Lodur’s Addon Spotlight: GTFO

GTFO is the best addon you’re probably not using right now. GTFO stands for exactly what it sounds like, “Get The F$%# Out”. Simply put, the addon gives you an audio alert whenever you are standing in something that is causing you harm. Why is this a good thing? Well, right now there are a lot of area effect boss damage abilities that still can hit you even if you are “in the clear”. Take for example Valiona, both in Grim Batol and Bastion of Twilight. The dragon has a frontal cone breath that causes massive amounts of damage if you sit in the fire. Many times I’ve been outside of the visible effect, yet still took the damage as if standing in it, didn’t notice at first and became so much Dwarven BBQ (I can admit when I fail :]). After installing the addon though, this just isn’t a problem anymore. It plays a subtle, yet noticeable, tone to indicate that I’m standing in bad.

I’ve always been a bit of an audio queue player. Even with my boss mods and power auras I’ve always set sounds to alert me to what’s going on. Personally I find it a lot less intrusive than visual cues, since most of my attention is on the health of those around me, and staying alive through boss mechanics.  The less I have to tear my eyes away from the fight and their health totals, the better off everyone is.

The addon allows you to set thresholds for sound, and adjust the various audio alerts so you can customize the experience. The sounds the addon come supplied with are distinct and different enough from those provided by Big Wigs, Deadly Boss Mods and DXE that it is quite distinct and can be picked out easily among the cacophony of other sounds and it even has the ability to integrate with Power Auras to give a visual notification of when you’re standing in bad.

Setup is pretty easy as it works right out of the box. After installation if left alone it will simply buzz an alarm in your ear whenever you are standing in something that is causing damage. Now, it won’t only buzz once, it will continue to buzz and make noise until you are out of the area taking damage. Honestly that’s better than yelling at any raider to get out, because you don’t have to clutter mumble or vent with your lamentations of raiders standing in fire. The mod itself is pretty lightweight, so it won’t break the memory bank or cause any sort of disruption.

Let’s face it, sometimes we get tunnel vision when raiding or running any form of content. How many times have you be so focused on squeezing out that last heal or that last little bit of DPS and missed the bad headed your way? It’s happened to us all at least once. This addon though, this little sound chiming in my headphones to let me know I’m missing the fact my kilt’s on fire, has helped keep me alive through many, many fights.

I think this addon is well worth the pick up if for no other reason than to test it out. As an added bonus to raid leaders, if your group is running the mod, recount shows the number of audio alerts people receive so you can also double check to make sure that they were responding to the alerts or standing in the good, not the bad. Give it a try, have your raiders give it a try, you may fall in love with it just like I did.

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11 thoughts on “Lodur’s Addon Spotlight: GTFO”

  1. Oh you have good taste in addons! I love it too and reviewed it as well on my blog about a month ago.

    Also by the same author is Smarterror which will beep at you when you are trying to do something you can’t (different beeps depending on what the error is for example one beep for “too far away” and another one for “can’t do that while moving”).

  2. I just installed this thing the other day, it is outstanding! I think there are a lot of people out there who avoid addons like this because they don’t want to admit that they ever stand in stuff. The truth is, everybody takes avoidable dmg sometimes GTFO make sure you know when you are in the stuff and, even more important, when you are clear so you can get back to work.

    trust me, even if you think you have pro situational awareness, install GTFO, prove it to yourself. one way or another it makes getting out of fire easier, and that’s good

  3. I use this, too. Great for telling you that you are standing in the doo-doo without realising it, or too close to someone who has a damage debuff on them; I also like the way it tells you that you failed to avoid something that you should have. Thumbs up!

  4. This is an awesome addon. I downloaded it a few weeks ago and it…just works perfectly.

    For a raider of mine though, it worked a little too perfectly…the noise was so jarring and unexpected he literally jumped out of his seat, causing his toon to run into fire…

    So important safety tip…get used to the sounds first. 😉

  5. Only boss fight I have had to turn this off for is Nefarian Heroic mode. When I would get exploding cinders and have to get in the lava this addon drove me nuts…

    • @Panteri: My next update (4.2.2) will make sure that it won’t buzz at you when you’re swimming in lava when you have the Explosive Cinders debuff (until it wears off anyway). Let me know how it works out for you!

      I’m sad to say that I don’t get to do heroic raids yet because my guild is pretty far behind in progression. 🙁

      I have very little data on them apart from what I gather from WoL records, WoWhead scans, and feedback from other players, so please let me know ([my name]@gmail.com) if you find something malfunctioning or annoying because chances are, you’re not the only one annoyed!

  6. Absolutely wonderful for healers. We tend to tunnel vision on our targets and don’t see that “purple” “swirl” “red crap” until too late. Very timely and simple, just GTFO… LOL.

  7. THANKS! simply. An to Zensunim, you rock man! My server is very samll, but its my home. I recently got a spot in one of the top guilds on the server and as you can imagine, competition is tight for spots. There is not that many shammies there, but plenty of other very good healers. I have lost my spot at least once due to standing in the bad causing a wipe… twice… in a raw… on the same bad actually (over eager maybe, dunno, did it and that’s that. should not happen at our level of play). Aaaaanyway, wonderful stuf this GTFO, so now i’ll just go and GTFO there 🙂


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