Saturday, August 22, 2015

Resto Druid Guide Part 5: UI and Macros

Blaugust Day 6

Your user interface is very important.  It's how you get information about the encounter, know who and when to heal, and react to threats.  It doesn't have to be fancy or unrecognizable from the original UI.  It just has to be functional for YOU.  As 10 people what their UI looks like, and you'll get 10 different answers.  What they all have in common is that their UI is optimal for what they do, because everyone plays a little differently.  I'm not going to go over what my UI looks like and how to get it, I'm going to go through what raiders (specifically resto druids) should have on their UI.

1. Functional raid frames
Your frames are your bread and butter.  I personally use VuhDo.  I like how it is versatile and highly customizeable, and attractive compared to other frame addons.  Configure your spells in a way that will be the easiest for you to remember where everything is.

2. A boss mod
Most raid groups require a boss mod.  It will call out mechanics for you and tell you when you're standing in fire.  It also makes it easier to coordinate healing cooldowns by alerting you of high raid damage.  I use Deadly Boss Mods, but I know some guilds also use BigWigs.

3. Bars
Presumable you can use the default bars, but I like to use Bartender.  It sleeks up your UI and frees up space for other things that could be more helpful to you for healing, like auras.

4. Auras

Speaking of auras.  I use Weak Auras.  It adds an icon to your screen that makes it easier to keep track of cooldowns or charges for spells.  Because I use VuhDo, I can take most of my healing spells off my bars and just make auras showing me the cooldowns.  I would not be able to heal without my auras.

Here are some strings I use for my resto druid.  You can import them into Weak Auras:

Harmony
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Ironbark
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Nature's Cure
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Nature's Swiftness
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Rebirth
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Swiftmend
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Wild Growth
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Wild Mushroom
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Here's what they look like together:


I keep this setup under my player frames, which are to the center left of the screen so I can easily glance and see them without losing sight of the fight.  Most players typically look at the middle area of the screen so it's best to keep all the important stuff where your eyes are, without overcrowding the space.


Macros

I like to have some macros handy to make it a little easier to manage my time.  If you can macro something together, do it.  Here are the ones I use for resto.

#showtooltip Force of Nature
/cast Nature's Vigil
/cast Force of Nature

This is to keep 100% uptime on my Nature's Vigil.  I don't like having to worry about clicking the NV button.

#showtooltip Wild Mushroom
/cast Nature's Swiftness
/cast Wild Mushroom

This makes it so I don't forget to use Nature's Swiftness.

#showtooltip Tranquility
/cast Heart of the Wild
/cast Berserking
/use Emblem of Caustic Healing
/cast Tranquility

You can use Heart of the Wild here if you chose it, since it has the same CD as Tranq.  If you want to keep uptime on Berserking as high as possible, you can make and aura for it, and just click this button and it will trigger Berserking and nothing else becasue everything else will still be on CD.

#showtooltip Incarnation: Tree of Life(Talent, Shapeshift)
/use Emblem of Caustic Healing
/cast Heart of the Wild
/cast Berserking
/cast Incarnation: Tree of Life(Talent, Shapeshift)

Same if you chose Tree.

That's Part 5, look out for the sixth and final installment soon!