Having seen the recent success of the 'name a mod you cant live without' thread, as a Raid Leader I thought I would start the ball rolling on something a bit more specific.
So, Please, if you are a Raid Leader for your respective guild, please have a scan through the list and pick a favourite to add to the list if you donâ€™t see it here already, with a link preferably.
If this takes off I will edit and compile the results into the top of the thread for reference, I am interested to see what little gems may come out of the woodwork.
My pick is XRS a ctra Raid Status replacement. (very useful if your trying to get rid of CT_RA in favour of oRA or similar..)
I chose this mod because it has dramatically reduced the amount of manual labour I have to do to make sure everyone is buffed, nobody has PVP, etc etc. and at the hover or click of a button check/inform the relevant people.
Additionally it uses very little memory by levering the Ace2 Libraries, and I can update it automatically from the wowace SVN!
Step up to the plate... lets hear em! and lets try and avoid more general stuff, very specifically mods that benefit Raid Leaders in a Super Fun Happy way.
on a side note, /wave to the regulars, thought it was about time to stop reading and give something back :)
Some of the links below are to www.wowace.com, the guys at wowace recently moved their server and DNS may still not have updated for some of you.
The only mod I don't think I could live without while leading raids is the raid status part of ctraid that I think you already referred to. It has most of what you need to know short of pulling out every class tab and looking at individual bars. I use that and continuously press O to find out who's name is in red and what group they're in.
I'm not too big on mods though, so I'm sure there's all kinds of cool stuff (I heard about the log someone off their account feature of RDX which made me laugh).
Perfect Targets, also an Ace2 mod. It allows me to see who is targetting what, when, where. Made learning Fankriss much easier; to be able to see that 5 DPS classes were still targetting Fankriss when worms were up.
As mentioned RaidTemplate/RaidRestore the single most significant addition, I think.
RaidRestore is more powerful and has more UI features. My only issue is that is sometimes errors when you try to restore. When this happens, it happens consistently (usually for the rest of the raid night, maybe it has something to do with the which people are in the raid?). I can't figure it out, though. Does anyone have this problem?
Healing Groups Sucks - thanks to the boys from Flying Hellfish
A must-have mod for the guy setting up your healing.
I'd also go with Nurfed Combat Log or perhaps SimpleCombatLog. Why? So that on a fight where someone keeps 'mysteriously' dying for no reason you can set up a combat log to watch *just* that person, and then when he dies you've got all the heals and dmg done to just him in one handy little window. Easy way to find out if your DPS warrior popped deathwish before dying and then starts yelling at healers for slacking.
Edit - also, the amount of information that one can configure and display using RDX6 is absolutely staggering for a raid leader. People in my guild have been very surprised to get called out for slacking lately.
XRS is the big one for me, as was previously mentioned. The ability to check and see who is buffed, who is flagged, what mana percentages are, etc. - invaluable. I used to use CTRaid's "RaidStatus" floater, but XRS is far superior.
If you're unwilling (or unable) to move away from CTRaid, you can still use XRS - and I highly recommend that you try it out.