The addons are listed below in sections, with my favorite addons listed first in each section.
If you have questions about using an addon, please read the addon’s page on war.curse.com before posting here, as your question may have been answered there already. I’ll try to answer questions posted, but keep in mind I’m not the developer of any of these addons.
This section lists addons that improve the effectiveness of one’s game-play. Or at least they’ve made me a better player :)
WSCT provides much more visibility to combat events (e.g. damage done/taken, healing done/taken, buffs, debuffs, etc) than the default UI.
The addon allows you to turn on skill names, so you can see which abilities caused which damage / heal / effect. I find it incredibly informative.
I recommend changing the Absorb messages from the default Frame 3 to Frame 2, so you can see the flow of damage you’re taking and what is absorbed by bubbles.
Aura enables you to define “auras” that you’d like to track on your character, friendly targets, and enemy targets. Auras can be almost anything, e.g. timers on effects, cooldown timers, whether you have a buff or debuff on you, etc.
The auras you define can provide a lot of visibility into what’s happening in combat. On my Swordmaster, I use Aura to track all my debuffs on targets (e.g. Quick Incision snare, Wrath of Hoeth spirit debuff, cooldown of Ether Dance or Crashing Wave, whether my target has the Unstoppable or Immovable buff on them, etc). When playing a healer, I define auras to show HoT durations on me and on my friendly targets, so I see how long existing HoTs have before expiring.
Aura has significantly improved my game-play, because I don’t have to read the Combat Log or stare at small icons on the character portraits.
This addon takes a lot of time to configure, test, and tweak to your liking. If you like driving automatic instead of manual, Aura is probably not for you.
This addon makes your ability buttons turn red when they your target is out-of-range. Simple but very helpful.
I don’t use a DPS Meter for e-peen measurement, but rather for numerically testing different spec and gear setups. E.g. TDM has helped me figure out which Swordmaster DoT tactics are most effective.
When you install the addon, you get a little button in the upper-left of your UI for toggling whether to show the meter.
If you are mounted and use an ability, this addon automatically dismounts you then fires the ability.
This section lists addons that provide value in terms of convenience.
This addon allows you to view trainable abilities, mastery trees, and renown trees for your class, no matter where you are.
TOL automates chat when abilities are used. E.g. I have a message that indicates when I’ve put Guard on another player, when I pop Shield Wall, etc. Much simpler than having to type every time.
1. Killing Blow
This simple addon puts a very visible text message on your screen when you got the deathblow on a player.