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#1 May 12 2004 at 11:45 AM Rating: Default
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I posted this in the SATA guide, but figured no one would see it way at the bottom of that, so i'm posting it here as well.

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But, whats the difference between <t> or <bt>?

thx in advance


<t> is the scripting variable for your current target
<bt> is the scripting variable for your GROUP's target

rules for using <bt>:

  • atleast 1 member of your group must have this target engaged(that means weapon out ready to fight it or currently casting on it...seems not to work if the puller is running back and no one else has engaged)
  • if you're the main tank...don't use <bt>...if you are, that means someone is engaging the monster before you. use /assist puller's name. This pretty much allows everyone else to use <bt>
  • If your group has multiple mobs engaged, <bt> will select one of them automatically. I have no proof on how it selects which target it gives you, but from what i've seen, it looks like it will give you the one that the majority are engaging.
  • Not entirely sure, but it seems to work with alliance mates targets as well.

  • as a puller...i dont' get the benefit of <bt> too much. every once and a while, we'll get aggroed and <bt> becomes quite useful. The following is the typical macro utilizing <bt>:

    /attack <bt>
    /echo >>>>>Assisting with the <bt><<<<<

    for mages, its usually:

    /target <bt>
    /lockon
    /echo >>>>>Assisting with the <bt><<<<<

    hope this helps.

    Edited, Wed May 12 14:07:20 2004 by ninaru
    #2 May 12 2004 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
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    If your group happens to have more than one mob engaged, does <bt> then allow you to choose between each one? How does it work if your party has two red named mobs?
    #3 May 12 2004 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
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    revised first post to answer a few more questions.
    #4 May 12 2004 at 3:19 PM Rating: Good
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    <bt> does not require an engaged mob. It only requires the mob to be claimed (red name).

    I'm not a fan of /assist <name> macros, because of the potential problems it creates. <bt> is always guaranteed to target something with a red name, at the very least. (If you have an add, that's a different story, but general-use macros usually suck for add situations anyway).

    I pull in 99% of my parties, and I use /target <bt> as the puller. In the few occasions that I haven't been pulling, I've used /target <bt> with 100% success.
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    #5 May 12 2004 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
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    BT also can work as a T whenever a mob does not have a red name.

    I've used my BT macros to pull, and they work like normal T macros.

    The only drawback in using BT over T is that in a multiple mob situation you can't pick which mob the attack/ability is used on.

    The macros I use for tanks are usually T macros. This way I can voke adds and what not. As a Mage, all attack spells exept for bind and sleep are on BT so I can focus on other things, like healing, if something goes bad.
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