A couple of guildies recently respec’d to heal and were asking about my addons (queen of addons here). Here’s what I wrote up for them.
I use GRID to heal. I love love love grid+clique. I’m pretty sure I’d have to give up healing if I didn’t have grid+clique.
[Edited to add: NEW VIDEO! I've created a complimentary video showing this healing technique.]
I use Grid with pets. It’s a currently under development version of Grid that is very close to becoming the official version. I’ve found that the convenience of being able to see/heal pets far outweighs the drawback of running a beta version of Grid. The only problems I’ve had with this version have been when people mind control something.. and when pets rapidly die, rez or reappear after the hunter dismounts it sometimes shows a black box. I’m willing to put up with the problems.
The newest version of Grid has pet support built in. It’s a thing of beauty.
The official page for Grid:
Official thread for Grid with Pets:
Grid shows colored boxes on your screen. You can tweak the colors, the layout, the outlines, the text, the icons. Very configurable. In most cases you can use it as-is, out-of-the-box.
Each player is represented by a box that’s colored according to their class. It only shows the first 3-4 letters of a players name. You can make the box bigger but I’ve never felt the need. When a player is out of range (I’m not sure what determines the range.. I think it’s set to 40 yds) that player’s box is sort of greyed out (Nice for being able to tell random hunter they’re out of range for heals before they actually need them). The corners of the box can have color coded pixels that tell you what’s going on.
Pretty picture of raid in action:
IE, in the picture above, the Warlock Der (row 1, column 4) and the Warrior Sug (row 5, column 4) have aggro. This is nice to know. If you know that the things hitting them hit for 4K on cloth and 1.5k on plate you can start casting a big heal on Der knowing that Sug can probably take a hit or two. That and it looks like Sug already has an active Renew on him (green indicator in the bottom right-hand corner).
The corner indicators are highly configurable. You can set them up however suits you best.
If 4 corner indicaters aren’t enough you can get GridSideIndicators which adds 4 more pixels to the middle of each of the 4 sides.
In the middle of the box you can have an icon show up tell you what bad buff they player has. In my case I have the icon show up for anything that I can cleanse.
Additionally I have GridAlert setup to -ding- anytime someone in my raid gets afflicted by something I can cleanse. I hear the -ding- and then look at grid to find who needs to be cleansed.
Clicking on a player in the grid will cause you to target them. BUT the cool thing about using GRID+Clique is you don’t have to target them.
Clique allows you to assign click-casting (and modifier+click-casting) for unit frames. Clique is the reason I’m thinking of upgrading from my 3-button mouse to a 5-button mouse.
To configure Clique, open your spell book (p). You’ll notice there’s a new tab at the bottom with a mouse on it. Click that to open the configure screen.
Nice review here:
Under “Click Set” choose “Helpful”. This allows you to bind different actions to happen when you click on a helpful unit (someone in your party, in your faction).
Bind a key and a modifier. I recommend that you -don’t- re-bind left-click and right-click. Instead bind things like shift+right-click and alt+left-click.
For example, I have the following setup:
Shift+ left-click = My biggest heal
Shift+ right-click = My little heal
Shift+ middle-click = my instant heal
Ctrl+right-click = Cleanse
[Edited to add:]
I found out you can also use 2-chord modifiers.
Ie: ALT+SHIFT+right-click = My downranked big heal
Now, going back to our pretty picture:
Der, the clothie Warlock has aggro on a mob that will probably hit him for 4K. I hover my mouse over Der. Hit Shift+left-click to start casting my big heal (~4k) on Der.
Once that heal goes off I’d probably cleanse whoever that poor pally in the middle is with the icon over her name (row3, column 4). Mouse over the pally, hit CTRL+right-click and then probably also Shift+right-click to throw a little heal on her. Same thing with the warlock in the top row.
(in my grid I actually shrank the size of the icons down so I could see the unit health better).
All of this could happen without actually changing my target. So normally I’m targeted on the kill mob/boss so I can see what % they have.
This also allows me to auto-hit the mob (and keep up my Seal on the mob) while healing the group. Priests could wand in between heals (assuming you’re not worried about pulling aggro).
I also use, but it’s not important:
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