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1-21-2010 @ 4:39PM
Well said. I think there are a number of other lessons that can be learned from games like Warcraft III, especially keybinding (in this case, your heals and other abilities). Although for once, just clicking might be more optimal - I use Grid without Clique, since I like firing off heals with keys instead of mouse buttons, but it must be a millisecond slower to click someone who's taking damage and then pressing the right button.Anyhow, healing meters aren't the be-all, end-all, but there's something to be said about throughput. Shaman, for example, gear very much for haste if they're looking to maximize healing - because if you have any mana left at the end of a fight, it's pretty much wasted. As long as you're not oom (which is usually only a problem if I have to Ankh mid-fight), I think it pays to gear aggressively, and heal aggressively (as in proactive, not reactive), especially on progression content.And OP, healing can be pretty boring when you're geared, your tank has 45k hp and you're doing like, Utgarde Keep for Frosts. Blizzard rewards repetition of obsolete content, unfortunately.
1-21-2010 @ 4:43PM
RE: Utgarde KeepThat's when you pop into your elemental or enhancement offspec and just DPS... tossing the occasional CH when needed :)
1-21-2010 @ 6:17PM
Clique doesn't require you to pre-target the person you want to heal. It just requires you to click them. For example, I usually target the boss most fights so I can watch his cast bar or keep an eye on his health or buffs/debuffs I need to watch out for. If I want to drop a LHW on the tank, I can click them with a Clique keybinding, and my target doesn't change. I personally find mouseover macros to be more harmful due to my playstyle. If my hands are hovering over the number keys or whatever I have my abilities set to, they're not on the movement keys. Shamans already have enough problems in fights that require constant movement. I can't afford to add to that with the millisecond delay it takes to move my fingers back to WSAD.
1-21-2010 @ 9:52PM
I second the importance of a combination like Grid + Clique! I know of healers who prefer to target then button-click to heals or (groan) use HealBot, but personally I respect a healer more if I know they have worked at understanding the tools they can use to make the job easier and efficient.Grid can be a pain to configure, but you only need to go through that once and there are a number of helpful resources on the internet on how to do it. Clique is almost simple stupid and works with the default UI as well as most common unit frame addons (pitbull, x-perl, and grid).At the end of the day if the healer did their job and the group/raid was successful then it shouldn't matter how they operate, but a lot of healer fails are the result of time-consuming target/click or using addons that make the player lazy. Addons are great because they extend the functionality of the game as well as highlight mechanics that are in dire need of some improvements, but using one without understanding what it's capable if is a crime.
1-22-2010 @ 4:05AM
@sorcefirewhile i understand how targeting and using keyboard keybinds can be detrimental to the healing output of a healer, i dont understand how healbot users are lazy (i'm one of them and i do fine with it even in ICC), and how addons (VuhDo?? dont really know of any others) other than grid+clique are a NO..Healbot is extremly easy to setup without the hassle of Grid and the latest versions may even give grid a run for its money.. Ofcourse im speaking as a healer.. grid can possibly be used by any class to keep a watch on the raid, while healbot is specifically tailored for heals..If you do have any convincing arguments against the use/or in what way grid excels over healbot, i'd be interested in hearing about it and even switching if i find the disparity high enough..
1-22-2010 @ 6:21AM
to Sorcefire:Whats wrong with Healbot?It does EXACTLY the same things as Grid+Clique, just the skin is a bit different, and it is much easier to set up and to read (what i loathe about grid is those dots in corners, it takes time to memorize what they mean, its much easier with Healbot putting actual icons, also i like how Healbot highlights dispellable debuffs with different colours, much easier to see). Basically, Healbot IS Grid+Clique, but made specifically for healers, with all the options in one place.
1-22-2010 @ 3:28PM
There's also the problem of no healer equivalent of a target dummy. The only time to really test out a UI setup is in an actual raid. I've been using Xperl for ages, but it's too much of a screen hog for 25 mans, and focus never seems to work right, but when exactly am I supposed to master a new setup like Grid or such? Running away from Marrogar's whirlwind is not best time to realize I didn't set something up right and now my macros don't do what I'm used to them doing. Hey Blizz! Healers need their own "target dummies"!
1-22-2010 @ 4:33PM
With some creative gemming, enchanting, and gear selection, my tank buddy and I've taken to sporting 4 pieces of T2 in heroics. We're both paladins. It puts us at an average iLevel of 200, which is what normal heroics are balanced for, and we look awesome at the same time.
1-24-2010 @ 10:53AM
@Arbolamante:Tanks have the same problems. Have you tried using Battlegrounds or Wintergrasp? It's a bit unfair to your teammates that you'll be sucking up a spot while you're pretty much just fiddling with settings, but (a) if you're sure to stick to the larger ones (preferably WG), it won't have as big an impact and (b) it's really the only alternative to doing it during a raid, unless you want to get together a couple of friends from your faction and the opposite, flag for PvP, and attack each other.
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