Communication is important. If you want to succeed in the grouping aspect of this game, you need to plan. This is why Leeroy Jenkins became such an internet phenomenon. The skit (I say skit because yes, they did plan all this) involved Leeroy running in carelessly without reguard to any planning or “strategory” and was met with hopeless failure. Many people play with vent to make their plans and engage their mobs but not all quick pickup groups have that option. This is why having some helpful timed wow macros at your command can be very beneficial.
The first timed macro doesn’t even use actually use the Blizzard stopwatch. It uses a command that has been added by external libraries such as Ace, Chronos, or perhaps a dedicated addon like InDemand. Odds are you have an Ace library already so this command should work for you. Simply type /in, then how many seconds you wish to wait, then what command you want to perform. A pull macro looks like this:
/in 1 /s Pulling in 5
/in 2 /s 4
/in 3 /s 3
/in 4 /s 2
/in 5 /s 1
/in 6 /charge
You can of course substitute /s for /rw or /p or whatever you want really. Once clicked this timed macro will announce a 5 second countdown in the channel you chose to speak in. Very helpful after a /readycheck. Ready check can also be coupled with this to take a break mid raid. This timed macro will announce in raid warning, set the wow stopwatch clock to count down from 5 minutes. Once 300 seconds have passed, it will (should) do a /readycheck should you have sufficient privileges.
/rw Alright we’re taking a break, be back in 5 mins!!
/in 300 /readycheck
Another useful way to use a timed macro involves the wow stopwatch to clue you in to how much time is left in a timed quest. It’s great for keeping tabs on quest such as the Rapid Defense achievement for Defending Wyrmrest Temple. By default this macro would take two clicks due to Blizzards choice to limit macros in a patch awhile back (thanks @synae and @Wynthea) but if we use /in again, we can avoid that. Once you right click on the quest giver to open the dialogue, click the timed macro and you’ll automatically accept the quest and throw up a blizzard stopwatch timer showing you have 3 minutes left to complete the quest for the achievement. If you don’t have the ability to use /in, simply leave it out and click the timed macro twice once the quest giver dialogue is open. You’ll just be resetting the timer on the WoW stopwatch on the second click.
/script SelectGossipAvailableQuest(1) ;/in .5 /script AcceptQuest()/sw 3:00/sw play
Perhaps you would like to use the Blizzard Stopwatch to track something during combat. Try this one for when you want to “sheep things” or track any other form of crowd control. The following WoW Stopwatch Macro will cast pollymorph then count down letting you know how much time you have before Polymorph breaks. Of course thats if nobody dots up your target….I’m looking at you DnDKnights. >:-(
The final timed macro I have I use at least once a day. I push this every time I queue for the heroic daily. Twelve minutes is about what the average wait time for dps on my battlegroup (you suck Nightfall). I find this useful because even though you hear the big DAAAAAAAH DUUUUMMMMM!!!! when its ready, as of patch 3.3, there isn’t a timer that shows how long you’ve been in the queue like there is in the battleground queue icon. So once I accept the queue this gets pressed. After I see how much the actual estimate is, I’ll go ahead and reset the timer (which will still count down btw) by doing a quick /sw 15:00 command.
So what kinds of crazy cool wow stopwatch macros have you come up with for the stopwatch?