War College - Interrupts

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This week, the topic of discussion is:

Interrupts - Stopping hard casts is an essential element of PvP combat in World of Warcraft. How do you ensure that your interrupts aren’t wasted? As a spell caster, what techniques do you use to make sure that your important spells aren’t interrupted?

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85 Undead Priest
2680
/stopcasting
/cast wind shear

this is godly as an elemental shaman as myself(shaman is my main)

EDIT: Yay first! I love you Daxxarri!
Edited by Turnofkhaos on 4/27/2012 7:42 PM PDT
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100 Human Warlock
15175
Since every melee has 25 interrupts on a 5s cd, juke juke juke.
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90 Human Paladin
10995
Juking, may be the most useful thing a caster can do when they're getting pummeled on.
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fourth oh and macros
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85 Blood Elf Mage
3290
Thank you for starting this thread...I am such a noob when it comes to interrupts, I get outplayed all the time by healers...how do I fix this? :(
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85 Night Elf Death Knight
2760
Sorry to come off as nooby, but can someone really explain juking? Not sure I get it yet.
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85 Human Death Knight
7035
all i can recommend, as a interrupter is to just keep them stunned for as long as possible, save the interrupt for the moment that they have to cast, or they die.
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90 Human Warrior
4785
Interrupt spells when people cast them. That may be the best advice you could ever get.
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85 Undead Priest
2680
04/27/2012 07:38 PMPosted by Günter
Sorry to come off as nooby, but can someone really explain juking? Not sure I get it yet.


It is basically fake casting to get the enemy to waste their interrupt.
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85 Blood Elf Death Knight
5275
It took me a while to make a conscious reminder that Death Grip interrupts as a last resort.
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91 Worgen Rogue
11720
04/27/2012 07:38 PMPosted by Günter
Sorry to come off as nooby, but can someone really explain juking? Not sure I get it yet.


you fake a cast I guess
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
8155
Forget to make this a sticky?
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90 Tauren Shaman
7365
/stopcasting
/cast wind shear

this is godly as an elemental shaman as myself(shaman is my main)


I personally use a mouseover windshear macro, it will WS the mouseover target if I have one, otherwise it'll shear my normal target.

#showtooltip Wind Shear
/stopcasting
/cast [@mouseover, exists, harm, nodead] Wind Shear; Wind Shear
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85 Draenei Paladin
6355
Juke is something a healer would do to fake you out from the interrupt. If I was to cast divine light and noticed a possible interrupt from the enemy I would just stop casting or move forward real quick and go back to casting then stop again ... thats juking
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85 Human Paladin
13740
I view interrupts in PvP as part of the larger conflict that is taking place.

  • Repentance, Hammer of Justice, and Rebuke are all useful at different times.
  • I like to keep Repentance in my back pocket as a way of stopping an Evocation, Hymn, Tranq, etc. instead of buying myself a few free seconds of DoT ticks and time to hard cast a couple heals
  • I really hesitate to interrupt some casters like Fire Mages because they have access to so many schools of magic; lock them out of fire and you will find yourself eating a Frost Nova/Cone of Cold and catching up after a Blink
  • Try not to interrupt a Shadow spell from a Disc Priest; they will be at full health soon if you do
  • I consider what burst CDs I have available
  • Do I know the status of my opponent's PvP trinket?
  • Once you land an interrupt, count the seconds of the lockout and finish it with a stun if you can; this is very painful for a healer
  • If a healer is juking you, let them; they will need to hard cast at some point and if they manage to fake you out even then, a stun is a great card to play
  • Am I in a BG or Arena? Am I alone with this caster or are there (other) healers around? Stopping a Fireball but letting a full Penance go seems like an overall loss to me.
  • Edited by Hankscorpio on 4/27/2012 7:58 PM PDT
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    85 Draenei Shaman
    1610
    /stopcasting
    /cast wind shear

    this is godly as an elemental shaman as myself(shaman is my main)

    EDIT: Yay first! I love you Daxxarri!

    Awww yea. Same macro ofc. I love Wind Shear!
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    85 Blood Elf Hunter
    1690
    On the topic of AVOIDING being interrupted, let's say you're on a druid and you need to cast Cyclone or a heal, but you know they might interrupt you. One thing you can do is cast an arcane spell - such as Starfire - and let them interrupt you. By doing this, you can cast out of the school of magic you need (nature) without fear of being interrupted.
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