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#1 Sep 16 2013 at 11:11 AM Rating: Decent
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I have three that I have found pretty useful (I use a controller mostly or would have a few more mouseover macros like mo provoke)

For pulling I use this macro to automatically mark the target with a 1 and then use it when I switch to new targets to open/mark:

/macroicon "Shield Lob"
/marking attack1
/ac "Shield Lob" <t>

Offensive CD macro, it pops three abilities back to back, I put the /wait 1 in there so I don't have to spam it although sometimes I do anyway (e.g. if I accidentally press it before the GCD has reached the input point), but if you cast it when off GCD it will cast them back to back to back.

/macroicon "Bloodbath" (I personally use bloodbath b/c the CD is 90 seconds but any of them will work)
/echo {Convalescence} GO
/ac "Convalescence" <me>
/wait 1
/echo {Bloodbath} GO
/ac "Bloodbath" <me>
/wait 1
/echo {Fight or Flight} GO
/ac "Fight or Flight" <me>

Defensive CD macro:

/macroicon "Foresight" (or rampart)
/echo {Foresight} GO
/ac "Foresight" <me>
/echo {Rampart} GO
/wait 1
/ac "Rampart" <me>

You can stack /wait 30 three times and /echo to let you know when the 90 sec CDs are up but it doesn't work if you use another macro before the CD timer is up.

Mouseover provoke/cover:

/ac "Provoke" <mo>

/ac "Cover" <mo>

provoke/cover target of target

/ac "Provoke" <tt>

/ac "Cover" <tt>

Anyone have any other useful tanking macros they'd like to post?
#2 Sep 18 2013 at 10:45 AM Rating: Good
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Main Mark
/mark off <t>
/action auto-attack <t>
/wait 1
/mark cross <t>
/party {{ASSIST ME on <t>}} || Marked with X ||

This takes the current mark off the target (1, 2, 3, 4, sleep mark, etc) turns my auto attack on, waits one second for me to get slightly ahead of the other dps on combos, then marks the target with a big X and tells them the name of the target : D I love it - it makes my life ridiculously easy if the DPS have 1/2 a brain.

Fight or Flight
/action fight or flight <t>
/action Fast Blade <t>

I use this instead of a direct Fast Blade button. This will usually start every encounter with FoF, which generates extra enmity through dmg. This way I don't waste one of my precious 16 PS3 macro slots, and I always have it up when its not on cool down, as its linked to my combo starter.

Kind of similar to your provoke and cover abilities, but this is kind of a chain of attacks:
/action cover <tt>
/wait 3
/action provoke <t>
/action shield lob <t>

This is my "Oh ****" macro, when I lose a mob, or just plain don't see it at the start. I target the mob that has gotten loose, then hit this. It covers the person it is after immediately, then it waits 3 seconds. Why? I can take the 3 seconds of hits for them, while my GCD is timed out (if I just hit an ability, I have to wait 2.5 seconds, and if this macro tries to fire it off before its ready, the whole thing is kaput), then it Provokes and immediately shield lobs, which should definitely take aggro - if they are being stupid and take it back, they are still covered by me until I get to wrangled.

This is the only applicable use of Cover I have found, being a PS3 player. It is VERY difficult to target PCs easily on the PS3.
#3 Sep 23 2013 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
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In Light Party groups I find it's pretty easy to select PCs/heal with the d-pad up/down and I set filters to enemies/custom when my weapon is drawn. With 2.5 second GCD there is a lots of time to select people with D-pad. I don't know about FATES and stuff with tons of people everywhere, filters would be best bet.

I took the wait out of my offensive and defensive macro and just spam in in between my rotation:

e.g. Fast Swing (or w/e, combo 1), hit macro button during GCD, combo 2, hit macro button again, combo 3, hit macro button again and it will go through the CDs as you use them. I find myself just cramming them all into one macro based on priority for all classes and just spamming it and it will use whatever the first available skill is. Lots of red error messages in chat but I don't care so much about that.

I also like using the d-pad to soft target while keeping autoattack/lock on the main target. Do combo1, hit left or right on d-pad to soft target next enemy, hit combo2, hit left/right 2x to soft target next enemey, hit combo3, while keeping the same target. Works really well for provoke especially if you set your filters to only do enemies on d-pad left/right (I use xbox controller so filter is left bumper + face button, top is all, right is enemies, left is friends and down is party iirc. You can customize them in the character customization screen.

Edited, Sep 23rd 2013 4:02pm by KingoGoodbomber
#4 Sep 25 2013 at 10:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I started putting /recast in macros after /ac in macros with multiple CDs, every time you use it will tell you the CD remaining on all of them.

#5 Nov 06 2013 at 5:44 PM Rating: Good
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I never knew you could <tt> somebody! Omg! The helps out SO MUCH with Cover!
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