Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Last Macro You'll Ever Wear

As promised, today I'm going to share a pair of macros that I should have shared a long time ago. Apologies, but selfishness is in my nature as a Warlock. It happens, and really, the macros are the same, the only difference being to swap the spell used by the button. I find these two invaluable in any sort of CC situation, and they can really make you appear to be a badass in my opinion. In fact, I often find myself offering to CC extra things out of pure desire to make use of these macros and thereby appear formidable.

Like: "Look at his masterful use of the macro.  He is most surely a powerful warlock.  He fears no mob."
To which I reply: "But of course.  Seeth thou not my mighty bolts of shadow?  Pay no attention to thy banish├ęd mobs."

Or: "CC? Wtf is that newb?  Better not affect your deeps."
To which I reply: "Don't worry, Child of Wrath, it shan't."

Banish Macro
Let's start with the banish macro:

#show Banish
/clearfocus [target=focus,dead][target=focus,noexists]
/focus [target=focus,noexists]
/cast [target=focus] Banish

Going line by line:
  1. We start by showing the Banish tooltip and icon (select the ? when you create it)
  2. Clears our focus if the target is either dead or doesn't exist
  3. Sets our focus to our current target as long as there is no current focus 
  4. Casts banish on the focused target
So it operates something like this...  We select our banish target and then hit the button once.  If we're in range, it will start to cast banish right away, but lets pretend for a moment we're setting this up before a pull.  In that case, it will merely set your focus to the target and warn you that it's not in range.  Then we select the skull and prepare for the pull.  Once the pull commences, we hit this button again and a banish will cast on the focused target, all without switching from the skull allowing us to open up with our normal DPS rotation.  We can not DPS as normal, keeping an eye on our focused target (as long as you have your focus displayed in your raid frames) for if/when it breaks banish.

Say it's a long fight and the target breaks banish.  That's fine, just hit the button again and you'll recast on your focus, again without switching.  Simple right?  It's almost like you're barely doing anything, yet you can keep that sucker locked down and still carry on DPS'ing as usual.

Also important to note, due to recent changes in mechanics, be aware in order to reapply banish, you will have to wait out it's duration.  Casting banish again before the original cast has worn out will cause the target to be un-banished.  Alternatively, you could use this knowledge to strategically release your target when the tanks are ready to pick it up.

Fear Macro

#show Fear
/clearfocus [target=focus,dead][target=focus,noexists]
/focus [target=focus,noexists]
/cast [target=focus] Fear

Nothing tricky here, just the same macro from above where "fear" replaces "banish", allowing you to use this button the same way you would your banish macro.  Chain fear: ftw.  Chain fear without paying a whole lot of attention to the mob: ftW.  Big bold "W" is for "Warlock".  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

That's all there really is to them.  Use 'em for PvE.  Use 'em for PvP.  Use 'em for Faction Champs (which is still neither, IMO).  Hell, use 'em purely to annoy that Druid that you're dueling in the middle of Dalaran and go /inspect the epeening hardcore raider over there while he goes to write an OP note on the official forums and get our CC nerfed some more.  We'll write our own damn spells, Blizz.


  1. I had an awesome macro somewhere for Chain-Seducing.

    Used to make PuGs think I was cheating or something...

  2. Thanks a bunch for this Fulguralis. I needed something to show some of my guildies how to set up focus macros for Faction Champions. A lot of them are macro-challenged. Lol

  3. Ha, no problem. It is rather handy on that fight :-).