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There are a few different DoT/Proc timing mods available. They all have their own different pros and cons and different selling points. Some of which might actually influence which one players end up settling with.
Hunters in their own aren’t all about the DoTs. We have Serpent Sting and that’s just about it. Unlike marks hunters with Chimera Shot, its much more vital for survival and BM hunters to track the duration of SS so they can refresh it on their own when it runs low.
But despite our lack of billions of DoTs, we have to actually work for our dps and not just sit back and let the numbers tick over! That poses the question, why do we even need a DoT timer if SV and BM hunters are just tracking their Serpent Stings? There are a few other things that can be done with DoT timers. One particular thing that I’ve grown to like is to actually track Hunters Mark on the target. Its useful in the long fights that last more then 5 minutes to know when its about to run out so you can refresh it in time where you can waste a GCD.
But the main use I’ve found for DoT timers is to actually track your own proc. Combine this with PowerAuras (which I will get to in another post) and you can tell when you get the proc and how long it has until it leaves you small and weak again! Most DoT timers simply work by tracking the debuff’s duration on you’re target. So all you really have to do to track procs is just to make the target yourself and to change the tracking from “Debuff” to “Buff” and you’ve got a proc timer!
But enough of that, lets get down too it.
ForteXorcist is a pretty powerful addon which is mainly directed at warlocks, yet has a very nice DoT timer as well as a few other features for the other classes. This mod enables you to track all the DoTs you have on you’re target, as well as all the dots you’ve cast over other targets, basically tracking all of your dots.
Looks wise, this mod is just downright sexy. Has a nice animation when you cast the dot and when it runs out. The mod also had a very nice cooldown timer. You might have seen similar or even the same mod in videos or screenshots of interfaces, but its basically the bar with the abilities’ icons scrolling along to the end of said bar indicating when the ability is ready to be used again.
The main issue I had with this mod is that it is horrible to set up. You can more or less customise every single aspect of the mod, to the point where it becomes annoying and frustrating. Though it has a nice interface, it still took me a good couple of hours to get just how I wanted.
Need To Know
The next mod I’ll be talking about is NeedToKnow. This is just generally a very nice and stable mod, and is what I’m using right now. I did have ForteXorcist for a long time, but swapped to NeedToKnow. The main feature that NTK has over other mods is the ability to make multiple DoT timing windows or boxes. You can even have one box for you’re dots, and a separate box for you’re procs! That’s what I do :).
This is a very basic and simple mod, yet it sacrifices nothing in terms of performance. It is very easy to set up and configure, yet still allows you to mess around with pretty much every detail to get it just to how you like it.
Another major feature to the mod, one which I’ve only recently become aware of, is the ability to track the internal cooldown of abilities. This more or less makes this the selling point of the add-on.
Lastly, Inline Aura is a DoT timing mod, but instead of popping a depleting bar up on the screen, it puts a timer on the ability (which looks a lot like OmniCC) to represent when the DoT will expire on the target. Right out of the box the mod works really nicely. Without any setting up, it correctly tracked my SS and HM on the target. You also had the ability to change text size, font, color, etc.
However issue to be aware of is that Inline Auras doesn’t play nice with OmniCC. 2 different numbers over your abilities? I’d rather the depleting bar! Inline Aura and OmniCC are both configurable enough to get around this issue with not much difficulty, however it really doesn’t have anything that the other mods don’t have other then looks.
Tip of the iceberg
I’ll also give a shout out to a few other DoT timing mods out there. These mods do track dots, yet really as far as I know don’t have any major selling points like the 3 I’ve listed so far.
- Kharthus’s Hunter Timers is one of those mods that do track our DoTs yet has no major selling feature other then the fact that its a hunter timer. Although the addon being a “Hunter Timer” seems rather gimmicky, as hunters really have no unique, super special, super unique Dots with magical mechanics or things that need a specific mod to track. The lack of any other features with this mod also doesn’t serve to make it any more desirable then the 3 mods listed above.
- DoTimer is a mod that I’ve had no experience with. Never used it, never downloaded it, never tampered with it, yet seems like a pretty good mod. Just from what I’ve read though, the main mods I listed seemed to cover all the features, as well as adding their own little twists. If you do know a thing or two about DoTimer, don’t hesitate to comment it and I’ll edit this post :)