I use Grid. I’m what you might call a Grid Zealot. I think it’s the greatest addon EVER for healing (or even for non healers to keep their screens decluttered in 10-25 man raids). Unfortunately not everyone is a convert.
It’s come to my attention that alot of other healers use healbot. That’s fine. It’s their UI they can do whatever they want (heathens).. but this also leads to a little bit of a problem. You see Grid and HealBot don’t really talk to each other. Or rather.. Healbot doesn’t really talk to Grid.
Let’s say you’re in a raid with five healers two of the healers use Grid, two of the healers use Healbot and one is old school uses the default UI.
Healer with Grid #1 (HG1) casts a direct heal with a cast time on someone in the raid.
Healer with Grid #2 (HG2), Healer with Healbot #1(HH1) and Healer with Healbot #2(HH2) all see the incoming heal on that person in the raid so they probably won’t start a heal on that person.
Healer with Default UI (Luddite) doesn’t see the heal incoming. If they’re on raid heals or over zealous they may also start a heal on that person in the raid.
Since HG1 started her heal first there’s a high chance that most/all of Luddite’s heal will be overheal. This is annoying.. but it’s Luddite’s own fault.
The solution to Situation A is for Luddite to download/install/use some sort of healing UI so that he can see the heals from the other healers.
HH1 casts a direct heal with a cast time on someone in the raid.
HH2 sees an incoming heal on that person in the raid and knows HH2 doesn’t have to cast a heal.
HG1, HG2 and Luddite don’t see the incoming heal. If they’re on raid heals or over zealous they may also start a heal on that person in the raid.
Since HH1 started her heal first there’s a high chance that most/all of HG1, HG2 and Luddite’s heal will be over heal. Very annoying.
Grid uses “LibHealComm-3.0″ to communicate heal casts between Grid (and other LibHealComm-3.0 enabled apps). That’s also the library used by most other wowace mods (Pitbull etc).
Healbot uses a proprietary language to communicate between HealBots and can listen to “LibHealComm-3.0″ but will not speak “LibHealComm-3.0″.
The solution to Situation B is for the HealBot user to download/install the “LibHealComm-3.0″ Libraries from Wowace. Just installng them will allow your heals to be “heard” by Grid Users.
So even if Luddite refuses to use a Healing UI… at least by installing “LibHealComm-3.0″ he will allow other healers to see his heal casts so they don’t end up overhealing.
|Listens to All||Talks to All|
HH1(or HG1) casts a heal over time (HOT) on someone in the raid.
I really don’t know what healbot shows.. I don’t use it. So I’m not sure what HH2 would do.
I do know that by default Grid shows nothing.
HG1, HG2 and Luddite have -no- idea that there are HOTs ticking away on that person in the raid.. so there’s a high probability that they will cast a direct heal on that person thus forcing all of the HOT into overheal.
This just pisses HH1 off. She had been happily putting up rolling lifeblooms.. and all the other healers are overwriting them.. this pushes her to the bottom of the list for total heals done.. and to the top of the list for overheals.. and JUST PISSES HER OFF.
The picture at the very top of this post is a closeup of my Grid. The top person “Thed” is hurt for about 2.7k. The bottom person (who I know is Urd even though I can’t see his name) is hurt for about 1.8k and has a about 2.5k heal incoming. By default when LibHealComm-3.0 can see an incoming heal it will put a green dot in the bottom left hand corner of grid.. and write the estimated amount on Grid.
I updated my grid settings and added grid “auras” for Lifebloom, Renew, Rejuvenation, Regrowth, Renew and Mend Pet. Then I set all of these new dots to show up in the bottom left-hand corner of Grid. So I’ll at least be able to see that my potential heal target has some kind of HOT on them before I overwrite it with a direct heal. I won’t be able to judge the size of the heals (though I probably could colorize the dot intelligently if I knew anything about priest/druid/shaman HOT sizes). It’s not a perfect solution.. but it’s better than nothing and may just prevent HH1 from getting PISSED OFF.
HH1 turns out to be a shaman and casts .. the lightning bolt heal .
Again, not sure what HH2 sees..
But I know HG1, HG2 and Luddite don’t see anyting.
The Lightning bolt doesn’t give its target a hot buff.. so I just can’t “see” it.
At this time there’s no solution for Situation D. It looks like, at this time, LibHealComm-3.0 doesn’t register for the lightning bolt. That’s unfortunate.. and I hope they get that updated. I don’t know if there are other heals that don’t register this way. I haven’t extensively tested it.
A little bit of overheal is ok.. but bashing your way around the healers and forcing them into overheal for no good reason is just bad form.
If you’re going to heal in a raid you should run either Grid or download/install the stand alone version of LibHealComm-3.0.
If you’re running Grid, update your settings so that you are aware of the healers around you .. and can respect their HOTs.