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3-06-2008 @ 12:37PM
It's not just about having a program telling me when to hit a button.The most vital use of Healbot for me is being able to cast on targets without changing target. WoW has two targets - the one your auto attack is set to and an alternative which is used to allow a number of things even within the default UI to be acted upon without switching off of your auto-attack target.Healbot, like Clique and other similar addons, lets me use that other targetting system, and I never have to lose track of what I'm focusing on. This is particularly ideal for alt-healers that are still contributing to the group DPS or even tanking...Beyond that, it is handy in that it is basically a package of casting macros built around mouse+key presses, with the items to click all focused in one spot on the screen. Couple that with, yes, that spot being a combination of health and mana bars, and it makes it very fast to cast without losing focus away from the encounter.Those health and mana bars mean that healbot is something I keep active even on my rogue, hunter, and tankadin - so I can know when one of the casters is about to spam 'OOM' before they spam it, and adjust my tactics accordingly, so that hopefully, they never get to spamming out that message.The final two great features are the cure configurations and buffs. The cures do not work well... This is my one frustration with Healbot - if I have a target that is poisoned and losing health rapidly, and I click on the healbot bar, rather than remove poison it will cast a heal. Out of combat it will reverse that, and remove the poison rather than the heal - even for a minor poison on a severely wounded target...For that I added Clique to for a certain set of clicks to always do cures...But, when it does work right, it is very handy.The buff monitor on the other hand is very handy. When I group people I'm with are always wondering how I manage to track what buffs they need so fast, and it is simply because I've configured healbot, even on my mage, to shift color whenever a buff is lacking. Unfortunately it is missing some major buffs - like windfury weapon for shaman (unles that was finally added - been a while since I ran a shaman). But it has most of the things you're going to want.Even with the above minor flaws, the features of Healbot are so handy that I always make a major push in my guild every time a new healer pops in to get them using the addon. In raids, I can reliably outperform better geared healers simply because I have the info on hand and can heal without switching targets...
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