Useful rogue macros for TBC

We’ve prepared a list of useful macros, which is of course not exhaustive as there are a lot of them and many variations of the same functions. The purpose of this article is to deliver what we thought would be the most popular and useful ones to use as a rogue on TBC, based on your feedback.

SAP MACRO
POISON, SHIV & OH WEAPON SWAPPING MACROS
FOCUS MACROS
STOPATTACK & STARTTACK MACROS
TRINKET MACROS
IDEAS OF POSSIBLE COMBINATIONS FOR MACROS
SAP MACRO

The most popular syntax for the Sap macro on TBC is the following one :

#showtooltip Sap
/cleartarget
/targetenemyplayer
/cast Sap

For more information or variations of this macro, check our dedicated TBC Sap macro article.

POISON, SHIV & OH WEAPON SWAPPING MACROS

On the Burning Crusade, you Shiv a lot to stack your poisons. That is why you may equip different off-hand (OH) weapons in order to apply them to your enemy. (e.g Wound OH for healers, Mind-Numbing OH on casters, etc.)
For this reason, you’ll need to use the /equip macros as it follows.

WEAPON SWAPPING

Using this macro would mean that you have only one bind for Shiv, and multiple binds dedicated to weapon swapping (1 per weapon).

/equipslot 17 [YourOffHandWeaponName]

WEAPON SWAPPING + SHIV MACROS

Using this macro means that you have one bind for each type of Shiv/poison and it automatically swaps your weapon before casting Shiv. Note that weapon swapping triggers a global cooldown, meaning you have to wait before using Shiv right after a weapon swap.

/equipslot 17 [YourOffHandWeaponName]
/cast Shiv

WEAPON TARGETED POISON MACROS

Speaking of weapons and poisons, here are useful macros that apply poison on weapons without opening your bags nor the character’s page. Just change the poison name to your need and there you go.

On your Main-Hand weapon

#showtooltip
/use Wound Poison
/use 16

On your Off-Hand weapon

#showtooltip
/use Wound Poison
/use 17

FOCUS MACROS

Most of the time, focus macros are used for control abilities such as Blind, Sap, and Kick.
Here’s an example of a focus macro with Kick. For more information or variations of the focus macros, just check our TBC Focus macro guide.

/cast [target=focus] Kick

STOPATTACK & STARTTACK MACROS

Used your Blind on a target that has 3 combo points left on him? This macro is your safest way to apply the Expose Armor during a Blind (or a full Sap) so you don’t “waste” these combo points. Of course, you can also keep your combos to have 5 on your next opener which is also great. But that’s not our topic here!

/cast Expose Armor
/stopattack

Note that you can also perform this without any macro by choosing the proper angle to apply it without triggering an auto-attack.

Alternatively, you can use a macro that does a startattack on your enemy (instead of right-clicking).

Saeyonara’s tip: From experience, it’s interesting to use this macro combined with an ability that doesn’t generate combo points, such as Eviscerate.
If you have no combo point, it starts auto-attacking, and if you have 1 or more combo points it does Eviscerate. We recommend using this ability because if you want to keep your combo point on a second enemy (let’s say for a focus Deadly Throw) you don’t want to use an ability that creates a combo (such as Shiv or Hemorrhage). See?

#showtooltip Eviscerate
/cast Eviscerate
/startattack

In PvE, you can add a startattack with the Sinister strike ability.

#showtooltip Sinister Strike
/cast Sinister Strike
/startattack

TRINKET MACROS

On your character’s page, the trinket slots are 13 and 14. If you were to create macros with your trinkets, you could simply write /use 13 or /use 14. You could also write /use item_name – but changing your trinket would force you to modify your macro, contrary to the use of the slot’s number.

You could also opt for combining your PvE trinkets with some of your key abilities such as Adrenaline Rush or Blade Flurry.
You could also pair them with your racial trait, like Berserking if you are playing a troll.

/cast Berserking
/cast Adrenaline Rush
/cast Blade Flurry
/Use 13
/Use 14

We could also push this exercise to its limits by adding a few consumables.

/use Flame Cap
/use Oil of Immolation
/use Haste Potion

We’re not encouraging the use of “all-in macros” but they can possibly suit your needs if used wisely.

IDEAS OF POSSIBLE COMBINATIONS FOR MACROS

The possibilities are infinite in terms of macros and the purpose of this guide is to give you the inputs needed to create your own macros if you don’t find the one you looked for here.
Here are some other examples of popular macros, but there are a lot more possibilities.

– Cloak of Shadows + Vanish
– Shadow step + Cheapshot or Kidney Shot
– Premeditation + Cheapshot
– MH Weapon swapping + Ambush

Bear in mind that having macros doesn’t improve your gameplay if it doesn’t respond to your need.

In-depths macros guides

The Classic TBC Sap macro
Rogue Focus macros
Rogue partners must-have macros
Macros can shape the way you play your class, offering you functionality in the form of swaps, to ways to cleanly control your opponents
Perplexity
The point of a macro is to reply to a specific need. It serves a purpose that relies on your own experience, and how you’d like to improve it.
Saeyonara

Why should you use macros?

Using macros is not mandatory, but it’s a great way to optimize your playstyle. Players are often using macros for three major reasons:

– Speed when executing a sequence of abilities (eg. Cloak of Shadows + Vanish for example, or Premeditation+Cheapshot)
– Security (eg. /stopattack or /castsequence macros)
– Ease (eg. /focus macros to control a second enemy without swapping target)

They can also be used for checking your stats, such as the avoidance score macro (in our TBC Rogue Tank Guide) or improve your graphics and much more…

Tips for debutants: Define your needs BEFORE using macros
Before going further, a clarification has to be made. Experience has highlighted a common mistake about the use of macros. One can often encounter new players asking for macros without really knowing what they’re looking for.

The point of a macro is to reply to a specific need. It serves a purpose (Speed, security, ease as explained above) that relies on your own experience, and how you’d like to improve it.
For this reason, we wouldn’t force you to play with a macro or another (except maybe the popular Sap macro which is a must-have for a PvP’er, but you are free to play without it and discover what makes it so important). A lot of things are possible with macros and scripts on TBC, and the best is to discover what would help you to become better at what you’re doing without being told to use a macro that you’re not even sure how to use efficiently.
There are players that are using every single slot of macros and others using barely five macros and still play better. If you take our advice, take your time also to define your needs. You’ll figure out what you need quite easily just by playing in various situations.

How to write macros?

Writing macros requires you to use multiple specific terms such as /cast, /target, /focus, /castsequence, /use, /equip etc. You can find a complete list of macro commands on wow.gamepedia (Note that some of them appeared after TBC and may not work on Classic TBC)