The 96969 Rotation.
Often times here at Multiboxing.com, we get into discussions where people come forth and confess that they’re completely clueless about something. This, of course, is where we come some further discussions and some really great guides. One such discussion led to both Tim and myself saying how much we didn’t know about “96969″. That sparked not one, but two different looks at the rotation all put into a single thread. Such wonderful things come from not knowing something.
And now a look a paladin tanking.
The 96969 macro, is essentially three abilities with 9 second cooldowns, combined with two abilities with 6 second cooldowns.
By weaving them together, each “9″ ability is used every 9 seconds, while each “6″ ability is used every 6 seconds.
Each of our “9″ abilities lasts 8 to 9 seconds, while each of our “6″ abilities is on a six second cooldown.
This is almost perfect; we need to add 1 point to “Improved Judgements” in the retribution tree, and Holy Shield lasts 8 seconds not 9.
We then mash a single macro, a castsequence, casting each spell in order. Because each ability is an instant cast, our client does not need to wait on the server to acknowledge the completion of each spell; this means, the GCD is the only limitation on our macro.
Our “9″ second abilities are: Holy Shield, Judgement, and Consecrate.
Our “6″ second abilities are: Hammer of the Righteous and Shield of Righteousness.
The macro uses 255 of the 255 characters, if you judge both Wisdom and Light or 254 of the 255 characters, if you judge Light twice. There aren’t enough characters to judge Wisdom twice, unless you use an addon.
I like to use a “Click” macro, to call my 96969 macro because I would like to include “start attack” and the option for my DPS to attack without my Paladin joining in (ranged mob which will die before it closes to melee).
My 96969 macro prioritizes: Holy Shield > Judgement > Consecrate. I like this, because I have the option to manually Consecrate as the mobs arrive, and it will have refreshed by the time my sequence gets to it. Many people prioritize Judgement over Holy Shield, both because of the initial threat and because the Paladin will take more damage this way, and if healing is not an issue, this means more mana to the Paladin via Spiritual Attunement.
My “Click” is simple:
#show Holy Shield
Naturally, change the “click” to point to where your 96969 macro actually resides. If you had trinkets, which you want to automatically execute whenever the cooldown allows, include them in this macro.
And my 96969 is:
/castsequence reset=9 Holy Shield,Hammer of the Righteous,Judgement of Light,Shield of Righteousness,Consecration,Hammer of the Righteous,Holy Shield,Shield of Righteousness,Judgement of Light,Hammer of the Righteous,Consecration,Shield of Righteousness
And then we got more looks. Check it out: http://multiboxing.com/forums/f4/guide-paladin-96969-macro-1711.html