This addon provides a grid status which provides the remaining amount of your shields on a unit.

Ok, 4.0 is there and Blizzard heard my prayers and added absorb tracking support. Therefore now also shields of other players and classes should be displayed correctly (at least when I'm done with it :-). And they should be very accurate now.

Currently I'm still experimenting whats the best way to use these therefore GridStatusShield currently provides two different methods to use. The first is based on the combat log and the other one on internal events and the tooltip of unit buffs. You can change the method in the settings of GridStatusShield. So if you encounter any problems try changing the tracking method (and let me know about the problems).

Some pros and cons of the two methods

Combat log based:

  • PRO: independent from clients language
  • PRO: pretty fast
  • CON: not very reliable (out of range units, broken log, lag, missing events for certain shields, multiple shields of the same kind (divine aegis))

Buff-tooltip based:

  • PRO: reliable concerning lag, range, and multiple shields of the same kind
  • CON: very slow at the moment because it parses every buff tooltip every time something changes (can be improved a lot)
  • CON: parsing needs to be done for every language separately (If you can help me with your language there it would be awesome!)

A FAQ (just to amuse me ... and maybe it helps you :-))

Q: I don't see any shield values!
A: Maybe your language isn't supported yet, try changing to combat log based shield tracking.

Q: I don't see any value for Power word: Barrier!
A: This shield does not create any combat log messages, try disabling combat log based shield tracking.

Q: This ** addon slows my PC extremely down in fights!!!
A: The current default shield tracking method is very slow, try changing to combat log based tracking, that should be much faster.

Q: The shield values aren't displayed correctly if there is more than one Divine Aegis on a unit (or any other shield which can occur multiple times on the same unit).
A: Yeah, those are hard to keep a part using the combat log. Try disabling combat log based shield tracking.

Q: "Try this! No, try that! Then try this! Nom no! Try that method!"... you are messing with us right?
A: Maybe... just wanted to show the pros and cons of the two methods in another way ;-)

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  • Avatar of Shark5060 Shark5060 Aug 14, 2011 at 15:06 UTC - 0 likes

    @Lukszar: Go

    well it works - just the Combat Log tracking is broken since Blizz changed the SPELL_AURA_REFRESH from shields to SPELL_MISSED, SPELL_PERIODIC_MISSED Arg 12&13 and SWING_MISSED Arg 10&11

    The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug - Chris Hedges

  • Avatar of Lukszar Lukszar May 23, 2011 at 16:49 UTC - 0 likes

    So what's going on with this addon? It's been very useful, but isn't working since 4.1.

  • Avatar of Shadowics Shadowics Jan 09, 2010 at 08:49 UTC - 0 likes

    Having written that, I did happen to see a mage cast mana shield, and some value appeared.

    I hadn't tried increasing the Aegis tolerance. It is detecting the shields, just not calculating a value.

    I just tried, in game, increasing the Aegis tolerance up to the maximum of '2', and the displayed value remained at "0" for Val'anyr proc shields, but it did now show my Divine Aegis shields.

    Last edited Jan 09, 2010 by Shadowics
  • Avatar of Julith Julith Jan 09, 2010 at 07:54 UTC - 0 likes

    Hmm, have you tried increasing the Aegis tolerance?

    Also for most shields (excluding DA and Valanyr) it should also display a minimum shield size for shields from other players.

  • Avatar of Shadowics Shadowics Jan 08, 2010 at 22:45 UTC - 0 likes

    I meant my own. I've never seen it display a value for a shield someone else cast.

    Even if it was someone else, couldn't you guess the value of the shield in that case as 30% or 15% of the last amount healed?

    But that's beside the point, really, what I'd expect from this is the value of my shields on the target.

  • Avatar of Julith Julith Jan 08, 2010 at 07:23 UTC - 0 likes

    Normally it should display values for these shields. But of course only if they are your own. It does not work for the shields cast by other people.

  • Avatar of Shadowics Shadowics Jan 08, 2010 at 05:43 UTC - 0 likes

    I like the idea of this addon, however, for Divine Aegis and Val'anyr shields, it only ever displays "0" as the shield value while there is a shield on the target, making it, basically, only useful for PW:S as far as I can see, which is unfortunate.

    I'd love to see it working better, if you need any help testing or such I'd be happy to help out.

  • Avatar of Julith Julith Oct 28, 2009 at 08:52 UTC - 0 likes

    As soon as I find a good reason to switch to Grid2, yes :) (probably when its out of beta phase).

    Last edited Oct 28, 2009 by Julith
  • Avatar of nailer1 nailer1 Oct 27, 2009 at 18:41 UTC - 0 likes

    great work. i love it.

    any chance to get this lovely little thing worked with grid2?

    Last edited Oct 27, 2009 by nailer1


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