CTMod is a very handy series of add-ons that can modify your user interface, customize your bags, monitor your expenses, send out mass mail attachments (great for sending stuff to bag alts), write little notes about other players, and a whole lot more.
There are a number of individual CTMods as you can see on the download page (see info and screenshots of each one for more details), but the one that is usually required in most high-end raiding is CT_RaidAssist which monitors your entire raid group.
It can show you how much mana the healers left, who is AFK, etc. And for wipes, it will tell you who is soulstoned.
CT_RaidAssist is definitely a must have add-on if you plan to ever venture into Zul'Gurub, Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, Onyxia, AQ, etc. It's also nifty for Battlegrounds, and even regular 5-man parties, as it still helps with buffs/debuffs and saving mana.
Also sometimes required for some raid groups is the CT_RABossMods which adds the Boss Mods section to CT_RaidAssist. It notifies you of major debuffs and spells that will be casted by certain bosses.
p.s. Though CT_RaidAssist works great just out of the box, it's even better when you've experimented with and configured the keybindings to automate recasts of buffs and debuffs, toggle the raid window, etc.
Since some of you guys are new to raiding and CT_RaidAssist, here's some tips to help you out, if you need it.
1.) Toggling Groups
In your Raid Pane, click 'check all groups' to be able to monitor your party. (You can modify how much information and the size of your group windows in the CT_RaidAssist Options menu.)
Now, when you have the groups on, it can take up a lot of your screen. So I recommend keybinding a button that will turn the groups on and off. That way you have easy access to information like who is AFK, who is dead, who is soulstoned, etc. at your fingertips without having to look at it constantly.
You can also keybind CT_Raid to toggle sorting. Meaning everytime you press a button of your choice, it will sort by group or class making it easy to buff and such.
CT_RaidAssist can show an amazing amount of information to help you raid better. One such feature is the Status monitor, which is often used to determine if any of the surviving healers have any mana left.
First open your CT_RaidAssist options menu.
Open General Options:
Check on 'Display Status':
A little blue window called RaidStatus opens up.
Right click it for options, and highlight "Mana Display" and check on Paladins, Druids and Priests.
Now highlight "Raid Mana" and also check on Paladins, Druids and Priests.
You can also turn on other options such as AFK Count, Dead Count and Offline Count:
And there ya have it! The best part is that you can toggle the Status Display with a keybinding as well, if you don't want to look at it all the time.
Here's some of the handy options that I like to use, such as Notify On Tank Death, Notify on aggro gain, Show MT's Target's Target, and Show AFK Status.
For pallys, druids and priests, I highly recommend turning on 'Show Ressurection Monitor' which will show you who other players are rezzing so you don't try to res the same person. This definitely helps druids from wasting a combat res on someone who already got one.
Turn on the Misc Options:
Check off the following:
CT_RaidAssist is highly flexible in what it shows you. Play with all the options a little, change the scaling to fit your viewscreen better, try different group sortings, set keybindings to toggle windows on and off etc. to whatever suits your playstyle best. It's definitely worth experimenting with. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find you can't live without it.
For example, I have my groups set up to only display druid buffs Mark of the Wild and Thorns, as well as Bandages. This makes spot buffing a whole lot easier.
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