Watching cool downs has always struck me as a bane of playing Warcraft. Why am I staring at a 64×64 pixel icon watching for the cool down indicator to pop, instead of the visually interesting aspects of the game, the visual cues to phase changes, or panic button timings?
So one of the things I have done to get around this annoyance is to use two primary macros:
There are 2 options you have to ‘on use’ trinkets. For things that give you additional armor, absorption, or health regen, I use them every cooldown. It might not be the most efficient use of them, but I’ll get a lot more use out of them than if I try to use them at more efficient times (and it’s one less cooldown to watch). The life saving trinkets that give you a significant dodge or max health boost, I typically handle on my own.
If you want to just run them all in those two macros you can replace the Trinket Name with 13 and 14. “/use 13” will attempt to use what ever your first trinket is and “/use 14” will attempt the second.
Alternatively, you can type “/use trinketname” to specify individual trinkets. And you can try to use any trinket by name, even ones that aren’t equiped. The nice part of doing it this way is that you don’t have to change your macros when you swap gear.
Now the important thing to realize about this is that it changes the play style from trying to time your keystrokes perfectly into more of a button mashing style. And depending on your play style and key layout, it may or may not work well for you.
The more you spam these two macros, the more likely you are to get a revenge off every cool down, which means more shield slams and more free heroic strikes. Not to mention you don’t have to stare at your action bar waiting for cool downs to pop.