Originally posted 2010-03-17 19:44:59.
There are many different ways a person can heal. Healbot, Clique, Vuhdo (which I am still in the process of checking out), and just basic clicking. My favorite method that I have been using is called mouseover macros. Mouseover Macros are a simple way to heal that can shave seconds off your healing.
Let’s start with the basics. A mouseover macro is one that can be used with any general party frame system, ie Grid, Pitbull, general WoW UI, ect. When you put your mouse over the player, you can hit your keybound spell and it will cast it on them without you having to click on the player.
Now many may ask how this can make your healing more effective. While you may not notice, most systems have a lag time from when you click on a target to when you are actually able to cast the spell. Whether it is .2 seconds or a full second, it is always there. It could be system lag, UI lag, server lag, or internet lag. Wherever the lag stems from, it can be a matter of life and death to a character! Well…maybe not that bad, but it can get pretty annoying. Plus clicking on a player and then moving and clicking on a spell and give your wrist a heck of a time in raids!
How to create a macro:
- Hit “ESC” and then click on Macros. The macro menu will appear.
- Click on “New.” This will open a menu to the right.
- Choose a name and icon for your macro.
- Go to the dialog box and enter the macro:
#showtooltip Spell Name
/cast [target=mouseover,nomodifier,exists] Spell Name
Then all you need to do is drag the icon to your bars! Pretty easy huh? Well….lets just look at an example.
/cast [target=mouseover,nomodifier,exists] Rejuvenation;
This will make the icon on your bar the actual Rejuvenation icon! Pretty nifty. Now, when you put your mouse over a target and press the key, you will cast Rejuvenation.
I use this with grid and I can just move through each target and hit the button and everyone will get Rejuv!
This can be used for each druid spell, making your targeting quick and easy.
There are some variations to this macro, most of which will work just fine. But, this one is very universal and works wonders. There are other great macros for druids as well, like a Rebirth and a Nature Swiftness/Healing Touch Macro. I will get to these next time!