I covered the shot priorities list. Now it’s time for macros. Some of you are thinking “Macros? I thought you said not to macro shots, just to weave them manually based on what’s available and highest priority?”. This is correct! However, and I went over this in the last patch, it’s fine to take all your instant non-global cooldown abilities that you want fired as often as possible and macro those into your shots. No /castsequences, though. Those cost you DPS, and every time you post one on the internet, Chuthlu kills a kitten.
Some people believe that they get better DPS by holding off on cooldowns until a heroism. This is based on the fact that heroism magnifies everything you do by 30%, however now that you’re not guaranteed to get one every fight (exhaustion now lasts 10 minutes), I believe it’s best to use cooldowns and trinkets as often as they come up. You might do a little less during enrages, but you’ll be doing more overall considering the fact that sometimes shamans die, and sometimes you’ll have the debuff for the whole fight.
Since 3.1, and into 3.2, all I need to have macroed is:
I put these into every single one of my shots, That’s right, I put it into explosive shot, black arrow, serpent sting, aimed shot, steady shot, and kill shot. I’ve created a macro for each of these that looks like this:
#showtooltip Kill Shot
/cast Rapid Fire
/cast Kill Command
/cast Kill Shot
Simply replace “kill shot” with the name of the shot you’re macroing. Also, unless you want a different icon for the macro than you wanted for the shot, use the “?” icon selected by default, and it will automatically show the icon of your shot.
If you don’t have trinkets with “on use” abilities (surprisingly rare in Wrath of the Lich King content), skip those “/use 13″ and “/use 14″ lines.