- Author: bobodingo
- Date: July 20, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Beyond directly making your character stronger through talents, equipment, enchants, etc, there are 2 more things you can use in order to improve your performance as a player: addons & macros. It cannot be understated how much of an impact they can have on your gameplay — increasing your DPS or healing by a large percentage, preventing you from dying, etc. You will need the best addons & macros to be the best Balance Druid you can be!
Balance Druids don’t really have any useful class-specific addons, so I recommend the basics:
- DeadlyBossMods – This allows you to track boss abilities. A very nice tool to help with boss fights
- Details – Shows you how much damage your doing and allows you to flex your damage if you do really well on a boss fight to your raid
WeakAuras is a versatile addon with almost limitless possibilities. It allows you to install mini-addons created by other players, which are confusingly also called “WeakAuras”, in order to perform specific tasks, such as tracking the cooldown of a spell, having a visual or audio notification when something procs, giving you a warning when a boss uses an ability, etc. You can find WeakAuras that suit your needs on wago.io. It’s strongly recommended that you use WeakAuras; they’re a huge quality of life boost.
As a Balance Druid, it is strongly recommended that you use WeakAuras that track your core procs: primary, Eclipse procs, since that is our most crucial mechanic, but also your Nature’s Grace. Furthermore, it will be very beneficial to have a WeakAura that track your DoTs, so you can refresh them ASAP. Finally, we will readily recommend WeakAuras that track your miscellaneous procs, such as your Tailoring Lightweave Embroidery — in Wrath you want to combine your cooldowns with your procs, and having a WA tell you when stuff has procced will make that a lot easier.
These macros will help you significantly, potentially increasing your DPS by a modest amount.
ANGRY BOOMKIN GO BOOM
This macro pops all of your various cooldowns, and then uses Starfall. It is perfect for AoE-heavy fights with a lot of adds to attack, where saving your Starfall for a bit and then using it with all of these cooldowns, ideally combined with other procs like Lightweave Embroidery, will result in massive damage.
#showtooltip Starfall /use [combat] 13 /use [combat] 14 /use [combat] Potion of Wild Magic /use [combat] 10 /cast Starfall
Boomkin Somewhat Angry
This macro pops all of your various cooldowns, but does not use Starfall. It is intended to be used on single-target fights, ideally combined with an Eclipse proc, and other procs like Lightweave Embroidery.
#showtooltip /use [combat] 13 /use [combat] 14 /use [combat] Potion of Wild Magic /use [combat] 10
Force of Nature Macro
This macro summons your treants at your cursor’s current position without needing another button press, and then have them attack your current target, so they don’t run around like headless chicken. Press the macro at any time in order to have your treants switch to your current target.
#showtooltip /cast [@cursor] !Force of Nature /petattack
These macros will generally not be make-or-break in terms of your performance, as they don’t directly improve your ability to deal damage. However, they can help you in smaller but very real ways, offering significant quality of life improvements, so we recommend having them.
This macro allows you to always cast Innervate on a player of your choice, without having to target them every time.
Just make sure to replace NAME with their name!
#showtooltip /cast [target=NAME] Innervate