Use enemy pets to break yourself out of crowd control

Many classes have the equivalent to the warrior’s Taunt (e.g., Provoke) that can be used to make pets attack you. Why would you do this? One, it will help keep pets off of your healer. Two, having a pet attack you can break you out of many CCs.

Here’s the macro I use for Shield Slam on my protection warrior:

#showtooltip
/cast [@arenapet1] Taunt
/cast [@arenapet2] Taunt
/cast [@arenapet3] Taunt
/cast [@arenapet4] Taunt
/cast [@arenapet5] Taunt
/cast Shield Slam

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Another way to chain CC

Here’s the macro, using a warrior’s Stormbolt as an example:

#showtooltip Stormbolt
/cast [mod,@target] Stormbolt
/cast [@focustargetfocustarget, exists][@focus,exists] Stormbolt

Here’s what each line does:

Line 1:Show the Stormbolt graphic when you put the macro on your action bar
Line 2: If you press any modifier key,such as CTRL or ALT, it will cast Stormbolt at your target
Line 3 is where it gets fun:

If you partner with another player or two you can decide on who will start the crowd control chain. For example, warrior starts the chain with a Stormbolt (CC class: Stun), then the hunter will Freezing Trap (Incapacitate), followed by the druid using Cyclone (Disorient). This allows you to use three crowd control abilities on the same target without any diminishing returns (e.g., using CCs of the same class too soon will result in short duration CCs).

Here’s how you would use the macro to make this easier.

  1. The hunter and druid set their focus to the warrior.
  2. The warrior then would set the enemy player they want to CC as their focus.
  3. Anytime the hunter or druid hits their macro they will automatically be using their crowd control on the warrior’s focus target.
  4. The warrior can change focus targets at any time and the hunter and druid would not need to worry about changing their focus.

In battlegrounds, you could use this with a single partner just as well.

I use the LoseControl add-on to show me when the focus target is about to come out of crowd control. I am considering using the TellMeWhen addon to do that. It can be set up to give you a sound or even a voice notification to use your crowd control.

 

 

Macros!

Here’s a great guide about macros.

Here’s an example of how to create a simple macro that allows you to tab target only enemy players and not their pets.

Step 1: Copy the following two lines.

/targetenemyplayer

/startattack

Step 2: In chat type /M to bring up the Macros interface

Step 3: Click on the New button

Step 4: Type in a name such as “targetplayer” then click on Okay

Step 5: Click inside the blank window and paste the two lines you copied in Step 1

Step 6: Click on the Save button

Step 7: Drag the icon from the Macros interface onto your action bar. I put it on my Tab key. Whenever I hit Tab it will target the next closest enemy play and not their pet.

The Skill-Capped and Arena Junkies guides usually include recommended macros. Icy-Veins also has them. Plus a Google search will find a lot more.

Focus CC macros

Here’re the basic steps to “simplify” chaining crowd control (CC) onto a focus target.

  • When you hear the focus target called out right click on the focus target on the Battleground Targets or Gladius frames.
    • You may have to reset it for targets that can go into stealth like priests, rogues, druids, etc.
  • If you’re in arena try to agree on a crowd control order. For example:
    • Warrior uses Stormbolt to stun a healer, then
    • Hunter uses Freezing Trap on the stunned healer, then
    • Healer uses their crowd control on the trapped healer.
  • Try to save your CCs for this chain when you have your burst ready.
  • I use the LoseControl addon to see when the previous CC is about to expire.
    • More on that in another post, including issues of diminishing returns.
  • Use a focus macro to cast your CC. Here’s how to make a very basic but powerful one for Blind:
    • /m to open your Create Macros window
    • Click on new to create a new macro and type in the following:
      • #showtooltip
      • /cast [@focus] Blind
    • You would replace Blind with the CC for your toon
    • Save, then drag the icon onto your action bars
  • When it’s your turn to CC the focus target all you have to do is hit that icon/key on your action bar.

If you want to get past that 1500 “hump” and to 1750 then communication is very important. Calling CC chains will increase your win chance a lot.