Month: September 2014

Console command to increase zoom out distance

These 2 console commands when used will increase the zoom out distance.  I have people do both to set it so they don’t zoom out too far if the other value was set already.  Just open up a chat window input box like you would when you type /party or /guild or /say and put the first line in.  After you run it then put the second line in same method.

/run SetCVar(“cameraDistanceMax”,”50″)

/run SetCVar(“cameraDistanceMaxFactor”,”1″)

Alternatively I made an addOn that does this for you:

Def’s Camera Zoom


Removing the sound when a spell is not ready.

Spell Not Ready Casting Cancel Silence

That is not an addon, but actually files that will play in substitution of the default “fizzle” sounds.  They don’t install in the \Interface\AddOns folder but in the World of Warcraft\ folder so pay attention to the instructions.  Eliminate those unnecessary distracting noises so you concentrate on hearing the ones you need.

They no longer go into the World of Warcraft\Data folder, but directly into the World of Warcraft\ folder since 6.0.2.

Clicking vs Keybinding and why you should keybind

You should keybind.  The best way that I got out of the mouse clicking habit was leveling a new character using only keybinds.  You only get a few abilties to keybind at a time while leveling so it’s not near as daunting as a max level character with dozens of abilities.  All the “I can mouse click as good as you key bind” arguments and why they’re false are in the videos and articles below.

Additional videos:

Articles on keybinding:

Useful macros for the Warlock Green Fire Quest

These are macros I found useful when doing the warlock green fire quest:

Heal macro (Assuming you’re using the health funnel glyph):

/cast Demonic Siphon
/cast Health Funnel

Shield macro (for chaos bolt):

#showtooltip Twilight Ward
/cast Sacrificial Pact
/cast Twilight Ward

Target player with Fel Flame Breath:

/cast [@player] Fel Flame Breath

Target imps with Fel Flame Breath:

/target Wild Imp
/cast Fel Flame Breath


/target Kanrethad
/cast Charge


/target Pit Lord
/cast Enslave Demon

Move Pet and Set Passive:


Re-activate Pet after the felhunters:

/target kanrethad

Things I found useful:

I sacrificed my imp for singe magic, though I hardly used it except for cleansing during felhunters.

I stood between pit lord and Kanrethad so I’d soak the fel flame and remove my magic debuffs.

Use Drums of Forgotten Kings (4% more stats) and the bloodlust drums.  Flask and food buff.

I never used it, but the purification potion can remove your curse and extend the fight past 7 minutes.

Extra charges (watch timer so it’ll be available for cataclysm casts) greatly increases your dps and makes the fight much, much faster.

I dismissed and re-enslaved the pit lord every doom lord phase to prevent it breaking at horrible times.

I would cast shatter right after the imps aggro’ed on me and the fel flame was cast on them to dump the threat from them.

I did this at gear level 483, so I’m guessing at higher gear levels this is rediculously easier.

Communication for raids.

Communication for raids is vital. Here I’ll list and compare based on my experience the top voice communication programs I’ve run across in WoW. The list descends by my user experience. (Top being the best.)

Discord is probably the best voice chat app I’ve run across so far.  I consider it a hybrid between Skype and Ventrilo.  It has multiple clients (mac, pc, mobile, and browser-only).  Some of my guild has been using the browser and not even downloading the app.  The UI is slick compared to some of the old dinosaurs like TS3, Ventrilo, Mumble.  It’s free with no channel limitations so you can always stick the entire guild in there without having to kick someone.

Skype is good for arenas. Costs actual money above 10 players online. Not really a useful guild organizational communication program, but you run across it a lot on PvP servers. VoIP.

Curse Voice is new.  It allows grouping for games.  No cost, but unless it’s changed recently it doesn’t allow channels and doesn’t have a mac client.

TeamSpeak3 is the descendant of my first voice communication program in classic World of Warcraft. My next choice after raid call would be this one. Easy setup. Low latency. Server costs unfortunately. My favorite of the older non-VoIP crowd. Channel setup. I like to describe it as vent easy for setup without vent lag issues.

Mumble is super low latency. Channel setup. Requires a server so costs involved. It has a downside. A very serious downside. Setup is horrible. I had no problem, but expect some raiders to never get it figured out. I advise not adopting this one unless all your raiders are top notch and even then use raid call or teamspeak3.

Ventrilo is the standard. It’s also a dinosaur. You can google the tests (I conducted my own which agree) that ventrilo has between a .5 to 2.5 second delay. I’m chocking this up to the codec/server coding used, but regardless that delay is very seriously noticeable during split second communications. If you are currently using ventrilo I recommend you look at raid call or teamspeak3. Both are better than vent and are near instantaneous in comparison to this dinosaur.

Raid Call is a new entrant on the communication scene and has some limitations.  It uses flash which is the most exploited software over the past 20 years it’s been out.  Every week there’s new exploits revealed.  Even Google, Facebook, and Mozilla have come out against flash.  It also doesn’t have a mac client which for some games is a huge issue for communication.

TL;DR: Discord is the newest and best voice communication software for gaming I’ve seen for World of Warcraft and it’s free. Anyone using anything else should think about switching over to it.