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Targeting with /Tar


We have been doing a lot more hardmodes attempts, and I even got dragged into a 10 man Freya Hardmode  quite successfully the other night. The fights are getting more and more complicated  – they aren’t just stand there and Dps one target. You need to be quick, and you need to be flexible.    I’ve been mashing up quick /tar macros to Target the most important targets in a lot of encounters, some as recommended by strats, and others because it means I don’t need to look at my screen and try and target and click something  through my add on warnings and other various add ons, or the general mess of a million mobs and fellow raiders.

One fight I’ve been using /tar Hodir – on is the  Hodir fights every now and then,  because I am dispeling,  trying to max my dps by standing in a beam,  helping free the mages,  I get turned around and confused.  There’s a lot going on,  so /tar Hodir makes my life a little easier.   Because I don’t have to try and click on him through the clutter .  We sometimes use Ora2  – the tank target list,  but often we don’t so  Simple Macros make it a lot easier to target the right thing at the right time.

 On  Thorim,   I did a macro for the Evokers, and the Champions so I can single target them down in the arena .

On Freya  hardmode /tar Strengthened Iron Roots and I use both normal and hardmode  /tar Eonar’s Gift for a quicker reaction to the tree, and if  you want you can macro a Snaplasher, and two elementals too for quick target switching.

On Yogg during intense dispelling phases,  I stand with my back to him permanently and use a /tar Yogg Macro to help me keep my dots up on him in between dispels, and a /tar constrictor in the earlier phases to help get people out as quickly as possible.

Having tank targets up all the time would certainly make some of the macros un-necessary – but this way I’m covered if its not, and it makes sticking dots on stuff and moving on a heck of a lot quicker

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4 Responses to “Targeting with /Tar”


  1. 1 smeg July 21, 2009 at 5:26 am

    or you could dispell and heal/bubble with mouseover.

  2. 2 Wikwocket July 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I think setting up targetting macros at appropriate times is a great idea, and the sign of someone truly wanting to maximize their effectiveness. In a lot of fights you can get by with tab- or click-targetting, but using macros or a tank-target frame lets you get on the necessary target no-questions-asked. Making a specific macro for each situation is even better than relying on tank windows or an assist macro, too.

    I often wonder why more DPS don’t make these macros (even when asked to by a raid leader), but then I am just a healer so what do I know. 🙂

  3. 3 candy July 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I haven’t used as many macros for Naxx/Uld as I did for BC raiding, but these are some good suggested uses. I do use one when I am the lasher kiter on Freya, since tab-targeting in there is a sure path to damnation (or at least hitting your neighbor’s target)

  4. 4 Pugnacious Priest July 21, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    @Smeg – I’m still trying to dot up the adds in Phase 3 as well – so I needs me focus macro
    @Wik awe healers do know stuff! Your not just heal bots 😛 There are some fights where all dps should have a focus macro – because the less damage others take getting squeesed then the less healing required ect ect – Ideally it would be awesome if Dbm came with fight based focus macros when there is multiple targets.. but that might be making it too easy
    @Candy There is just often too much crap around for tab targeting. – I don’t think I used any in Naxx.. or none I kept, but Ulduar has one for almost every encounter


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