Testing Marksmanship Macros at Gruul’s


So I decided that tonight I would run a simple test to see if the macros I posted earlier would actually yield a DPS increase in a simple raid setting. The macro I decided to use was this one:

#showtooltip Steady Shot
/script UIErrorsFrame:Hide()
/castsequence reset=3 steady shot, !auto shot
/cast [exists,target=pettarget] kill command
/cast arcane shot
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear();

The first thing I noticed about this macro was that despite it using a script to clear the error messages, I was plagued with the sound that WoW makes when you press button in the middle of an action, or when it is on cooldown. I know there is a way to suppress those sounds with a mod or another script, but I didn’t have either.

What you will notice in the video is that I click a lot of abilities in this fight. Now let me preface that with the statement that I am not a PvE clicker. But I was so intent and mashing that macro has as fast as I could, I didn’t want to move that hand to any of my other key bindings most of the time. So you will see me manually click my trinkets, Mend Pet, as well as send my pet into attack and bring him back.

I opted not to use an Elixir of Major Agility tonight and just see what I would be able to do with basic raid buffs. As you can see in this first screenshot, I did not have the most optimal group for increasing my DPS.

I made a post a couple days ago about how I broke 1000 sustained DPS on Gruul, but I had a great group set-up that included a feral Druid, a Shadow Priest (allowing me to use Aspect of the Hawk rather than Viper for most of the duration), and a Beast Mastery Hunter.

So at the end of the fight, this is how my damage turned out:

This is what my damage meter ended up showing, although I know this was not accurate as I was not synced with anyone else in the raid. So who knows how accurate it really is.

In the end, my DPS did increase from using the macro. While I do not have any records of previous fights, I usually maintain somewhere around 600 to 650 unbuffed using Aspect of the Viper. Pretty shoddy numbers truth be told, but we’re getting there. :)

And of course, we can’t forget the video of the fight. Featuring the Gorillaz and Linkin Park. If you don’t like them, turn the volume down. :)

Also, there is a higher quality version available here, on Stage 6.

About Drotara

Drotara (or BehemothDan) considers himself a geek on many levels. A web developer and programmer by trade, he has no shortage of geeky hobbies. When not fulfilling husband and daddy duties, he enjoys WoW, the WoW TCG, Magic: The Gathering, and great board games with friends and family.