Goes to me!
So I’m doing some dailies out in Hyjal because I still am not done with all that Molten Front crap and I come across a rare sparkly owl.
He’s pretty high up, but that’s no problem.
I’ll just smack him with an instant, Slow Fall to the ground, and pick up the fight there.
Everything goes as planned and I’m gracefully floating to the ground with an angry owl hot on my fox tail…
My finger strays to the Arcane Blast key.
How could that possibly cause an issue?
Because this is what is macroed in to my Arcane Blast:
/cast [mod:shift] Presence of Mind
/cast Arcane Blast
/cancelaura Slow Fall
I can hear you asking, “Arioch? What the hell is a cancelaura on Slow Fall doing in your AB macro?”
Remember the Ragnaros fight in Firelands?
Remember how mages often get put on trap-bitch duty?
There was a time when blinking through traps was bugged up as all hell for me. And then there were spots where blinking just wasn’t going to work (on CD or likelihood of sending me neck deep into some other sort of bad) so I had this little gem.
What was happening was that I would pop a trap, fly up, cast Slow Fall *right* before I went splat. This put me in the air for the least amount of time.
But at some point, much to my surprise the first night, Blizzard removed the part of Slow Fall where it gets cancelled when you take damage.
So Slow Fall would be ticking away on me as I went in to the next trap.
I would fly up and float gently halfway to the floor as I frantically try to figure out why I’m not falling like a rock. End result was that I would be wasting cast time, try to cancel the Slow Fall, but couldn’t get the new one up in time before I went splat.
So I made a macro to safely cancel the aura as soon as I landed and could start nuking again.
Apparently it serves double duty to allow me to pull the rare, flail on the keyboard, plummet like a lead brick, die, and get back in time to see someone else getting credit for it.
(And I FINALLY opened up the Shadow Wardens. I can’t even remember if that was the side I wanted first. Or do I even get a choice? I can’t remember where I left off on all this shit.)