Cooldowns are now sorted by a fixed priority value that can be set in Spells.lua
  • OTHER: Updated Commentator function names to the new C_Commentator function names.
  • OTHER: Updated .toc-file.


  • NEW: It is now possible to queue for spectated battlegrounds.
  • BUGFIX: Cooldowns should now reset correctly after a match finishes and should load correctly on match start.
  • BUGFIX: Team score should now always update correclty after a match finishes.
  • BUGFIX: Interrupted spells should now again show up with a red X in the cast history.
  • BUGFIX: Resolved an issue that would cause an unregistering of events for the ArenaLive main frame, when using the UnregisterEvent method for event objects that weren't registered for the event.
  • OTHER: Reversed cooldown animation for CC indicator to make it more intuitive.
  • OTHER: Debug messages are now additionally stored in the saved variables per session.
  • OTHER: Added Monks Spear Hand Strike to interrupt cooldowns in spell database.


  • NEW: Shifted to a real spectator mode.
  • NEW: Added a menu to queue spectated wargames.
  • NEW: Added a dampening tracker.
  • NEW: Match statistics are now saved in a cache to make them accessible after the match.
  • NEW: Added an option to hide target and target-of-target frames.
  • NEW: It is now possible to fixate the camera onto a player.
  • NEW: Cooldowntracker is now sorted by players and is glyph and talent aware.
  • NEW: Cooldowntracker is now aware of cooldown reset abilities like Preparation.
  • NEW: Nicknames can now be set BattleTag based, rather than character based.
  • NEW: Nameplates now are able to show CC and important cooldowns on top of the class icon and show absorb shield on players.
  • NEW: Added a main target indicator, i.e. the outside of the player's unit frame will glow red, if more than 50% of the enemy team target the player.
  • REMOVED: Team cache was removed as it is no longer needed, due to the new way queueing works.

Version 2.1beta

  • NEW: It is now possible to synchronize count down start and reset with a friend.

Version 2.0beta7

  • NEW: Addon will now choose a fitting scale depending on WoW's screen resolution on first start up.
  • BUGFIX: Swapped positions of icons of right sided unit frames in order to reflect the way the option menu lets you choose their icon type.
  • OTHER: Disabled option for hiding the scoreboard during games.
  • OTHER: Switched from lua-based font swaps to xml-alternatives for non-latin characters. This should enable European players to see names with non-latin characters correctly.

Version 2.0beta6

  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would set the fonttype to a Taiwanese font for German clients.

Version 2.0beta5

  • BUGFIX: Adjusted y-offset of the right sided frames to be the same as on the left side.
  • BUGFIX: Reduced Cloak of Shadows' cooldown to 1 minute.
  • OTHER: Finished CC/DR lists in the spell database.
  • OTHER: Increased width of the scoreboard to allow longer teamnames to be displayed correctly. Also set centered vertical align for team names.

Version 2.0beta4

  • BUGFIX: Nameplates should now again identify players from other realms correctly.

Version 2.0beta3

  • BUGFIX: Fear should now be shown correctly in the cc indicator again.
  • BUGFIX: Tweaked option sliders to fix the strange slider behaviour in 5.4
  • OTHER: Updated .toc file.

Version 2.0beta2

  • BUGFIX: UI scaling should now be applied correctly after logging on or reloading UI
  • BUGFIX: Alpha of the time frame text should now always be set to 1 as soon as you enter the config mode.

Version 2.0beta

  • Re-release, for further details see addon description.

Version 1.1.0

  • NEW: It is now possible to choose a "Displayed Name" for each player that will be shown instead of the character name. Currently works for the side frames, but not for target and target-of-target frames
  • NEW: It is now possible to reset the matchtimer to 00:00 if needed via the chat command "/al resettimer"
  • NEW: Added a checkbox to show/hide the graphical countdown
  • BUGFIX: Switched from battleground to raid chat for the chat countdown to reflect the new chat system Blizzard introduced with 5.1
  • BUGFIX: Changed the cooldown duration of "Blind" to 1.5 minutes
  • BUGFIX: Added "Divine Star" to the list of filtered spells for the cast history to prevent it from spamming
  • BUGFIX: Added "Halo" to the list of filtered spells for the cast history to prevent it from spamming
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a lot of xml-errors
  • OTHER: Updated .toc file

Version 1.0.3

  • BUGFIX: Fixed a Bug that would prevent the GameTooltip from being hidden during Matches

Version 1.0.2

  • BUGFIX: Reduced the time the "Join Match" Button is disabled from 90 to 75 seconds, to make it available as soon as the arena gates open.

Version 1.0.1

  • NEW: The "Enter Match" button of the "StaticPopup1" will now be disabled for 1 minute and 30 seconds after the arena-queue pops. (Make sure to disable ArenaLive every time you want to queue for normal arenas)
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would prevent the timer from showing the expired match time, if the UI was sized down.

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial Release


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  • #22

    Think I saw your new name plates in a russian pvp tournament held yesterday. Am I right in saying you have added portraittimers to the nameplates? They looked really good and was wondering if you might add them to your untiframes or as a standalone addon, would love to get my hands on them :)

  • #23

    The nameplates are tuned for spectator matches only, so it would require a lot of work to make them available for everyday playing. So I won't make them available as a stand alone version.

  • #20

    I'm looking to see how to put a picture for the Tournament Icon Path how would you assign it and what kind of file format does it have to be?

  • #21

    Sorry I did not reply earlier, but I was working on the new version. The path is always relative to the World of Warcraft folder, if I am not mistaken and you'd need to save the file either in .blp, .tga or .png format. The graphic's width and height also must be a power of 2 (i.e. 128x128).

    I removed this feature in ArenaLive 3, though, as it was not that important anyways.

  • #19

    Dude! the new [Spectator] is freakin amazing!! Awesome job, truly awesome job!

  • #18

    I removed all old versions of ArenaLive [Spectator] in order to make it possible to download the new version simply by clicking the "Download Now" button.

  • #16

    Is it possible to use the cooldown tracker as a stand alone feature for everyday arenas?  Struggling to find one as concise as this :) Thanks.

  • #17

    Unfortunately it is not possible to use the cooldown tracker as a stand alone addon.

  • #13

    Can you add the ability to turn off arenalive unitframes when you turn off blizzard UI?


    Last edited by dawgtaggz on 7/31/2013 3:30:10 PM
  • #15

    Will be added soon (tm)

  • #11

    A small update to normal unit frame version of ArenaLive. I'm currently working on it, this is a first screenshot. So that you all know that I have not forgotten you. ;)

    If you want to stay informed, you can also follow me on twitter via @VadrakAL.
    Menu is next on the list so I can upload a first beta with player and target frame some time in the next weeks for you guys.


    Last edited by Vadrak1 on 3/3/2013 4:59:06 PM
  • #7

    I would very much like to ask a version of this as a unit frame replacement (like Xperl) for player, target, focus and party/5man-raid/arena frames. A simple replacement with the exact same layout as Livearena uses in terms of frame configuration.

  • #9

    Work in Progress... :)
    For further details just look at the answer I've given in the comment below your comment.


  • #12

    A first beta version including only Player+Target frame:

    I'm glad about every person that tests them and posts some feedback!

  • #10

    I can't wait to see arenalive as a unit frame addon^^.



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