Sharing some Sacred Shield Weakauras

90 Blood Elf Paladin
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Hi guys,

I was looking around for some Weakaura strings to track Sacred Shield in more detail rather than just when it expires.

I wanted to know how big my shields were and how much of the current shield was left without having to mouse over the buff icons. I also was curious based on my current spell power in a fight if refreshing my shield would make it bigger or smaller.

Not sure if this information is actually useful during real play, but I thought I would give it a try for some more advanced Weakauras. Please note that I am not a programmer, and everything I know about LUA I learned by googling this evening, it was rather painful. Also, I play protection so this is only for Sacred Shield on myself.

I'll just describe the images in the attached link. (most of the screen shots were made using the WA options UI rather than in the middle of real combat just to illustrate how it works., but it does work):

http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/2162/sswacomp.jpg

1 - The small white circle in the lower left corner indicates that I have a small SS up. Without any buffs or vengeance, right now I have a 10k shield. I arbitrarily set colors to indicate roughly how big a shield I have. White > 10k, Green > 16k, Blue > 25k, Purple > 32k. These numbers can be changed, and should be as your gear improves.

2. In this example the green ball indicates I have a shield between 16 and 25k. The outer blue ring is a measure of my current spell/attack power. It tells me that if I were to refresh my SS now, I'd get a blue shield (25-32k)

3. Here I have a purple shield, something over 32k. The green outer ring indicates that at my current attack power, if I were to refresh my shield, I'd get a smaller shield in the green range (16k-25k)

4. Here shows a countdown timer. I have it set to appear at 8 sec or less and play a sound, which lets me know I have at least 1 more absorb shield before it falls off.

5. There numbers you see here are the shield sizes. White is the max size of the shield I currently have buffed. Yellow indicates the size of the active absorb (the shorter 5 second buff) and will decrease in size as I get hit.

6. Here, I tried adding a little more detail. In the case your active shield and attack power ring are the same color, you may not be sure if refreshing your shield will actually make it bigger or smaller. The yellow aura around it is active if your shield will get bigger by refreshing it. It compares your current shield size to the potential shield size exactly, so even if your shield will be bigger by 1 point, it'll light up. Obviously you can add in a buffer of 1000 or whatever. This is nice given the broad ranges of values I had set up for the colors. In fact, with this, you may not even need the colors, but I was just testing stuff out.

7. Here's a pic after a trash AOE pull. The attack power ring automatically fades after a few seconds if your attack power i.e. vengeance doesn't change. By the time I grabbed this shot, the ring had faded, but my vengeance is high enough that if I refreshed the shield, I should get a bigger one (because the yellow aura is up). The yellow shield size is maxed out because I think it just ticked again.

Anyway, I thought I'd share in case anyone else was curious to have this information as well. I'll have to test it out to see if is actually useful in a real fight. Also, I'm sure my LUA code is horribly inefficient, so I would try this unless you have a decent computer. Here's the Weakaruas strings in case anyone is curious. Maybe a real programmer out there can give me some pointers. It is still very much a work in progress.

TL;DR - Sharing some of my homegrown weakauras for tracking Sacred Shield on a prot pally, I am not a programmer, please don't laugh, and any tips are appreciated.

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Edited by Tsyndr on 11/17/2012 12:26 AM PST
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90 Tauren Paladin
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I found out by mouse over :P.

My Sacred Shield can get into the 50k range in LFR.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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I really like all your auras in that last pic. Is there any chance you'd share the lot? Cool group for the ss too :)
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