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Addon Spotlight: Control Freak

Sean Forsgren

WoW Insider co-lead Mike Schramm brought up an interesting question for today's Breakfast Topic; how can players utilize the Focus Target feature in World of Warcraft? Macros are certainly a great way to manage your focus target and what is being done with it. I've yet to write a installment of Macro Anatomy that covers the topic, so where can one turn if you want to utilize this feature?

Bad boy developer Tekkub has created Control Freak for people wanting to have fun with the focus target and their crowd control abilities. Granted, there are a lot of other things you can do with this feature, but this addon very efficiently automates the process.

After I profiled Tekkub's ChatSettingsFix (2.4), I thought I should start looking into his other mods. As it turns out, Tekkub is a man with the unique ability to provide little fixes and additions that greatly enhance gameplay. I am quickly becoming a fan of his work, so you can expect to see more of the grizzly dev's work here at Addon Spotlight.

Enough of my professions of love for the guy's mods, read on for details about how to use Control Freak.

I've often lamented the lack of lightweight options for using the focus target, my crowd-control(CC) abilities and a simple warning about expiring or broken CC. If you've ever felt the same way, it is time you grab a download of this one and start playing with it.

Here is what Control Freak does in Tekkub's own words:

"ControlFreak is a small crowd control assist addon. It provides a small frame for fast click-casting of CC spells onto the player's focus target. It also provides visual cues of the focus's status and audio cues of CC breaks.

ControlFreak is designed to be an "install and go" addon for all classes with sustainable CC spells, but it also provides direct access to edit the macro used by the frame for players that want to extend it's functionality."

There is a lot of good stuff in this concise description. This addon creates a small frame on your screen, which can be moved around, that simply reads "Control Freak". Clicking this frame out of combat will set your current target to your focus. (Keep in mind that the default UI doesn't display your focus) Shift-clicking will clear your focus.

In combat, this addon shifts gears and takes on a new role. Clicking the frame will automatically cast the appropriate crowd-control spell and begin a timer that will warn you when the spell is broken. As Tekkub states, there is also an audible warning when your CC is broken.

Right-clicking will open the options panel. (Integrated into the "Addons" tab found in your in-game Interface Options pane.) You can also get to the options interface by typing this command:

  • /freak
Pretty simple to navigate, but why don't we look under the hood. Your basic options are pretty much what you would expect. You have the ability to lock the frame, change the alpha, show the tooltip and modify the "Break Threshold".

If you open the menu by clicking the "+" next to the addon's name, you will have three more panes, each holding different information.

The Macro menu will allow you to customize what types of creatures you can use crowd-control abilities on. Below the creature types, you can input the debuffs available to you, which are filled in automatically based on your class. If you have additional debuffs or CC abilities you wish to use, you can enter them in this text box, simply separating each ability by a comma.

Next is the Macro itself. Tekkub has provided players with the actual macro this addon uses to do its dirty work. For those of you not macro-savvy, this feature can be a great way to see how scripting works at a higher level. What I love about this feature is that it allows you to create a macro that will have all this functionality in case you'd rather have a button on your actionbar in lieu of the default frame created by Control Freak. This is accomplished by creating the macro with the following slash command:
  • /clickControlFreakFrame
The second options menu is the Macro Profile pane. This is where you can store and load profiles, which are loaded by class automatically. It even provides functionality for random polymorphing for mages, taking in the /castrandom macro I profiled recently over at Macro Anatomy.

Finally the "About" pane, which provides version information about the mod and contact information for the developer. Considering the amount of little fixes this addon provides for my own gameplay, it has found its way to my must-have list. Check out this mod, troops, and the other toys in Tekkub's arsenal. Dismissed!

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