Best User Interface Addons
The following list is my big players for addons, I won’t go much into specific class based addons, though curse.com has plenty to offer you if you so desire to search.
You can also checkout files.wowace.com for additional U.I. modifications.
Simple, yet amazing. Proximo allows you or any of your teammates running the mod to scroll over the opposing players with your mouse, these players are then listed on a small frame which you may move to any location of your screen. Once listed you can then target the opposing players via this frame. The mod comes equipped with many other features for assisting, targeting, macros, focus, etc.
Each unit frame mod offers essentially the same thing, a better player, target, target of target, target of target of target, focus, party, and raid frames. You can determine for yourself which design you prefer, though I strongly suggest choosing some mod, as the blizzard UI frames simply do not offer enough information in a format easily visible. Choosing one of these four, or another I haven’t mentioned (there are scores out there) is crucial to setting up your UI for PvP, as it provides you a much cleaner view and allows you to customize the frame for the information you find most urgent.
Natur Enemy Cast Bar
Certainly one of my favorite mods I am currently running. NECB assist you in that every time a spell, skill, buff, debuff, etc. shows up in your combat log it creates a small bar, which you may move around, change the orientation, width, etc, which essentially works as a timer. Example, you can watch a mage’s ice block tick down, when you see your timer at 2 seconds, knowing you have a 2.5 second cast, simply queue your spell and you know right as he breaks out of that block you are going to nail him with another spell. Wondering when that paladin’s bubble is coming back up? NECB handles that also, and virtually all other timers in the game, everything from short duration objects to the longer cool downs as well, it’s a great addition and when customized right is an excellent tool for PvP.
Bongos (now known as Dominos)
Now personally I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to my UI, so I don’t use bongos currently, though I have in the past. Bongos simply lets you change the size, position, and orientation of your action bars quickly and easily. In addition it also removes all the extra art, freeing up more space for your UI canvas. The greatest part about Bongos is how easily it lets you bind your keys. No longer do you need to go through the key bindings menu, simply open the bongos options up, hover over the key, and pressed the desired hotkey, key set! If you want to adjust your bars around this is the perfect mod to do it with.
Ecasting bar, obviously enough, is a better casting bar. It turns off the small default blizzard casting bar and allows you to move, change orientation, width, length, color, etc. of your casting bar, focus casting bar, and target’s casting bar. If you’re a class that doesn’t cast, get it anyway, the benefits of the target’s casting bar and the focus casting bar are crucial and you’ll want those implemented in your UI.
Scrolling Combat Text
Improved version of blizzard’s scrolling combat text. SCT is basically all the import stuff which appears in your combat log, then it’s blown up, color coordinated, and positioned at any location on your screen, divided, and organized in which ever way you choose to customize is. It’s not a huge thing, though the fonts are much clearer than the cheesy version blizzard through in.
Adds a small, fully customizable, mobile frame that allows you to quickly swap trinkets. In addition you can also setup queues for your trinkets. Example, after I use my bloodlust brooch I have my renataki trinket swapped in as soon as I leave combat, then again the bloodlust brooch is swapped back in once renataki is on cooldown. Great tool to keep track of your trinkets at all times without having to open up your character menu.
Last, but certainly not least, OmniCC adds timers to your bars over your entire cool down based abilities. Many bar mods now come with this feature built in, but in the event your action bar happens to not, or you are cool and use the blizzard default bars like me, then you certainly want to use OmniCC