Art of War

A brewmaster monk blog.

User Interface

  1. Auras
  2. Combat Addons
  3. Unit Frames, Action bars, and Cast bars
  4. Profession Addons
  5. Pet Addons
  6. Transmog Addons
  7. Miscellaneous Addons


  1. WeakAuras: Most of the interesting parts of my UI are my auras, from resources to cooldowns to buffs. For a complete description and list of my brewmaster-specific import strings, please visit the page dedicated to them.

Combat Addons

  1. Death Note: Tracks the combat log events prior to any raid member’s death.
  2. Deadly Boss Mods
  3. MikScrollingBattleText: Scrolling combat text mod.
  4. Omen Threat Meter
  5. Skada: Meters

This is all pretty standard raider fare. Death Note displays the events leading up to your death, including cooldown usage and heals, and it’s really good at diagnosing why you died, whether it be from lack of heals or poor AM management or something else. Omen is less necessary today than it used to be, but it still is good for those times when you keep surpassing the main tank’s threat. Mine is set up to alert me whenever I pass 105% of the current tank’s threat, because once I pass 110% threat I’ll pull accidentally.

Unit Frames, Action bars, and Cast bars

  1. Pitbull Unit Frames: Highly customizable unit frame addon. It can be difficult to configure because there are so many options, but you can do almost everything you want with it.
  2. Tidy Plates: Floating health bar mod that illustrates useful things like threat levels, personal debuffs, and combo points.
  3. Dominos: Action bar addon. This one is my favorite because it’s super easy to create keybinds or move around bars.
  4. Vuhdo: Raid frame mod.
  5. Quartz: Cast bar replacement.

Out of all of these, Tidy Plates is the most helpful for a tank. The rest are for convenience or aesthetics. Vuhdo is nice because it includes the ability to bind casts to your clicks on the raid frames. I have the monk dispell and Ring of Peace bound to clicks.

Non-combat UI Addons

These addons are basically cleaner skins of the regular Blizzard UI with some extra customizability built in.

  1. Prat: Adds useful functionality to your chat box like timestamps and colors.
  2. TipTac: Adds useful information to your mouseover tooltips like spec, total health, etc.
  3. Chinchilla Minimap: Minimap that isn’t distracting overkill.
  4. AdiBags: Bag organizing addon. Separates different types of items into clean categories.
  5. Postal: Makes your mail much easier to manage.

Profession Addons

I’m not a profession master by any means, but I consider these useful:

  1. FishingAce: Fishing aid addon that lets you cast whenever you have a fishing pole equipped by simply right-clicking.
  2. Archaeology Helper: Helps with archeology surveying.
  3. Auctionator: Straightforward auction house replacement that makes searching and selling much easier.
  4. GatherMate2: Keeps track of gathering nodes (herb, ore, archeology).

Pet Addons

There are tons of addons out there for team management that you can find around the web, but these are the two I depend on the most.

  1. Collect Me: Auto-summon pet functionality plus a mini-database of where to find and capture every available pet.
  2. Auto Safari Hat: For those of us who forget to equip and unequip that experience-boosting hat.

Transmog Addons

  1. MogIt: Catalog of transmog items.
  2. TransmogSets: Keeps track of individual sets for you to return to (sometimes buggy though).

Miscellaneous Addons

  1. Addon Control Panel: Addon manager that lets you turn on/off addons without logging out.
  2. BugGrabber + BugSack: Pair of addons that catch errors so it’s easier to find when other addons are breaking.
  3. Candy Buckets: Displays all relevant holiday locations, such as Halloween’s candy buckets, on your map.
  4. Altoholic: Helps you keep track of alts and the stuff they carry.